Rich Leder is a professional writer (and all-around Renaissance man) who has put his pen to a variety of projects. In recent years, he's mainly been writing books, and on July 1st, he published a new one: Let There Be Linda. This dark comedy was published by Leder's LaughRiot Press and is available in multiple formats on Amazon. Listen to Leder talk about the book, comedy, and writing above.
Reviewers have called the book “hysterical," "irreverent," and "hugely entertaining." Leder will read excerpts from the novel on Sunday, August 7 at Old Books on Front Street from 1:00pm-3:00pm. He'll also sign copies, answer questions, and talk about living the writer's life.
Here is the summary published by LaughRiot Press: Leder's black comic caper tells the tall tale of estranged brothers Mike and Dan Miller—accountant and con-man talent agent respectively—up to their necks in the virtual quicksand of LA's San Fernando Valley during the hottest summer in Southern California history.
The root cause of their problems could be the missing seventy-five thousand dollars, or the sadistic, loan shark dwarf and his vicious giant, or the psycho comedian cop on the case, or the coke-snorting dentist, or the deranged zombie real estate developer. Or perhaps it’s the poodle—the poodle is suspect, no doubt. Or maybe it's the grocery store checker who breathes life into death. Oh yes, it could be her too.
And so to repair the head-on collision the Millers have made of their personal and professional lives, the brothers summon their mother back from the dead to clean up the wreckage. But what the Miller men discover is that screwing with the laws of nature is forever and always a violent, bloody, hysterical, and hilarious idea.