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The Rabbit Factory by Marshall Karp

The Rabbit Factory

by Marshall Karp

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Dean Lamaar is the architect of an entertainment empire and the creator of iconic characters like Rambunctious Rabbit and McGreedy the Moose. When his company falls on hard times, the only hope to get it back in the black is Familyland--an amusement park in Las Vegas. Mere days before the grand opening, an actor playing Rambunctious Rabbit is found dead on the park grounds and everyone senses foul play. And after more characters wind up murdered, it becomes obvious that someone has it in for Lamaar. The irreverent LAPD detective duo of Mike Lomax and Terry Biggs are put on the case and together they root out a murderer.… (more)
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Family Land and Laamar Studios are a fictional rival to Disney Land and the Disney Studios. The background of Laamar and Disney are basically the same.

Someone is out to destroy the Laamar empire. An exciting, funny mystery. A little too much swearing and a unnecessary sex scene with Mike and his girl friend. But over all very enjoyable. ( )
  nx74defiant | Jan 23, 2016 |
When the actor playing Rambunctious Rabbit-the mascot of of Lamar Studio's family theme park is murdered, Lomax and Biggs are assigned the case. There is great pressure to solve this case and keep the murder quiet so that the theme park loses no business. When two more murders take place, it becomes obvious that someone is trying to destroy the business. ( )
  creighley | Aug 23, 2015 |
The theme of the book, while focused on murder, has overtones of terrorist activity. The characters display typical 'cop humor'. The story is well crafted, bringing the reader along with the detectives as they track down a variety of clues. The ending is interesting and upbeat. ( )
  DrLed | Jan 17, 2013 |
I did not like the way this book started, and almost abandoned it. That would have been a great mistake. Great characters, and an amazing plot.

Don't know if Marshall Karp is related to Larry Karp, but if so, that family has great writing genes. ( )
  reannon | Jul 1, 2012 |
First Line: Eddie Elkins ambled down Fantasy Avenue.

Rambunctious Rabbit, known as Rambo to his millions of fans, is an American icon and a theme park's biggest draw. When Eddie Elkins (the actor inside the rabbit suit) and two other theme park employees are murdered, Los Angeles Police Department detectives Mike Lomax and Terry Biggs must catch the killer before he can ruin an entertainment giant.

Karp's writing is hilarious as he introduces Lomax and Biggs. Lomax is the narrator, which is fitting since he claims that generations of his family suffer from diarrhea of the mouth. Karp gives him a conversational style that made Lomax feel as though he were my new best friend. See how he describes his mother:

"She was one of the top stuntwomen of her day and worked in over two hundred movies, five of them with John Wayne. Every now and then, Joanie and I would be watching an old video, and some woman would fall down a flight of stairs, jump off a bridge, or get hit by a truck, and I'd smile and proudly say, 'That's my Mom.'"

At first-- courtesy of Lomax's snappy wisecracks-- it would be easy to assume the two detectives are a modern-day version of the Keystone Cops, but you know what happens when you assume, don't you? Lomax's sense of humor hides a lot of pain. His wife died six months ago, and each month he reads one of the letters she left for him. His father is trying to get him dating again, and Lomax's brother is in deep trouble.

Once the first murder victim's background is revealed, the police waste precious time believing that it was a revenge crime, and it certainly doesn't help that Lamaar Studios' public relations people are trying to lock down all information about what's going on so the company shares won't take a hit on Wall Street. Events are fast-moving, however, and it doesn't take Lomax and Biggs long before they realize there's much more to this murder than first met the eye.

The satiric humor continues throughout the book, but Karp never lets it overshadow the investigation, which has plenty of twists, turns, and surprises. Well before I was finished, I stopped to see how many books there are in this series. I love Karp's humor, his cast of characters, and his devious plots. I want Lomax and Biggs to continue investigating crime for a good long time. ( )
  cathyskye | Dec 26, 2011 |
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For Emily, the best thing that ever happened to me, and for Adam and Sarah, the best thing that ever happened to me and Emily.
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Eddie Elkins ambled down Fantasy Avenue. A light breeze penetrated his costume, and he felt relatively cool inside the furry white rabbit suit.
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