Book Review: Swollen Identity by Rich Leder


About the Book

MCCALL & COMPANY BACK IN BUSINESS.Way-off Broadway actress and NYC PI Kate McCall had promised the police and the Assistant DA—her son—that she was all done investigating any damn thing in New York… Meaning beautiful billionaire socialite Brooke Barrington says someone has stolen her identity and the corporate assassin who murdered Kate’s father has shot the eyes out of the CEO of Superior Press…

Meaning McCall & Company is back in business…

Meaning Kate enlists the help of the eccentric tenants of her brownstone—the House of Emotional Tics—and her melodramatic acting troupe, the Schmidt and Parker Players…

Meaning things spiral hilariously and dangerously out of control…

Meaning she is confronted by Brooke’s demonic identical twin, Bailey, accosted by international counterfeiters, and arrested for impersonating a hooker.

Will Kate stop Bailey from murdering Brooke? Or will she stop Brooke from murdering Bailey? Or will she figure out how to tell one from the other in time to survive the wrath of the Bulgarian mob men hired to protect the counterfeit cash?

And will she finally find her father’s killer?

She might, but it’s going to be a fast, fun, and furious ride.

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My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

I read Workman’s Complication, the first McCall & Company book, and enjoyed it so I was looking forward to reading Swollen Identity.

Kate McCall has promised her Assistant DA son that she’s done working as a PI. But when Brooke Barrington wants her to help figure who has stolen her identity and won’t take no for answer, Kate agrees to help her out.

What a ride! There are multiple plot twists and the same unique characters as in the first book. The people in Kate’s building aren’t only her friends, but they’re willing to help her on her cases. They’re all crazy in their own way, but you can’t help but like them all. 

I like Rich Leder’s writing style. It’s easy to follow and fun to read. Swollen Identity was very funny. This is a good book for anyone who likes mysteries and likes to laugh. 


About the Author

8304523Rich Leder has been a working writer for more than two decades. His screen credits include 18 produced television films for CBS, NBC, Lifetime, and Hallmark and feature films for Paramount Pictures, Tri-Star Pictures, and Left Bank Films.

He has written five funny novels to be released in 2014: McCall & Company: Workman’s Complication; McCall & Company: Swollen Identity; Juggler, Porn Star, Monkey Wrench; Let There Be Linda; and McCall & Company: Emboozlement.

He founded Laugh Riot Press, a social media marketing and self-publishing company, as an imprint for his funny books and the funny books of other indie authors looking to join an intimate, genre-specific community focused on maximizing the exponential power of year-round digital marketplace exposure.

He has been the lead singer in a Detroit rock band, a restaurateur, a Little League coach, a film director, a literacy tutor, a magazine editor, 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.

Rich loves to hear from writers and readers and replies every chance he gets. You can follow his blog at

3 thoughts on “Book Review: Swollen Identity by Rich Leder

  1. Rich Leder December 28, 2015 / 5:36 pm

    Awesome, Dawn. I’m so grateful for your upbeat review. Your support means the world to me. Halfway through book three…


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