Review of Swollen Identity





Synopis: 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.

No “Spoilers” Review

I really enjoy Rich Leder’s style of writing: It is the perfect blend of mystery, humor, action, and quick-witted comments. Leder does a wonderful job at keeping the tone light. The humor comes from the writing—the subtle way the sentences are crafted—and from the characters themselves.

What starts as a small stolen-identity mystery For Kate McCall grows into something larger and more deadly at every turn. When reading the novel, I could envision this as a film or a television series. Hmm . . . Let’s go with television series so that Leder will have to write many more adventures with McCall & Company each year. I think 22 stories a year sounds about right.

Kate McCall is a wonderfully complex character. I believe that it is Leder’s understanding of the human condition—of the many contradictions that make up an individual—that make her so relatable. Not everyone in the world can envision being a private detective or an actress, but it is easy to relate to Kate’s family situations, her friendships, and her desire to find her father’s killer. It is also easy to understand why she needs to resolve the case rather than depending upon the police or her son, who is a district attorney, to do the job.

The chapter for me that really reveals the essence of Kate’s character is “Don’t Call Me a Crazy Bitch, You Crazy Bitch.” In it Kate’s “eye-for-an-eye” philosophy really comes to the forefront, as do her acting and detective skills.   I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but she gets to throw a haymaker punch that would have made her father proud as well as outsmart two smarmy idiots.

Swollen Identity by Rich Leder is a novel I would recommend to any adult reader who likes a good mystery with a touch of dry wit. This is a definite must-read series.

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Disclaimer—I received a copy of this book for a fair and timely review.

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