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Product Details

  • Series: Lomax & Biggs (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (March 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312378211
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312378219
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,008,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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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From Booklist

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

More About the Author

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

Customer Reviews

I will certainly go back & read The Rabbit Factory & Bloodythirsty because I'm sure that they were just as incredible as this one.
The whole mystery was very interesting, the characters are entertaining and very relatable, and the writing itself was in an easy to read engaging style. .
The book is a fun and fast read, with many laugh out loud moments, and twists that keep the mystery going until the killer is caught.
Gary Miller

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Esther Schindler TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 2, 2009
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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 By Dianne E. Socci-Tetro TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 11, 2009
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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 By Jacqueline VINE VOICE on 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 By Elizabeth A. White on 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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