Heads You Lose (Hardcover)

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Recently, I was feeling the need for some wildly entertaining comic relief, and I struck gold with Heads You Lose by Lisa Lutz and David Hayward. Lutz is the author of a humorous and fun mystery series about the Spellman family, Hayward an editor and poet. The collaborative effort of this team of real-life exes is wild, and insanely funny! With Lutz writing the odd-numbered chapters and Hayward the even, neither knows where the other is going with plotlines or characters, and their notes to each other in between chapters are just as -- if not more -- entertaining than the crime story itself: a murder mystery about pot-growing siblings Paul and Lacey Hansen, who find a corpse with a "lost head" on their property. Not wanting to draw attention to their abode -- and the flora it contains -- the siblings move the body to another location, only to find it returned to them a few days later (rather more fragrant this time). I can't recommend this romp enough for those who, like me, are looking for nearly 300 pages of fun! -- Linda Grana

— From June 2011

April 2011 Indie Next List

“While the multiple murders and other suspicious activity are the components of a typical crime novel, typical is, of course not Lutz's MO. This collaborative effort with ex-boyfriend, the poet Hayward, is no exception. They write alternate chapters, exposing each other's foibles as well as their shared history in notes between the chapters. The result is hilarious, despite a looming conviction that they will never write the solution to the mystery before coming to actual blows off the page. Another fun and genre-bending experience from Lutz.”
— Terry Gilman, Mysterious Galaxy Books, San Diego, CA


"New York Times"-bestselling author Lisa Lutz conspires with-or should we say "against"?-coauthor David Hayward to write an original and hilarious tag-team crime novel.
Meet Paul and Lacey Hansen: orphaned, pot-growing twentysomething siblings eking out a living in rural Northern California. When a headless corpse appears on their property, they can't exactly dial 911, so they move the body and wait for the police to find it. Instead, the corpse reappears, a few days riper . . . and an amateur sleuth is born. Make that two.
When collaborators Lutz and Hayward (former romantic partners) start to disagree about how the story should unfold, the body count rises, victims and suspects alike develop surprising characteristics (meet Brandy Chester, the stripper with the Mensa IQ), and sibling rivalry reaches homicidal intensity. Think "Adaptation" crossed with "Weeds." Will the authors solve the mystery without killing each other first?
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Product Details
ISBN: 9780399157400
Publisher: Putnam Adult
Publication Date: April 5th, 2011
Pages: 320