Fountain of youth? More like murderous medication!

Carrie Kromer pushes the boundaries of science, not her social life. The brilliant behavioural gerontologist’s idea of a good time is hanging out with her beloved lab rats and taking care of her elderly mother and the other eccentric old folks at the nursing home. So no one is more surprised than Carrie when she steals the lab’s top-secret, experimental medicine for ageing in reverse.

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Two-time ex-con Johnny Fairfax dreams of culinary greatness. But when his corrupt parole officer tries to drag him from the nursing home kitchen, the suddenly young-again residents spring to his defence and murder the guy—and then request Johnny cook them an evidence devouring dinner to satisfy their insatiable side-effect appetite.

As their unexpected mutual attraction gets hot, Carrie and Johnny find themselves caught up with the authorities who arrive to investigate the killing. But even more dangerous than the man-eating not-so-senior citizens could be the arrival of death-dealing pharmaceutical hitmen.

Can Carrie and Johnny find true love in all this bloody madness?

Cooking for Cannibals is a dark comic thriller with a heaping helping of romance. If you like fast-paced plots, unconventional characters, and humour that crosses the line, then you’ll have a feast with Rich Leder’s wild ride.

My Review

Oh my goodness! This is like nothing I have ever read before. Hilarious, shocking, funny, dark and gross – what a ride. Not for the faint-hearted it includes murder, torture, rats, nudity, orgies, drugs, more rats, cannibalism, sex, torture (did I already mention torture?), even more rats – have I left anything out? Don’t think so. And all served – tattoo-boy Johnny Fairfax style – with panache-in-a-burger and a huge helping of dark humour.

I love the rats. I know I probably shouldn’t and most people hate them, but I love their little rat faces and their little rat feet. And the way Carrie adores them and kisses them on their little rat noses. She calls them her Greek Gods. Just the ones with the super powers that is. Bit like the geriatrics at the Copacabana Rest Home (except she doesn’t kiss them on their little wrinkled noses), who have not only turned back time but become lithe and gorgeous, sex mad and with a lust for devouring human flesh. Carrie gave them a pill that did this. She stole it and everyone wants it back including Sikorski the scientist who developed it.

Now everyone is after her – from the drop-dead gorgeous ‘fixer’ Eduardo Wolf to the pyromaniac ‘cleaner’ Constantine ‘Tino’ Antonov, from the Matrix twin cops to Johnny’s larger-than-life parole officer. Looks like there is only one way out. Kill ’em, cook ’em and feed ’em to the residents. I don’t know why I’m laughing. It’s really not funny – well actually it’s hilarious.

Many thanks to @damppebbles for inviting me to be part of #damppebblesblogtours

PS I don’t think Amazon will approve this review – I may have to leave a few things out.

About the Author

Rich Leder has been a working writer for more than three decades. His credits include 19 produced movies—television films for CBS, Lifetime, and Hallmark and feature films for Lionsgate, Paramount Pictures, Tri-Star Pictures, Longridge Productions, and Left Bank Films—and six novels for Laugh Riot Press.

He’s 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 wedding guru, a PTA board member, a commercial real estate agent, and a visiting artist for the UNCW 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 fabulous children.

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Publishing Information:Published by Laugh Riot Press on 14th January 2021

7 Comments on “Cooking for Cannibals by Rich Leder

  1. What a great review! So pleased to be a part of the awesome cookiebiscuits blog today. Thanks for hosting me and my crazy book, Cooking for Cannibals.

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