Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Author: Larry Kahn
Format: Kindle, Paperback
Busting open the hotel door, Frank Paine finds a woman gagged and bound to the bed as a black-masked man stands over her while a tripod mounted camera records the rape. The masked man claims the entire affair is a role play they had both agreed to through an online BDSM chat room. The girl, however, thought she was simply living out a non-contact encounter. In reality, both were setup by a third party stalking them online. Worse, Frank learns his own former online personality – the King of Paine – is potentially be used as a part of these crimes. Meanwhile, Roger Martin, a washed-up former Pulitzer Prize winning journalist follows a series of leads regarding the recent disappearance of several elderly chronically ill high profile individuals. Though they don’t know each other, Frank and Roger’s lives are about to be thrown together as both work to solve two mysteries linked at their core.
“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. This novel is not, however, not for the prudish. Online sex chat rooms and alternative BDSM lifestyles are a focal point for most of the book. In fact, this facet overshadows the book’s other central theme regarding end-of-life illness management and elderly respect issues. An odd combination for sure but Kahn makes the story work because of his great characters and ability to keep readers guessing throughout.
This was almost a five star book for me. My holdout was that I felt the fatal disease management theme was not as well developed as I would have liked. Having said that, at $0.99 on Kindle this book is an incredible deal. For a good mystery/thriller, readers can’t go wrong with The King of Paine at this amazing price.
Note: A complimentary copy of this work was provided in return for a review.