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Cut, Paste, Kill: A Lomax & Biggs Mystery Hardcover – June 8, 2010

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Starred Review. In Karp's excellent fourth mystery featuring LAPD detectives Mike Lomax and Terry Biggs (after 2009's Flipping Out), the pair look into the stabbing death of British citizen Eleanor Bellingham-Crump, who escaped prosecution for killing a 10-year-old boy while driving drunk by virtue of her husband's diplomatic immunity. The killer left a scrapbook at the scene detailing the circumstances of Bellingham-Crump's crime. The FBI fills the detectives in on two other murders, apparently by the same killer, a vigilante targeting criminals who managed to evade justice. The investigators luck out when a lead takes them to Gladys Wade, an inmate who claims to know the murderer's identity and wants to barter that secret for her parole. Karp offers multiple twists that will keep most readers guessing until the end, and balances the grim plot with Biggs's inexhaustible supply of genuinely humorous one-liners. Kinky Friedman and Carl Hiaasen fans should latch onto this series. (June)
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Here’s something we’ve never seen in crime fiction: a hard-boiled scrapbooking mystery. Karp’s fourth Lomax and Biggs novel (following Flipping Out, 2009) finds the L.A. detectives struggling with a baffling case involving the murder of some certifiable bad guys by a vigilante who leaves scrapbooks at the crime scenes detailing the victims’ numerous malfeasances. With the help of an incarcerated woman who claims to have encountered a scrapbooking fellow inmate with revenge on her mind, the trail leads directly to the presumed killer. But are the detectives being hoodwinked? As usual in this uproarious series, the emphasis is as much on comedy as it is on crime, and this time there’s plenty to work with: Biggs, the king of the one-liner, has his sights set on a screenwriting career, working in tandem with Lomax’s equally wacky father, and Lomax and steady girlfriend Diana are babysitting a precocious Asian girl, who may be able to match Biggs quip for quip. The plot gets a little screwy in the end, but that seems right for a novel that is half mystery and half screwball comedy. Somehow Karp keeps the two in perfect balance. --Bill Ott

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Product Details

  • Series: Lomax & Biggs (Book 4)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (June 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031237822X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312378226
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #910,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Before collaborating with best selling author James Patterson, Marshall Karp was in advertising, where the punishment for creating award-winning TV campaigns is to put the writer in charge of an entire department and tell him to stop writing ads. Trapped in a corner office, Karp wrote a play, "Squabbles," which attracted the attention of network executives. He created "Everything's Relative," a CBS comedy starring Jason Alexander, moved to LA to become writer/producer for the NBC hit, "Amen," then served as writer/co-executive producer for ABC's "Baby Talk" and several other long forgotten TV series. A feature film, "Just Looking," directed by Jason Alexander, was released in 2000.

Karp returned to New York, and in 2006 he fulfilled a long-time fantasy by killing many of the people he worked with in Hollywood. His first novel, "The Rabbit Factory," set in a Disneyesque studio, introduces LAPD Detectives Mike Lomax and Terry Biggs. Three more Lomax and Biggs mysteries followed ("Bloodthirsty," "Flipping Out," and "Cut, Paste, Kill"). In 2011 he coauthored the #1 NY Times bestseller "Kill Me If You Can" with James Patterson. A second collaboration, "NYPD Red," followed in 2012. The book was so well received that it became a series. "NYPD Red 2" was released in 2014, and "NYPD Red 3" a year later.

In 2002 Karp joined the Board of Advisors of Vitamin Angels and is one of the architects of Operation 20/20, whose goal is to prevent blindness and dramatically reduce mortality rates among the 200 million children around the world who suffer from Vitamin A deficiency. More than you could possibly want to know about Marshall Karp can be found at www.karpkills.com

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Esther Schindler TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The only mystery left in my brain, after reading this latest novel by Marshall Karp, is why his books aren't stuffed into the best-seller racks in airport bookstores. Perhaps it's because a high Karp Book Density might disturb all the flight attendants, with so many have passengers giggling throughout the trip. But truly... Karp has been one of my best discoveries of the past few years. His mysteries are non-obvious, the plots are engaging, and the wise-cracking duo of Lomax & Biggs -- police detectives in Los Angeles -- make me crack up. When the author offered me an Advance Reading Copy of Cut, Paste, Kill, I said ever-so-decorously, "YES YES YES!"

