Synopses & Reviews
The hilarious and suspenseful introduction of Detectives Mike Lomax and Terry Biggs.
Welcome to Familyland, an offshoot of Lamaar Studios. Once a small, Southern California animation house, it has grown into an entertainment conglomerate encompassing movies, television, music, video games, and a sprawling theme park.
When an actor portraying Familyland's beloved mascot, Rambunctious Rabbit, is brutally murdered on park grounds, Lamaar executives are worried that the idyllic image of '50s America represented in Familyland will be shattered. They ask Mike Lomax and his partner Terry Biggs, the LAPD detectives assigned to solve the case, to keep the circumstances surrounding the death of their mascot quiet.
When a second Lamaar employee is killed, Lomax and Biggs uncover a conspiracy to destroy Familyland and settle an unknown vendetta. Still under pressure to keep the case away from the public eye, the detectives are met with a third murder and an outrageous demand: Anyone who associates with Lamaar employees, customers, anyone will be killed.
Bringing a fresh duo of cops to the thriller set, The Rabbit Factory is both suspenseful and satiric; a taut mystery wrapped in sharp, comedic prose.
"[A] crisp cast of characters headed by a captivating detective team....Like the best of Donald Westlake and Carl Hiaasen, The Rabbit Factory is deftly plotted and deliciously askew." Booklist (Starred Review)
"Marshall Karp could well be the Carl Hiaasen of Los Angeles only I think he's even funnier. The Rabbit Factory will touch your funny bone, and your heart." James Patterson
"A big, leisurely paced thriller....Karp craftily engineers a statement on ethical values, both institutional and personal. A bloated piece of work, devoted more to the pleasure of reading than the offer of a dazzling denouement." Kirkus Reviews
"What might have been a darkly satirical insider's view of the entertainment industry or a detective/buddy novel attempts to be both and loses its fizz well before its 600-plus pages play out." Library Journal
"[A] crisp mystery laced with humor, pathos, violence and surprising humanity....[T]horoughly entertaining..." Columbus Dispatch
"[T]he whole farrago is gorgeously, hilariously, cherishably bad: an out-of-control Simpsons plot, though without the humor, irony or intelligence." LA Weekly
About the Author
Marshall Karp's writing career has spanned a wide range of fields, from advertising and marketing to television, screen, and stage. He is the author of the play Squabbles and the screenwriter for the 2000 film Just Looking. The Rabbit Factory is his first novel.