The Jinx

The Jinx

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by Larry Kahn
     
 

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One dead client. A cryptic poem. Seven dead presidents.

This gripping tale of murder, politics, conspiracy and passion takes aim at the American political system, the white supremacy movement and racial stereotypes while offering a sinister explanation for the “20-Year Jinx” that has claimed the lives of seven presidents.

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One dead client. A cryptic poem. Seven dead presidents.

This gripping tale of murder, politics, conspiracy and passion takes aim at the American political system, the white supremacy movement and racial stereotypes while offering a sinister explanation for the “20-Year Jinx” that has claimed the lives of seven presidents.

Young estate lawyer Benjamin Franklin Kravner discovers a cryptic poem among his murdered client's possessions that hints at a 160-year vendetta against the American presidency. Ben's skepticism wanes when he discovers an unusual phenomenon: the presidents elected every twenty years from 1840 through 1960 died in office, and Ronald Reagan barely survived an assassination attempt. Ben's perilous journey leads him to the answer to his question: is the poem merely a dead man's wacky conspiracy theory or is a powerful cabal primed to claim the White House as vengeance for their ancestor’s death?

Editorial Reviews

Legal Times - Jonathan Groner
"Blending a flair for history, a convincing sense of the inner workings of law firms, and more than a touch of Y2K apocalyptic folderol, Kahn has concocted a highly readable thriller...A remarkably well-crafted book."
Midwest Book Review - Shelley Glodowski
"Kahn has produced a first-rate novel that ranks with John Grisham and Frederick Forsyth."
Evening Times - Mike Rogers
"The Jinx is a clever, well-crafted pageturner that weaves history, politics and the law into an unconventional Washington novel, which, at its best, raises important questions about the state of overt, systemic and subtle racism in the U.S. and in the minds of its citizens and leaders...As campaign rhetoric has taken a tone of renewal for the next millennium, with each candidate offering a vision of America's future, "The Jinx" also offers its own vision of America's future..."
Amarillo Globe-News - Bernice Simpson
"In a superb blend of logic and suspenseful adventure, Larry Kahn methodically outlines a fictional conspiracy that is believably scary, made all the more real by his protagonist, mild-mannered Ben Kravner. While Ben is no swashbuckling suspense-thriller hero, he takes us through chase scenes that play like a wide-screen movie."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012403315
Publisher:
Larry Kahn
Publication date:
03/30/2011
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
430,230
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Larry Kahn, the author of The Jinx and King of Paine, successfully negotiated the fast-paced world of domestic and international mergers and acquisitions for twenty years, first at a major New York law firm and then at an Atlanta Fortune 500 company. He penned The Jinx while on sabbatical in 1999 and is now devoted to writing fiction full time. Many of his more cynical legal clients and associates have accused him of writing fiction full time for many years. He resides in Atlanta with his family.

Larry developed a keen interest in social issues while attending Yale Law School, an idealistic spirit that continues to spice his novels. The vision of a colorblind America in his political thriller The Jinx led to endorsements by leaders of the ACLU, National Urban League and Artists Against Racism. And as the Baby Boomer generation scatters about the country, King of Paine envisions a renewed emphasis on family and tradition in which Americans create for their venerable elders, and ultimately themselves, a peaceful place to die.

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Jinx 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Move over John Grisham! Larry Khan deserves high praise for his thrilling and thought provoking masterpiece, The Jinx! Khan's initial effort is nothing short of fantastic! Woven into its page turning suspense, Khan deals with the issue of racism in the United States. Rarely do novels entertain as well as enlighten readers to important issues affecting our society. Khan does both! Ben Kravner, a young trust-estates attorney, and all around nice guy, stumbles onto a 160 year old conspiracy against the presidency to set in place action to begin 'the next civil war' in America. With the help of the internet, collegues, and an old flame, these excitingly dynamic characters plot to stop the conspiracy, save the country from certain disaster, and at the same time challenge our views of race. The good guys are really good! The bad guys are really BAD! Together they are FANTASTIC!!!! If you're not reading Larry Khan's The Jinx, you're missing the boat!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like Clancy, Balducci, or Grisholm, then you'll love 'The Jinx.' The plot is original and exciting, and the timing of it's release is most appropriate. I don't necessarily agree with all of the authors views on racism, but he certainly makes you think about it. Try it. You'll like it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was AWESOME!!!!!
Lea2949 More than 1 year ago
Great book! Am looking forward to reading him again!!
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I enjoyed this book a lot, but it was quite long. I was well written with all of the different stories going on simultaneously. It kept me on toes and thinking about the parallels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this was a great book full of twists and turns. However, the pages showing on the NOOK is 1889. I soon discovered that, the pages were misnumbered. Very misleading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
good book
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sober1026 More than 1 year ago
Good read, good pace
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harstan More than 1 year ago
Not even five years out of Harvard Law, Benjamin Franklin Kravner works at an eminent New York firm, working in the Trusts and Estates Department. When his mentor Fritz Fox suffers a heart attack, he is placed in charge of the non-money making cases.

Ben takes over the estate of the recently deceased renowned Adams Thompson. Among the papers, Ben finds an envelope addressed to Fritz as the trustee. Questionably opening the envelope, Ben finds an interesting poem inside it. The words imply that a group calling itself the Royal Order of the Millennium Knight has caused the deaths of presidents since 1840. Apparently, the descendants have enacted vengeance ever since Harrison killed one of their own. Ben soon learns that a special scenario using a race war is planned for the current election that will bring this group to power. Ben ponders the probability that seven presidents serving on the even number ending in zero in a row die in office. Of the remaining presidents, only one dies in office, but that one is a rather healthy charismatic Taylor who might have had the strength to stop the Civil War.

Is THE JINX a far-fetched tale for X-Files buffs or has Larry Kahn proved these deaths are not just a cosmic coincidence? Mr. Kahn provides an entertaining, often winking tale that makes the conspiracy seem plausible because his main hero is bumbling and human while his villains contain self-effacing humor. Is the story line a stretch? Absolutely, but it is fun to wander down that road as Mr. Kahn writes an exciting political thriller.

Harriet Klausner

Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was given to me as a gift. It is well worth reading. The many plot twists keep you on the edge of your seat. It is very hard to put down. I don't agree with the author's views on the state of racism in the country but the underlying plot is great.
FMezzano More than 1 year ago
If I could give this book zero stars I would.