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Bucket Nut by Liza Cody #15in2015

Bucket Nut (Eva Wylie trilogy)Bucket Nut by Liza Cody

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Part comedy, part tragedy, this book follows one Eva Wylie, a big ugly brute of a woman trying to make a name for herself as a baddie in professional wresting. She wrestles under the name of the London Lassassin, but her (anti-)fans call her Bucket Nut.

She lives for their boos and their insults, but she’s living a marginal life. After a childhood spent in foster homes and years living homeless, she’s only now beginning to put her life together, with a job watching over a junkyard, petty theft, and running errands for a local gangster.

Then everything goes to hell and Eva finds herself caught in a war between rival gangs.

The real appeal here is Eva’s voice, which comes across as loud and brutish even on the page. It’s not often readers get a crime novel where the POV character is as clumsy and comically clueless as this one. Everything has to be explained to her, because she’s always looking elsewhere when important clues pop up.

There are two more in this series but I don’t think I’ll continue reading it. I enjoyed this one, and I liked the way it ended. I’m satisfied. Book 5 of #15in2015

Buy a copy

Mirrored from Harry Connolly. You can comment here but not there.



( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 8th, 2015 02:39 am (UTC)
Glad I recommended it. The brief walk-on by the lead of the author's traditional detective series didn't impress me, but Eva did. I kept comparing her to Scudder, who is more morose, but Eva stood out as someone who may be down but doesn't have the mentality to not punch at whatever's coming at her. I've had friends like that.
Mar. 9th, 2015 06:27 am (UTC)
Huh. She didn't remind me of Scudder at all.

And thanks.
Mar. 14th, 2015 12:36 am (UTC)
I should have been clearer: to me she was sort of the anti-Scudder, which is what brought him to mind.
Mar. 9th, 2015 03:14 am (UTC)
Is wrestling real, or a work, in this book?
Mar. 9th, 2015 06:24 am (UTC)
It's not like collegiate wrestling, where they legitimately compete to win. It's the pro wrestling that I used to watch on UHF, where they throw each other against the ropes and rebound around the ring, and the refs are always looking in the wrong place when the bad guy wants to cheat.

It hadn't occurred to me that you might like this one, but you should give it a try.
Mar. 9th, 2015 06:26 am (UTC)
Yes, I understand that, but in some novels etc. people choose to write about pro wrestling as if it were a competitive sport.
Mar. 9th, 2015 06:32 am (UTC)
Ah, I misunderstood.

No one pretends wrestling is a real competitive sport in the book. They know who's going to win and plan their moves out, with the ref's help.
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