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Product Details

  • Paperback: 574 pages
  • Publisher: Lawson Library; Reprint edition (April 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596922176
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596922174
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,715,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews Review

About 30 pages into The Rabbit Factory you will find yourself hoping that the book's author Marshall Karp is at home typing. He has created two LAPD cops, Mike Lomax and his partner Terry Biggs, who are smart, drop-dead funny (especially Terry), and as irreverent as two guys can be. Karp has also written a ripping good story, not counting on buddy-cop banter to carry the day.

Mike Lomax's wife, Joanie, died of cancer six months before the action begins, after a long time trying to have a family. Instead of leaving little replicas of herself, she leaves letters, which Mike opens on the 18th of every month, the anniversary of her death. His father, Big Jim, loved Joanie very much but wants to see Mike get on with his life. These guys love each other a lot and the dialogue that Karp gives them is both sharp and tender. Terry Biggs met his wife, Marilyn, who was the paramedic called when he was an "Officer Down." That meeting is so funny you have to read it to believe it.

One thing, as they say, led to another, and despite the fact that Marilyn had seven-year-old twin daughters, and a third, age five, Terry signed on for the whole package. And that's how a guy from the Bronx winds up living in Sherman Oaks with a wife and three teenage Valley girls.

The setting of much of the action is "Familyland," a Disneyland clone, conceived of by the late Dean Lamaar, who, like Disney, started out as an animator. His creations, Rambunctious Rabbit, Slaphappy Puppy, McGreedy the Moose, and others are now big family favorites and the little cartoon studio is a global conglomerate. It has been recently sold to the Japanese, after faltering receipts, and there are plans afoot to open a theme park in Las Vegas. That opening is just months away when an employee playing Rambunctious Rabbit is murdered on the premises. Not good for the corporate image. Another murder takes place, and another, and it quickly becomes obvious that someone has it in for Lamaar's enterprises. Mike and Terry are under tremendous pressure from Ike Rose, CEO of Lamaar, to keep the whole mess under wraps, and an equal amount of pressure from their Chief to "get it solved." They work smart and long and hard to uncover a conspiracy, finding a big surprise at the end of the search.

Marshall Karp is a refreshing addition to the suspense, satire, mystery genre. His two Detectives are irresistible. --Valerie Ryan --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. The publisher's blurb on playwright and screenplay writer Karp's first novel, "The hilarious and suspenseful introduction of Detectives Mike Lomax and Terry Biggs," makes the two LAPD detectives sound as if they're the reincarnation of the Keystone Kops. They are amusing, but the comedy never overshadows this smart, many-layered thriller. Lomax's beloved wife has died, his doting father is trying to get him to go on dates and his wayward, gambling-addicted brother is in deep trouble. Meanwhile, Lomax is trying to solve a string of high-profile murders aimed at destroying a Disneyesque theme park, Lamaar's Familyland. First, the employee playing Rambunctious Rabbit, Familyland's signature cartoon character, is strangled in his rabbit suit, then a series of other employees and visitors to the park are killed, bringing the company to its knees. Lomax, Biggs and the FBI have their work cut out for them in a clever plot that will keep readers guessing to the very end. Enthusiastic readers will anxiously await the return of detectives Lomax and Biggs. (May)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Customer Reviews

He has a great sense of humor, character development, and interesting plots.
This book is a page turner with well written characters and a plot that keeps you entertained.
Shane Paxton
Easy to read, and I am looking forward to reading another book by this author.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
Marshall Karp's first novel The Rabbit Factory is a mega-winner that gives a whole new meaning to the police procedural. This novel is a must-read for those looking for something new and original in fiction, especially fans of mystery thrillers.

Set in Hollywood's Lamaar Studios "Family Land," (a theme park similar to Disneyland...but NOT), the gruesome murder of Rambunctious Rabbit kick-starts the storyline. Rambunctious is a huge, big-footed hare dressed in signature red, white and blue, (translate the long-eared, burrowing mammal version of Mickey Mouse). Eddie Elkins, a sex offender, child molester and convicted pedophile plays the part of this particular rabbit...but not for long. Elkins, who had paid the proverbial "pretty penny" for a new identity, was only on the job for six weeks before being brutally strangled during a cigarette break. And this is only the first of many murders to come which will effect Lamaar's bottom line, not to mention the victims' families lives.

