Cooking for Cannibals

Cooking for Cannibals

Fountain of youth? More like murderous medication!

Carrie Kromer pushes the boundaries of science, not her social life. The brilliant behavioral gerontologist’s idea of a good time is hanging out with her beloved lab rats and taking care of her elderly mother and the other eccentric old folks at the nursing home. So no one is more surprised than Carrie when she steals the lab’s top-secret, experimental medicine for aging in reverse.

Two-time ex-con Johnny Fairfax dreams of culinary greatness. But when his corrupt parole officer tries to drag him from the nursing home kitchen, the suddenly young-again residents spring to his defense and murder the guy—and then request Johnny cook them an evidence-devouring dinner to satisfy their insatiable side-effect appetite.

As their unexpected mutual attraction gets hot, Carrie and Johnny find themselves caught up with the authorities who arrive to investigate the killing. But even more dangerous than the man-eating not-so-senior citizens could be the arrival of death-dealing pharmaceutical hitmen.

Can Carrie and Johnny find true love in all this bloody madness?

Cooking for Cannibals is a dark comic thriller with a heaping helping of romance. If you like fast-paced plots, unconventional characters, and humor that crosses the line, then you’ll have a feast with Rich Leder’s wild ride.


The Fourth and Final Kate McCall Crime Caper

A killer calls with his latest song and dance. And when homicide is on the program, it’s no laughing matter…

Kate McCall is determined to make sure it’s finally curtains for her father’s killer. But her first priority is playing bodyguard to the bad-boy standup comic who hired her to protect him while he tries to prove he’s innocent of murder. That is until the real culprit takes a shot at her client just as her dad’s assassin sends her a clue to his next victim.

With the body count rising faster than her bar tab, the way-off Broadway actor-turned-PI pulls in her regular crew of crackerjack colleagues to track down two separate psychos. And she isn’t amused when the infamous funnyman she’s safeguarding decides to pull a vanishing act.

Will Kate have the last laugh and nail two murderers, or is she about to suffer a fatal punchline?

Gottiguard is the frenetic fourth and final book in the Kate McCall Crime Caper series. If you like sidesplitting stories, crazy conflicts, and the wackiest oddball band of sidekicks onstage or off, then you’ll love Rich Leder’s hilarious whodunit.



Rich Leder has been a working writer for three decades. His feature credits include Primal for Lionsgate and projects for Paramount Pictures, Tri-Star Pictures, Longridge Productions, and Left Bank Films. His television credits include 18 produced movies for CBS, Lifetime, and Hallmark. He has written six novels for Laugh Riot Press.

He has been the lead singer in a Detroit rock band, a restaurateur, a Little League coach, an indie film director, a literacy tutor, a magazine editor, a screenwriting coach, a wedding guru, a PTA board member, a commercial real estate agent, and a visiting artist for the University of North Carolina Wilmington Film Studies Department, among other things, all of which, it turns out, was grist for the mill.