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Flipping Out: A Lomax & Biggs Mystery [Kindle Edition]

Marshall Karp
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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 her House 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.




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From Publishers Weekly

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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Cop wives are dropping like flies in Karp’s third offering to feature the irrepressible Los Angeles Police Department detective team of Mike Lomax and Terry Biggs. All of the victims were partners in a real-estate venture: flipping houses for fun and profit. (The group, which included mystery novelist Nora Bannister, had an ingenious gimmick; in her books, Bannister would set a murder at the address of an actual home up for sale). Lomax and Biggs think they’ve nabbed the killer, but too many loose ends remain, including a couple of widowed cops who are behaving very suspiciously. With their own romantic partners in peril, Lomax and Biggs set out in search of damning evidence before higher-ups shut the case in their face. Karp’s earlier novels (The Rabbit Factory, 2006, and Bloodthirsty, 2007) were gems of comic timing, focusing on good-natured Lomax and one-liner-slinging Biggs. This time around the attention is more on secondary characters and plot. That’s all well and good, though series fans may be a bit disappointed to see two such scenery-chewing stars forced to share center stage. --Allison Block

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  • File Size: 344 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; 1 edition (April 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FO7LVA2
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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There's a time and place for serious, cerebral reading, the kind of novel that makes you think deeply about the ethical choices every character made--

This isn't that book.

Instead, Flipping Out is the sort of novel you turn to after it's been a hard week at the office, when you want a story that holds your interest for a few hours, makes you laugh, and -- hey, isn't that enough? Flipping Out is absolutely the right accompaniment to a big bag of potato chips, because you'll find it as hard to put down the book as it is to "eat just one chip."

The story doesn't sound all that lighthearted. It's a police procedural, which means a detective team at the LAPD who's called upon to solve a homicide. Is the murder because the victim is a police-buddy's wife, or because she's partner in a real estate deal spearheaded by acclaimed mystery novelist Nora Bannister? Nora has discovered a unique way to improve a property's value: set a mystery novel in the renovated house, then sell it to a fan who wants to live at a "famous address." (It does sound cool, doesn't it?) But everyone LIKED the victim; no one had a reason to kill her.

The two heroes, Biggs and Lomax, spend most of the book trying to figure things out, and I had no idea what the answer was until the author revealed it. But even if I had guessed (and I sure wasn't close), I wouldn't have minded. What makes this book so much fun is the dialog. Imagine a mystery novel written by Joss Whedon. It's clever, it's funny, and it's fast paced:

"That's not a girl thing. It's called fear," [Biggs says as he tries to reassure his girlfriend.] "Even manly-man cops get it. Can I give you three words of advice?"
"Carry a gun?" [she replies]
"Let it go."
"That's easy for you to say. You have a gun."

Flipping Out is a great weekend read. Grab your sunglasses, put your feet up on the porch swing, pour a beer, and have a wonderful time.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Flipping Out by Marshall Karp

I have to say that this book just flat out really did it for me. I have found a new obsession in Mr. Karps writing! I love mysteries, and this is a police procedural too...then to add the cherry onto the cake it is also laugh out loud funny. Mr. Karp better be sitting in front of his word processor right this minute cranking out the next book in this series that's all I have to say. I read this the third in the series first and as soon as I was done, I immediately went back and ordered the first two on this series - The Rabbit Factory and Bloodthirsty. There really is no need to read the first books in order since each can stand on it's own quite nicely, but it may help clarify some minor points and "in" jokes..

Okay now down to the nitty gritty - this series stars two of LAPD's finest Detectives Mike Lomax, Terry Biggs (an aspiring stand up comic) and a whole slew of other equally hilarious secondary characters, including Mike`s teamster father who loves to be a butinski, Mikes lady friend Diana and Terry`s wife Marilyn. The first murder that happens, just happens to be another detective's wife and then there is a second murder of a cop's wife and then... well you get the idea! What do these murders have in common besides they are all cops wives? Well this group of women just all happen to belong to a club that flips houses for profit and this group includes Terry`s wife Marilyn. This club is headed by famed mystery writer Nora Bannister who is writing a series of mystery books called The House to Die For Series. Each house in her series is an actual house newly renovated by the partners and as soon as the newest house in the series is ready to go on the market the wives start dying.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tip of the Iceburg Police Procedural March 6, 2009
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Flipping Out has a wonderful premise that is fully realized as the plot thickens.

