Flipping Out: A Lomax and Biggs Mystery
Minotaur, 2009 (2009)
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Reviewed by Tim Davis
ere is another entertaining mystery from the author of
The Rabbit Factory
, novels in which cops Mike Lomax and Terry Biggs work hard and have plenty of fun along the way to solving bizarre cases in one of the world's most consistently bizarre locations: Hollywood, California.
opens, a vice cop's wife has been murdered. She was a woman apparently without enemies, but Terry Biggs - a fellow who knows how to keep things simple - says, '
She must have had at least one.
' Biggs' and Mike Lomax's boss sets the priorities and makes things clear: '
A cop's wife was murdered in cold blood in her own home ... This case goes to the top of the pile.
ell, quicker than you can say
, the vice cop's wife becomes simply one in a series of murders, and each of the murders apparently has a couple of things in common: real estate and the police department. Sure, the real estate market in southern California is a cut-throat business, and certainly a lot of people hate cops, but - as far as Biggs and Lomax are concerned - something more sinister must be involved.
nd, of course, they are right, but as they chase down leads, avoid red herrings, and back out of dead ends, Lomax's and Biggs' patience, resourcefulness, and sense of humor will get quite a workout. Of course, '
When you work homicide,
' says the narrator Lomax, '
you have to find the laughs or you'll blow your own brains out. It's not a job for the faint of heart.
ell, when you read Marshall Karp's
, your sense of humor, like Biggs' and Lomax's, will also get a workout. Full of surprises and full of excitement,
is another top-notch winner from a wry writer who has quite a flair for crafting fun-filled mysteries, so don't miss this one.
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