King of Paine

“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 save your own life?

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. Buy the book:




Editorial Reviews

“One’s past is a vicious weapon. “King of Paine” is a spinning novel from Larry Kahn, as he tells the tale of Ex-Hollywood star turned FBI agent who quickly finds that his sultry past will more than screw with his new noble career path. Angry exes and vicious stalkers make “King of Paine” an enticing combination of spy thriller and romance with a dose of intrigue, highly recommended.” –Midwest Book Review

From the Book Blogs:

“If you like strong mystery thrillers with plenty of tension and suspense, then this novel is for you and is a far better read than many of the mass-market thrillers that you can normally pick up from your local supermarket shelf!…Don’t let yourself be put off by the mentions of BDSM either because there is nothing very explicit in the text and in fact much of what Mr. Kahn mentioned is very tame, carrying only the merest hint of eroticism. The characters are well conceived too and the way the two plot threads eventually string together is very cleverly done.”The To Be Read Pile

“I seriously think King of Paine is the most canny and intelligent suspense piece I’ve ever read. Kahn’s literary style is, I cannot stress enough, very impressive, and his organization and consistency of thought (which are the essential elements of a good whodunnit) amazes me…It is [expletive deleted] fantastic, not only for its stunning depth and complexity, but for its all-encompassing message that love, even when all hope is lost, shall prevail, but only if you really try, and only if you are willing to sacrifice all you have now and all you worked for in the past, to make it work out…This book will become your newest obsession as well as your biggest nightmare.”Miraculous!

“I found the story to be an intense, complex and fast paced which kept me glued to the book every evening. The thrills keep on coming from start to finish as the novel takes your emotions on a enjoyable roller coaster ride of twists, turns and red herrings. The writing is also clean, concise and flows smoothly which really helps to keep the reader hooked. However, the novel isn’t for the prudish as it does take you into a world of sexual games and role play. However this is all described tastefully enough and is actually a small part of the novel so don’t let it put you off.” Books And Things

“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

“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!..His characters, in particular Jolynn 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.” —Boekie’s Book Reviews

“KING OF PAINE is filled with suspense, intrigue and murder. It’s a fast-pace adventure that will hold readers spellbound. The writing is smooth and flows easily from one scene to the next.” Thoughts In Progress

“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.” Live To Read

“The King of Paine by Larry Kahn is a complex, compelling, fast paced and intriguing thriller that will have you turning the pages well into the early morning.  The writing is crisp and pops off the page.” —Todd Fonseca

“King of Paine is more than a suspense novel, it invites the reader to explore the boundaries of our own addictions (whatever they may be). It also inspires one to take a look at the way that we treat the people we love and how we care for the elderly in this country. This is not your ordinary suspense novel.” —The Write To Make A Living

“The author Larry Kahn gently guides you into a fascinating world. He literally allows your mind to run free, while still staying extremely connected to the story line. Although that may sound odd, once you read this book, you will know exactly what I mean.” Forbidden Reviews

“You wouldn’t expect a story that starts off with a newly minted FBI agent trying to figure out how to keep his personal past separate from his new professional life to take the path it does, but there are lots of issues to be explored here.  What is the difference, truly, between fantasy and reality and what role does the anonymity of the internet play in that?  At what point does a person’s health and well being trump their self-determination?  What role do outsiders get to play in that determination?  There are lots of issues to think about here and it adds depth to the story.”What Book Is That?

“Now, let me go ahead and dispel one myth about this book. I don’t really think it’s comparable to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. I think it’s better. At least, it’s better than the English translation. While the Millennium series bored me sometimes, I was totally riveted to this book. I was reading it everywhere, as much as I could.” —Owl Tell You About It

“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 discovery I was lead on and I am very happy to recommend this book. “Paper Mustang

“Kahn has written a thriller with teeth. His characters are quite jaded and yet also very likable. They have their flaws as well as their dark sides…Technology and medicine set the backdrop to this work, and the context of meaning leaves you wondering. Kahn as done an excellent job with red herrings, and the twists and machinations of the killer send you in directions you never see coming.”Blog Critics

“Kahn’s writing is well paced and his character development is superb.” –Kathy LaMee on

“You must read this book for yourself, it is a nail bitter for sure, will keep you turning the pages, will keep you in total suspense, the twists and turns are ones you will not figure out and when they happen you will say, “OMG, I did not see that one coming”  Larry did an amazing job with the story, plot, and characters.  I loved every minute of this book and you will not regret picking up your copy, sit down, buckle up and hang on for the ride you won’t soon forget!!!”Purple Jelly Bean Chair Reviews

