McCall & Company: Workman's Complication

McCall & Company: Workman's Complication

by Rich Leder

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Overview

McCall & Company: Workman's Complication by Rich Leder

Way-off Broadway Actress
Murdered PI Father
New Day Job

When Kate McCall’s father is murdered in a New York City elevator, she inherits his private investigation business, which is a problem because the last thing in the world Kate wants to be is a PI. She’s an actress. But way-off Broadway musicals don’t pay the bills, so when a man shows up at her father’s wake begging her to solve a workman’s compensation case, she takes the job.
 
Employing the eccentric tenants of her brownstone and campy actors of her theater troupe to help crack her cases isn’t exactly conventional, but neither is Kate, who also pokes around the multi-million-dollar life-insurance scam that got her father killed. Things go from bad to worse when she’s arrested for murdering the coroner.

Can Kate cap the insurance con, prove she’s innocent, and find her father’s killer, all from the comfort of a NYPD jail cell?

If she can sing with the vampire teeth, she should have a shot.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940046184617
Publisher: Rich Leder
Publication date: 09/07/2014
Series: McCall & Company , #1
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 690 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Rich Leder Novelist—Screenwriter Rich Leder has been a working writer for more than two decades. His 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. He has written five funny novels published by Laugh Riot Press: McCall & Company: Workman’s Complication; McCall & Company: Swollen Identity; McCall & Company: Emboozlement; Juggler, Porn Star, Monkey Wrench; and Let There Be Linda. 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 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. He resides on the North Carolina coast with his awesome wife, Lulu, and is sustained by the visits home of their three college kids.

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McCall & Company: Workman's Complication 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Clabe More than 1 year ago
A fine story well told and well written. In the midst of rehearsing a far off-Broadway play in which she plays a vampire who doubles as a sub-way ticket sales agent, Kate McCall is approached by two NYPD detectives who tell her that her father was found dead in the Monument Life Insurance Company’s elevator. “Why the hell,” wondered McCall, “would her father Jimmy McCall be in the Monument Life Insurance Building’s elevator to begin with…let alone be killed there?” But, wait a minute! He wasn’t killed there. His body was just found there; with both eyes shot out. In the settlement of her father’s estate, McCall is left his private detective business…in a cardboard box. Determined to find Jimmy’s killer, she defies her son, a Manhattan Assistant District Attorney, and two NYPD detectives by picking up Jimmy’s business where he left off…Kate McCall became a private detective. Besides the hunt for Jimmy’s killer which leads her squarely to the door-step of a Monument Life Insurance executive, she is soon also deeply embedded in a case involving a construction worker who is suing his boss for permanent injuries that allegedly occurred on his worksite. While anyone would suspect a fraudulent claim, it is up to McCall to stretch herself far outside her comfort zone to prove it. But even more challenging than proving fraudulent injuries, proving murder when the suspect is powerful and surrounds herself with powerful people…including certain NYPD detectives…is even more challenging. To meet the challenge, she enlists the aid of the misfits who live in her building, and the eccentric owners and members of her theater company to play Academy Award quality roles sometimes in a life and death context. Workman’s Complication is a story well-told and well written in Rich Leder’s tongue-in-cheek style of dry humor. The characters are well developed and readers are easily drawn into liking or hating the characters. McCall is multi-tasker; her survival depends on it. Fu…well, Fu is Fu... “Fu say trap!” “I know it’s a trap. I knew it was trap before you knew it was trap!” “Fu know first.” “Fu you, Fu!” “Fu you too!” And so it goes until the bad guys give in, die or are killed by the guy that killed Jimmy to begin with. A fine read for anyone who loves mystery action books. And, oh, did I mention that Kate McCall is an actress, not a detective…kind of puts a whole new light on things, doesn’t it?
Ayla358 More than 1 year ago
Loved it!! Smart, fast paced, and intelligently funny! I look forward to many more in this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am looking forwward to the next one. This isjust that little bit offbeat that makes it great to read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It will get better, won't it? Not funny, not interesting...sort of like an overdose of smart remarks
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick fun read
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
Delightful and cleverly funny My Rating: 4.5 Favorite Quotes: “But the acting career path I was planning took a sharp left turn when I got pregnant at sixteen and gave birth to a boy, Matthew, exactly on my seventeenth birthday.  The young man who assisted in getting me pregnant left immediately for San Francisco to be, among other things, gay.” “She was a person who deserved an adjective at all times, at least in the privacy of my own mind.” “From Jimmy, I had inherited some distinctly Irish DNA that had compelled me since childhood to do precisely whatever I was forbidden to do.” “Warren wasn’t a particularly nice man either.  Forty-five years of opening doors for people who wouldn’t give him the time of day if they were wearing two watches had worn his patience and self-esteem thin.” My Review: This cleverly written and highly entertaining book is difficult for me to classify.  It was at times raucous, a smartly written comedy that is shrewdly funny, but is also an intriguing mystery, a romance, a family drama, and an addicting tale.  I was already chuckling and snorting in merriment during the first chapter.   I enjoyed all the quirky characters but my favorite has to be the large Chinese handyman name Fu, who verbalizes only five different English words through most of the story.  The writing is crisp, fast paced, smartly humorous and richly detailed.  I could almost smell the descriptions.  I derived a great deal of enjoyment in the main character’s repurposing of the clothing and costumes for her undercover work, that had been acquired and amassed throughout her acting career as wardrobe, while also describing the bizarre or eccentric role, production, or character she had previously portrayed while using the garments.  After years of off - off – off - off Broadway, she continues to describe herself as an “aspiring actor” with a long list of other jobs she has held at various times… although after nearly thirty years and now at age forty-five, her adult son believes she should be well past the aspiring phase and on to a more stable and down to earth profession.  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.  
Sheri-A-Wilkinson More than 1 year ago
McCall & Company: Workman's Complications by Rich Leder Kate McCall, a small time actress inherits her fathers private investigators business after her was murdered. Her father was investigating a life insurance scam and Kate decides to look into this case, as well as who killed her father. She finds herself in hot water when she lands in jail as a suspect in a murder. Will she get out of jail, prove her innocence and find the murderer?  A fast paced well written murder/mystery. I really liked Kate she is pretty much thrown into the investigation. The story has some twist and turns, that keep you guessing, anyone and everyone could be the murderer. I also liked Kate's back story as an "aspiring actress" and the setting in New York City. I feel that lovers of murder/mystery will enjoy McCall & Company: Workman’s Complication.