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On Monday, July 1st, the Booked for the Day Book Group met to discuss the book Heads You Lose  by Lisa Lutz and David Hayward. Here are a few of the comments made during the meeting:

The group thought that the interplay between Lutz and Hayward is what took Heads You Lose from enjoyable to comical.

We all agreed that the novel, by itself, would have been disastrous as a mystery story. There were too many lose ends and unexplained characters for the story to stand on its own.

The book was a fast read mainly because we wanted to get through the chapters as fast as possible so we could get to the notes and footnotes at the end of the chapters.

Some of our favorite “Notes” that appeared in between the chapters were:

  • P.S. About your stable of would-be collaborators, I don’t doubt that all of those authors are adept at building and resolving intricate mysteries. But I’d argue that bringing a psycho to justice on the page and co-writing a book with one require different skill sets.
  • It’s kind of funny that you remember our relationship as consisting entirely of drinking and talking. I remember it as drinking and listening.

After Hayward was criticized by Lutz for using words that she had to Google, one of Hayward’s chapters is written in large, double spaced text with a very Dick and Jane style which we all enjoyed.  The group did not think that it advanced the mystery, but it helped to build the tension between the co-authors.

Paul and Lacey, much like Lisa and David, work against each other as much as they work with each other. The way each author counters the other is what we thought made the story interesting and unexpected. For example:

  • Lisa gives Paul a stripper girlfriend who limps after experiencing a pole-dancing accident. David retaliates by making the stripper have a genius IQ.
  • Another favorite moment was when David introduces Terry, his favorite character. Lisa kills him off, then David revives him at the hospital and then Lisa kills him again and makes sure that there is no possible way he can come back to life.  She even threatens to put him through a woodchipper if David tries. David tries to fight back by introducing Terry’s cousin Harry who is very similar to Terry but Lisa quickly kills him off too.

We talked about their twitter accounts and it does appear that they are friends because of the back and forth banter on their accounts (Hayward’s twitter account states “Author of the good parts of the novel Heads You Lose”).  They also did a book tour together where they took turns blogging about the day’s events. It was very similar to the “Notes” between the chapters where they took every chance they could to blast the other one.  David Hayward is a poet, so on Lisa Lutz’s website she has a link to “Lisa’s Poetry Corner.” When you link to the page it states, “This page intentionally left blank,” which we thought was still one more dig at David Hayward. The group thought that they still had a friendship but they seemed more like siblings than anything.

After reading this book most of the members thought that they would give Lisa Lutz’s Spellman Files Series a try, which is similar to Janet Evanovich “Stephanie Plum” series.

These are just of few things mentioned during the discussion. Please feel free to add any of your thoughts in the comment section.

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heads-you-lose-coverMonday, June 1st
11:00 am
Meeting Room B

Join us to discuss…

Heads You Lose
by Lisa Lutz and David Hayward

Paul and Lacey Hansen are pot-growing twenty-something siblings eking out a living in rural 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 day riper… and an amateur sleuth is born. Make that two.


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A video of Lisa Lutz and David Hayward interviewing one another as to why they decided to collaborate on this book. What a great team!! This is very funny.

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heads-you-loseIf you are enjoying this month’s Book Group book, Heads you Lose, you can vote for your favorite character on their website. Who’s your favorite character?

  • Lacey Hansen
  • Paul Hansen
  • Sook Felton
  • Terry Jakes and /or Harry Lakes
  • Brandy Chester
  • Dr. What’s His Name
  • Any Babbalato
  • Melinda the Goth Niece
  • Lisa Lutz

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