by Bey Deckard

Max - Bey Deckard
Editions:Audiobook: $ 9.95 USDKindle: $ 2.99 USDPaperback: $ 9.99 USD
Pages: 202

Fresh out of school, Dr. Crane takes on a new patient who both intrigues and unnerves him. Charming, manipulative, and amoral, Max has exactly the sort of mind Crane finds himself drawn to with fictional characters.

As Max weaves himself into Crane's life, Crane realizes that while fiction might be safe, Max certainly is not.

When the professional line between them thins, who gets to define where one man ends and the other begins?

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Reviews:OJ on OJ He Say! wrote:

When I saw that Bey Deckard had a new work out I giddily started to read it, not sure in which direction he was going with this, what with his previous works of Better The Devil You Know, and Sarge, and Murphy, and all of his other brilliant works, in my humble opinion, I wasn’t sure what I was in for, but it definitely wasn’t going to be a ‘palate cleanser’ book. No, I would need a palate cleanser after reading Max.

Max, for me personally, took me down the rabbit hole, figuratively, literally, and mentally. This book had so many triggers for me and it was so incredibly intense that I found myself reading it in bits, whilst alternating with two other books and an audiobook, just so I could get back into this work and do it the justice it truly deserves. This is brilliant writing, no two ways about it. Intense, twisted, depraved, and oh so brilliant! What a spectacular finish. I most definitely did not see that coming. Bravo, Mr. Deckard!



“The last tic in Max’s cycle showed itself as he scratched at the back of his neck and then lifted the peak of his battered old army cap high enough to show his squashed brown curls beneath it. Crane made another small dash in his notebook, feeling like he’d accomplished something by discovering the repetitive pattern of Max’s nervous tics. …

Reaching for the doorknob, Max threw a look over his shoulder. “I’ll do them all in reverse next week, just for fun,” he said with a wink. Then he was gone. Crane looked down at the page where he’d been keeping track of Max’s tics. He slowly tore it out of his notebook, crumpled it up, and threw it in the garbage. Looking out at the bright sun, he was struck with the urge to cancel his next appointment and bike home…”

Manipulative, handsome, highly intelligent Max is the personification of the textbook example of an extreme psychopath.

With a wealthy, connected stepfather and his enabling mother Max really has no wants in life. His only want seems to be how to get his next ‘kick’, regardless of who, or what, he destroys in the process. Sure, why not? It’s all part of life’s big game.

Dr. Dennis ‘Doc’ Crane:

“…you told me watching Silence of the Lambs was what inspired you. You told me that darkness and depravity drew you like a moth to a flame. You said you wanted to study evil and see if it held up to your expectations. Do you remember that?”…

“…Are you afraid of me, Dennis? You shouldn’t be. I’m trying my very best to make you understand that I like you. And I’m offering you the very thing you desire the most: me. You know I’m a fine specimen of amorality. I’m giving you the opportunity to look behind the curtain. No holding back.”

Dr. Crane, handsome Anglo-Canadian Dennis Crane, moves to Montreal upon graduating from university with his wife, Mary, who is a successful nurse on her own and starts working at a mental health clinic when he meets Max, one of his very first patients.

Doc is literally drawn to Max as a moth to a flame, circling, circling, ever closer to the burning inferno that is Max.


Max is a psycho-thriller tour de force that grabbed me by the throat, squeezing ever so slowly, pressuring and constricting my throat in that tantalizingly slow way until I saw those wonderful pinpricks of light and felt that delicious surge of sweet darkness start to envelop me. This is masterful, brilliant writing that drew me in and I couldn’t let go.

Doc Crane is drawn down the rabbit hole by Max, just like he secretly wanted to, and is taken into Max’s depraved existence where people are mere objects of pleasure to be used and discarded at will after Max has satiated himself with his mental orgasm. What Max does to/with Doc Crane and the way it is written is nothing short of a psycho-thriller masterpiece.

If you’re looking for a powerful, masterful, dark and twisted read then congratulations. It really doesn’t get much better than this. Few authors can evoke this level emotions and passions – and not necessarily ‘sexual’ passions, either.


I have but one word to say about the writing: flawless. The editing? Magnificent.

I don’t give many five star ratings and this is most definitely one of them. The characters are so well developed it’s incredible. Max took some serious research. Either that or there’s something about Mr. Deckard that we don’t know. Possibly both.

Max is the epitome of a psychopath/sociopath/user/enabler/abuser and Doc Crane is the embodiment of someone who is so completely drawn in he tells himself that he doesn’t realize where it’s all going, yet deep down inside he really does know. He feels it. Every. Single. Time. Yet, like the addict that he is, he keeps on for more.

The ending of this book is simply, deliciously spectacular. I didn’t see it coming to this ending. Brilliant. Taka a bow, Mr. Deckard.

About the Author

Artist, Writer, Dog Lover -

Canadian indie author Bey Deckard wanted to be many things when he grew up: veterinarian, vampire, paleontologist, crane operator, sniper, ophthalmologist, brain surgeon, marine biologist, lawyer, forensic anthropologist, set designer, underwater archaeologist, mortician, rock star, philanthropist... but writer was not on the list. Artist wasn’t there either because he’d been drawing and paintings since he was a tot and figured that made him one already.

Freelance graphic design paid the bills while Bey levelled up with a BFA in Art History (minor in Anthro). However, he landed in the tech world where the degree was worth FA, and stayed there for over a decade before leaving, thoroughly sick of working for The Man. That’s when the writing started, and Bey still can’t believe it wasn’t on that list above because he absolutely loves doing it and can’t really imagine doing anything else.

Bey’s books aren’t quite romance and aren’t quite erotica, and they jump from genre to genre, but they’re all character driven and he likes to think they’re interesting.

These days, if Bey’s not writing or working on graphics, you’ll find him posting pics of his best buddy and constant canine companion Murphy, cooking up some tasty vegetarian eats, hanging out on facebook, or sitting back to watch a movie with a drink (or many).

As a reader, Bey’s usual staples are biographical works, medical research papers, all sorts of history books (nautical, medieval, and medical being his favourites), science fiction, fantasy, horror, KGB/CIA thrillers, and graphic novels.

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