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Publisher's Summary

Marshall Karp is an acclaimed playwright known for his witty sense of humor and crackling dialogue. The Rabbit Factory, his debut novel, stars the irreverent LAPD detective duo of Mike Lomax and Terry Biggs.

Dean Lamaar is the architect of an entertainment empire and the creator of iconic characters like Rambunctious Rabbit and McGreedy the Moose. When his company falls on hard times, the only hope to get it back in the black is Familyland, an amusement park in Las Vegas. Mere days before the grand opening, an actor playing Rambunctious Rabbit is found dead on the park grounds, and everyone senses foul play. And after more characters wind up murdered, it becomes obvious that someone has it in for Lamaar. Lomax and Biggs are put on the case, and together they root out a murderer.

This rollicking tale is at once a multi-layered whodunit and a skewering of Tinseltown.

©2006 Marshall Karp (P)2006 Recorded Books LLC

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"Enthusiastic listeners will anxiously await the return of detectives Lomax and Biggs." ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • Ted
  • Lancaster, PA, United States
  • 07-13-15

Marshall Karp Writes… Good :-)

Don't know why there are two readers for "The Rabbit Factory". They're both good but they seem to randomly hand off the story to one another and it kind of jerked me out of the mood. And that's a tiny bit a shame, since Marshall Karp put together an, um, hare raising tale of Disney-Land-Like-fun and mystery. Okay, the ending hops over the top, but this is fiction and rambunctious stuff. I'll get more Karp, and I'm happy to recommend 'The Rabbit Factory' as fine, if probably forgettable escape.

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  • Mel
  • Raleigh, NC, United States
  • 05-20-17

Ranks with the top crime fiction guys

I listen to all the top crime fiction writers - Sandford, Connelly, Crais, etc etc. I just "binge-listened to all four of Lomax & Briggs. MORE PLEASE! .... I don't agree with comparison to Hiaasen but thats a minor point. Mike Lomax is very likable and the cast around him too. Hollywood Homicide is a deep pool of future bizarro cases ....

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Poor performance

Would you consider the audio edition of The Rabbit Factory to be better than the print version?

Loved the story and looking forward to the next book in the series. The only issue I have with the book is the performer. You can hear him swallow! You hear every bit of mucous rolling around in his mouth. I hope the next book is better.

Would you be willing to try another one of James Jenner and Tom Stechschulte ’s performances?

No!

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  • Lloyd
  • Ithaca, NY, USA
  • 06-20-07

Great characters, great laughs

An excellent book for a lengthy car ride or a whole lot of short ones. Terrific characters - the two leads are believable guys you really root for. The obvious slings and arrows pointed at Disney are unmistakable, but are actually kind of fun. The narrator did a phenomenal job of giving life to a host of characters. I hope to see and read more from this author in the future - I'll definitely be looking for his next effort.

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Great and funny story

What a great story!!! I loved every minute of listening to this story. Fun. Funny. Exciting. Heart warming. Narration excellent.

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  • BikeVON
  • Southfield, Mi, United States
  • 08-15-17

Good - Different and Enjoyable


A good amusing mystery with the LAPD detective duo of Mike Lomax and Terry Biggs. High marks for the originality of the story. A family fun amusement park, Lamaar, is terrorized with deaths for anyone (customers, workers, retailers selling merchandise or partnership) that supports the amusement park.

Running an amusement park is a fine-tuned business where the reputation/image is the cash cow. Dirtying the reputation caused a drop in the stock market, unemployment and deaths. The conflict centers around Lomax and Biggs trying to solve the murders and the CEO of Lamaar’s efforts to keep the information from the public. Lamaar’s CEO wants the crimes solved quickly and quietly. This is the tension and levity between the detectives and Lamaar’s staff.

Was the rabbit murder because he was a child molester or happens to be the guy in the rabbit suit?

The action consisted entirely of fast driving from one scene to the next. The dialogue and characters are funny. Biggs is the comedian, formerly a lady’s man, who is now married with kids. Lomax is the straight guy who is recently widow. Monthly he moans his wife’s dying while reading her letters. Lomax’s father is larger than life and constantly setting him up with dates. So, you know what that means…Lomax will be harassed about dating.

Low marks for the incomplete police procedures. When investigating a murder, you look at all possible suspects and dissect the history of the organization. If you regularly read mysteries this will jump out at you and facilitate you guessing the murder(s).

The story was a bit too long. The relationship with Lomax and the cancer patient is irrelevant to the story and the time between murders could be shorten. All said it is an amusing mystery and I will read the next Lomax and Biggs.

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good story

I liked this even though I'm a bit tired of cop stories. the last chapter dragged a bit.

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Tons of Fun

A wonderfully crafted story that provides a steady stream of action, great plot development and intrigue along with some funny one liners. The characters are likable and can make you laugh as well as want to cry. The plot is great and keeps you guessing until the big reveal and the books is well written. Overall I can’t think of a book that I enjoyed as much in a long time. ‘The Rabbit Factory” was non-stop fun from start to finish.

The narrators do a great job bringing the characters to life and the use of two really helps separate out the points of view!

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  • Glen
  • 03-24-09

Excellent Yarn

Buddy Cop story tinged with one cop coping with his lost love of his life whilst dealing with a serial killer - If you like your buddy cop stories with a bit more depth this will not dissapoint.