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ISBN13: 9780399157400
ISBN10: 0399157409
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"It's not uncommon for two authors to work on a book together. It's also not uncommon for collaborating authors to each write alternate chapters. Slightly less common is for the two authors to be writing a mystery a chapter at a time, where neither knows in advance who the murderer is or what the other writer will do. What makes Heads You Lose unique is that Lisa Lutz and David Hayward included the emails they exchanged after each chapter was written. These messages basically say, 'Here's where I'm going with this. Please don't mess it up too much,' though they often contain criticisms of the other's chapters. Even footnotes that the authors made in each other's chapters are included in the book. The ground rules were that each author wrote her/his chapters unimpeded, and the other author couldn't go back and undo anything done by the first author." Doug Brown, Powells.com (Read the entire Powells.com review)

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Meet Paul and Lacey Hansen: orphaned, pot-growing twenty-something 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?

Review:

"In this experimental California improv, Lutz (The Spellman Files) writes odd-numbered chapters and footnoted barbs directed at her coauthor and ex-boyfriend, poet Hayward, whose even-numbered chapters and stiletto-sharp ripostes add a freaky dimension to the collaboration. Grown siblings Lacey and Paul Hansen are scratching out a precarious living from a Northern California clandestine marijuana operation when a reeking headless human body turns up in their backyard, eventually identified as Hart Drexel, detecting barista Lacey's former lover. Because Lutz and Hayward agreed not to discuss or to undo a plot development the other had produced, they create a jittery black-comic narrative complicated by inter-author tensions unveiled in memos exchanged at the end of each chapter. Shifty secondary characters, some charming, some odious, pop in and out of the resulting dizzying plot that comes off like a trendy Left Coast restaurant melange — daringly composed, exotic to contemplate. Author tour. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

Synopsis:

New York Times-bestselling author Lisa Lutz conspires with — or should we say against? — coauthor David Hayward to write an original and hilarious tag-team crime novel.

Synopsis:

New York Times-bestselling 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?

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About the Author

Lisa Lutz is the New York Times-bestselling author of the Spellman comedic crime novels. Since 2007, the Spellman series has received Edgar, Anthony, and Macavity nominations, and each title has been a selection of the Indie Next List. Lutz lives in San Francisco.

David Hayward is a writer and editor in Northern California. His poetry has won a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in Harper's and other magazines. Hayward has an MFA in poetry from the University of California at Irvine. This is his first novel.

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Carol Foisset, February 18, 2012 (view all comments by Carol Foisset)
I love all of Lisa's Spellman books and I loved this book too! If you're ready for a light read and want to laugh -this is the book for you. The back and forth chapters and the way each author develops the story make for an interesting take on writing a book and the letters between Lisa and David at the end of each chapter are too funny.
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jscholni, April 16, 2011 (view all comments by jscholni)
A very unique and funny black comedy/mystery with the authors alternating chapters. I loved the author footnote comments on each other's chapters as well as author's notes to each other at the end of each chapter. Highly recommended for fans of Lisa Lutz.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780399157400
Author:
Lisa Lutz and David Hayward
Publisher:
Putnam Adult
Author:
Lutz, Lisa
Author:
Hayward, David
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20110405
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.29 x 6.38 x 1.18 in 1.2 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this experimental California improv, Lutz (The Spellman Files) writes odd-numbered chapters and footnoted barbs directed at her coauthor and ex-boyfriend, poet Hayward, whose even-numbered chapters and stiletto-sharp ripostes add a freaky dimension to the collaboration. Grown siblings Lacey and Paul Hansen are scratching out a precarious living from a Northern California clandestine marijuana operation when a reeking headless human body turns up in their backyard, eventually identified as Hart Drexel, detecting barista Lacey's former lover. Because Lutz and Hayward agreed not to discuss or to undo a plot development the other had produced, they create a jittery black-comic narrative complicated by inter-author tensions unveiled in memos exchanged at the end of each chapter. Shifty secondary characters, some charming, some odious, pop in and out of the resulting dizzying plot that comes off like a trendy Left Coast restaurant melange — daringly composed, exotic to contemplate. Author tour. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Review A Day" by , "It's not uncommon for two authors to work on a book together. It's also not uncommon for collaborating authors to each write alternate chapters. Slightly less common is for the two authors to be writing a mystery a chapter at a time, where neither knows in advance who the murderer is or what the other writer will do. What makes Heads You Lose unique is that Lisa Lutz and David Hayward included the emails they exchanged after each chapter was written. These messages basically say, 'Here's where I'm going with this. Please don't mess it up too much,' though they often contain criticisms of the other's chapters. Even footnotes that the authors made in each other's chapters are included in the book. The ground rules were that each author wrote her/his chapters unimpeded, and the other author couldn't go back and undo anything done by the first author." (Read the entire Powells.com review)
"Synopsis" by , New York Times-bestselling author Lisa Lutz conspires with — or should we say against? — coauthor David Hayward to write an original and hilarious tag-team crime novel.
"Synopsis" by ,
New York Times-bestselling 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?

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