Jason Kahn's writing career began as a teenager writing and editing for his high school newspaper. He continued his journalism studies at the University of Michigan (after a nearly disastrous stint in accounting caused him to "swear off all numbers and figuring" forever), and after that at New York University.
Although he read fantasy and science fiction since he was young, it was actually his wife who suggested to him while they were dating in college that "hey, why don't you try writing one of those?" And so he did, starting with a couple of attempts at novels, which he returns to now and again. For the past several years, though, Jason has concentrated on short stories, achieving a small measure of success with a long-running online series and pieces appearing in Baen's Universe, the anthology Strange Stories of Sand and Sea, Abandoned Towers, Damnation Books, and Something Wicked Magazine. His debut novel, Badge of Lies, a hardboiled crime thriller, is currently available courtesy of Pro Se Productions.
Today he lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with all the other young families who fled Manhattan for more space. By day, he runs a news service for cardiologists based out of a research foundation in New York City. Jason's hobbies include rooting for his University of Michigan Wolverines and chasing after two mischievous gnomes who claim to be his children. Feel free to check out more about Jason's writing at www.jrkahn.com.
Meet Metro City Detective Frank Arnold. He just buried his partner and best friend. And now Arnold knows he may not have been the man Frank thought he was. And he can't drink away what's coming. Pro Se Productions presents BADGE OF LIES, a hard hitting novel by Author Jason Kahn that peels back the hard bitten exterior of two men- one, a recovering alcoholic detective who has just buried his best friend and the other, the dead friend and all the secrets he tried to carry to his grave. Secrets that Frank Arnold is left to deal with. In BADGE OF LIES, Kahn delivers a character hard boiled enough to walk fictional streets with Hammett's and Chandler's creations! A cop hardened by the job, toughened by the very crime he fights, Frank Arnold will stop at nothing to discover the truth about his partner's death and stay alive in the bargain. Can a good cop survive in the big city or does he have to wear a BADGE OF LIES? Modern Crime Prose from Novelist Jason Kahn and Pro Se Productions!
Eryl of Firudag eagerly awaits the day he will leave his dull village for a life of adventure and wizardry. He has always known he was mageborn, but for years has kept that knowledge secret from all others save his childhood friend Dari. Eager to escape the dull routines of his small village, Eryl leaps at the chance to learn at the prestigious College of Masters. But once there, Eryl discovers hints that evil is afoot, as he sees a vision of the College wizards all marked by some foul taint, while outside the College, something dark stalks the city, kidnapping children. An evil power nurtured by the Masters themselves threatens the lives of Eryl and his classmates and it falls to Eryl and his fellow apprentices to foil the schemes of their own teachers, or die trying. Evil beyond Imagining. And the only hope against it is a Boy yet untrained as a Wizard, but already filled with the passion of a Hero. From Author Jason Kahn comes the first of two action packed Fantasy Adventures. True Mastery Book One: The Taker of Children! From Pro Se Productions.
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Review: Badge of Lies – Jason Kahn by Nadine Maritz (http://my-addictionbooks.blogspot.com/2013/07/review-badge-of-lies-jason-kahn.html)
Badge of Lies is a skilfully crafted novel that strips open the exterior of a hard headed cop – Frank Arnold, who is not only struggling with the death of his best friend but also fights regaining ground between the job that has hardened his perception of life and what he should stand for. His character is set as a real hard-core, blue blood - cop who is toughened by the crime he fights. He is in no way a straight forward idol or symbol of courage – and that I like.
What makes this novel so intriguing – at least for me - is the fact that Jason Khan went out of his way to throw readers into the explicit truths of not only the main character but also that of the friend – Mitch Connel, who he morns. The story is weaved majestically between the faltered main character and his obsession to unravel the secrets his friend had tried to carry to his grave.
The intrigue and mystery flows side - by - side creating an explosive Police Thriller as Kahn enslaves reader’s minds to run riot with the obvious. Sometimes damaged cops need to do bad things to become the better person.
What I liked:
I think it’s very clear that I loved the twisted plot. I craved to puzzle up the obvious battered character, to unknot the seemingly hurt mind of Frank Arnold. Kahn really did a good job of describing his surroundings, of luring me in and unravelling pieces to the plot at just the right time. Throughout the entire novel I felt as if I could see it play down, as if I shared the characters thoughts, as if the way he acted was something I could associate with.
There really wasn’t something I could put towards a dislike. It’s a novel which you would either love or hate. I think it was an easy enough read to be read and enjoyed by just about anyone.
I give it a very strong four out of five - with odds, I might add - definitely tilting towards the five.