Mischievous Max and the Beast of Silvernails

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Beau Durand

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After discovering a gruesome murder, 7th grader Max Hunter enlists the help of his friends to name the victim and find the killer. Long-kept secrets in the town of Pine Plains begin to reveal themselves, and Max finds the difficulties of 7th grade are nothing compared to what he uncovers.


Young Adult,Suspense/Thriller,Romance,Horror,Mystery,Detective,Adventure

Short Summary

Seventh-grader Max Hunter stumbles upon a dismembered body, a mutilated pig, and creepy dolls in what was once his safe, personal hangout—an old abandoned barn nestled in the shadows of Silvernails.


Pine Plains, NY, Silvernails, NY

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain,Quest,Tragedy

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age,Twist,Meaningful Message,Happy Ending,Philosophical Questions

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Max Hunter

Age: 12

Gender: Other

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Heroic,Secretive,Charming,Aspiring

Additional Character Details

Name: Maxine

Age: 12

Gender: Female

Role: Logical

Key Traits: Lone Wolf,Secretive,Faithful,Badass,Skillful,Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Carmen

Age: 12

Gender: Other

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Complex,Faithful,Insecure,Charming,Romantic

Additional Character Details

Name: Camilla Fox

Age: 45

Gender: Other

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Confident,Decisive,Unapologetic,Blunt,Outspoken,Villainous,Complex,Aggressive,Badass,Criminal,Crazy,Seductive,Sophisticated,Power Hungry,Secretive,Narcisstic

About The Author

Much of my interest in fiction and science fiction stems from amazing—and true—experiences I had while conducting research in astrophysics at the Bolshoi Observatory in Russia; after my sister’s sudden death on my birthday in 2010; from my time as a hotel manager and seeing real ghosts; and from experiences from my skydiving career, and more. I am a native New Yorker. After much study in locations like Russia, Europe, & education in Hawaii, Las Vegas & San Diego, I settled in Colorado Springs where I moved my successful medical weight loss company, Life Prime (www.LifePrime.com). I also continue to work for our largest school district driving special needs students each early morning and afternoon.

Target Audiences

Age: 13-17,18-34

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Self-Published

Year Published: 2019

Hard Copy Available