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  • Paperback: 632 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby (19 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749081635
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749081638
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 13.8 x 5.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,575,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Brings to mind Robert B. Parker, Janet Evanovich, Dean Koontz,
Stuart Woods and a lot of other fast-paced authors'
-- New York Times Book Review

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MARSHALL KARP's writing career has spanned a wide range of fields, from advertising and marketing to stage, screen, and television. He is the author of the play 'Squabbles' and the screenwriter for the 2000 film 'Just Looking'. 'The Rabbit Factory' is his first novel. www.lomaxandbiggs.com

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Dalby VINE VOICE on 11 Nov. 2008
Format: Paperback
I was reading all the other review to decide if I should write my own or if they had covered everything already. So as you will guess I think there is need for some more comment although if you want a plot summary read the other reviews.

I cannot understand the two bad reviews, it is a funny and witty book, sure it is not laugh out loud funny like some but it is a well crafted mix of humour and poignant moments. Striking that sort of balance between comedy and tragedy is difficult. I would say it feels like a first time author book, but one who has had a wide range of experiences and who puts them over well. The characters are in no way two dimensional although you might see some things coming. I was so captivated by the story I did not see who the killer was! So that makes it much better than your average Agatha Christie.

The main thing is it still makes me smile thinking about it some months after reading it so it must be good.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By I Reader on 5 Sept. 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a detective novel, but no like the tried and tested method that we have become accustomed to.

This introduces a couple of detective partners that will make you laugh out loud, and keep reading all the way through. The characters in this book could easily have been modeled on someone that the author knows or read about as they are credible and believable.

This takes a spin on all the other crime thrillers/police detective novels that are out there, making this a unique and genuine book that is certainly worth a read.

Read the synopsis, buy the book and be prepared to be immersed until you finish.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bloodsimple on 19 April 2010
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This an awkward book; it seeks to be a number of things and never quite manages any of them. As a thriller, it has an interesting premise and some good basic twists and turns, but it never quite manages to induce genuine tension. It operates within a fairly narrow band of what could and does happen, and regular readers of thrillers will find little to disturb them or give them pause.

As a human drama, the widower main character presents sympathetically. However, the letters from the departed has been done before (though this time it's less mawkish and sixth-former-emtionality than some chick-lit authors have done). In addition, it falls into that dreadful trap of having several sparky, intelligent, uber-cute and feisty female characters, who just happen to be single, and just happen to be itching to bed a fairly average middle-aged guy. Some more subtlety and thought needed here.

The humour is certainly there, and occasionally nearly laugh-out-loud. But again, not quite. The repartee between the characters starts to fade after the first third of the book, and it's hard to see how it will be funny over a series of books, as the author intends. In addition, much of the dialogue appears designed to induce the parting line, and so seems forced and manufactured. Better, probably, to rely on the absurdity and bizarre happenstance of events and characters, as Carl Hiaasen does so brilliantly, than to force set-up gags every few pages. When Hiaasen has a character with a weed-whacker for an arm, just shoehorning a few puns into a chapter won't cut it.

Overall, this is a decent effort, but subsequent books will need to move away from the two main characters and introduce a whole new level of farce into the equation, if the series is to take off.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eg Trappe on 29 Jun. 2007
Format: Paperback
A well written, original novel, full of humour. A brilliant thriller with an exciting plot and so much suspense and excitement I could not put it down. A definite must read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Arkgirl VINE VOICE on 1 Feb. 2008
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When I first got this book I thought it might be a long read at 600+ pages but within a few of those pages I was hooked. This is a thoroughly enjoyable detective story interlaced with humour and warmth but also the twists and turns which make a mystery satisfying. From the opening section when we meet the first victim ... an incredibly unpleasant character that is soon bumped off in his Rabbit costume at a 'Disneyesque' theme park ... through to the satisfying end you are thoroughly entertained in a big bold 'All American' style.
The lead character of Detective Mike Lomax is very likeable [although maybe a little 'too good to be true sometimes'] but his story gives extra layers to the book. As well as the classic mystery finding out who is behind the crimes ... a few 'curve balls' send you off in directions you don't expect ...there is also the story of Lomax beginning to recover from his wife's death from cancer and start a social life again. Who will he choose? Feisty Amy, Caring nurse Diana, or maybe the 'Mob-linked' beauty in Vegas ... or maybe no-one at all? like the Cecilia Ahern book we have letters written by his dead wife that he has read monthly and we wait to see what those last few letters might say. Finally he has a young brother who has a contract out on his life... how will this fit in?
Overall this was thoroughly engaging and I romped through it. For those who like their detective fiction not too gritty, a little quirky but still with the crime-solving element will hopefully enjoy this as much as I did!
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It is unfortunate that this book’s title and cover, complete with dead-body-outline rabbit, give the impression that it is going to be a lightweight (notwithstanding the huge (600+) page count) and humorous read. Comparisons with Carl Hiaasen don’t help. These features might deter some potential readers who would enjoy what is actually a reasonably straight crime/detective tale but with levity in the telling. Indeed, almost all of the humour in the book comes from the witty banter between the protagonist, Mike Lomax, and his partner, family, colleagues and friends. The plot may progress from mildly improbable to rather over-the-top, but it’s supposed to – it’s a story written for entertainment, not the kind of grim and gritty serial killer novel that aims to turn your stomach.

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.
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