Boysie Blake

Problem Solver

Fiction - Thriller - General
328 Pages
Reviewed on 11/13/2014
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Author Biography

Ex boxer, bouncer and former Vice President of a Brooklyn MC, Max is the embodiment of the American Dream; he completely turned his life around, and is now a multiple award winning writer & director.

Born in Iserlohn, West Germany, he is the son of an English Army soldier and a local German woman. He spent the first years of his life traveling with his family to a variety of postings including London, Germany, South Australia and Gibraltar.
At age 12, he landed on the mean streets of East London, where he joined a rock-n-roll-band, learned to play drums and a respectable blues harp, and did some serious amateur boxing. He left home and school when he was 15, eventually moving into tour management and sound mixing, working and playing for many famous European acts: Mungo Jerry, Manfred Mann, Wings, Berlin Rock Ensemble and Moonraker. Inevitably, he was drawn to the American shores, landing in Baltimore, MD, where he continued to work and play for now-forgotten bands, Face Dancer and Objects, amongst others.

In the early 90s, Max relocated to New York and started a music production company, but soon the collapse of Wall Street left him homeless and penniless. He drew upon his early days as an amateur boxer and informed by his experiences in the violent neighborhoods of East London, took on a succession of jobs as doorman and bouncer at some of New York's edgier nightclubs. It was in this era that he continued his street education, joining a biker gang and experiencing firsthand the lawlessness and corruption of society's underbelly.

By 1994, he recognized there was no future for him on the streets, so he took a job waiting tables and began his writing career. His first big break came in 1997 when he landed a development deal with Martin Scorsese's Cappa Productions, under the sage and gentle guidance of Barbara De Fina. Succumbing to the lure of Hollywood, Max moved west where he continues to write, direct and teach.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite

Boysie Blake: Problem Solver by Max Myers is a murder mystery set in Hollywood. Boysie is a problem solver. Not his own – yours. It doesn’t even matter if you pay him or not because he doesn’t do it for the money. He just wants you to be on the level with him – otherwise you could end up as the problem that Boysie needs to solve. Michael Santoro is Boysie’s stepfather. He was found face down in Sycamore Cove, apparently a victim of drowning while surfing. Detective Lawton tries to help with the investigation, but he has too many problems of his own. A powerful art dealer has managed to sort out a deal between two highly dangerous people from Hollywood for a Pollock that has never been seen before. The problem is, it’s a fake. Now the art dealer is in trouble for $150 million. Boysie has to solve this problem without any blood being spilt. The buyer is the dealer’s ex-husband and he wants her dead. The seller is a violent gangster and both have tough minders. The big question is, what does Santoro have to do with all of this? Was his death an accident or was there something more sinister at play here?

Boysie Blake: Problem Solver by Max Myers is murder mystery of epic proportions with all the ingredients for a top seller. Max Myers seems to have his finger on the pulse of Hollywood society – the dark side of it – and has written a novel that is worthy of the big screen. Excellent storyline, fantastic characters and the way it has been written is just amazing. It has a way of catching you unawares and keeping you hanging, making you read to find out what’s coming next. Great story, and I hope there’s more where this came from.