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. It will appeal to readers of Grisham, Baldacci, Iles and other top thriller writers.
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?
Praise for Larry Kahn’s thriller The Jinx
"Fast-paced action scenes move the drama along at a good clip—Kahn's debut effort packs a punch."
"Kahn has produced a first-rate novel that ranks with John Grisham and Frederick Forsyth."
—Midwest Book Review
"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."
—Legal Times, "Curses And Conspiracies"
Racial hatred unites the fictional descendants of a Georgia Scottish clan in this far-fetched but engaging conspiracy drama. In 1840, when General William Henry Harrison hung the MacDougall family patriarch for murdering a runaway slave, the nine MacDougall children plotted a complex vendetta. They and their descendants have lived under assumed names and, as "The Royal Knights of the Millennium," aim for a presidential death in office every 20 years, beginning with Harrison--the "Jinx" of the title. The vendetta is immortalized in a cryptic poem passed from father to son, which hints at the family's goals: vengeance, the racial provocation of a second civil war and the ethnic cleansing of American blacks on the cusp of the Millennium. When a balking Knight is murdered in the late 1990s, the poem accidentally falls into the hands of novice estate lawyer Ben Kravner, who connects the verse to the death of the Knight, one of his firm's clients. Recovery of the Knight's wallet yields the code names of his fellow conspirators, who all hold critical positions in government and the military. Investigating the mystery on the Internet, Ben is aided by love interest Debby Barnett, a legal staffer who, it is soon revealed, is the daughter of another dead Knight. The investigation leads to Debby's capture and a setup that discredits Ben and sends him running for his life from the FBI. Kahn explores race relations on every level--examining interracial love affairs, black radical groups and white supremacist organizations. Though he relies heavily on the Internet as a plot device, fast-paced action scenes move the drama along at a good clip. For readers willing to suspend disbelief, Kahn's debut effort packs a punch. 3000 printing.