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The Jinx Hardcover – January 21, 2000
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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 HarrisonAthe "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 levelAexamining 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. (Jan.)
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Fast-paced action scenes move the action along at a good clip...Kahn's debut effort packs a punch. --Publishers Weekly
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
Kahn has produced a first-rate novel that ranks with John Grisham and Frederick Forsyth. --Midwest Book Review
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If this is Larry Kahn's first novel, he has a tremendous future!
Shelley Glodowski, Reviewer
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.
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