Waiting on Wednesday: Heads You Lose by Lisa Lutz + David Hayward

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:


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?

About the Author

Lisa Lutz is the New York Times-bestselling author of the Spellman comedic crime novels. Since 2007, the Spellman series has received Edgar, Anthony, and Macavity nominations, and each title has been a selection of the Indie Next List. Lutz lives in San Francisco.

David Hayward is a writer and editor in Northern California. His poetry has won a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in Harper's and other magazines. Hayward has an MFA in poetry from the University of California at Irvine. This is his first novel.


  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399157409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399157400
 Doesn't matter what it is about -- LISA LUTZ wrote it with some other guy who won a Pushcart.  OK, the other guy is David Hayward and he must be good if he won a Pushcart Prize.  I have loved almost everything with that award attached to it. Oh, and he was local to me at one time....


  1. Sounds like the perfect antidote to all this gloomy wintry weather :) Great pick!

  2. OMG I love Lisa Lutz I had no idea this was coming out. Putting it straight on my wishlist. Thank you!

    Here's Mine: http://theelifylop.blogspot.com/2011/02/waiting-on-wednesday-5.html

  3. Can't wait. People new to Lutz are in for a treat.

  4. OMG I love Lisa Lutz I had no idea this was coming out.

  5. I haven't heard of this one yet... looks good!

    Lisa @ Lost in Literature
    Here's my WoW

  6. I've never read Lisa Lutz, but I've heard so many interesting things about her books. This one sounds terrific. Can't wait to hear what you think.

  7. Morning Mary!
    Just picked this up at the library and started it this week! Loving every minute and trying to make it last! My son wants to read it too (he's a Spellman fan), but I don't know if I want to glorify pot growing. Ah, he'll be fine! Have a great weekend!


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