June 9, 2010

Supporting a Life Of Crime

Some of you have heard this story but I'm telling it again. Because it's relevant, I happen to like it, and its my blog so I can say what I want.

A few years ago after turning the final page on The Rabbit Factory, I wrote a review, as I normally do, in my Friday The Weeklies post. I was surprised to get an email from Marshall Karp, the author. I'd read initial reviews of the book, looked high and low to find it, got my hands on it, and found that it totally lived up to both the search and the hype. I was pretty jazzed to hear from the author himself. He wrote not a short thank you note but a very thoughtful message that showed he'd clearly surfed my site and read quite a bit of what I'd written. I was truly impressed. I was blown away when he asked me to put together his website (which I did - that's my handy-work) a while later, after our email correspondence continued for a bit.

Things have come a long way since then. In October, Beth and I found ourselves hanging out with Marshall and his wife in NYC, having a nice dinner out then visiting their apartment to see new dog Kylie. Life is kind of surreal like that.

I'll always have a soft spot for The Rabbit Factory but Marshall's released three brilliant novels starring his crime-fighting duo of Mike Lomax and Terry Biggs since then - Bloodthirsty, Flipping Out and Cut, Paste, Kill. I mention all of this because Cut, Paste, Kill hit both brick and mortar and virtual store shelves yesterday. And I encourage you all to pick them up because they're wonderful books. But, perhaps equally important is the fact that Marshall's just a nice guy. There are lots of people out there writing, singing, acting, playing or painting for your attention but I want to support not only the ones who are talented but the ones who are, additionally, good people. Marshall's good people. I'm honored to have him as a friend.

How important is it to you to support good people? And how long do you think it'll take to order Marshall's new book? You can go ahead take care of that ordering thing now if you want. I'll wait.

By the way, drop a comment on this post and I'll hook one randomly chosen reader up with a signed copy of Marshall's latest.

Posted by Chris at June 9, 2010 7:00 AM

Yay, a new Marshall Karp book! I got hooked on his books after reading your review of The Rabbit Factory. I didn't realize his new book was coming out this month so now I'll probably have to wait awhile to get it at the library.

Posted by: Carolyn at June 9, 2010 7:41 AM

I wrote a review of Steve Luxenberg's Annie's Ghosts and he found my site. We're not exactly hanging out in NYC, but we are facebook friends now. :p I think he's a great writer, but I feel extra supportive of his books because he's been so nice to me. He gave me a signed copy to give away on my site. Speaking of which, I hope I get chosen for the signed copy of Marshall's book!

Posted by: Hope at June 9, 2010 8:04 AM

I read The Rabbit Factory on your recommendation and really enjoyed it. Even emailed Marshall to tell him you told me to read it and it was great. He wrote back to say that *you* are great. :)

I'd love to read more by him. I searched our library, but The Rabbit Factory was the only book of his they had.

Posted by: Traci at June 9, 2010 8:20 AM

Always reading you, not so often commenting these days bit today feels like my lucky day...pick me! pick me!

Posted by: NancyJ at June 9, 2010 8:21 AM

I just picked up his first two novels earlier this week to add to my summer reading pile.....if those are as good as you led me to believe they are, then hopefully I will pick up the 3rd before the end of the month.

It is very important to support good people....who wants to support an evil jackass? It is also good when you can place a face to something you support, makes you feel connected to something real.

Posted by: Jen at June 9, 2010 8:26 AM

I have his books on my Amazon list but that list is VERY long. I would love to read one of his books!

Posted by: Christina at June 9, 2010 8:50 AM

I'm just reading Flipping Out now! Great book. I love Lomax and Biggs. I can't wait to read the new one. And thank YOU for introducing Marshall Karp to me! I doubt I would have found him if it weren't for your posts. I now recommend him to anyone who asks me what I read.
Love him!

Posted by: Kim at June 9, 2010 8:56 AM

I've been on the library waiting list for Cut, Paste, Kill since March - I'm number 2 so hopefully I'll be reading it very soon! Would love to win a copy though. I've loved all of the Lomax & Biggs books!

Posted by: Becky at June 9, 2010 9:01 AM

I picked up the Rabbit Factory because of your review and its in actually next in my reading pile! I love to read and love it when I get hooked up with a consistently good author! Thanks for the tips!

Happy Wednesday!

Posted by: 3jaysmom at June 9, 2010 9:03 AM

A murder mystery about a scrapbooker? This crafty girl wants in on that! :)

Posted by: Susan at June 9, 2010 9:03 AM

I too got and read Rabbit Factory on your recommendation. And I too liked it very much.

I think it's wonderful (and typical, based on my now year-long reading of your site) that you like to do nice things for people you think are good. And, in this case, we benefit too, in that we hear about books we might enjoy.

