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In this hard-hitting, colorful new novel, award-winning author Liza Cody launches a new series and introduces a marvelous new heroine: Eva Wylie, a female wrestler who, when she's not working the sleazy wrestling circuit, is a security guard who cuts a sizzling swath through London low-life, unecumbered by scruples.

Eva Wylie may not be beautiful, but she's big and smart and tough. Working as a wrestler called the London Lassassin, all she wants is wrestling ...

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1995 Mass-market paperback First edition. MYSTERY New. No dust jacket as issued. Mass market (rack) paperback. Glued binding. Audience: General/trade.

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Overview

In this hard-hitting, colorful new novel, award-winning author Liza Cody launches a new series and introduces a marvelous new heroine: Eva Wylie, a female wrestler who, when she's not working the sleazy wrestling circuit, is a security guard who cuts a sizzling swath through London low-life, unecumbered by scruples.

Eva Wylie may not be beautiful, but she's big and smart and tough. Working as a wrestler called the London Lassassin, all she wants is wrestling superstardom and to find her long-lost sister. She does a little investigating on her own, and ends up in the middle of a vicious London gang war fighting for her life.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Cody Backhand introduces Londoner Eva Wylie, a professional wrestler, junkyard security guard and genuinely off-the-wall heroine. Told with all the confidence and style of Cody's successful Anna Lee series, this story is more an adventure than a mystery; many of the crimes are committed by Eva herself, who is not above swiping the odd wallet or automobile. Occasionally Eva runs errands for Mr. Cheng, whose official business she doesn't ask about. While collecting a protection payment from a nightclub, she is offered some ``crowd control'' work for that evening. When a police raid halts the band's set, Eva whisks a totally stoned backup singer off to the safety of her trailer home. ``Goldie,'' as Eva dubs the singer, charms her protector and even gets the junkyard dogs to eat out of her hand. But Goldie brings problems with her, and Eva has enough of her own, especially when Mr. Cheng sends her on another, very different errand. To make things worse, an annoying PI named Anna Lee keeps nosing around, looking for someone named Eleanor Crombie. If, as Cody hints, Anna and Eva team up, they could make some beautiful mysteries together--assuming Eva stays out of traction and out of jail. Feb.
Library Journal
Lively British author Cody introduces rough-and-tumble Eva Wylie, a ``professional'' wrestler and security guard who gets caught in a London protection war.
Wes Lukowsky
Cody is renowned for her Anna Lee detective series, and though Lee makes a cameo appearance in this novel, the heroine is Eva Wylie, a fledgling professional wrestler working in London. Eva supports her new career with work as a security guard for a junkyard and as a courier for a shady Asian businessman. She lives with two protective dogs in a crumbling trailer amid the junk. She's a loner, very bitter, and not averse to working whatever side of the legal fence she finds herself on. Acting in her capacity as a courier, she becomes involved in a conflict between rival protection rackets. Her soul-deep bad attitude serves her well in the ensuing stroll through London's dark side. Eva's unremitting cynicism is certain to appeal to the hardest of the hard-boiled set, but others may find her likability diminished by all the kvetching. Anna Lee makes a better companion.
Kirkus Reviews
A sizzling debut for the author's unlikely new heroine—Junoesque, foulmouthed Eva Wylie, daughter of an alcoholic prostitute. Eva ekes out an uncertain living as a junkyard night- guard, augmented by part-time wrestling, occasional thievery, and odd jobs for members of London's sleazy underworld. One of those jobs puts her in the middle of a war between mob leaders. Caught in a bomb explosion in which she's one of the targets, Eva escapes, rescuing on her way a pretty blond refugee from the middle class whom she calls Goldie. Goldie is bad news from day one, but she shares Eva's comfortless junkyard trailer and eases her unacknowledged loneliness. Then one day she's gone—the trailer's trashed, and Eva's hard-won, well-hidden savings are gone too, just before her bout with rockin' Sherry-Lee Lewis—her best shot at the big-time. All hell breaks loose at the Ladywell Baths that night, but in its aftermath Eva begins to face the painful truth about the sister she hasn't seen in 15 years, and she will perhaps forge an alliance with thorn-in-her-side investigator Anna Lee (Backhand, etc.). There's a score of vibrant characters here, but Eva is a wondrous creation—an incorrigible innocent in a story that crackles with energy. Super Cody.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446404594
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/1/1995
  • Series: Eva Wylie Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 4.15 (w) x 6.72 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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