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Money shot by Christa Faust

Money shot

by Christa Faust

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Series: Angel Dare (1)

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This was an entertaining piece of pulp that has the potential to be a great noir novel, but while it kept me reading, it but never totally sucked me in. I enjoyed that this story took on the gritty, tough-guy tale and looked at it from a woman's perspective. Angel Dare is an interesting character but she never really sells the angst that any really great noir protagonist must have. Dennis Lehane once told me that "In Greek tragedy they fall from great heights ... in noir they fall from the curb." While may be true, the really great noir protagonists do a swan dive on the way down, something that makes readers shake their heads and say, "Damn! That's class." Angel Dare 'missed it by that much'. ( )
  Unkletom | Mar 7, 2018 |
Any book that begins with the main character beaten and bound in the trunk of a car clearly qualifies as an actionpacked book. From page one, it's all systems go in this one. I dare you to try and put this book aside for a few days without finishing it. You are not going to be able to do it.

Christa Faust is the real deal when it comes to gritty crime writing. Money Shot is a story about Angel Dare, an aging porn star who now runs her own talent agency. Unbeknownst to Angel, someone left a briefcase with her and now criminal elements are after her in a bad way. An old friend is shot in front of her eyes and, since the bad guys used Angel's gun, the police believes she murdered him. So, in typical hard case style, everyone is after her and the only person she can depend on is an ex-cop Malloy. Together, they fight through the seamy underbelly of LA's porn industry to find out what's going on before the bad guys wipe them out. The story is told through Angel's eyes and is told with a sharp sense of humor. The story flows well and doesn't fall apart plot wise. Although the setting is the porn industry and there are humorous descriptions of that industry, the focus of the story is not sexual. Rather, it's another innocent person on the run and a mysterious package story.
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  DaveWilde | Sep 22, 2017 |
This is the second book I’ve read from publisher Hard Case Crime. The first was a Michael Crichton number by the name of ‘Odds On’ (writing under the pen name of John Lange) which, sadly I didn’t enjoy (paid $11.95 plus tax for a paperback copy of that fucker at Barnes & Noble. I feel like a sucker.) Look—I don’t know about you—but I like a page turner and that book wasn’t—undaunted I made myself check another tome from the Hard Case Crime oeuvre since I kind of like their throwback covers, because in the PC world we live in these days; some of those covers are a breath of fresh smog.

Money Shot by Christa Faust is by far my favorite book and cover, I mean look at it! Let me tell you why I liked this story.

Revenge and retribution thy name is Angel Dare.

Gina Moretti a. k. a. Angel Dare is an ex porn star who’s been left for dead in the trunk of a Honda Civic—a fucking Honda Civic, why? Because of some missing money she knows nothing about. So with the help of ex-cop/bodyguard Lalo Molloy (he’s a MexMick; his mother’s Mexican, his dad’s Irish) they embark on a dark and violent journey in search of the responsible party. And thus author Christa Faust rewrites the femme fatale as a feminist porn star pulpy action hero.

Dark, gritty and at times downright nasty (just the way me likes) yet witty, fast-pace and ballsy with lots of action. I couldn’t put it down.

Five out of Five Bullet holes baby.

Next up Angel Dare makes a comeback in ‘Choke Hold.’ Can’t wait to get my hands on that one (hey see what I did there?)

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  Verge0007 | May 21, 2017 |

"Coming back from the dead isn't as easy as they make it seem in the movies."

Hard Case Crimes have been hit or miss with me. Most I find good but not many great. I know there's more out there waiting for me to discover and fall in love with them - I've read about five (sad number).

Angel is a retired porn star who currently keeps afloat by running a company of working women for the entertainment industry. After receiving a phone call from a director she respects and trusts, she agrees to do one last job - but finds out there is a gigantic catch. Now on the run and having escaped death, she must clear her name and get revenge on those who almost put her in the coffin.

The author doesn't hold back with the porn industry business - definitely more insight than I'd had before (or wanted.) It's told with no apologies in a matter-of-fact way through memories and a present set visit. I had NO idea men put injections there, yikes.

Usually books like this are told through the point of view of men who run into the classic noirish dame, but in this case it was a woman writer doing a good job telling a story with an experienced woman's point of view. The writing style is awesome and casual, easy to digest and read through quickly.

Characterization is well done too, particularly in the strong and independent personality Angel has. Every once in awhile there's a touch of vulnerability that makes her come across more real. Even the "good guys" in this show realism as they sometimes betray Angel when she and I weren't expecting them too.

It's pure crime and no mystery, a well-done and tense book that's well-structured. It gets a little silly and overreaching in the end with some of the deaths, but it does so while still embracing the pulpy feel these kind of books promise.

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1 vote ErinPaperbackstash | Jun 14, 2016 |
It was good story. Very intense. The emphasis on the details of the porn industry and the excessive violence was a bit bothersome. I will probably try one more from another author to see if I can find something more my style. ( )
  grandpahobo | Mar 22, 2015 |
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Angel Dare, a retired porn star and owner of an adult modeling agency, seeks revenge on the people who framed her for murder after locking her in the trunk of a car, battered, raped, and shot.

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