Introducing Nina Dalberg and Richard Hinrichs, author of The Legend of King Max

“I want to take this time to thank all the members of Outskirts Press that have helped Nina Dalberg and myself bring our book, “The Legend of King Max” from a dream of ours to reality. The first time that I saw our book it overwhelmed me with emotion. I would like to name a few of the people who have helped Nina and I through this process and they are, Elizabeth, Terri, Lisa, Justene, Anna, Stephanie, and last but not least Brie. I believe every one of these ladies went above and beyond the call of duty as they say! If you have an idea or a manuscript you would like to get published, I would highly recommend Outskirts Press! This company is only as strong as your employees and believe me Outskirts Press is loaded with people who are not only willing to help you but they are also very happy in doing it. I have always said that when you walk into a door of an office the first person you see will give you an indication of what kind of business you are dealing with. If the first person you see is crabby an unfriendly then walk away, but if that person is happy and friendly they you know you are dealing with a good organization. With Outskirts, there weren’t any doors to walk through there were only the phone conversations and the emails that you receive. I can truly say that every person I talked to was very polite and very patient and the emails I received were timely and very cordial. I would highly recommend Outskirts Press for publishing your book. They will do a great job and they will give you a sense that you are working with family and that is the highest complement I could give anyone. Nina and I are thrilled that we chose Outskirts Press for publishing our book “The Legend of King Max.” Nina and I thought of our book as “our baby” so we were extremely happy to join the family of Outskirts Press. I hope that anyone who is thinking about publishing a book will choose Outskirts Press. You will be a winner if you do! Thanks you so much Outskirts Press! One last thing. I have to give a special thanks to Elizabeth because she gave Nina and I a glowing endorsement of our book. Elizabeth complemented us on our writing style. She also said that our book was rich in detail and that the reader can clearly envision the surroundings of our characters. She said the characters are lifelike and she loved it when she leaves a story feeling like she knows them. Thank you Elizabeth for the great review!”

Nina Dalberg’s career has spanned advertising, radio and TV news, as well as freelance reporting for several newspapers. She holds a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Montana. Nina and her husband Rodney divide their time between Rosholt, South Dakota and Springfield, Missouri. Writing is her favorite pastime, but she also enjoys reading, crafting, and genealogy. Nina welcomes your correspondence at:

Rick Hinrichs attended North Dakota State College of Science and North Dakota State University. After several years as a business owner, Rick branched out into writing software for medical facilities; he also helped to build the fiber optic network system in Alexandria, Minnesota. Rick and his lovely wife, Barb, have been blessed with three children and six grandchildren. They live in Alexandria, where Rick enjoys reading, writing, playing his drums, football, baseball, and most of all, spending time with his family. Contact Rick at:

Product description…

“The Legend of King Max” begins in 1954 with the arrival of young news-hawk, Paul Sullivan, to the small North Dakota farming community of Lidgerwood. Out to make a name for himself, Sullivan has been invited by the editor of the weekly paper, Benjamin Zwick, to cover the fascinating story of the town’s builder, Ralph Maxwell. Distracted by the editor’s spirited niece and staff reporter, Cathy, Sullivan soon finds himself enthralled by the tale. One of the most complex and controversial individuals in the history of the Dakota Territory, Ralph Maxwell was the subject of numerous newspaper and magazine articles. Although very little is actually known about the man, described by some as a crime boss, an ‘angel of darkness’, he was seen by others as a powerful man of vision. Told in alternating perspectives, the story looks at rural life in 1954-a time when there were still people alive who knew Maxwell and the wild and woolly 1880’s west in which he lived. The authors try to reconstruct what may have influenced the crude Canadian lumberjack to transform himself into a polished gentleman, a shrewd entrepreneur and a dangerous-and deadly-opponent. Rich characterizations introduce some of the many immigrants, those from abroad as well as others from failing farms and businesses across the U.S. All of the new settlers were hoping to make their homes and earn their livelihoods on the prairie. These hardy men and women knew there would be struggles; whether it was the prairie wildfires, the bugs, snowstorms, disease, or drought. They found themselves the victims of outlaws who preyed on them; thieves, rustlers, bootleggers, gamblers. Located in a triangle of rough unclaimed land, straddling the undefined North and South Dakota border, the area was filled with hollows, coulees, lakes, rivers and deep draws. It became a haven for law-breakers. Officers of the law were few and far between and law enforcement was virtually impossible. This strip of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux reservation was ripe for exploitation. Maxwell came along with the goal to make Lidgerwood more than just a spoke in the wheel of commerce. He wanted it to become a major hub of the Midwest and his personal kingdom. Maxwell listened well, learned what he needed to know, and built the small town by knowing who to manipulate, where to put his money, and by keeping his focus on his goal. Lidgerwood soon became known as one of the toughest gambling towns between Aberdeen and Saint Paul. Aided in his endeavors by a group of loyal friends he gathers around himself, will Maxwell learn too late to value those close to him? Will his pride and desire for vengeance bring about his eventual downfall? Or will his friends be able dissuade him from his course of revenge?

3 thoughts on “Introducing Nina Dalberg and Richard Hinrichs, author of The Legend of King Max

  1. Very good story. Glimmers of the truths of MN and ND settlers, romance, pioneering, life of Native Americans amidst the spread of the pioneers. Descriptions left a vivid image of the story in my mind as I read, like a picture book. I couldn’t put it down. Granted I read it on vacation time when I didn’t have to, so I read and read on. Left me wondering about what else will happen even to the end.

  2. I read this book twice and only what a story! The author brings this story to life as you yourself experience the Times and lives of the characters.Very vivid descriptions of terrain and what these 1880s storytellers had to deal with.Reminds me of the writing style of Louis LaAmour! I was very disappointed that the story ended,I wanted to continue to read on and on.

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