Musclebound

Musclebound

by Liza Cody
     
 

Part-time wrestler, nighttime security guard, and all-the-time big, ugly, bad-tempered, and proud of it, Eva Wylie knows how to stand out in a crowd. She should. In the ring, she's the London Lassassin, with a reputation as one of the meanest, toughest villains in the business. She's permanently banned from the ring, broke, and out of shape, but Eva, the London…  See more details below

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Part-time wrestler, nighttime security guard, and all-the-time big, ugly, bad-tempered, and proud of it, Eva Wylie knows how to stand out in a crowd. She should. In the ring, she's the London Lassassin, with a reputation as one of the meanest, toughest villains in the business. She's permanently banned from the ring, broke, and out of shape, but Eva, the London Lassassin, figures it will take a lot worse than that to floor her. That's before she finds a sports bag stuffed with bank notes in one of her serially "borrowed" cars. Soon Eva has big dreams of staging a wrestling comeback. Then her newfound loot brings her a tougher audience than any she's ever faced down. It isn't long before Eva's confronting dangerously inept thugs with the nerve to shadow her all over London. Or having to show some muscle when one or two mistake her for a lightweight. Or daring to trace the money to its chilling, deadly source. Being down-and-out only makes Eva meaner than ever. And it will take more than a bunch of crooks, nosy police - and even Anna Lee, formidable private investigator - to keep Eva from fighting for the big wide world of opportunities she's glimpsed beyond the mat.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Less a mystery than another bruising round in erstwhile professional wrestler Eva Wylie's tragicomic encounter with life, this latest in Cody's admirable series (Bucket Nut; Monkey Wrench) features, to fine effect, Eva's highly dysfunctional family. The seldom demure "London Lassassin" steals a car in a slightly drunken snit and finds in the back a sports bag full of crisp bills. With the newly acquired cash, she hires a personal trainer, buys some new threads and a few more drinks than usual. She even pays her rotten mother's rent. But her plans for the future change when her long-lost, much-beloved sister, Simone, walks back into her life. Eva kills a bloke who comes after Simone with a hammer and soon runs afoul of the smooth guy who owns the found cash, a man who turns out to be awfully chummy with Simone, who may be beautiful but whose character doesn't hold a candle to her sister's. Eva's voice is unique in crime fiction. She's loud and foul and perversely endearing. A perpetual loser and the polar opposite of feminine, she's always picking fights and may take up boxing next. She's London's answer to Dennis Rodman, and she is of course utterly and bizarrely lovable. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Eva Wylie, feisty wrestler, junkyard watchman, and amateur sleuth, has been banned from the ring. She begins plotting a comeback, though, when she discovers a lost bag of money. The shady figures who are looking for it start her on another dangerous and rowdy adventure. Third in an exciting series.
Kirkus Reviews
Down but not out, that's Eva Wylie, the erstwhile London Lassassin who's been barred from wrestling because she had too much pride in her work to wear the ridiculous getup the omnipotent promoter Daddy ("Dirty") Deeds wanted her to wear. Eva's so close to the dole that she's even had to take a job for The Enemy, Anna Lee of Lee-Schiller Security, guarding a lot-full of the Ferraris she'd rather be hotwiring and driving off. On her way home from getting fired (naturally) by The Enemy, Eva runs into a spot of luck—an unlocked red Carlton containing a sportsbag stuffed with Bank of England notes. Even better, her beloved sister Simone, who's had all too little to do with Eva from the time Simone was put up for adoption on through her mini- triumphs as a men's magazine model, has picked now of all times to pop up in Eva's life again. Eva waxes rhapsodic—"If I had Simone behind me, Simone to watch me, I could do it all—be the London Lassassin again"—until their viperish mother descends on the pair, the driver of the Carlton comes looking for the person who pinched his dosh, and an unexpectedly violent outburst and a series of nasty surprises make Eva sorry she didn't stick to borrowing cars that weren't equipped with a cash bonus.

Like Eva's earlier appearances (Monkey Wrench, 1995, etc.), this third one tends to run down instead of winding up—but when you're dealing with as obtuse and sensitive a heroine as unforgettable Eva, whose main function is to register experiences rather than analyze them, that's probably inevitable.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780892966011
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
09/01/1997
Series:
Eva Wylie Series
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.29(w) x 9.33(h) x 1.00(d)

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