I'd love to be picked, but am not commenting specifically for that. I just wanted to say your blog is one of the only ones I *consistently* turn to.

Posted by: pvz at June 9, 2010 9:09 AM

I get to hang out with a published author all the time. But then she is my wife..:) I think supporting good people in anything they do is extremely important. Be it writers ( One of my wife's writing group got there books published - www.lisabork.com ) or just friends doing something they really want to do ( He quit his job to hike the Pacific Crest trail from Mexico to Canada).

I started reading Marshall Karp's books before I found your website but I am definitely hooked and oh so jealous that you have met him and are now friends. Book was pre ordered on Amazon and my wife and I are fighting over who gets to read it first..:)

Posted by: Steven at June 9, 2010 9:15 AM

Ah, what the hey, put my name in for the draw. :)

Posted by: martin at June 9, 2010 9:27 AM

I'm always looking for new authors. When they are a good person it makes it that much bettah!

Posted by: NotAMeanGirl at June 9, 2010 9:50 AM

All over supporting good people. I like to help. Sort of what I do... (sorry been listening to a lot of Hip lately.)

I like when cool people do really cool things.

Posted by: Nat at June 9, 2010 9:53 AM

I've already got the new book (and all the others)on my to-buy list for my kindle. I read Bloodthirsty on your recommendation a while back but was unable to get the others from my library. (I did strongly suggest they invest in them.) So as soon as I finish my current to-be-read pile, I'll be buying Rabbit Factory.

Posted by: heidi at June 9, 2010 9:57 AM

I have nothing witty to say just pick me! Lol I never win anything so it would be a welcome change if I finally did!

Posted by: kris at June 9, 2010 9:59 AM

I shall have to look out for them, I've noted a few of your recommendations, I think we have similar taste... certainly in crime fiction... Thanks!

Posted by: Deeleea at June 9, 2010 10:01 AM

I felt so honored to be asked to write a review of a brand new book by a brand new author on my blog - which will be coming next week. It is so exciting to help other people along, you know? Plus, the book was an awesome backyard summer read.

Posted by: k8 at June 9, 2010 10:04 AM

What a great story! I will have to look up the author this afternoon...thanks!

Posted by: natalie at June 9, 2010 10:12 AM

Pick me! Pick me!

Isn't it cool when you have the chance to get to know the authors behind the books. I love author friends.

Posted by: Angella at June 9, 2010 10:21 AM

I've read all but the current Karp, on your recommendation, and have not been disappointed. I am looking forward to more Lomax and Biggs, and would LOVE to have a signed copy. I would recommend that everyone befriend Marshall on Facebook as he is always good for a chuckle, as are you, Mr. Cactus!

Posted by: Pat at June 9, 2010 10:22 AM

I was going to go out and buy it today, but now I have a dilemma. Do I buy it today or wait to see if I am randomly chosen?

Posted by: Meredith at June 9, 2010 10:28 AM

Awesome story. I will be sure to check out those books.

Posted by: SteveG at June 9, 2010 10:34 AM

Dude. I'm always up for a great book.

Posted by: Hazel at June 9, 2010 10:35 AM

I feel ENTIRELY the same. I have the good fortune to have met some amazing talent, and sometimes, they're not the nice ones. But MAN, do I turn into a cheerleader when they are. :)

Posted by: alektra at June 9, 2010 10:38 AM

I just downloaded Rabbit Factory for my Kindle - sounds very interesting! I've been reading a lot of this genre lately and really enjoying it!

Posted by: Sue R at June 9, 2010 10:45 AM

Hi, my name is Peggy, and I am a readaholic. Please help!

Posted by: Pegnandy at June 9, 2010 11:04 AM

Funny you should post this...

I just finished writing a paper about my thoughts on a course I just finished.

What I noted in the paper was that this particular course was more than a 3 credit hour "Classical Foundations" course. Why? Because it NEVER failed that I came home from class and ordered a book or a film that was briefly mentioned. The class, instead of quenching my thirst for knowledge, enhanced my desire to open my mind further.

People lately, it seems, have been more focused on "more for me, more for me" and less on viewing art and creation of others.

I'm always thrilled to support talent (and already ordered the book). Though it makes me sad to see that "Speidi Separates" gets more hits than the BP Oil Spill issue, I am confident that there are still people out there who desire to open their eyes, ears and minds to the thoughts, ideas and works of art of others. There *are* still some of us that just plain appreciate real talent.

Posted by: Holly Reynolds at June 9, 2010 11:08 AM

I got hooked on Marshall Karp thanks to you...I would love this! :)

Posted by: Tara at June 9, 2010 11:09 AM

I much prefer to support nice people. It is way more conscience soothing than supporting mean people. (except peopleofwalmart.com, they are kinda me but I love them)

I don't remember how I got hooked into this little group of blogs but I know it had something to do with his last book and virtual tour.

