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The Rabbit Factory (Lomax and Biggs Book 1) Kindle Edition
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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 an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B004SPYPWC
- Publisher : Mesa Films (March 17, 2011)
- Publication date : March 17, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 684 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 644 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #486,876 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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After finishing the last episode I searched Ye Olde Google for “funny detective books” and found this one. Perfect...exactly what I was looking for.
My favorite part of this book? The characters are good people. Well, maybe not the ones committing atrocities, but the good guys. They’re really good guys.
It is so refreshing to read a story where a father and son get along and love each other instead of argue. And where characters don’t need to go home and get wasted or do drugs because their day was tough. And where men and women don’t have to cheat on each other to create intrigue for the story.
This book is just fun as hell with really good good guys and pretty bad bad guys. Lots of ethics. Lots of fun. Lots of laughs. The two main characters have a fantastic relationship and the dialogue is witty and sharp and probably a lot like how you talk to your friends.
Hope the author keeps his characters just as strong and ethical in the next books. I’m convinced the author must be a really good dude to hang out with.
This is a good police procedural with funny cops. Cops who are trying to cope with personal loss can still enjoy a laugh, just like real life. Dark humor, deep plot and real life characters; my favorite things.
When someone kills a character at a cartoon theme park, it starts a plot line nobody could foresee except Karp. This book kept me reading. I figured out who was responsible early. If you are paying attention you can. I also kind of expected the surprise member of the organization to be who it was. What I didn't anticipate was all the juicy stuff, good dialog and real emotions too.
This is a very involved book, and I doubt Karp will come up with a plot this deep in characterizations again. That's OK. Most first novels are rough, this one isn't. I have high hopes for this series.
I'm extremely impressed. The book made good reading and I had almost as much fun comparing the Factory to the Factor as I'd reading the Factory. (Or Factor). Anybody could love it on its own, but if you have already read The Random Factor, it adds a whole new dimension. Or vice versa. Once you have read Rabbit Factory, read Random Factor.
Now I've ordered a copy of The True Believer by Eric Hoffer. Read Rabbit Factory and you'll see why.
I read a lot of mysteries and police procedurals. In my most recent craze I was hooked on those by Scandinavian authors, which generally are devoid of humor. However, I also enjoy a good book that makes me laugh out loud (think Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum). In The Rabbit Factory, Mr. Karp managed to not only write a compelling murder mystery, he also made me laugh out loud (and tear up occasionally). I was immediately drawn to his principal characters, LAPD police detectives Mike Lomax and Terry Biggs. They both are more than competent police officers and are their boss's "go to" guys. In this book at least, Lomax seems to be the primary character; we come to know a great deal about his personal life. We know less about Biggs but he is the one who generally made me laugh.
This is not the great American novel, but I would definitely recommend this book to my friends and family (and you can't beat its Kindle price). I am really looking forward to reading more about Detectives Lomax and Biggs; in fact, I've already purchased the 2nd in the series (and didn't even feel the need to "sample" it first!).
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Lomax and his partner, Terry Biggs, are the lucky LAPD homicide detectives who ‘catch’ the first in a series of murders targeting people associated with the entertainment mega-company that is Lamaar Studios. Someone wants to bring down the Lamaar organisation, but whom? As the lead detectives it remains their case even as the death count rises and an ever-increasing range of police and FBI resources are allocated to the investigation. The detectives do, however, have other demands on their time – Biggs has a wife and three daughters, while the recently-widowed Lomax has family issues to deal with along with a new friend (no *major* spoilers here!) who conveniently contributes a snippet to the case which leads to a fresh line of enquiry with a surprising outcome.
I thought this was a well-paced and very well-written novel with believable and realistic Good Guys and largely unpredictable plot development. I particularly appreciated the depiction of the background characters especially the fact that all the professionals were portrayed as capable, efficient, reasonable and cooperative. There were no bumbling mistake-making hicks or dodgy trouble-makers (apart from the Bad Guys, of course).
For me, the sign of an excellent author is if I buy more of his/her work immediately after reading one book. In this case, I ordered the three remaining ‘Lomax & Biggs’ novels before even finishing The Rabbit Factory. It’s that good!
There are a few witty lines here and there, a few bits of decent dialogue, but they are few and far enough between that it's like your dad making jokes at a wedding. The book seems to comprise a collection of failed witticisms, failed jokes, failed clever observations, failed made-up slang terms, failed anecdotes, and then occasionally one thing that is quite good, then back to the rubbish, cheesy baseline.
The crime case itself was a disappointment for me as well. I skipped through a lot of this book.