Did you know Marshall Karp has at least one contest going on his website? If you're the lucky winner of this one, you'll have a character named after you in a future Marshall Karp book. Now how cool is that?
If you don't know how cool it is, you probably haven't been introduced to Karp's LAPD Detectives, Mike Lomax and Terry Biggs. I was hooked after the first book in the series, The Rabbit Factory. In addition to a fine plot revolving around the fictitious theme park, Lamaar's Familyland, Karp's first book was filled with excellent characters and plenty of wise-cracking humor. The title refers to the first victim in a serious effort to bring a company to its knees, the employee dressed up as Rambunctious Rabbit.
Karp's second Lomax & Biggs mystery, Bloodthirsty, is about the Hollywood set, and the third (released March 2009), Flipping Out, is about a bestselling mystery novelist and her unique promo plan that turns ugly. Flipping Out, which I read earlier this month, has good plot twists as the death of a cop's wife goes from suspected domestic violence, to suspected serial killer, and on to . . . well, that would be spoiling the story. Mystery writers should get a kick out of this novel. It's a great tutorial in thinking outside the box for self-promotion (and a solid lesson about unintended consequences).
I'm going to put the link to Marshall Karp's homepage here, but go there at your own risk. The author's sometimes irreverent blog appears on this page.