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Friday, June 10, 2011

HARDBOILED CORNER: HOODTOWN!

HARDBOILED CORNER: HOODTOWN!

CHRISTA FAUST

It's mayhem, murder and masks in the acclaimed genre-bending novel from the "First Lady of Hard Case Crime” Christa Faust (Money Shot, Choke Hold).

Hoodtown, ghetto of masked wrestlers, inner-city sanctuary of hooded culture. Evolved from lucha libre, the family gimmick is sacred, and the mask is the sole expression of one’s identity.

Now, Hood prostitutes are turning-up murdered and worse, unmasked, and the ‘Skin’ establishment is as much help as a paid-off ref. Enter X, former luchadora with a bruised past, a bum knee and no time to play Santo. She’s no hero, but there’s nobody else to tag-in, as her hunt for a killer uncovers a conspiracy that could take down all of maskedkind.

Like Casablanca with wrestling masks, Hoodtown is vintage pulp noir with a lucha libre pop culture twist.

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