Crafting Intricate Plots: My Writing Process

I’m not one of those writers who can sit at the keyboard and let his characters take over completely–not that there’s anything wrong with that. Many people enjoy a fast, light-weight story, but I prefer to read more intricate plots, so that’s what I write. The premise for my first novel, The Jinx, had been […]

Author Interview Roundtable

In connection with the launch of King of Paine, several fantastic book bloggers honored me with interviews posted on their websites. Here’s the best of the Q&A, which I like to imagine occurred with the five intrigued ladies peppering me with questions across a round table beside a roaring fireplace while I answered coolly between […]

When Eye Candy Fights Back: Adding Depth To a Love Interest

Frank Paine, the protagonist in King of Paine, is a former Hollywood stud who’s recently joined the FBI, a role that screams for a centerfold on his arm. As a former beauty queen and TV starlet, Jolynn Decker could easily fall into the “eye candy” stereotype, a conclusion not contradicted by our first look at […]

My Inspiration For King of Paine

I’m often asked about my inspiration for King of Paine because the story melds two wildly different story lines (and because one of them centers around some pretty kinky sex, and on first sight I seem about as vanilla as it gets). In the main story, Special Agent Frank Paine hunts an online stalker who’s […]

Buried Treasures: Treats for the Watchful Reader

For me, writing is a lonely sport, thousands of hours invested in a novel with only sporadic feedback from my critique group and beta readers. In early drafts, when I’m focused on building characters and weaving plots together, solving the puzzles that make a novel sizzle provides its own thrill. The grind of revising later […]

Researching An FBI Story

King of Paine is a complex story with many subplots and themes, but at heart it’s about a flawed man, Frank Paine, seeking redemption by joining an organization striving to recapture its own fabled mojo after a string of historic failures. With the ghosts of Waco, Ruby Ridge, and 9/11 whispering in his ear, Frank’s […]

Think Like A Lawyer: Negotiating A New Car Purchase

Know someone in the market for a new car? I’m pleased to announce publication of the first title in my new “Think Like A Lawyer” series, “Negotiating A New Car Purchase.” I’ve used the negotiating strategy detailed in this short ebook to get the rock bottom price–sometimes below dealer invoice–on my new cars for years and […]

Rooting for a Flawed Protagonist

Readers love to root for their action heroes, so even when authors endow their main characters with flaws to add depth and realism, the “defects” are often designed to make you sympathize with the character more (like a job applicant who reluctantly admits to being a workaholic). The archetypes are familiar: the rogue cop whose […]

Weaving Social Themes Into Suspense Novels

Like many thriller/suspense authors, especially those trained as attorneys, I craft intricate, well-researched plots, engage my characters in thought-provoking social drama and spice their lives with alluring romantic entanglements. The most challenging aspect of mastering this genre is incorporating contemporary social issues without preaching or compromising pace. Two early John Grisham novels illustrate the perils. […]

Researching the Psychology of BDSM

Despite the provocative image on King of Paine’s cover, I did not set out to write a novel about BDSM. The story remains primarily a whodunit that follows two investigations, the FBI’s pursuit of a stalker committing a series of kinky Internet crimes and a reporter tracking the disappearance of wealthy senior citizens. But as […]

“Who Are You Chatting With? The Dangers of Anonymous Internet Communications”

Ever since my two sons began using AOL’s instant messaging service in the late-1990s, I’ve been intrigued by the potential for good and evil inherent in anonymous Internet chat, a device featured prominently in both of my novels. Like every parent, I feared my kids could become vulnerable to predators if allowed to roam cyberspace […]

King of Paine Reviewed on Books and Things in UK

David King has posted a terrific review of King of Paine on his UK blog Books and Things.  Check out David’s tasteful site for the full review, but here’s one of my favorite clips: I found the story to be an intense, complex and fast paced which kept me glued to the book every evening. […]

King of Paine Hits Bestseller List!

