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Heads you lose
Lisa Lutz and David Hayward
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From Publishers' Weekly:

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

With a flip of the coin, Lacey becomes the unlucky Hansen sibling taking out the garbage. Finding the headless body? That makes a dirty job even worse. Paul, Lacey's brother, doesn't care where the head went or who might have left the body in their yard. He wants to keep the police away from their home, site of their modest but still illegal pot-growing business. Mercer, CA, is a small town, but the list of possible victims and perpetrators is long and grows longer as the (heads attached) body count rises. Two original, quirky stories packed into one book? What an awesome bonus for fans of Lutz's Spellman series (The Spellmans Strike Again). One story line tells how Lutz and her ex-boyfriend began writing this novel in alternating chapters, even though they've had a rocky personal relationship over the years. The other is the murder mystery, and readers clearly see how rising tensions between the authors affect their writing. Verdict Clever, witty, and smartly turned out, this novel should be savored from the editor's letter to the final page, or readers will lose out on a big piece of this humorous puzzle. [See Prepub Alert, 10/25/10.]-Stacey Hayman, Rocky River P.L., OH (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Paul Hansen
Age: 20's
Grows pot; investigates a corpse found on their property.

Lacey Hansen
Age: 20's
Grows pot; investigates a corpse found on their property.

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