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Bloodthirsty

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Author: Marshall Karp

Genre: Crime, Mystery & Thriller
Format: E-book
ISBN: 0
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Pub. Date: 23rd February 2009

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Lomax & Biggs

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'It's a bloodthirsty town, Hollywood is. No matter how popular you are, there's always someone who'd be happier if you were dead. And in some cases, you can be so despised, that everyone would be happier if you were dead.'

Barry Gerber is one of the most powerful - and hated - men in Hollywood. Turning up dead in a garbage can brings him under the eyes of Detectives Mike Lomax and Terry Biggs and his wasn't a pretty way to go. Just two days later another despised actor bad-boy is found murdered in the same sadistic manner.

Now, Lomax and Biggs know that there's no business like show business, but that was before the A-Listers were getting killed off like extras. Wading through a list of suspects as long as the credits of the latest blockbuster and a number of leads to match, they have to race to prevent another Hollywood hot-shot getting the cut.

Bloodthirsty is the hilarious new novel from the author of The Rabbit Factory.

 

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‘Lomax and Biggs return in a way that is equally compelling and, yes, funny, without ever becoming slapstick crime…A book to be read in one sitting, Bloodthirsty not only ticks all the boxes it adds a few more to the list of what should constitute great entertainment…Stylish, natural dialogue combine with fabulous descriptions that allow the reader to slip across to LA for a few hours and spend some quality time in the company of a storyline that is every bit as credible as it I gripping…Fast as a Ferrari and as intriguing as a stack of presents beneath the Christmas tree, Bloodthirsty is a book to savour and confirms Lomax and Biggs as the new Dynamic Duo of crime.’Shotsmag.co.uk

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‘A fantastic, fun read – in a dark, twisted kind of way!...Karp has lost none of his humour and there are some great, witty one-liners that can’t help but make you smile.’Crimesquad.com

‘Just about every page has a quip to make you smile, sometimes giggle…Two books in and Lomax and Biggs have all the makings of being one of crime’s greatest partnerships. They are loyal, smart and hugely likeable…The foundation of Karp’s success is his sparkling dialogue…There’s always a good reason to turn to the next page…This is a wonderful novel by a terrific storyteller. More please, Mr Karp.’Material Witness Blog

‘I remember raving about THE RABBIT FACTORY when it was first published, but this brilliant sequel is much much better - a laugh a minute, with fantastic set pieces, amazingly good characters and a terrific plot involving a highly original method of murdering. This is so good you simply have to read it. Karp is the sharpest writer in American crime fiction right now and hopefully it won't be too long before Lomax and Biggs really do make it to the big screen! Sensational.’Booksmonthly.co.uk

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'This book is highly rated on both the US and UK Amazon sites, so I confess to being the odd man out here. But, gee, I found this book to be quite basic.
A rear cover review admits it has an `undemanding plot' and how right that is. In fact, a second murder (also revealed on the rear cover) only occurs at about page 200, so you can imagine how slowly I felt the story was developing. And then the killer(s) and motive(s) are disclosed a short time later in virtually a paragraph.
The book is also highly rated for its humour, but I found there to be too many predictable or already used one-liners and only the odd line or two to raise a smile.
To provide some balance to these comments, I would say the short punchy chapters of 3 to 4 pages do make the book easy to read and follow.
In summary though, if you're looking for a book to produce side-splitting laughter and / or a genuine whodunit with some complexity, this book will probably fail to satisfy.'johnverp

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'Reputedly, after a debut success, the second novel is always more difficult to write. Bloodthirsty, Marshall Karp's follow up to the acclaimed The Rabbit Factory, does not bear this theory out, as Lomax and Biggs return in a way that is equally as compelling and, yes, funny, without ever becoming slapstick crime. Barry Gerber is one of the most powerful - and hated - men in Hollywood. Turning up dead in a garbage can brings him under the eyes of Detectives Mike Lomax and Terry Biggs and Gerber's wasn't a pretty way to go. Just two days later another despised bad-boy actor is found murdered in the same sadistic manner and Lomax and Biggs know that there's no business like show business. Wading through a list of suspects as long as the credits of the latest blockbuster and a number of leads to match, they have to race to prevent another Hollywood hot-shot getting the cut. A book to be read in one-sitting, Bloodthirsty not only ticks all the boxes it adds a few more to the list of what should constitute great entertainment. Stylish, natural dialogue combine with fabulous descriptions that allow the reader to slip across to LA for a few hours and spend some quality time in the company of a bunch of characters who you'd genuinely like to invite to dinner - well, most of them anyway - and add to a storyline that is every bit as credible as it is gripping. Fast as a Ferrari and as intriguing as a stack of presents beneath the Christmas tree, Bloodthirsty is a book to savour and confirms Lomax and Biggs as the new Dynamic Duo of crime. Let's just hope it's not too long before Commissioner Karp is reaching for the Batphone again.'
Chris HighChris High

'After loving `The Rabbit Factory' I wasn't sure if this would live up to my expectations. But it did. It's not quite a five star book, four and a half is more apt but that's only because I didn't feel myself devouring it in the same way as its predecessor.
Its undemanding good banter and likeable characters just invites you in straight away. Lomax and Biggs are on top form again although I could understand why people might not be swayed with their nature; it's quite cheesy in places with often predictable one-liners.
For this outing, we are in the centre of Hollywood and all its dealings. Centre stage is the hated producers and directors all ready to exit stage left. It felt a long time between crimes though; however a lot does happen between the events. This is an easy novel to read and you don't necessarily have to read `The Rabbit Factory' first, it just helps to already know the characters and their nature.'SJSmith

I couldn`t put it down - it made my last trip the easiest long haul flight I have ever taken. I recommend that everyone take this in their carry-on luggage!A. Murdoch

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