Sample Chapter: The Jinx

CHAPTER ONE

ADAMS THOMPSON COULD NOT shake thoughts of The Assassin from his mind. New York was on fire, a fire he had started, yet the impassioned words of the young woman coiled in his guest chair were losing the battle for his attention.

“We’re at the epicenter of what could become the worst race riots in thirty years, and you’re gonna let us get scooped,” Christy Kirk said. “Dammit, Mr. T, this could be the story of the century.”

Thompson’s gaze connected with her blazing brown eyes, the only hint that this tiny elf of a woman had the hardened soul of a reporter. She was so slight Thompson was tempted to blow out a breath and watch her float away. But Christy Kirk was not so easily dismissed. Not by her sources, not by her editor at the City Desk and not even by the publisher of the Herald Times. Beneath that pixyish face and tangle of auburn hair lay the heart of a tiger.

Thompson broke her Svengali-like stare, turning to face the window behind his desk. “Sunday’s editorial triggered this mess,” he said absently. “We’re too involved to be objective.”

He ran his fingers through the wisp of sandy hair that circled the lower reaches of his scalp. The view of the Hudson River usually calmed him, but not now. He could ignore the angry mob milling about on the street ten stories below. He could even deal patiently with Christy Kirk. But the frightening riddle that had plagued him since Wednesday, when he received the cryptic e-mail from The Assassin—a man long thought dead—made his head throb. What does this imposter want from me?

“This story is bigger than your opinion on the Board of Education’s proposal to create a metropolitan area school district,” she said.

Copyright © 2000, 2011 by Larry Kahn

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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.