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Heads You Lose by Lisa Lutz
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May 03, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: amature-detective, mystery, read-in-2011, reader-s-club-review-request, reviewed
Read from May 07 to 11, 2011

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, comment on the merits of the prior chapter and the possibilities of the plot in the next chapter. This wonderful device gives us an insight into the writer's thoughts.

How would someone react if they found a decapitated body on their front lawn but couldn't call the authorities for fear that the authorities would discover the field of pot they had in their back yard?

Paul and Lacey Hansen 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 such as people with pain and the staff and patents at an assisted living home.

Lacey is the more curious and the early part of the story reminded me of the movie, "A Weekend at Bernies." Paul and Lacey bundle up the headless corpse and place it in the back of Paul's truck. Then they dump it at a hiking trail at a nearby rest stop.

They expect to hear of the body being found and Lacey is startled when she finds it back in her front yard. This time, Lacey recognizes a tattoo as that of 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 reminds me of the wonderful character of Janet Evanovich, Stephanie Plum. She 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.

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

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