New York Times best-selling author Lisa Lutz conspires with - or should we say against? - coauthor David Hayward to write an original and hilarious tag-team crime novel.
Meet Paul and Lacey Hansen: orphaned, pot-growing twentysomething siblings eking out a living in rural Northern California. When a headless corpse appears on their property, they can't exactly dial 911, so they move the body and wait for the police to find it. Instead, the corpse reappears, a few days riper... and an amateur sleuth is born. Make that two.
When collaborators Lutz and Hayward (former romantic partners) start to disagree about how the story should unfold, the body count rises, victims and suspects alike develop surprising characteristics (meet Brandy Chester, the stripper with the Mensa IQ), and sibling rivalry reaches homicidal intensity. Think Adaptation crossed with Weeds. Will the authors solve the mystery without killing each other first?
©2011 Lisa Lutz, David Hayward (P)2011 Penguin
I must repectfully disagree with the other reviewers. I found the concept and story outstanding! The back and forth between the two authors was fresh and funny. Their reactions to each others chapters were some of the funniest things in the book. The concept of two authors taking turns writing chapters is awesome. I love the way the story changes depending on which one wrote the chapter. I looked like an idiot while grocery shopping because I was laughing so hard! The narration was perfect. If you only like traditional mysteries then skip this, If you want something new new and different try it. I hope this is only the beginning!!
Leaving in the unvarnished authors' notes to each other is certainly original, but I'm not sure that in the end it was such a good idea. It doesn't show either one in the best light, and perhaps is proof that reconnecting with exes is a bad idea. The story itself ended up being passable, despite the fact that you get to see Lutz and Hayward wrestling over everything throughout. But the Spellmans series is better.
Yes the interplay between the authors suggests there's a whole lot of story left to tell
The inflections used make it obvious that the bickering back and forth is good natured
Laughed out loud while walking down the street. Got some weird looks too.
The story itself isn't anything spectacular but the comments and reactions that the authors have to what the other one is doing are priceless. Lisa is especially brutal. :)
The "mystery" part of this book ranges from the absurd to the merely predictable, but what's truly annoying is the sarcastic and mean-spirited tussling between the two authors. I'm not sure why this book saw the light of day, and I trust Lisa and Dave are now done with each other. I know I'm glad to be done with them.
While the story was okay, I got very tired of hearing the bickering between the authors via their notes to each other. It was too much of a struggle to finish listening to the story, so I stopped well before the end. I bought it because of The Spellman series - perhaps the funniest books I've ever read. I am very sorry I bought this book. I'm going to go reread Lisa Lutz's Spellman books. They made me laugh out loud and will be funny no matter how many times I read them. I hope she writes many more of them.
This book was infuriating. David Hayward would create an interesting character and story, then Lisa would complain about it and spend her chapter undoing what he had created in his. She spent more time controlling Haywards characters and story's that her chapters were confusing and boring. Why on earth would you kill off Terry?! He was the character I enjoyed the most. What is the point of writing with someone, if you are just going to dictate what their chapters should be? Sure Lisa, you helped get Hayward "published". But I would rather not be published at all, than have my name printed on this turd. You ruined the whole book for me. Good Job David. You did the best you could. I hope you give Terry a platform somewhere, he was the best!
Heads you loose is entertaining not the usual novel one excepts, very different than the other Lisa Lutz books i've read/listened too. (I loved the Spellman series & the passenger). The banter between Lisa and David Hayward is awesome. The story is isn't completely cohesive but thats part of the gag. As explained in the introduction.Each writer writes a chapter then passes along to other writer to write the following chapter. Each writer isn't allowed to edit the others work no matter how badly they want to. It's interesting to see the past relationship between the writers unfold to the reader. Along with several on going jokes, for example the usage of the term "Turtling".
The writers are killing off each others characters and plot developments.
I was enjoying the repartee between the 2 writers. Dave should have been allowed to write the final chapter. It couldn't have been worse then Lisa's!
very disappointed. Lisa should resurrect the Spellman family and continue their adventures .. those were great fun and her plots very creative.
Hope to see new adventures for the Spellmans.
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