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Hoodtown [Kindle Edition]

Christa Faust
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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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Christa Faust is a Veronica in a world of Betties --Quentin Tarantino, director of Kill Bill

Faust's best work yet. I found her world so absorbing I didn't want the book to end. --Poppy Z. Brite, author of Liquor

Faust's voice will haul you outside and kick your ass. And you'll love every minute. --Michael Marshall, author of The Straw Men

About the Author

Christa Faust s Money Shot was nominated for an Edgar award, Anthony award and Barry award, and won a Spinetingler award in the Rising Star category.

She worked in the Times Square peep booths, as a professional dominatrix, and in the adult film industry both behind and in front of the cameras for over a decade. She also wrote and directed the bondage adventure serial Dita in Distress, featuring Burlesque queen Dita Von Teese.

Faust is a Film Noir fanatic, an avid reader of classic hardboiled pulp novels, and an MMA fight fan. She lives and writes in Los Angeles.


Product Details

  • File Size: 336 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: From Parts Unknown; eBook Edition edition (June 5, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0054LO4OS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #619,701 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery, Fantasy, and the Ultimate Heroine! September 17, 2004
Format:Paperback
When I came across this book, I picked it up, thinking it was a cute idea: a masked detective named X, who lives in a city of people whose identity lies in the masks they wear. I was pleasantly surprised to find out my "cute idea" thought was one of the biggest understatements my mind ever told me.

This is not just a great book focusing on pro wrestling (more specifically, Lucha Libre, the Mexican Style of Pro Wrestling), this is not just a great crime novel, this is not just just a great fantasy tale; this is a great novel that encompasses all these genres!

Christ Faust tells the story of Ms. X, a former luchadora (lady wrestler) who fell from grace in the professional Lucha Libre world, and now resides in Hoodtown, her old stomping grounds. Here she makes a modest living, still as a luchadora, but as a private luchadora, who dishes out hourly sessions to masochistic men who are thrilled to be smacked around by Ms. X.

Her new routine is interrupted when masked prostitutes in Hoodtown are found not only murdered, but left unmasked, which is every bit as horrible in itself as death. Ms. X becomes a self taught private eye searching for the killer since the police ---who do not reside in Hoodtown, and like most maskless people in this novel's society, spit upon masked folks as members of the lowest caste--- are nonchalant about finding the murderer.

Of all the great things I can say about this story, what floored me most is Christa Faust's ability to create a gritty but sexy heroine in Ms. X, and in quite a way that I've never seen before. X is no glamour girl, but a rubenesque middle-aged woman with aches & battle scars from her former professional life.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Fight, All Right! January 7, 2005
Format:Paperback
So, mystery fiction getting you down?

Alternate worlds seem like the same old thing?

I suggest you take the first exit to _Hoodtown_, and like the masked comabtants in the novel, it will rock your world. Faust's innovative, taut, suspensful and sexy novel is like nothing you have read before.

Like Hoodtown itself, it's a rich blend of cultural references from hardboiled noir fiction to the dazzling world of Mexican wrestling. (There's also a pinch or two of hot sex with searingly raw emotion--it brings out the flavor.) . Like the Mexican/Japanese dishes savored by the characters, this mix is exotic and delicious.

Faust's heroine X is truly a divine creation--an older woman with A Past who has seen better days, an ex-villan with a violent streak,a tender heart and a bum knee. The plot she unravels combines terror, excitement and human drama in an imagined world that simply hums and crackles with life. I didn't want this novel to end, even when I knew that as in all crime stories, the showdown was inevitable.

