Nora Bannister is a bestselling mystery novelist who buys run-down houses in LA. While her business partners turn the house into a showpiece, Nora makes it the scene of a grisly murder in herHouse To Die For series. As soon as the new book goes on sale, so does the house -- and the bidding frenzy begins. It seems a lot of people are willing to pay a lot of money to live in a real house where a fictional character has died a violent death.
Just before Nora's latest book hits the market, one of her house-flipping partners is murdered. LAPD Detectives Mike Lomax and Terry Biggs are assigned the case, but this one is a hot potato - the dead woman is also the wife of one of their fellow cops. As Mike and Terry dig into the victim's private life, more bodies turn up . . .
Is someone stalking the house flippers or is the murderer after cops' wives? Either way, Mike and Terry have to track down the killer before he murders his next logical target -- Marilyn Biggs, Terry's wife.
LAPD homicide detectives Michael Lomax and Terry Biggs take on a killer targeting a group of police officers' wives in Karp's irreverent third mystery (after 2007's Bloodthirsty). When spouses of some of Lomax and Biggs's closest co-workers are found murdered, they begin their investigation by questioning the surviving members of the LA Flippers, the partnership of cop wives who, along with popular mystery writer Nora Bannister, have found a lucrative way to flip houses in the highly competitive Southern California real estate market. With the body count rising and pressure from Lomax and Biggs's superiors to close the case fast, the wisecracking duo must somehow track down a cunning psychopath before Biggs's wife becomes the killer's next target. Blending the gritty realism of a Joseph Wambaugh police procedural with the sardonic humor of Janet Evanovich, Karp delivers a treat that's not only laugh-out-loud funny but also remarkably suspenseful. (Apr.)
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1 . Murderous Fun
Posted October 20, 2012 by CL-B , Sierra VistaWhen was the last time you laughed your way through a murder mystery? Oh I know there are several hours of fun and laughter while solving the weekly murder on TV, but never before, that I can remember,(and I would remember!) have I come across an author that could keep me glued to over 500 pages of fun and mayhem. Mayhem yes, there are several, but add fun.........not any until now. Somewhere in the back of my mind I've wondered about the writers that James Patterson collaborates with, but never before 'NYPD Red' have I ever bothered to do more than give any of them that passing thought. Something about this book made me look further into his writing partner, Marshall Karp. His bio sent me back to the internet to look for his first book 'The Rabbit Factory'. The $2.99 price tag made downloading it a no brainer. The first page made me a fan! After a marathon read, I went looking for the hard covers of all four of his 'Lomax & Biggs' books. I was only able to find the last two, but was able to download all four to my e-reader. As mystery readers, I know that you all know the thrill of finding a new writer...well, Happy Birthday, Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah......here he is... http://karpkills.com/ As for NYPD Red, I'm so pleased that #2 is already being worked on! This is a great addition to JP's series sets..it more than holds it's head up along side Alex Cross, The Murder Club, Michael Bennett and Private. His newest duo is not only brilliant, but the dynamic of putting together a man who hasn't been able to get past the 'girl who got away' and that very same woman who is very much and very happily married, is masterful. Exactly what one can expect from the slightly wacky brain of JP's co-author of choice, Marshall Karp.
March 27, 2010
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