The Flinch Factor by Michael Kahn
(Rachel Gold Mysteries)

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The tale sags as it lumbers toward its foreordained conclusion...
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Several years have passed since we last saw stunning, savvy attorney Rachel Gold. She was then engaged to be married. Since, she’s become a mother, then a widow, and now a reluctant participant in a lost cause: the Frankenstein Case. She represents a blue-collar neighborhood fighting a powerful developer intent on bulldozing their homes to erect a swanky gated community.
Rachel’s strategy will be based on the wild card that is the judge on the case—a judge so wacky he’s known to the St. Louis Bar as “The Flinch Factor.”
Then Rachel gains another new client: Susannah, sister of Nick Moran, the heartthrob of every woman whose kitchen he remodeled. Nick has been murdered, found slumped on the front seat of his pickup along an isolated lane known to the vice squad as Gay Way. His pants are unzipped, a coil of rubber tubing lies on the seat, an empty syringe on the floor. His female groupies are, to say the least, stunned. His sister is convinced that it is foul play.
Although Susannah seems the classic adoring younger sister, a skeptical Rachel agrees to check it out. To her surprise, she turns up facts suggesting that maybe, just maybe, Nick’s death was not an accident. Are NIck’s death and Rachel’s Frankenstein case somehow related?
 

About Michael Kahn

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Michael A. Kahn is the award-winning author of several novels, including Trophy Widow, Bearing Witness and Death Benefits. Publisher's Weekly has praised Mr. Kahn's novels for their "intelligent, breezy dialogue and clever plotting" and writes that his latest novel, Trophy Widow, "shows off his trademark lightning repartee and captivating setup." A graduate of Amherst College and Harvard Law School, Mr. Kahn began his literary career writing free-lance feature articles for Chicago Magazine while teaching fifth grade in the Chicago public schools. He is now a trial attorney in St. Louis and has been selected for inclusion in the current edition of The Best Lawyers in America, the definitive guide to legal excellence.The father of five children, he wrote his first novel on airplanes and in hotel rooms while working on an out-of-town lawsuit. He did it on a dare from his wife, who got sick of hearing him announce, each time he finished a paperback thriller that he'd purchased at an airport newsstand, "I could write a better book than this." "Then write one," she finally said, "or shut up."
 
Published May 30, 2013 by Poisoned Pen Press. 8 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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