From and Goodreads:

“…a story that is so real and so intense that I felt I couldn’t put the novel down…I was on a physical and emotional roller coaster taking me one way and then another keeping me glued to each character and each situation at every turn. Mr. Kahn is easily able to get you into the hearts and minds of several other characters in a way that I have not seen done before. I felt like I knew each and every one of them!…His prose is perfect and makes reading a breeze… PLEASE don’t let the sexual content of this novel scare you away because, for me, it only made up about 2% of the novel and only because it was necessary to provide a creative, unique plot with wonderful heroic, moral and ethical characters! Ultimately, the novel is about true love and what great lengths many GOOD MEN will go and how much they will risk to find and save their soul mates.”–Lori M. (Goodreads)

“..a masterful job of weaving the threads of the two events together to create a conclusion that is by no means expected.” — Carol R. Harris

“… a kinky cocktail of a novel…Fun and serious, thought-provoking and engaging, this is no ordinary suspense book.” — David

”This novel contains all of the elements of a superb suspense-thriller, but Larry Kahn goes deeper: he raises sociological issues that actually make readers think. Kahn has constructed a story from an intelligent base that puts his novel in the must-read category.” — steppingstone

“A fascinating journey into a modern day netherworld of the sexually adventurous and the famous, Larry Kahn tantalizes, taking us safely along for a thrilling and irresistible ride into a modern world where technology and taboo pleasures interact. Reading his crisp, clean prose, fast pacing, and superior character development, I at once felt smarter and a little bit naughtier, placing “King of Paine” in a category few authors have successfully dared.” — Michael M.

“The odd combination of BDSM, end of life illness management, and respect of the elderly make this book interesting and hard to put down.”–skhoov

Product Details

  • Trade Paperback: 364 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlanta Press (August 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983760128
  •  ISBN-13: 9780983760122
  • Also available as an ebook

One comment on “King of Paine

  1. The book sounds amazing. Thank you so much for participating in this.
    Happy Holidays!

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  • Larry and Ellie Kahn

  • When I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2010, my neurologist told me there was nothing I could do to slow down an inevitable slide into disability. So I simply (apathetically?) went about the business of researching my third novel for over a year until I crossed paths with others who had discovered a curiously overlooked goldmine of scientific research suggesting vigorous exercise could help slow the progression of PD and improve quality of life.


    After experiencing the impact of exercise myself, my wife, Ellie, and I began brainstorming with other believers about how to effectively spread the gospel of exercise and hope.  We formed PD Gladiators in 2013, a nonprofit charged with developing a plan to ally metro Atlanta fitness instructors and clinicians to convince people with PD to take a proactive approach to managing their disease. PD Gladiators entered agreements with the Atlanta YMCA, Livramento Delgado Boxing Foundation, Yellow River Center and other independent fitness instructors to build a network of PD-specific exercise classes based on PD Gladiators’ promise to promote the exercise research and the PD Gladiators Fitness Network to local clinicians to create the referral “pipeline” necessary to make the adapted fitness programs sustainable. I believe recruiting the support of influential clinicians in our community from the start was the critical insight that has led to the phenomenal growth of the Network.


    By 2018, the Network consisted of over 60 weekly classes, and metro Atlanta “gladiators” logged almost 25,000 class visits for the year! On August 1, 2018, the Parkinson’s Foundation and PD Gladiators determined they could better serve the needs of the Parkinson’s community through an organizational unification. Ellie and I served on the Advisory Board for the Parkinson’s Foundation Georgia until retiring in October 2019. PD Gladiators Executive Director Annie Long continues to manage and grow the Network as an employee of the Parkinson’s Foundation.


    Ellie and I still practice the proactive, hopeful approach that we  preach. With Ellie’s loving support, I exercise daily, eat a nutritious diet supplemented as recommended by Dr. Laurie Mischley (a Parkinson’s researcher and naturopathic doctor practicing in Seattle), and have adopted good sleep habits. While excited to begin the retirement we had deferred to nurture PD Gladiators, I intend to devote some of my energy–without stress and deadlines–to brainstorm ideas for other areas of Parkinson’s care in need of intervention  for consideration by government and charitable organizations with the mission and resources to undertake these projects.


    I believe that problem-solving is a team sport, and I encourage you to join in the discussion. Let’s make Parkinson’s Ideas, Man an incubator for high impact solutions to the issues that effect us most.