Carrie Cromer 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.
"At times hysterically funny, at others times thrilling, and sometimes both at once, COOKING FOR CANNIBALS will appeal to readers of medical thrillers, satire, speculative fiction, and horror, to start. Part zombie fiction, part something you’ve never read before … Leder manages to pull off a novel that is at once a black comedy and fast-paced thriller, setting it apart in the crowded thriller genre, and existing in a genre of its own."
“Darkly mischievous … vigorously manic … Surprisingly touching and tender … for readers with strong stomachs, a dark sense of humor, and a need for some off-the-rails, comically violent catharsis in these dull Covid-infested days, Rich Leder’s delightfully bizarre COOKING FOR CANNIBALS may be just the ticket.”
“ Fascinating and original! COOKING FOR CANNIBALS is brilliant and entertaining from start to end! ”
“Leder’s writing is clean, tight, and entertaining; dripping with wit and just enough sarcasm to keep the story moving with a smile. COOKING FOR CANNIBALS is the book that would be born if Santa Clarita Diet and A Cure for Wellness had a child.”
“Irresistible! One of the best horror comedies to come along in years! Tailor-made for the big (or small) screen. If you’re looking for escapism in the vein of Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies or Shaun of the Dead, then treat yourself to COOKING FOR CANNIBALS by Rich Leder!”
“A wild ride! Leder mixes his dark humor with a compelling storyline full of twists and turns that is immensely readable and hard to put down. COOKING FOR CANNIBALS is ideal for lovers of fast-paced high-concept thrillers. As the insanity continues to build exponentially throughout the book, it becomes more and more difficult not read “just one more chapter” as you find yourself craving to find out just how crazy things are going to get. This is the perfect book for a binge read!”
“Devastatingly funny, dark, and unputdownable. COOKING FOR CANNIBALS is one of the year’s best thrillers!”