Title: Heads You Lose
Author: Lisa Lutz and David Hayworth
Publisher: Putnam Adult
Crime writer Lisa Lutz asks poet David Hayworth to co-write a murder mystery with her. As they write every other chapter about Paul and Lacy, pot-growing siblings who discover a headless body on their lawn and start investigating the entire town, they take out past aggressions (there is some romantic history) on their characters and more and more townspeople die.
This is one entertaining book. There is a real murder mystery here, but watching Lisa and Dave battle it out on paper means it is twice as interesting as it unfolds. Since the story never remains firmly in either authors’ control, it quickly becomes a convoluted mess of a story that zigs and zags and actually keeps you guessing (the authors too).
People die then come back to life. Twists are taken that end up leading nowhere. Characters develop conflicting personalities. And then the authors call each other out on it. It really is hilarious.
I’m not a murder mystery reader but I think all readers would like this one. It actually made me wonder if this is how every book is written to some degree – do authors always know where the book is going or does it get out of their hands at times? I highly recommend this one when you need a laugh.