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Hoodtown Paperback – May 1, 2004
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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.
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What I Liked:
1. Christa Faust's hard-boiled prose always appeals - and this is Hoodtown's main plus-factor. Her use of suitable lingo and phrasing is a delight.
2. The "Hood" community. A made-up world that's fully specified.
3. A fast-moving story that never chugs. A solidly entertaining read.
What Could Have Been Improved:
1. The ending tails out. This is something I've noticed in other novels by Ms Faust. I was hoping for some really clever twist at the very end...but no.
2. Hoodtown's "murder mystery" isn't really. A mystery I mean, The killer is exposed about two-thirds of the way into the book, and then it becomes a very simple story arc to describe how "X" deals with the revelation.
Three stars for the entertainment value. Two stars off for the above shortcomings and because having once read it, Hoodtown is not the sort of work I see re-reading again in (say) a year's time.
You might have thought I'd learn my lesson, but, no, I've had the most intriguing looking Hoodtown in my possession for something close to a year and only just got around to reading it. If anything, this was an even bigger mistake.
It's called a Lucha-noir on the cover. That's what sold me. I've been meaning to jump further into Lucha entertainment, although generally Lucha movies. This is probably something more interesting than most of those are, with its alternate world in which Luchas have an entire society, oppressed by the larger society of "Skins".
It might be a little broad for some tastes, but I think it comes up with an intriguing way to re-imagine the kind of feel and tone that we expect from hard boiled fiction, which can be tricky in a world where we all know what to expect from the genre.
I only hope I'm not foolish enough to wait too long before I read Butch Fatale, Dyke Dick - Double D Double Cross.
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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