In this novel, the detectives need to solve a "scrapbooking" mystery. The serial killer leaves behind at each murder scene a well-crafted scrapbook documenting the victim's sins and evidence about why the individual needed to be punished. Lomax and Biggs have to figure out who's killing these people and put the murderer behind bars... even if they personally agree with the killer's sentiments.

That doesn't sound like the ingredients for a book that will make you laugh out loud in the middle of a crowded plane (even if you have been denied your god-given right to free peanuts). But Karp's characters are truly wonderful, and their wisecracking balances the hard facts of the murder case. (Early in the story, they are teamed up with a female FBI agent; they're asked if they have a problem working with a woman. "'Hell no,' Terry said. "At the end of a tough day chasing bad guys we don't care if our boss goes home and slips into a sexy little cocktail dress. It'll be almost like working for J. Edgar Hoover himself.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TLMNC on July 9, 2010
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The latest Marshall Karp mystery did not disappoint! I have been looking forward to this book for a long time and it was worth the wait and the trip to NYC to get it! This is the second year in a row I have traveled to NYC from NC for Marshall Karp's book release party to get my autographed copy of the latest Lomax and Biggs novel and it has been worth every penny! That is how much I look forward to reading his books! I could not stop reading. The best Lomax and Biggs thriller yet! I can't believed I laughed so much while reading about murder and scrapbooking! Please continue writing Lomax and Biggs crime novels!! I absolutely cannot wait for the book he is writing with James Patterson to come out. The 2 best mystery authors EVER!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne E on July 9, 2010
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I am not an avid reader but when my good friends that have a book club told me I had to read one of Marshall's books, I became a fan. I love how he can make the reader wonder on every twist & turn and keep you wanting for more. I recommend picking up a copy today and get on board the Karp express!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kcf on July 9, 2010
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I was introduced to this author by a friend and by chapter 2 of his first book, I called and said `Thank you - I LOVE him'. I could not put the book down, and read all three of his books in record time.

Marshall's books have everything you want in a great book - there is mystery, there is humor, and the characters are relatable, fun and real. You want to know these people; actually you do know these people.

I had to wait a month for Cut, Paste, Kill: A Lomax & Biggs Mystery to come out, and I was not disappointed with the results. I'm only disappointed sleep kept me from finishing it in one day. If only Marshall could write as fast as I can read!!

Highly anticipating his next venture with his friend and author James Patterson, and of course the next in the Lomax and Biggs series. Write faster Marshall!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MED on November 9, 2011
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Karp is back with his Lomax and Biggs series. Bodies are turning up with a scrapbook detailing the nefarious deed for which the individual paid with their life. The detectives are paired with a smart aleck FBI agent and set about finding the avenging killer. Back are Big Jim Lomax, Diana and Marilyn (and girls), a cute new addition (Sophie) and the precinct regulars.

The story takes a left turn when the killer is served up by a jailhouse snitch and Karp manages to keep the one-liners coming, incorporate a crazy cat lady (with the cats having a starring role) and the story moving along. Even Betty White is pulled into this one.

This isn't Hemingway - it is escapist reading at its' best.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keldo on July 9, 2010
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Cut, Paste, Kill is hysterically funny and yet twisted. I recommend this one even to those who aren't fans of murder mysteries, I never was and have been hooked since The Rabbit Factory. I didn't want to stop reading & didn't want it to end. I am already Blood Thirsty for the next Karp release. Do yourself a favor and pick up Cut, Paste, Kill! I bet you'll be Flipping Out over it as much as I am!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JMB on June 11, 2010
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This one has it all: a twisty plot (including twisted people), characters and relationships that are interesting (particularly Mike and Diana as well as Mike and Terry), some hysterically funny lines and situations (e.g., on menopause) and author Karp even gets into some grown-up situational ethics in the end (instead of the usual black and white). Highly recommended.
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