King of Paine cracked the Top 100 Kindle bestseller list for its category and has risen into the Top 50 this morning! Thank you, readers, for giving it a try. Please consider posting a brief review on your favorite sites when you’re done reading it–a book’s success depends upon great word-of-mouth recommendations from happy readers. […]

Amazing New Review Exposes My Dilemma

King of Paine picked up some fantastic reviews during my December blog tour, but a new review on the blog Miraculous! touched me not only because the reviewer gushed about the book and the writing, but also because she captured the inherent difficulty of describing what King of Paine  is “about.” This is how Stephanie […]

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 […]

Blog Tour Day 11: “Getting Inside The Mind of a Madman,” My Interview with Frank Paine

We’re halfway through the King of Paine blog tour, and I’ve set aside this Sunday for an interview with Frank Paine to learn how the rookie FBI agent got inside the mind of the stalker who tormented him. The conversation has been edited to avoid spoilers and maintain this site’s “PG” rating. KAHN: Thank you […]

Blog Tour Day 7: Review & Guest Post “Researching the Psychology of BDSM” on Owl Tell You About It

Despite the provocative image on King of Paine‘s cover, I did not set out to write a novel about BDSM. But as themes about control and its abandonment to faith and chance emerged, the BDSM elements began to predominate. In today’s guest post on Owl Tell You About It, we’ll take a peek inside the […]

Blog Tour Day 6: Review & Interview on Boekie’s Book Reviews

The tour takes a long hop across the country to sunny California today, but thanks to the wonder of the Internet I can’t use jet lag as an excuse for spilling my guts in an interview with the aptly-named Vanessa Booke at Boekie’s Book Reviews. From my position in the hot seat, she could hold […]

Blog Tour Day 5: Guest Post on Thoughts In Progress: “Who Are You Chatting With?: The Dangers of Anonymous Internet Communications”

Ever since my two sons began using AOL’s instant messaging service in the late-1990s, I’ve been intrigued by the potential for good and evil inherent in anonymous Internet chat, a device featured prominently in both of my novels. Like every parent, I feared my kids could become vulnerable to predators if allowed to roam cyberspace […]

Blog Tour Day 4: Guest Post “Writing Thought-Provoking Suspense: Social Themes” on The Write To Make A Living And An Absolutely Amazing Review!

Like many thriller/suspense authors, especially those trained as attorneys, I craft intricate, well-researched plots, engage my characters in thought-provoking social drama and spice their lives with alluring romantic entanglements. The most challenging aspect of mastering this genre is incorporating contemporary social issues without preaching or compromising pace. I address that challenge on today’s blog tour […]

King of Paine Launch: A Great First Week!

Thank you to everybody who has made the launch of King of Paine an unqualified success! Sales got off to a nice start, and the Kindle Giveaway Contest is generating an enthusiastic response. Coincidentally, two 5-star reviews of King of Paine were released this week. The Midwest Book Review called it “…an enticing combination of […]

King of Paine Blog Tour

I’m pleased to release the schedule for the King of Paine Blog Tour, which together with a Kindle Giveaway Contest also announced today, will mark the book’s official launch. Each day from December 1 -21, King of Paine will be featured on one of the world’s greatest book blogs, with reviews, book giveaways, interviews and […]

Do We Still Have A Dream?

We celebrate anniversaries to mark time, to reflect on progress year over year. On this 48th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech, Washington celebrates great leaps forward in race relations with the unveiling of the King Memorial, but my reflections leave me wondering if a shell-shocked nation has given up on […]

King of Paine Publication Date

As chronicled here and on my website, I’ve been struggling with the decision to self-publish KING OF PAINE, my second novel, or slog through the process of finding an agent and then a commercial publisher. I half-heartedly sent out a few query letters earlier this year, and one agent requested the full manuscript to review […]

A Warm Welcome, a Mission Statement, and the Ebook Revolution

Welcome to my new blog, which I’m told is a must for all serious authors. Many writers use this venue to plug their books, and I’ll do some of that from time to time, but my intention is to use this space to address current issues in our rapidly changing world. My primary objective in […]

The Jinx

The Jinx

“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…The Jinx is a remarkably well-crafted book.” — Jonathan Groner, Legal Times One dead client. A cryptic poem. Seven dead presidents. This gripping tale of […]