The Lomax and Biggs series
by Marshall Karp
Marshall Karp works with James Patterson on various series but these are all his own. And they are very good. The plots are compelling, as the two L.A. detectives try to figure out what starts as a bizarre murder and turns into a serial string of bizarre murders. Lomax is the straight man, Biggs the comedian, and the banter is authentic and witty. The bit players, the bad guys, and even the victims are vividly drawn—if you’re a fan of Hiaasen quirky villains you’ll enjoy the cast. All in all an excellent read—this series gets a high recommendation for Yuck Nation. Read them all.
The Rabbit Factory – L.A. Detectives Lomax and Biggs investigate a murder in a Disney-like theme park. This opening novel in a series is a strong start — the story is compelling, the banter great, and there’s a lot of heart. Story 5, Craft 5, Humor 4.
Bloodthirsty – A totally creepy murder M.O. makes this book 2 of the Lomax and Biggs series memorable. As usual, the wisecracking is top-notch, and the mystery truly mysterious, coming to a pulse-pounding ending. Story 5, Craft 5, Humor 4.
Flipping Out – The mystery gets personal for Lomax and Biggs as Biggs’ wife is threatened by a killer over some real-estate shenanigans. Not as compelling a mystery as the first two books of the series, but still worth reading in order. Story 4, Craft 5, Humor 4.
Cut, Paste, and Kill – Book 4 of the Lomax and Biggs series has the two L.A. detectives investigating a series of murders by a vigilante with serious scrapbooking skills. This one got pretty creepy by the end, but as usual, there is much heart and clever dialog. Story 5, Craft 5, Humor 4.
Terminal – Book 5 of the Lomax and Biggs series has our L.A. detectives wisecracking their way through a series of murders committed by terminally-ill people to get a reward for someone they will leave behind. Are they really bad guys? A great mystery, lots of heart and soul. Story 5, Craft 5, Humor 4.
Story 5, Craft 5, Humor 4 — Recommend reading them in order. Click title above to see the book on Amazon.