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Marshall Karp's debut novel -- an offbeat mystery that pits two LAPD detectives against a killer bent on bringing an entertainment conglomerate (eerily similar to the Walt Disney Company) to its knees -- is as irreverently funny as it is ingeniously plotted.
When a man working as the mascot at a Southern California theme park is found strangled to death at the family-oriented tourist trap still wearing his big fluffy white bunny costume (Rambunctious "Rambo" Rabbit), veteran LAPD detectives Michael Lomax and Terry Biggs are called in to investigate the bizarre murder. The victim, it turns out, was a child molester and convicted pedophile, but the two acutely perceptive police officers believe the murderer's rage was aimed not at the sex offender but at Lamaar's Familyland and its founder, the late Dean Lamaar. When another murder occurs involving a well-known company employee, Lomax and Biggs must catch the killer before more innocents die -- and a lovable cartoon rabbit's reputation is forever tarnished…
Razor-sharp wit and intricate plotlines aside, The Rabbit Factory is powered by the author's amazingly strong and insightful characterization. The detective duo of Lomax and Biggs -- a still-grieving middle-aged widower and a "tall, dark and ugly" Bronx native with a heart of gold -- make this novel an absolute delight to read. Fans of authors like Christopher Moore, Janet Evanovich, and Carl Hiaasen will not only enjoy this brilliant debut mystery/thriller but will be left pleading for more. Prediction: instant cult classic. Paul Goat Allen