It portrays the inevitable relationship among the families of professional law enforcement, continuing the "Lomax and Biggs Mystery" series in a way that lets us get to know and respect these two cops.

There's much to discuss about this novel, but I have to tiptoe around spoilers. The first murder is just the tip of the iceburg of an involuted but relentlessly logical scheme by characters the reader gets to know well enough to suspect them of involvement in the scheme.

Lomax and Biggs show the kind of character we hope all our law enforcement people have. They don't stop assembling the case in their minds even when political pressure manipulates events. They are honest, smart, capable and imaginative in working the case even when they have no real leads. And they solve it.

The clues are laid out by the author honestly, and a clever reader will twig to the big clue once it's presented -- but probably not before.

This is a very well constructed and cleanly written police procedural, and I'd expect great things from this series in the future.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Awesome Lomax & Biggs Mystery! May 13, 2009
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Flipping Out is the third book in a wonderful series by Marshall Karp featuring LAPD Homicide Detectives Mike Lomax and Terry Biggs. If you haven't read the first two yet, never fear. Karp's style of writing is such that you can jump right in and hit the ground running... then go back and order books one and two, The Rabbit Factory and Bloodthirsty. :-)

The premise of Flipping Out revolves around a group of women who form a business to renovate and "flip" houses for profit. Lomax & Biggs become "involved" with the project when a member of the house flipping group, who was also the wife of one of their fellow detectives, is murdered at the location of the group's most recent house flipping project. Before Lomax & Biggs can figure out whether the victim was targeted because she was a police officer's wife or because she was a member of the house flipping team a second murder occurs, also of a woman who was a member of the house flipping team and a police officer's wife. Clearly, Lomax & Biggs have their hands full with a serial killer, and from there the pursuit is on in a race against the clock to catch the killer before he/she can work their way through the entire house flipping team.

It's not easy to write a book that is both edge of your seat mystery as well as laugh-out-loud funny, but Karp pulls it off effortlessly. The black humor banter between Lomax & Biggs is razor sharp, and the one-liners fly fast and furious. But beneath the surface jocularity there is real depth to the characters in Karp's novels.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Flipping Out was a fun read and the story plot was interesting too
Flipping Out was a fun read and the story plot was interesting too. The dialogue between characters is one of the best parts however. Lots of funny twists of phrases.
Published 1 month ago by David West
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good read
Cop humor is right on line. Story is well thought out with a few twists.
Published 1 month ago by Robert Van Gelder
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great
The writing was as crisp and funny as ever but the plot, while fully developed by the end, was odd and not as satisfying as the previous books in this series.
Published 2 months ago by Petra Baer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
sent to relative
Published 3 months ago by Joan Bernhardt
5.0 out of 5 stars I really like his writing style
I really like his writing style. Incorporates humor into the writing. I have now read all of his books. I recommend them highly.
Published 4 months ago by Terri Wright-Hickman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellant light comedic mystery.
Published 4 months ago by Bim Estapa
4.0 out of 5 stars Good summer read!
Once again, this series provides a good read....you travel with the two detectives and feel like you are part of their conversations and the humor, although on the raw side, is... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mary Rolfe
5.0 out of 5 stars Flippin Out
This was the first time I read about Biggs and Lomax but I loved them, I am now reading other books with them as detectives and enjoying them once again..
Published 5 months ago by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars great series
I have enjoyed every book of this series and am devastated there are now more. Please, Mr. Karp, write another one fast!
Published 5 months ago by Jane Myers Perrine
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Love the humor and the relationship of Lomax and Biggs. Was a good read. Could hardly put it down. Recommend to anyone.
Published 5 months ago by Joyce Young
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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 NY, 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. "NYPD Red 2" will be released in March 2014.

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 can be found at www.karpkills.com

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