Here's hoping that this isn't Faust's only visit to Hoodtown; I certainly want to know what other stories are on these streets.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I want to live in Hoodtown! November 28, 2004
Format:Paperback
One evening, I took a nice hot bath and cracked open "Hoodtown" with the intent of reading the first two or three chapters. Next thing I know it's two hours later, I've finished the book and my bath is now ice cold. I woke up the next morning very, very sick. For this, I blame Christa Faust. Her book is impossible to put down. There's not enough space to go into plot details (see book description above), but let me tell you that Ms.Faust has created a completely engrossing world of masked heroes, serial killers, midget pimps, savage violence, and rough sex. Once you've finished the book, you'll want to visit Hoodtown to buy some churros, a souvenir mask or some hot masked lovin'. ;)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality Insanity from the author of Snakes on a Plane August 24, 2006
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Set in an alternate reality that mixes elements of Lucha Libre, film noir, pornography, and Ralf Ellison's Invisible Man, Hoodtown chronicles the misadventures of X, a fallen middle-aged ruda eking out a living as a speciality dominatrix and leg breaker in the luchadore ghetto of Hoodtown. X has a checkered past, a bad knee, and a serial killer to bring to justice - assuming he doesn't get her first! Written by the talented and versatile Christina Faust, this book contains a dozen quality illustrations by kindred soul Rafael Navarro, author of the excellent Sonambulo graphic novels. The two of them are part of a "luchacentric" circle of writers, artists, and performers headed by publisher and promoter Keith J. Rainville.

Essentially the only Sexo y Violencia novel ever written, Hoodtown is a cult genre novel that only about 300 people in the world could ever possibly appreciate. Fortunately, I am one of those 300 people and I dearly love this novel. Faust does an excellent job of creating a believable masked subculture that comes complete with its own language, religion, social mores, and problems. It resembles pre-integration era Southern black culture just enough to be convincing without crossing over the line into exploitation. She also utilizes an old but good storytelling trope that I am particularly fond of: the protagonist is a villain forced into the role of hero against her will. X would much rather be getting laid, drunk, or cracking skulls than solving a mystery; but forces both internally and externally beyond her control force her to do the right thing.

A sexy, sweating, blood soaked lucha tour de force.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An innovative story premise - simple plot, soft ending
Other reviewers have fully detailed this story'd premise. I'm a Christa Faust fan and took up Hoodtown with keen anticipation.

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Published 5 months ago by Alan Wilson
2.0 out of 5 stars Well written, but I don't like the genre.
I read this mess after seeing all of the great reviews and having it recommended by a friend. As much as I tried, I could never believe in the hood gimmick. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Ruth Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars Hoodtown, A nice place to visit
Christa Faust in penning Hoodtown, succeeded in putting a new fascinating and entertaining lilt on noir pulp and wrestling genres. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Kindle Customer RWM
5.0 out of 5 stars Faust is a lot of fun, Lucha-noir should become a genre
In, Money shot, my positive note for Money Shot (Hard Case Crime) by Christa Faust, I wrote, "I've been meaning to read 'Money Shot' by Christa Faust for too long to have any good... Read more
Published on April 30, 2013 by Neil Sarver
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique vision
With this book Christa Faust introduces us into a desperate society grown from roots in Mexican and Japanese wrestling, with a healthy dose of slumming murder as well. Read more
Published on April 22, 2013 by Scud1373
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic in every sense of the word
Hoodtown is like nothing else I've ever read. It's a perfectly-realized alternate-world pulp tale that has a lot to say about race and class without directly referring to either. Read more
Published on January 29, 2013 by Barry Graham
4.0 out of 5 stars Weird and wonderful
Hoodtown is the wrong side of town. Bad things happen there. Faust writes a completely believeable alternate world where Hoods and Skins battle and a Hood's ultimate pride is... Read more
Published on September 20, 2012 by Noirguy
5.0 out of 5 stars Under the Hood
A few years back I was lucky enough to catch some Lucha movies on our local community channel. Mostly El Santo but there were a few Wrestling Women movies as well. Read more
Published on February 20, 2012 by Brad mengel
4.0 out of 5 stars There's Nothing Quite Like It
In her novella `Hoodtown', Christa Faust has attempted something extra-ordinary.
She's created a world and a micro-culture that are similar enough to our everyday lives to be... Read more
Published on January 9, 2012 by nigel p bird
5.0 out of 5 stars An All-Time Favorite
This book is one of the most fun and original books I've ever read, hands down.

Faust has done a little alternate reality world building with this novel that is so... Read more
Published on July 8, 2011 by Chris La Tray
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More About the Author

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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