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A trial lawyer by day and a writer by night, Michael Kahn is the award-winning author of nine Rachel Gold novels (including his latest, FACE VALUE); a stand-alone novel, THE MOURNING SEXTON (under the pen name Michael Baron); and several short stories.

His latest novel, THE SIRENA QUEST, was published earlier this year. As Publishers Weekly wrote in its review: “Equal parts rollicking adventure, existential and spiritual quest, and coming-of-(middle)-age tale, this stand-alone set in 1994 from Kahn includes a cameo appearance from series lead Rachel Gold (Face Value, etc.).” That review concluded: “This heartwarming misadventure isn’t so much about four middle-aged men finding a statue as about finding themselves.”

A former elementary school teacher in the Chicago Public Schools, Mike wrote his first novel, GRAVE DESIGNS, on a challenge from his wife Margi, who got tired of listening to the same answer whenever she asked him about a book he was reading. “Not bad,” he would say, “but I could write a better book than that.”

“Then write one,” she finally said, “or please shut up. I don’t want to hear you fifty years from now telling your great-grandkids that you could have written a book.”

So he shut up for awhile–no easy task for an attorney–but eventually he wrote GRAVE DESIGNS (originally published in hardcover under the title THE CANAAN LEGACY).

The Kahn Family (Summer of '14)

The Kahn Family (Summer of ’14)

At the time he wrote his first mystery novel, it was just that. A novel. And then his agent called to tell him that she had an offer from a publisher for the next two books in the series.

“What series?” Mike asked.

“A mystery series,” she said. “Rachel Gold, Benny, Rachel’s mom. You can’t just walk away from those characters. We need to see more of them.”

With Margi on our 39th anniversay

With Margi on our 39th anniversay

In addition to his day job, where he represents individuals and companies in the fields of creative arts and media law, Mike is an adjunct professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis, where he teaches a class on censorship and free expression.

Margi and our 5 children at the wedding of Josh and Emily

Margi and our 5 children at the wedding of Josh and Emily

Mike married his high school sweetheart. They are the parents of five and the grandparents of, so far, five. His happiest moment as a writer: having his kids take one of his books to school for show-and-tell.

1 Comment
  • Joanne Auinbauh
    August 24, 2013

    Our family love your stories. We have read several. I would like to read again the one where the character is in cave(s) underneath St. Louis. Please tell me the name of that book so we can read it again. Flinch Factor is excellent also. Years ago we heard you speak at an Oasis gathering in Clayton and enjoyed your talk. Good Luck and God Bless you and your family. JA