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Heads You Lose

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novel by Lisa Lutz and David Howard

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Author: Lisa Lutz
Genre: comedic mystery,
Publisher: Putnam adult,
Date Published: 05-05-11
ISBN: 9780399157400
1 review about Heads You Lose

"There were...times that my pants were so thin that I could sit on a dime and tell if it was heads."

  • May 10, 2011
Rating:
+4
Lisa Lutz is the successful author of the humorous Spellman crime stories. In this novel, she has co-authored with David Howard, a poet and Lisa's former boyfriend. Lisa and David write alternate chapters in this zany novel and between chapters discuss the merits of the prior chapter and the plans and ideas for the next. This gives us wonderful insight into the writer's thoughts.

What if someone found a decapitated body in their front yard and couldn't report it to the police because the police would find the field of pot growing in the back yard?

Paul and Lacey Hansen are in this difficult situation. They are in their mid-twenties and live in their parents' home after their parents died during a vacation.  With college debts and a bleak job market, they began growing pot and selling it to discriminating markets, i.e. patients and staff of a local assisted living home and people with chronic pain.

Lacey is the more curious of the two. As this part of the novel takes place, I pictured the movie, "A Weekend at Bernie's."  Paul and Lacey bundle the body up, drag it to Paul's pickup truck and dump the body on a hiking path at a nearby rest stop.

Expecting to read the news about the discovery of the body, nothing happens and soon after, Lacey is startled when she finds the body back in front of her house again. This time on closer look, she sees a tattoo and recognizes it as from her old boyfriend, Hart Drexel.

The story takes many turns and twists as Lacey and Paul try to solve the crime themselves. Lacey is a character who is reminiscent of Stephanie Plum, the wonderful character of Janet Evanovich. Lacey bumbles her way through the story, attempting to find everyone's alibi. Suspects continue to wind up dead and even the authors argue about what should come next.

The story was just a hilarious escapade that was so much fun that I wanted to find who was the killer but didn't want the story to end.

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