When Eleanor Bellingham-Crump - a socialite responsible for the death of a ten-year-old boy - turns up murdered on the floor of a Hollywood hotel bathroom, Lomax and Biggs are confronted with a crime of artistic brutality. Along with the scissors sticking out of Eleanors lifeless body, the two detectives find a meticulous scrapbook documenting a motive for vengeance in lurid detail.
As more bodies are discovered, each one connected by the intricate scrapbooks left at the murder scenes, Mike and Terry are on the hunt for a vigilante stalking unpunished criminals. They must race to decode the meaning behind the scrapbooks before the crafty avenger has time to cut and paste the story for another kill.
With laugh-out-loud humor and crackling dialogue, the chapters hurtle toward a killer finale in the most thrilling Lomax & Biggs adventure yet.
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"Starred Review. Karp offers multiple twists that will keep most readers guessing until the end, and balances the grim plot with Biggss inexhaustible supply of genuinely humorous one-liners." - Publishers Weekly
"The amusing byplay between the main characters moves the story along. It's a shame that so much of the humor depends on juvenile stereotypes and mild bigotry." - Kirkus Reviews
"The plot gets a little screwy in the end, but that seems right for a novel that is half mystery and half screwball comedy. Somehow Karp keeps the two in perfect balance." - Booklist
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Marshall Karp's writing career has spanned a wide range of fields, from
advertising and marketing to television, screen, and stage. He is the author of
the play Squabbles and the screenwriter for the 2000 film Just Looking.
He has written four novels featuring the detective team of Lomax and Biggs: The Rabbit Factory, Bloodthirsty, Flipping Out and Cut, Paste, Kill.. Karp lives in the Mid-Hudson Valley of New York.
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