by Rich Leder
ONE SLIPPERY SPORTS BAR EMBEZZLER
TWO DEAD DECADENT DIVORCE LAWYERS
MCCALL & COMPANY ON THE CASE
PI Kate McCall was warned to stay home, stay put, and stay out of NYPD business. But someone is killing Lowry Lowe lawyers, and Kate is sure her father’s murderer is pulling the trigger. At the same time, former Major League relief pitcher Steve “Blue” Stark wants her to catch the crook embezzling big bucks from his West Side sports bar.
Kate can’t help but get in the game.
The problem is the killer is cluing her in before murdering each lawyer and she’s falling for Blue as fast as he’s becoming her prime suspect.
Can Kate and her crackpot crew catch her father’s killer before all the lawyers are dead? And will she find real love with dreamboat Blue? Or will she have to lock him up for stealing his own money?
If she comes through the kidnappings, she might beat the odds.
My bar’s as crazy as Nick Nolte too… Check that. Crazier. If we’re talking about crazy, Blue Bar is in Gary Busey territory.
We could barely breathe each other’s air for five minutes. For her, everything about me was tied too loose. For me, everything about her was wound too tight.
I was entirely Irish on my mother’s side and absolutely Irish on my father’s side, so I could be stubbornly stubborn just falling out of bed. Not to mention I was Jimmy McCall’s daughter, so I’d learned stubborn from the Hardheaded Heavyweight Champion of the World.
When you’re fourteen years old and nervous about talking to the boy two lockers down, that means you like that boy and you want it to work out with him. Guess what? When you’re forty-five, it means the same thing.
I am always surprised when a man proves himself capable of bringing such a delightful female character to life with pitch-perfect feminine inner musings, insecurities, irrationality, and insights. Rich Leder has provided yet another highly amusing, entertaining, and well-crafted mystery that incorporated all aspects of Kate McCall’s colorful life. Poor Kate, she was still grieving the loss of her father’s murder and was being taunted by the killer and threatened by a homicide detective who had previously arrested her multiple times for various reasons – and each one highly amusing. Kate had the worst luck with romance, was a so-so actress, managed a rent-controlled complex of eccentric and questionably sane residents, and was still trying to get a grip on her new position of Private Eye after inheriting her murdered father’s business; but at least she had a killer right-cross that could knock a grown man out cold.
I enjoyed this quirky and adventurous tale from beginning to end and adore the intrepid Kate McCall/off-off-off Broadway actress/B-movie and late night commercial player/Private Detective. Kate was part of an unusual local theater troupe packed with odd and peculiar players who enthusiastically write and perform a rigorous schedule of unique/bizarre/outlandish musical productions as well as films, however, the strangest part of that for me was the fact that the troupe actually has a faithful following and played to a packed theater of a thousand. Only in New York… Her fellow actors often assisted her in her undercover private eye cases, with mixed results. I particularly enjoyed the assistance provided by an overly emotive actor which resulted in him being Tased during an interview, especially when he later repeatedly described his heroics as being “shocking,” and “supercharged.”
Kate’s short-lived and ill-fated roles had not brought her notoriety, although they had provided her with a surplus of wardrobe, wigs, uniforms, props, and fake badges to use during her surveillance and undercover assignments. Although, I don’t know how she would be able to repurpose the vampire fangs she had somehow managed to learn to sing with while wearing. Kate has mad skills, and so does Rich Leder.
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, feature films for Paramount Pictures, Tri-Star Pictures, and Left Bank Films, and four 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 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. He resides on the North Carolina coast with his awesome wife, Lulu, and is sustained by the visits home of their three children.
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