So here is my personal opinion of Hoodtown:
I loved this book – every dark, well-turned, beautifully plotted word. Although its byline is “a Lucha-Noir Novel” you don’t have to be a fan of Latin American pro wrestling to enjoy this pulp wonder. Hoodtown is a ghetto where “Hoods” (a society where everyone from birth to death wear the lucha libre hoods as their identity) try to live their everyday lives among gangsters, drugs, and crime, just minutes from Angel City where “Skins” live a life of order and plenty. The heart of this book is “X” a retired, 40ish, luchadora (lady wrestler) who is thrown into the investigation of the murders of Hoodtown prostitutes. The women are not only brutalized but their mascaras (masks) are stolen, a crime as heinous as the murders themselves. Although this novel is allegorical, the character of X is beautifully realistic from her frustration that her life isn’t how she planned it, to her inability to commit to the passionate trumpet player who adores her. This book is dark, sensuous, and wicked at every turn, and I take my hood off to Christa Faust who is in a league all her own.
Christa's next book is Money Shot, which is scheduled for release by Hard Case Crime in February 2008, the same time as my 3rd book, Mother Mayhem. She and I will definitely have to have a dual celebration.