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MCCALL & COMPANY:   WORKMAN’S COMPLICATION

by Rich Leder

 

WAY-OFF BROADWAY ACTRESS. MURDERED PI FATHER. NEW DAY JOB.

Off-off-off-off Broadway actress Kate McCall inherits her father’s New York private investigations business after he’s a whole lot of murdered in a life insurance company elevator.

A concrete-carrying, ballroom-dancing construction mule says he fell off the scaffolding, can never work—or dance—again, and sues the contractor for a whole lot of money.

Kate assembles the eccentric tenants of her brownstone and her histrionic acting troupe to help her crack the cases, and they stir up a whole lot of trouble.

But not as much as Kate, who sticks her nose in the middle of the multi-million-dollar life-insurance scam her father was investigating and gets a whole lot of arrested for murdering a medical examiner.

Will Kate bust the insurance scam, prove who really killed the examiner—and her father—and get out of jail in time to pull off the ballroom sting of the decade?  She might, but it's going to be a whole lot of hilarious. 

 
 

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WORD ON THE STREET

 
“I have a new favorite author.”
— Felita Daniels, Lilac Reviews, 5-Star Review
 
 
“... there’s the murder, the unsolved case and an unexpected romance with one of the detectives working on her father’s murder. However, the author never confuses the reader and the story flows beautifully. It’s rife with quirky characters and funny scenes and dialogue, simply a really good read that keeps you turning the pages until the end. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this new series.”
— M. A. Stanley, Amazon Reader, 5-Star Review
 
 
“A humorous book with a bevy of complex characters. The gut reaction is to alternate between incredulity and being mesmerized. One can’t help but want to hug and advise Kate as we follow her through her many situations. Though Kate has (so much) support, acting skills, bravery and a great disguise wardrobe...it is a ROUGH road to finding the killer.”
— A Virtual Hobby Store and Coffee Haus, 5-Star Review
 
 
“I just can’t recollect when was the last time I laughed out this heartily reading a book! This book had me in splits all the way through. It’s a tremendous and terrific job that Leder has taken up and accomplished - carving out black comedy (and bits of enjoyable slapstick) into a beautiful book... Mix a fast-paced murder mystery with that, and the combination is lethally funny - literally. My sides are aching from all the laughing.”
— SiMPLiREAD, 5-Star Review
“... an excellent read for mystery buffs and for those who just like a good story.”
— J. Robert Ewbank, Amazon Reader, 5-Star Review
 
 
“Worker’s Complication is an entertaining fast-paced comical read! With so many scenarios going on, it was difficult to figure out who done it! I can’t wait to read author Rich Leder’s sequel! Kate is definitely my hero.”
— Susan Elizabeth Barton/eBook Review Gal, Amazon Reader, 5-Star Review
 
 
“If you’re looking for a romp, this will fit the bill. I’m sorry now that I waited so long to read it. Loved it. Get you copy and start laughing now.”
— Sandy Penny, Amazon Reader, 5-Star Review
 
 
“I have been looking for a new author to read and I feel like I just won the lottery. Move over James, Mickey, Robert and Sara, there’s a new detective mystery writer in town and his name is Rich Leder. Kate McCall is my kind of P.I. – no wait; she’s not a P.I. she’s an actress – smart, sexy and witty with a memorable cast of characters and just the right amount of guile to get into and out of some very unique situations. Rich Leder’s style is much to my liking. His sentence structure lends a writer’s voice that is intimately more conversational and incomparably more humorous than any other author I have read. OK, full disclosure – I have already bought and started the second book in the McCall & Company series.”
— Mark M, Amazon Reader, 5-Star Review
 
