King of Paineby Larry Kahn
"Larry Kahn has managed to create a cast of unforgettable characters, throwing in a bit of sex and misadventure, while infusing it with legal, moral, and ethical dilemmas. To say that I thought the King of Paine was brilliantly written would be an understatement. I sat down to read the book in the morning and was unable to put it down until I read the very last page!"-The Write To Make A Living
"The writing is perfect...Plus, that plot? Holy hell! I never could have seen the twists and turns coming." -Owl Tell You About It
"...a roller coaster ride of who done it, oops, no they didn't. But it's not just that, the story makes you think and ask yourself some really important questions." -Forbidden Reviews
A desperate patient. A rumored cure. How far would you go to find the fountain of youth?
King of Paine is a sexy, fast-paced suspense novel filled with characters who grapple with a range of intriguing end-of-life issues while everything they care about is at stake. The story follows two investigations, Special Agent Frank Paine's pursuit of a stalker committing a series of kinky Internet crimes and a reporter tracking the disappearance of wealthy senior citizens across the nation. Both paths lead to a hidden enclave where a brilliant biochemist harbors a deadly secret. Somebody is going to die there, and it may be Frank Paine's soulmate. Or him.
Readers who liked The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo or the novels of Greg Iles will enjoy settling in with King of Paine for a sexy, thought-provoking ride.
"I have to admit I've heard the comparison between The Girl and the Dragon Tattoo and King of Paine and in my opinion, Kahn is better. I was never bored, in fact I hung onto every word in this story." -Boekie's Book Reviews
"King of Paine is a tautly written, absorbing page-turner. I usually can guess the ending to a police procedural by about the third chapter. This is not the case with Mr. Kahn's wonderful new book...I highly recommend this book." -Hampton Reviews
"King of Paine is the second book I have read this year that I thought would make a great movie... I definitely recommend this one. Once I started reading, I couldn't walk away from it." -From the TBR Pile
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Meet the Author
Larry Kahn 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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This is a kinky cocktail of a novel that gives us two main characters who are both lost in facing new modes of living. One wants redemption from a former life of easy Hollywood sex and scandal. The other craves true love even more than he does the bottle. Their dovetailing investigations bring them together in hot pursuit of an online murderer who haunts the sex chatrooms of cyberspace. Mix these ingredients and add a thoughtful, intricate plot and you get a toast of an ending where both wind up getting what they want in ways they never could have expected. Fun and serious, thought-provoking and engaging, this is no ordinary suspense book. It is graphic reading that uses sex rather than violence to propel the story forward and give the reader a buzz of intoxication. Kahn is a writer who is going places.
King of Paine by Larry Kahn is an exciting fast paced read. Frank, the main character is fresh out of Quantico and ready to take down some criminals. Frank is an actor turned FBI agent who also has a penchant for kinky online role-play rooms. After failing to help the one person who needed him, Frank changed careers and started a twelve step program to leave the past behind. But, before he can truly get started, his past catches up to him. Somehow, someone in Atlanta knows his secret and is using it to get revenge, and a chance at a miracle drug. Now, he has to find the UNSUB and make peace with his past. Kahn¿s writing is well paced and his character development is superb. I found the character Roger Martin, a washed up reporter, to be easy to identify with and easily my favorite. Angela was a complex character who was exciting and mysterious. While Frank¿s extracurricular activities are not something I would normally choose to read about, I enjoyed Kahn¿s storytelling and became caught up in Frank¿s plight. The chat-room style conversations also added to the authenticity of the novel. I¿m looking forward to more of Kahn¿s books to come. Reviewed on Tracy Riva Books and Reviews
This novel held a few surprises for me. I, of course, was aware of the practice of BDSM but never put much thought to the role discretion played. Absolute trust even beyond that called for in normal sexual relationships is paramount. If that trust were broken it very well could mean a life. I never know what I¿m going to get into when I start a new book. The author moved me to a new expectation for suspense. He builds his case from many directions and it just seemed that around each corner was a new surprise. But it wasn¿t over whelming like it can be in some books. The lead character Frank Paine is likeable despite himself. I very much enjoyed finding that out. Paine¿s motives for discovering the truth are obvious throughout and he uses a dogged determination to pursue the end of the trail, which was suspenseful and surprising. The author used every trick in the book to hide, deceive and suspend each turn and angle. It was a wonderful trail of discover I was lead on and I am very happy to recommend this book.
Larry Kahn's King of Paine is a well written story full of action pack suspense. This is the kind of book where you can open it on ANY page and the story just pulls you in. It's that good! I can honestly say I was hooked from beginning to end. Although I lost a bit of sleep, I had a blast reading it! There's definitely some saucy scenes in this book, so I only recommend this for adults. I have to say one of my favorite things about Kahn's writing is every chapter has a fantastic opening. This is definitely part of the magic of this book. His characters, in particular Joylnn are well thought out and masterfully crafted. I have to admit i've heard the comparison between The Girl and the Dragon Tattoo and King of Paine and in my opinion, Kahn is better. I was never bored, in fact I hung onto every word in this story. Some of my favorite chapters were the chat room scenes. I thought Kahn did a wonderful job building the story and propelling the plot forward with them. The chapters themselves were quick and left no room for "fluff," which I thought was great. Overall, I thought this book was fantastic! I hope to read more from Larry Kahn and I hope he continues writing suspense novels.
Frank Paine was once an actor, in fact he was a sex symbol. But now he's traded in close-ups for a badge and a gun. The actor turned Federal Agent finds himself at the heart of an investigation that puts his past center stage. When the clues point back to a scorned love (who maybe the love of his life), Frank is forced to face the indiscretions of his past head on. King of Paine is more than a suspense novel. It's a story that asks hard questions, it makes you think about who you are and what you stand for, and it's an all around great read! The cast of characters will keep you guessing, the thought provoking story line will have you wondering, and the fast past will keep you turning the pages. One of the best novels I've read this year, hands down!
I was a little skeptical that this book was that similar to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, but I found that I enjoyed it just as much as that book and it is a little similar. One of the more dynamic, and consequently, main character is Frank. Frank kept my attention throughout the book. He wasn't the typical FBI or Hollywood actor type at all. He has kinky secrets in his closet, ones he doesn't like to advertise and more often than not leads him to ask for forgiveness from the current woman of his dreams. Jolynn is another character the reader will meet who figures greatly into the plot. She is also Frank's dream girl. She is portrayed as practical, intelligent, and imaginative. She will appeal to female readers of the story while Frank will appeal to male readers. Jolynn and Frank work together to uncover the plot of this story and potentially take down the antagonist. I liked that the antagonist seemed both real and elusive; the author did a wonderful job with the sometimes gloomy and dark undertones that drift within the book. The ending was perfect, wouldn't change a thing. This book is recommended for adult readers.