Stephen Kanar

“Kanar’s debut novel is an imaginative page-turner. . . . Packed with well-rounded characters, fast-paced turns, complex and bizarre medical practices, several subplots and tense courtroom scenes, this novel marks Kanar as a thriller writer to watch.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review) 

“THE J FACTOR has all the elements of a made-for-TV movie. Shootouts…exploding airplanes, a powerboat chase, good guys and bad guys. . . . [The author’s] knowledge of medicine, airplanes and courts enters the narrative in passages that are in some ways the most interesting. . . . The courtroom scenes toward the end are the most fully imagined, both in terms of imagery and of the themes of social justice and administrative corruption the novels tries to illustrate.”—Bangor Daily News

“[T]his novel has it all. [L]ots of suspense and surprise twists. It moves very quickly. . . . An enjoyable thriller that might make you think.”—The Ellenville Press

Welcome to the future, when organ transplants have become commonplace, and replacement organs are allocated according to a system that quantifies everyone’s conduct, health, and importance to society based on a point system: a Justification—or J—Factor.

David West, a new heart surgeon, inadvertently performs an unauthorized transplant on his patient . . . who is then murdered. Could it really be to protect the International Organ Replacement Corporation’s worldwide monopoly? Is this powerful corporation—so powerful it has treaties with every nation—really deciding who lives and who dies?

On the run for his own life, West meets a young attorney, Janette Compton, and together they struggle to unravel the truth about the murder and to expose the IORC before they and hundreds of others find out just how far IORC will go to protect its monopoly.

Steve Kanar was born in South Carolina and grew up in an air force pilot’s family. He attended Emory University, the University of Florida, and Duke Law School.

Steve began law practice in Orlando, Florida, in 1969. He immediately gravitated into high-tech, aerospace, and medical-related litigation.  He has received Board Certification as a civil trial lawyer and National Certification as a civil trial advocate and has a Martindale-Hubbell AV rating. Simultaneously, he pursued a part-time career in aviation. He holds a commercial, multi-engine, instrument pilot’s license with jet certification. He single-handedly built and test flew a high-performance, experimental unlimited aerobatics airplane. He did course work, research, and taught Aviation Law at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in the Masters of Aeronautical Science program.

Married to Carol Kanar, Steve is retired  from his law practice, and he and his wife divide their time between Florida and Maine.

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