Michael A. Kahn is the award-winning author of several novels, praised by Publishers Weekly for their “intelligent, breezy dialogue and clever plotting.” A graduate of Amherst College and Harvard Law School, Mr. Kahn began his literary career writing free-lance feature articles for Chicago Magazine while teaching fifth grade in the Chicago public schools. Now a trial attorney in St. Louis, he wrote his first novel on a dare from his wife, who got sick of hearing him announce, each time he finished a paperback thriller that he’d purchased at an airport newsstand, “I could write a better book than this.” “Then write one,” she finally said, “or please shut up.”
Grave Designsby Michael A Kahn
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Graham Anderson Marshall III of Abbott & Windsor was the archetype of the powerful senior partner at a major corporate law firm. But then came his bizarre death, the kinky details of which his firm tried to squelch. After his funeral, other curious details of his private life surfaced, the most troubling--and potentially embarrassing, at least for his former firm--is a codicil to his will establishing a large trust fund for the care and maintenance of a grave at a pet cemetery. The issue? Neither Marshall nor anyone in his family ever owned a pet, much less one named Canaan. The problem? Abbott & Windsor is named as the sole beneficiary if the trust is deemed invalid, which means it has a conflict of interest. And thus, Abbott & Windsor turns to Rachel Gold, the savvy young attorney who left the prestigious firm to open her own law office. Rachel is retained to find out what is in Canaan's grave at Wagging Tail Estates. Amused and bemused, Rachel assumes she will be able to wrap up the assignment in a few days. By then, however, the grave has been robbed. All that's left is the gravestone with the mysterious name CANAAN etched in marble. Teaming up with her best buddy, the brilliant Benny Goldberg, Rachel sets out in search of the stolen contents of that grave. An ominous trail of clues leads into the heart of a secret legacy of three centuries of blackmail, sexual depravity, and murder. While tracking whatever had been in Canaan's grave, it soon becomes apparent to the team that someone has plans for Rachel Gold's grave.
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