Eva Wylie, the heavyweight wrestler heroine of Bucket Nut, returns. She has a big mouth and large biceps, but meets her match in tiny, tenacious Crystal, a street companion from the past. Crystal's prostitute sister has been beaten to death and she's seeking revenge....
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Monkey Wrench Reviews
#2 Eva Wylie mystery. The street-smart, tough female wrestler Eva Wylie (aka The London Lassassin) is back, this time reluctantly helping another old street friend Crystal, when her sister Dawn, a local doxie. is beaten and killed. Crystal has Eva attempting to teach self-defense to a group of prostitutes who hung out with Dawn, as they're naturally scared silly. It doesn't take long before Eva wishes she'd never laid eyes on the group, as they get her involved in several dodgy schemes, in trouble with her gym's owner, and put her in situations where her memories and emotions get stirred up, and trust me, you don't want to stir up Eva's emotions! Eva's got her problems, but I like her--she tells it like it is, even if 'like it is' is anything but pleasant. She has a total blind spot about her own self, but given her past life, that's not surprising. More details about her childhood come out in this book and it's heartbreaking at the same time you admire this tough survivor, even as your mind boggles at some of the choices she makes. Looking forward to the next--and sadly, last--book in this powerful trilogy.
An unreliable narrator that you root for, but there is always a sadness running through
There is nothing about this mystery novel that is typical. Eva Wylie is a female wrestler called "The London Lassasin" in the ring and "Bucket Nut" by passing fans. In the ring, she's a villain, the louder the boos, the nastier the curses, the more satisfied she is. Eva Wylie is a big, ugly woman, proud of her muscles and unsympathetic to most of humankind. She's probably the only female protagonist that is clearly angry all of the time, often shouting, always rude and most appropriately compared to "a rogue elephant with a burr up its backside."But she's not without an accidental soft side. In Monkey Wrench, one of her childhood street associates, Crystal, (remember she has no friends), begs her to teach self-defense to half a dozen women working out of the Full Moon. Crystal's sister, a prostitute, was just beat to death by two men behind the Full Moon. Other women had had the same fate in the past without the police really looking into the matter. So Crystal figures that Eva can teach these women a few tricks to protect themselves. But Eva is not so hopeful. As she watches them flounce around their make shift gym, she asks herself, "what do women think their bodies are for? ... to stuff food in one end and men in the other." Of course, she does not turn down a paying job.The other thing that's atypical about this novel, is that our protagonist is not a sleuth. She's not looking for clues. The only thing she seeks is to maintain her routine of working out at the gym, a wild weekly fight and securing the junkyard she's paid to watch with with her two dogs. In fact, she's so narrow minded in her pursuit that she misses most of what's going on around her. About the only thing that gets her attention is when someone recognizes her as "Bucket Nut."There is a lot of humor in this novel, due to Eva's self delusion and language. It is written in a hard street style similar to a hacker sci-fi novel. The metaphors are all the more colorful coming from a tough Londoner. What I like best about this book is that Liza Cody does not spell everything out for us, she assumes that we are more worldly than Eva Wylie and while Eva may misunderstand a situation, she assumes we won't. In fact it is this ability to allow us to see her fallibility that makes us understand why people bother with Eva at all. You have to admit that there is something very likable about this naive, oversized, ugly woman. Even Anna Lee, P.I. from Cody's other series likes her.
When this book was suggested and its heroine described as a tough, perpetually angry, wannabe pro-wrestler who also commits crimes, I thought, "Why would I want to read about her?" But Cody got me! Eva Wylie is one of the most interesting and sympathetic characters I've read in a while. There's a lot going on beneath the surface for Eva, much of it having to do with her dysfunctional childhood/adolescense, and nearly all of which she'd rather not face. She's made a life for herself against all odds by going against people and striking out before she can be hurt, and she is woefully unable to understand others, yet she has her own often admirable code of ethics and a way of looking at the world that makes Sam Spade seem like a baby. In this mystery, Eva is roped into showing a bunch of prostitutes self-defense, since someone seems to be murdering them one by one. But this book is also about her being unable to say no to old frenemies and about her determined survival despite the numerous setbacks in her life. I can't wait to meet Eva again and see what new set of troubles she's been dragged into and how she will deal with them all in her own indominatable way!
Christmas holiday reading.... minimal comments. The second of three books about Eva Wylie that I've read out of order. The first book, Bucket Nut, is definitely the best and I think this is the one that least belongs on a mystery shelf. I'm sorry that I don't have any more of Eva's adventures to read about now though.
Another entertaining read about a down and out English female pro wrestler. Lots of laughs and a few life lessons that manage to go over the head of the main character.