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Marshall Karp

Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: ALLISON & BUSBY
ISBN-10: 0749080892
ISBN-13: 978-0749080891
May 26th, 2008

Image: Front cover of the book 'Bloodthirsty'.


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.




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