By Marshall Karp
Minotaur Books/St. Martin’s Press
Best-selling novelist Nora Bannister buys run-down houses in LA. While Nora’s business partners turn each one into a showpiece, she writes a book with the house as the scene of a grisly murder. When the book is released, the women put the house up for sale. A bidding frenzy ensues among those who wish to live in a place where a fictional character died a violent death.
All goes fine with the scheme until the real deaths begin. LAPD Detectives Mike Lomax and Terry Biggs are assigned the case, a case that hits close to home since some of the victims are cops’ wives. Lomax and Biggs must track down the murderer before Terry’s wife becomes a target.
The motive for the murders seems to come out of nowhere, but still, the book is light and humorous and fun to read. Karp has a marvelous ear for dialogue, and a knack for one-liners. One of my favorites: The senior tech at the morgue says of her charges, “We don’t let them check in unless they’ve checked out.”
Karp says, “I write for people who want three-dimensional characters, real laugh-out-loud humor that is organic to the situation, and plot twists right up to the final pages. And while I make no guarantees, I’d say that a steady diet of my books can also help you lose weight, double your income, and improve your sex life.”
So, there you have it: Flipping Out by Marshall Karp.
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April 11, 2009 at 8:22 pm
Great plot, would love to read the whole book. Please send me a copy.. thanks
April 12, 2009 at 8:07 pm
I love the premise of this book and would love to read it!
April 13, 2009 at 11:43 am
Wow, that is original–sounds like a great read.
April 14, 2009 at 5:19 pm
A great read, LOL funny, twists that turn on a dime, and it really did improve my sex life!