Cold Hunger

Daniel Kramer is recovering from a divorce and a great personal tragedy. One night, he rescues a beautiful woman about to tumble onto the Manhattan subway tracks. He dares to imagine that this chance encounter might change his life. It does, but not in a way he ever could have imagined. Beneath the civilized veneer of New York City lurks a sickness that has been quietly spreading. Those who become infected develop strange appetites and prey on others with cunning and without remorse. As Daniel is drawn into this dark mystery, he discovers that time is running out to thwart their terrible plot.

Meet Rod Karn

After a childhood immersed in books, I decided to turn my attention to writing seriously. I’m a fan of tales that blend suspense, clever plot twists and a few darker elements. Good writing is above all good storytelling. There is something profoundly satisfying about a work that succeeds in creating what John Gardner described as the vivid and continuous fictional dream.

Don’t Kill Me Because I’m Beautiful

Brooklyn Petitjean is young, hot, rich, and hunted in post-pandemic Los Angeles, 2023, a city that’s cracking with tension, tent cities, roving Neo-Nazis, and a nasty gang of unemployed salesgirls. In this helter-skelter landscape, Brooklyn clashes with her fading movie star mother, finds love with a celibate ex-child star, and glimpses a terrifying future through a young psychic who tells her, “Something’s chasing you and it’s not done with you yet.” 

Reader’s Favorite Book Reviews ***** 
“What an excellent read for psychological thriller fans who are also curious about what goes on behind the beautiful faces and places, the glitz, gloom, and glamour of Hollywood… Readers follow Brooklyn’s thoughts and movements with increasing tension, and when she comes face to face with the real monsters of her childhood, she can barely breathe, and neither can we!… The complex plot is thoroughly engaging and full of twists.”

IndieReader—
“Gewirtz writes with an enjoyable poison-pen tone… “…an engrossing story with a dizzying array of complicated plot lines, many of which speak to timely topics like ageism, cancel culture, and even… the Coronavirus pandemic. It’s a thrilling, engaging read that will keep readers in suspense until the last page.” 

Foreword/Clarion Reviews— 
“Fascinating descriptions of the machinations of the movie industry also come through… Ending on a note of grace, Don’t Kill Me Because I’m Beautiful is a dark thriller in which Hollywood’s beauty belies its true evil.” 

Online Book Club —
“Don’t Kill Me Because I’m Beautiful is an intriguing story with an array of complicated plots and twists in a storyline that examines human behavior.” 


“The book is a page-turner, full of terrors and compassion, with the sense that some of the events happened or came damned near close to happening.” —Amazon Customer

“Every plot twist (and there are many) had me guessing — and then surprised. Perfect, escapist entertainment…”
— Amazon Customer 

“An array of fascinating, funny, and freaky characters. I highly recommend.” — Amazon Customer


Meet H. Gewirtz

H. Gewirtz is a twice Emmy-nominated and three-time Writer’s Guild of America Award nominee for such television shows as The Simpsons, The Larry Sanders Show, Everybody Hates Chris, and many more. DON’T KILL ME BECAUSE I’M BEAUTIFUL is his debut novel and he says it’s the best and most satisfying writing he’s ever done. H. Gewirtz lives in Los Angeles with his artist wife, Karen. His son Connor, a RISD graduate created the cover art for the novel.