Mike Lomax and Terry Biggs are the duo from LAPD heading the investigation - and these two guys are the BEST!!! Mike is a recent widower whose wife sends him love letters from beyond the grave. And Terry thinks he is a comedian - "Terry the Fun Homicide Cop!" Hah!! The chemistry and humor between the two detectives is fantastic! Minor characters, especially Big Jim, Lomax's hulking teamster father, are well drawn and extremely appealing.

The Rabbit Factory is one of the most entertaining books I have read in many a moon. The murder mystery is gripping, filled with suspense, and the characters are compelling as are the subplots. What's not to like??

I predict this one will skyrocket to the top of the bestseller lists...and it deserves too!

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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Candace Siegle, Greedy Reader on May 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I hope Marshall Karp is sitting at the computer right now, clicking away at the next adventures of Lomax and Biggs. If he's not-somebody get the shackles and bind the man to the chair. We need a sequel already. "The Rabbit Factory" is a refreshing change from moody noir or snippy satiric LA novels. It is a nice, big book, suspenseful, sharp, funny, and pleasantly different from most examples of LA detective fic.

Detectives Mike Lomax and Terry Biggs are the men on the job. Mike is a widower, bearing the loss of his wife with the help of his dad and stepmother. Terry is a transplanted New Yorker, happily married to plump, no-nonsense EMT. They are called to the Lamaar Studios' Familyland amusement park to investigate the murder of the castmember wearing the outfit of Familyland's signature character, Rambunctious Rabbit. The fact that this guy is a convicted pedophile who somehow managed to get a job at a park for little kids is only an indication of what's rotten at Familyland. Employees, visitors, and performers are picked off in very ugly ways, until the detectives are met with a final, outrageous demand. What could Lamaar Studios-a small animation company grown into a huge but beloved conglomerate-have done to piss someone off so badly that they would threaten to kill anyone who had anything to do with Lamaar or its products?

Karp is not afraid to allow "The Rabbit Factory's" the length necessary for us to get to know the characters. Fear boredom? Forget it. The plot clips along briskly and is a pleasure to read. You'll be sorry when the books are closed on this case, and hope to open a new book starring Lomax and Biggs soon.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By L. J. Roberts VINE VOICE on April 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Detectives Mike Lomax and Terry Biggs have a dead rabbit on their hands. The man who dresses as Rambunction Rabbit at Lamaar Studios Familyland has been murdered. Their first theory is that the killer was targeting the employee, who was a convicted pedophile. But as more murders occur it becomes clear that someone is out to destroy Lamaar Studios. It's not easy for the detectives to investigate the case, try and prevent more murders while trying to keep the incidents out of the public eye.

In the Acknowledgement, Marshall Karp gives "Special thanks to Sandi Gelles-Cole who helped take the fear and the mystery out of how to fill 600 blank pages." He should have listened to the fear. This was a good book that could have been a great book had it been 300 pages shorter. For an author who created whole stories in 30-to-60 second ads, he suffered from word explosion. I wish every aspiring author, particularly of police procedurals, were required to read the early books of Ed McBain and then write one of their own of a similar length. That's not to say I didn't enjoy the book, I did. There were good characters and good suspense. There was certainly character development. It was a fast and enjoyable read. I shall read Mr. Karp's next book but I shall also hope, over time, he provides us with crisp, exciting, tightly plotted stories.
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Format: Paperback
The Rabbit Factory is a great and very entertaining read and I can't wait to read the next of Karp's books Bloodthirsty.

On the cover of the version I have, a James Patterson quote promotes this novel as Carl Hiaasen of Los Angeles. I don't think Patterson has actually read this book (or maybe he hasn't read a Hiaasen novel) as although this is very funny in parts it certainly not written in the eccentric character surreal style that Hiaasen, Fitzhugh, Barry etc use. In fact this book is closer in style to most of Patterson's own books and to steal from his quote - only I think Karp's even better. With The Rabbit Factory at over 600 pages Karp also thankfully has not emulated the ridiculously low word count (average 180 pages large sized print) and short chapters of his friend (Karp tells us they're friends in his acknowledgements at the end) but to be honest I am surprised the editors didn't edit this book a bit. I mean there are whole sub plots that could been culled and left out for future books such as the gambling brother one which do interrupt the pace and flow of the main plot but their inclusion does make the book even better value for money for the purchaser.

The basic plot of this loyal partners LA homicide cop adventure starts off with the murder of a Warner Brothers/Disney type corporation's best known character Rambunctious Rabbit, at their Californian theme park Familyland. Immediately the PR machine of Lamaar and Familyland want to put solving the crime second and letting anyone including staff know that there has even been a murder a secret.
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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 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

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