When Killer Kane, otherwise known as Max's father, Kenneth David Kane, gets released from prison and comes to kidnap his son, he ends up tying Max's hands and feet together, and tying that same rope to his own waist, so that Max can't sneak out while Kane is attempting to get some sleep. This happens in Chapter 17, after Max has sat down in a low chair:
What he does is tie up my feet and hands and then he loops the end of the rope around his waist.
The effect is not just frightening but extremely uncomfortable for Max. His feet and hands feel tingly from his circulation being cut off by the ropes, and he can't move from the chair. He stays awake all night in the chair, trying to think of a way out of the situation.
You could also say that Killer Kane uses lies and manipulation to try to stop Max from escaping. The felon tells Max that he never did commit the murder of Max's mother, but Max doesn't believe him. (As a child, Max witnessed the crime with his own eyes and remembers it.) Killer Kane also tries to get his son to believe that Kane is really a victim, that he's "seeking shelter" from a world that's unfair and harsh to him. He even pretends to have sent Christmas presents to Max while in prison, as if he were a good father all along. He's doing all this to try to win Max's loyalty so that, of his own accord, Max won't run away from his kidnapper. And of course, it doesn't work: Max isn't as gullible as his father would like to believe.