Heads You Lose
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 the...more
Lisa Lutz and an ex-boyfriend collaborated to write alternating chapters of a murder mystery, so that what you have here is a mystery novel serving as a springboard for Lisa and David to work out their various issues. As we can see...more
After the first few chapters I found the exchange and footnotes b...more
Comic genius! Very clever! It’s a gimmick and I absolutely love it and admire the result, book title included.
Hilarious! Absolutely the funniest collaboration imaginable, funny ha ha, not funny peculiar, although it’s delightfully peculiar too.
I thought I’d miss the Spellmans but I need not have worried; Lacey & Paul, and especially Lisa & David/Dave are equally entertaining in their own ways.
I wasn’t sure these two collaborating au...more
The idea seemed funny and appealing to me: the book is written by authors Lisa Lutz and David Hayward, each writing alternating chapters. There are footnotes in each chapter written by th...more
Heads You Lose is a stand alone book and is a collaboration with David Hayward....who just happens to be Lisa's ex-boyfriend. And it is this connection that makes this book so much fun to read.
So, in the novel, we meet brother and sister Lacey and Paul. They're twenty somethings living in a small town in California. They also grow p...more
BTW- James Patterson...more
Here's the thing. I loved all of Lisa Lutz's Spellman books, which were as fun and wacky as anything Evanovich put out (I recommend both authors whole-heartedly and even whole-kidneyly).
But this book falls a bit short, mostly due to her partner, David Hayward, who is also Lutz's ex-boyfriend, emphasis on the 'ex.'
The actual novel (about brother-siste...more
Dangerously witty and deliciously captivating, Heads You Lose is a true must-read for anyone who enjoys reading well written and witty crime novels.
Let me start off by explaining how this book came to existence. Sometime in Spring of 2009, Lisa Lutz --the bestselling author of crime series, the Spellman Files-- decided to try something different. She thought it would be fun to collaborate on her next novel with another writer. But then it turned out that al...more
Yup that's right they find a headless corpse in the back yard and since they don't want the authorities to be snooping around they do what any siblings would do...dump the body somewhere else. But when the body reappears they realize they are in way over there heads and as they try to unravel the mystery of who what where and why they uncover a small town full o...more
One of the most truly unique ideas for a book
Unusual and quirky storyline
Love the notes from each of the author's after each chapter
Tons of twists and turns, you really have no idea what is going to happen next
The Not so Good Stuff
Overly quirky at times and it was like they were trying to hard for this
At times I thought the gimmicky idea for the authors letters back and forth saved a less than stellar and convoluted story - smart really
Honestly I just expected...more
The chapters in this"whodunnit" murder mystery alte...more
The concept of the book is interesting wherein two authors try to continue a mystery novel wherein one is Lisa Lutz. There are two stories developing, one is that involving the characters Paul and Lacey, the brother and sister tandem of the novel. The other one is from the writers themselves who they claim were ex-lovers.
So the two stories are intertwined. I must agree that the disagreement between the two others as expressed in the characters of the story is the one funny....more
(she wrote the odd chapters, he wrote the even, and the "footnotes to each other")
This book was an experiment by Lisa Lutz were she asks her old boyfriend to co-author a mystery novel. Each chapter is written in the blind, the only communication...more
Nothing much happens in small towns or so the story goes, but not in the minds of Lisa Lutz and David Hayward, two feuding and fantastic authors of HEADS YOU LOSE. What mystery will satisfy you the most, the one unfolding in the narrative, or how two exes collaborate to...more
Lisa spent most of the 1990s hopping from a string of low-paying odd jobs while writing and rewriting a mob comedy called Plan B. After it was made in 2000, Lisa vowed s...more