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Flipping Out: A Lomax and Biggs Mystery    by Marshall Karp order for
Flipping Out
by Marshall Karp
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Minotaur, 2009 (2009)

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* *   Reviewed by Tim Davis

Here is another entertaining mystery from the author of The Rabbit Factory and Blood Thirsty, novels in which cops Mike Lomax and Terry Biggs work hard and have plenty of fun along the way to solving bizarre cases in one of the world's most consistently bizarre locations: Hollywood, California.

When Flipping Out opens, a vice cop's wife has been murdered. She was a woman apparently without enemies, but Terry Biggs - a fellow who knows how to keep things simple - says, 'She must have had at least one.' Biggs' and Mike Lomax's boss sets the priorities and makes things clear: 'A cop's wife was murdered in cold blood in her own home ... This case goes to the top of the pile.'

Well, quicker than you can say serial murderer, the vice cop's wife becomes simply one in a series of murders, and each of the murders apparently has a couple of things in common: real estate and the police department. Sure, the real estate market in southern California is a cut-throat business, and certainly a lot of people hate cops, but - as far as Biggs and Lomax are concerned - something more sinister must be involved.

And, of course, they are right, but as they chase down leads, avoid red herrings, and back out of dead ends, Lomax's and Biggs' patience, resourcefulness, and sense of humor will get quite a workout. Of course, 'When you work homicide,' says the narrator Lomax, 'you have to find the laughs or you'll blow your own brains out. It's not a job for the faint of heart.'

Well, when you read Marshall Karp's Flipping Out, your sense of humor, like Biggs' and Lomax's, will also get a workout. Full of surprises and full of excitement, Flipping Out is another top-notch winner from a wry writer who has quite a flair for crafting fun-filled mysteries, so don't miss this one.

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