Max Adams was the Deputy Director of the FBI and the lead Agent assigned to the Bay Harbor Butcher Investigation after Special Agent Frank Lundy let the presumed Bay Harbor Butcher walk out during an interview..
Adams began to pressure Lundy to make an arrest. When Lundy asked him to consider evidence that could exonerate James Doakes (on behalf of Lieutenant Maria LaGuerta), Adams overlooked it and told Lundy to "show a little guts." Debra interceded on Lundy's behalf, telling Adams to show respect, but Adams simply scoffed at her and walked off.
After James Doakes' body was found outside a cabin in the Everglades with a chopped up body nearby, Adams concluded that the case was closed and he returned home. Adams was clearly a politically motivated bureaucrat who wanted to use the case in order to further his own career.