 
“... a great start to a new series.”
— Cammminbookland, 4-Star Review
 
 
“I read Workman’s Complication and the second book in the series, Swollen Identity, back to back, and loved them both. Each fast-paced book has everything you could want in a mystery detective novel—or any novel for that matter: an exciting and original plot including gunplay, disguises, car chases, elaborate sting operations and a cast of idiosyncratic characters surrounding, supporting and out to get the feisty actress-turned-PI Kate McCall. Highly entertaining and hilarious, with devious and surprising plot twists and turns, these books had me looking forward to the next in the series so that I can once again visit the D-Cup for another crazy, blood-spurting production; the House of Emotional Tics for a barbecue, a rental car and some putdowns from a parrot; and most importantly, Kate McCall and her hectic, dangerous and intriguing life.”
— Graphrique, Amazon Reader, 5-Star Review
 
 
“I fell in love with the personality of Kate, her very quirky tenants, and her acting troupe.”
— Fictionzeal, 4-Star Review
 
 
“Workman’s Complication, by Rich Leder is a novel I would recommend to any adult reader who likes a good mystery with a touch of dry wit. (I actually did recommend it to one of my friends last night.) I give it 5 stars.”
— Chris Pavesic, 5-Star Review
 
 
“... a great story. I would read more by this author. I recommend Workman’s Complication to readers who like mysteries...one of those books that makes you cheer for the underdogs.”
— Books that Hook, 5-Star Review
 
 
“Fast – paced, and with a casual narrative that makes the reader feel like he is having a conversation with the author, Workman’s Complication is the perfect blend of mystery, wit, and hilarity. There are some graphic bits, but they flow with the narrative and just add to the story. Make sure you do not have anything else to do before settling in to read – you will not be able to put this down!”
— Triskele Reviews, 5-Star Review
 
 
“I can’t get enough of this book I want to read the sequels already.”
— Books are My Lovers, 4-Star Review
 
 
“You’ll laugh, but you’ll also be racing through the book to see how she solves the case and what demented character she meets next. The novel is more of a black comedy that manages also to be suspenseful. It is, after all, a mystery, and Leder masterfully juggles all of these different elements. There’s a new surprise on virtually every page. In the seven years I’ve been reading and reviewing books for SPR, I’d put Workman’s Complication in the top five. There is absolutely nothing suggesting this work is self-published. “Page turning” might be overused, but I couldn’t wait to get back to this book when I put it down. It’s funny, exciting, insightful, and inventive: the kind of book where you forget you’re reading. Get this one.”
— Self-Publishing Review, 5-Star Review
 
 
“... fully, gloriously self-aware, which is why it works so well.”
— Kirkus Reviews
 
 
“... such a fun and interesting read! Highly recommend if you want a funny and different kind of mystery read!”
— Christina de Vries, Amazon Review, 4-Star Review
 
 
“The writing is crisp, fast paced, smartly humorous and richly detailed. I could almost smell the descriptions. In attempting to solve her father’s murder, she miraculously stumbles through several dangerous encounters and whacky plot twists, including a high speed car chase, car theft, breaking and entering, computer hacking, marijuana growing, fraud, impersonating a police officer, hand to hand combat, boxing, shooting a dead man, ballroom dancing, and musical theater. Like I said, hard to classify, but extremely easy to appreciate. I would love to read more of these adventures in subsequent volumes.”
— Books and Bindings, 4.5-Star Review
 
 

Thanks for checking out my books.

I've been a working writer for more than two decades. My screen credits include 18 produced television films for CBS, Lifetime, and Hallmark and feature films for Paramount Pictures, Tri-Star Pictures, and Left Bank Films.

So far, I've written four funny novels: McCall & Company: Workman’s Complication and McCall & Company: Swollen Identity and Juggler, Porn Star, Monkey Wrench, and Let There Be Linda.

I've been the lead singer in a Detroit rock band, a restaurateur, a Little League coach, a literacy tutor, a magazine editor, a writing coach, a commercial real estate agent, an indie film director, 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.  I live on the North Carolina coast with my awesome wife, Lulu, and I'm sustained by the visits home of our three children.