I am so excited about his book. Which reminds me, I need to call my bookstore because I pre-ordered it months ago. :)

Posted by: debb at June 9, 2010 11:18 AM

Hmm. I'll have to make sure we carry his books in the indie bookstore I work at!

Posted by: Alison at June 9, 2010 11:25 AM

I still have his book on my TBR pile. Must move it to the top.

Posted by: kellylynn at June 9, 2010 11:49 AM

I'll have to get around to his stuff. Sounds like a good read. I have a lot of other things to get through first. If I could stop buying books through my Kindle for iPod app, I'd get through those other books faster. Alas.

Posted by: Brooke at June 9, 2010 11:51 AM

Good people need supporting even if it's not really your cup of tea.

I used to work with a guy who had graphic novel series out. I don't really do comic books much I went out of my way to find those and have him signed them anyway. You know, he's good people.

Good for you supporting good people, good person! :)

Posted by: oakley at June 9, 2010 12:09 PM

Very surreal that a prestigious author approached you. Fate, I assume.

Posted by: Heerow at June 9, 2010 12:39 PM

I know you have written about him in the past and yet I still haven't picked up one of his books, although I would like to. :) I need to get on that. I always love when I find out that an author, actor, etc. whom I enjoy or admire turns out to be a really great person. Likewise it is a big disappointment if I find out they are asshats. :)

Posted by: Sarah at June 9, 2010 12:47 PM

off to put these on my Amazon wish list...Rabbit Factory is already there - I might have to push it up my list as my summer vacation is coming up here shortly! ;-)

Pick me, Pick me! ;-)

Posted by: cyndy at June 9, 2010 1:12 PM

I picked up Flipping Out after reading your review. I had to put it on hold at the library, that's how great it is. I also read the Rabbit Factory, can't remember if I had to wait for that one. I'd sure love a copy of the latest to read on the beach in a few weeks, maybe it will take my mind off the smell of oil.

Posted by: Texxla at June 9, 2010 1:40 PM

OOOh, another book by Marshall Karp! Excellent!

Posted by: bouncy at June 9, 2010 1:54 PM

I need a good book for the poolside! Would love to check Marshall out :)

Posted by: Kami at June 9, 2010 1:58 PM

Interesting turns our lives seem to take. Always fun to read about yours. :)

Posted by: Julie at June 9, 2010 2:11 PM

Yes Please!!!

Posted by: Kris H. at June 9, 2010 2:33 PM

I sure as heck try to support nice people.
Growing up my Dad was good friends with the Polka King Jimmy Sturr. Years later we run into him randomly and he still knows who I am ;)

Posted by: Rose @Dozenroses13 at June 9, 2010 2:35 PM

Hee- that's a silly question! Who would say "NO I don't support nice people...I prefer my people mean and evil" (by the way- I support nice people not mean evil people- just for the record).

That would be be like the contestants on Wheel of Fortune - no one is going to go on TV and NOT say they have wonderful (or similar accolade) spouse. No one says "I am married to Kathy who snores like the yeti" or "I am married to Jack who never remembers to put a new toilet paper roll on."

Posted by: Amy at June 9, 2010 4:42 PM

i fully agree about supporting the good guys :) if i like you and what you're all about, i will tell everyone.

Posted by: madmom at June 9, 2010 5:02 PM

You actuallyintroduced me to his books and I love them. I checked Rabbit Facory outfrom the library and have since downloaded Blood Thirsty to my iPhone. I look forward to the next two instalments I have left to read! Thanks for the recommendation!

Posted by: Tess at June 9, 2010 5:46 PM

I've not connected with Mr. Karp...now I'll have to look for the Rabbit Factory. Thanks for the recommend.

Posted by: Lojo at June 9, 2010 7:12 PM

Oooh yay new book! I really enjoyed the previous ones, also introduced from you. Alas, I am a poor student, and I read ridiculously fast, so buying a book isn't the greatest investment - but I always get the library to order them for me! :D

Posted by: Heather at June 9, 2010 7:26 PM

I think it is very important to support good people. It will take me a while to pick up his book as I have to get my research done first.

Posted by: Krush at June 9, 2010 9:09 PM

i read The Rabbit Factory based on your review here. have since read the other books and will be reading this one as well. :)

Posted by: Christine Boyko at June 9, 2010 9:29 PM

I would be happy to read a 'new' author-to-me! Great that you're supporting a deserving friend, as well!!

Posted by: Starfrui at June 9, 2010 10:41 PM

I am a fan. Loved the Rabbit Factory and am going to read all of his Lomax and Biggs series because the characters are unique and interesting.

Please put me in for the drawing. :)

Posted by: Brad at June 10, 2010 8:31 AM