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Choke Hold (Hard Case Crime Novels) Kindle Edition

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"An instant pulp classic." - Rolling Stone 

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About the Author

Christa Faust is a successful horror and crime writer. Her most recent novelMoney Shot for Hard Case Crime won the Crimespree Award and was nominated for several others, including the prestigious Edgar Award.

She has written tie-ins to Friday the 13thA Nightmare on Elm Street and theTwilight Zone amongst others. She lives in Los Angeles, California, and loves vintage shoes and noir cinema. 

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  • File Size: 461 KB
  • Print Length: 229 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00CVDT8RU
  • Publisher: Hard Case Crime (October 4, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 4, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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Christa Faust is the author of eleven novels, including the Edgar and Anthony award nominated MONEY SHOT, CHOKE HOLD, and HOODTOWN, as well as the Scribe award winning novelization of SNAKES ON A PLANE and hardboiled lesbian P.I. series BUTCH FATALE: DYKE DICK.

She grew up in New York City, in the Bronx and Hell's Kitchen. She's been making stuff up her whole life, and spent most of her teen years on endless subway rides, cutting school and scribbling stories.

After High School finally had enough of her, she worked in the Times Square peep booths and later as a fetish model and professional Dominatrix.

She sold her first short story when she moved to Los Angeles in the early 90s. After nearly 20 years in her beloved adopted city, she still considers herself an expat rather than a native.

She's an avid reader and collector of vintage paperbacks, a Film Noir enthusiast and a Tattooed Lady. She writes primarily Hardboiled crime fiction, but also does work-for-hire media tie in novels.

She lives in Porn Valley with too many shoes and her Boston Terrier Butch.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Charles Hoffman on November 16, 2011
Format: Paperback
Choke Hold is the follow-up to the gifted Christa Faust's tour de force, Money Shot. Choke Hold is not quite as tightly plotted as Money Shot. And I was expecting more in the way of mixed martial arts ring action. (This due to the cover illustration, and my awareness that Ms. Faust is a UFC enthusiast.) However, the author continues to excel in her harrowing character portraits of hurt, damaged people. In this capacity she is virtually without peer.

For those not familiar with these two fine noir thrillers, the narrator and protagonist is former porn star Angel Dare. Though a strong, determined street-smart woman, Angel is also both a smokin' hot sex goddess and (due to her tendency to become embroiled in the worst sort of trouble) a damsel-in-distress. This juxtaposition makes her irresistible, capable of transforming middle-aged male readers (like myself) into teenage boys imagining themselves in protector / savior roles. Money Shot was originally intended as a stand-alone story, but readers could not get enough of this alluring heroine. I, for one, look forward to future installments, and hope that things ultimately turn out okay for Angel.

Money Shot was concerned with the porn industry, neither romanticizing nor demonizing the trade. The smarter, savvier performers tend to come out of it okay, while the foolish, weak, and gullible often come to bad ends. With Choke Hold, the author extends her thesis to the world of the professional fighter. Many strive with all they have to do battle in the ring (or octogon), only to break their hearts in vain and/or ruin their once superb bodies; only a few achieve any sort of wealth or recognition.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bronx Book Guy on December 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
[spoilers for those who didn't read the first book]

I really enjoyed the original -- Money Shot -- from the opening to the satisfying conclusion. Former porn star, now in effect a porn talent agent, Angela Dare starts out in the book left for dead in a car trunk and things go fairly downhill for her from there. Rather dark but such is the hard boiled genre and well written with a main character we can both care about and believe in. The action and mystery also kept our interest down to the end.

Turns out, she didn't go to prison for murder after all, but witness protection. As is suitable for this sort of thing, she wasn't able to remove all the threats to her life or connections to the past, so there was room for a sequel. Turns out her former bf by chance (a bad beginning actually) meets up with his long lost son in the diner where she is hiding out after an attempt was made on her life while in WP. He's shot and begs him to protect the eighteen year old. The chase is on.

The chase is not really satisfying. The two hook up with an older mentor of the son, who (besides being well endowed like his dad) is a junior MMA fighter. Eventually, all three go to take the kid to some potential big break. The original had Angel and an ex-cop on the road finding out what happened. This has Angel, a teenage kid and an over the hill drugged up fighter on some sort of road trip with a few breaks to run away and interact with various bad guys, bad guys that unlike the first book really don't' mean too much to Angel (or us) since there "it was personal." I really didn't have the same emotional connection and honestly found the plot a bit boring. The original had some much better set pieces, down to the finale.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dave Wilde on February 10, 2014
Format: Paperback
Christa Faust is the real deal when it comes to gritty crime writing. Also, it's no cheap trick for her to write about the porn industry as, according to her bio, she worked Times Square peep shows and grew up in Hell's Kitchen.

Chokehold is loosely a sequel to Money Shot, a story about Angel Dare, an aging porn star who runs her own talent agency. 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 excop Malloy. Together, they fight through the seamy underbelly of LA's porn industry to find out what's going on before the bad guys catch them.

Chokehold picks up where Money Shot leaves off. Angel Dare apparently was in the Witness Protection Program for a while until her location became compromised. She now works as a waitress in a diner in the middle of nowhere. An old colleague (Vince) happens in with his longlost son and, after a wild spray of bullets throughout the diner, Angel is on the run again. This time, she doesn't have a tough, ex-cop to lean on. Instead, she finds herself allied with desperate losers living in desert shacks and hoping to make it big on the MMA circuit. With multiple sets of bad guys after Angel and after her allies, the action runs from the parched desert to a fenced-in club over the Mexican border where anything goes and back through the desert to the glitzy casinos of Vegas.

The atmosphere of this book is parched and bleak and hopeless. Although it lacks a little bit of the charge that Money Shot had, this book is nevertheless a solid adventure that fits in well with today's gritty crime novels.
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