- Cold Island is set in the near future of a post-Brexit UK.
- The Lieutenant Reim trilogy of spy fiction, starting in 1983 with Stasi Vice, are narrated by a junior officer in the Stasi.
- Previous work includes the East Berlin Series of proto-utopian fiction set in a GDR that didn’t disappear in 1990:
He has also co-written and edited:
Before becoming a full-time author
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, and security issues on the Berlin Wall;
- a co-operative development worker;
- and a book seller.
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