About the Author


  • Cold Island is set in the near future of a post-Brexit UK.
I had to learn to switch off and ignore the daily round of tragi-comic Brexit news (stranger than any fiction) but I’m very excited about the plot of Cold Island.
  • Max is currently expanding the Lieutenant Reim series of spy and crime fiction,  which starts in 1983 with Stasi Vice. The novels are narrated by our eponymous anti-hero, a junior officer in the Stasi.


He has also co-written and edited:

Previous lives

Before becoming a full-time author Max worked as:

  • a Stasi and SED (East German Communist Party) files archivist – mostly evaluating and processing records of the opposition movements in the GDR as well as security issues on the Berlin Wall;
  • a co-operative development worker;
  • and a book seller.

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