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Money Shot (Hard Case Crime Novels) Mass Market Paperback – March 29, 2011

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Book 1 of 2 in the Angel Dare Series

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Retired from her life as a porn star, Angel Dare now owns Daring Angels, a high-class adult modeling agency. Life as a desk jockey is pretty predictable until an underfed foreign girl named Lia shows up asking to contact one of Angel's models. Before Angel can figure out what the girl really wants, Lia makes a hasty exit through the bathroom window. Next thing she knows, Angel herself is locked in the trunk of a battered blue Honda Civic—beaten, raped, shot up and left for dead. Recovering and resolving to exact justice and clear her name of the frame job she's also been left with, Angel turns to the only person who can help, her part-time agency security guy, ex-cop Lalo Malloy. Feisty Angel wises up to the rancid underbelly of the sex trade as she and Malloy take down the hoods one by one. (Feb.)
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About the Author

Christa Faust is a successful horror and crime writer. Her most recent novel Money Shot for Hard Case Crime won the Crimespree Award and was nominated for several others — a sequel is forthcoming. She has written tie-ins to Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street and the Twilight Zone amongst others. She lives in Los Angeles, California, and loves vintage shoes and noir cinema.

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Product Details

  • Series: Hard Case Crime Novels (Book 40)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hard Case Crime (March 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857683462
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857683465
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #610,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you had ever thought that women couldn't write hard-boiled fiction, Christa Faust will quickly prove you wrong. Her new book Money Shot shows she is not only a good female crime writer, she is just a good writer period.

The narrator and heroine of Money Shot is Angel Dare, a retired porn actress who is now moderately successful as an agent for other women in her former field. Approaching forty and lamenting it, she is talked into making one last movie with up-and-coming star Jesse Black, who's personally requested her. She arrives at the set only to find out it's all a trap: Jesse and her movie director friend Sam have lured her here at the request of some mobster who's looking for a lost briefcase filled with cash. When Angel can't come up with the necessary answers, they leave her to Jesse who shoots her and leaves her for dead in the back of an abandoned car.

Fortunately, Jesse is not that great in the killing department and Angel survives, only to find she is accused of Sam's murder. As a wounded fugitive, she has few options, but she does have a friend in her company's security guy, Lalo Malloy. As an ex-cop, Malloy is resourceful enough, and he hides her. The two then try to clear Angel, find the briefcase, and most importantly for her, get revenge for the abuse she suffered.

Besides the fact that Faust has a nice writing style, she also doesn't fall into many of the cliches of the genre, leading to twists and a conclusion that are unexpected but good. She also provides a deeper look into the porn industry than you might typically find in a crime story about the field; I also personally enjoyed her use of my native San Fernando Valley as a setting (as also noted in the movie Boogie Nights, the Valley is the porn film production capital). Money Shot is a thoroughly enjoyable little thriller and Christa Faust is a name to keep a look out for.
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A new paperback series called Hard Case Crime has been on the market since 2004 and is reminiscent of the hard-boiled crime pulp novels of the fifties and early sixties. The publishers give new and established authors the opportunity to write a PI mystery, or a police procedural, or a straight who-done-it suspense thriller in the style of times long passed. The series premiered with The Colorado Kid by Stephen King and from there has showcased the talents of Donald E. Westlake, Lawrence Block, Max Allan Collins, Richard Powell, David Dodge, and now Christa Faust, just to name a few.

Christa Faust has been writing for over ten years, putting her impressive stamp on fiction in the erotic/suspense field, horror, movie novelizations, and crime/mystery. Her latest book is Money Shot, and it continues the line of Hard Case Crime novels with a story of crime, sex, murder, and revenge. There's no holding back here as Ms. Faust lets go with both barrels of the shotgun, demonstrating that women can write crime novels every bit as intense and edge-of-your-seat as the men, if not better.

Money Shot deals with Angel Dare, a former porn star who now runs a modeling and talent agency for women in the Adult business. The novel starts out with Angel tied up in the trunk of an old Honda Civic, contemplating her impending death. It seems that a local Hollywood crime boss, who runs a sex/slave ring consisting of foreign women who come to America with dreams of a good life, has had a briefcase full of money stolen from one of his men, and the woman who took it happened to pay a visit to Angel's office on the day that she died. The money has disappeared, and the crime boss thinks that Angel may know something about it. He has her tortured in order to find out what she knows.
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Christa Faust proves that women can write crime stories that are more hard-boiled than men with Money Shot.

Angel Dare is a former porn starlet who now owns a "modeling agency." An old friend is in a bind and asks her to do an onscreen appearance as a favor. When she shows up to what she thinks will be the set, she is beaten by her supposed co-star, witnesses the murder of the friend that double crossed her, and her body is dumped in the trunk of a car.

Angel manages to escape, and with the help of her agency's security officer Malloy she sets out to learn why she was set up and to seek vengeance against those who hurt her.

This book is not for the easily offended or the weak of stomach. There are a number of violent scenes, and the picture that Faust paints of the porn industry is not a pleasant one. However, with plenty of action and a hard as nails heroine, this book is sure to entertain fans of Tarantino or readers with a dark sense of humor.
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The advance accolades for Christa Faust's book, MONEY SHOT, are amply deserved. But, not to be a spoil sport, I'd like to make a minor (well, maybe not so minor) correction in their general premise: That Ms. Faust, the First Lady to be published by Hard Case Crime Books, is hot on the heels of the "big boys" and has "earned" comparisons to the likes of Cornell Wollrich and Gil Brewer. Phooey to this, I say. Let's be honest here: Christa Faust is the real thing. With MONEY SHOT, she earns a rightful place alongside, if not above, her heralded male counterparts. Imagine a literary mix of Elmore Leonard, Jack O'Connell, and Mickey Spillane, with a healthy dash of Jim Thompson and you get the magic elixir called Christa Faust.
Faust's writing surpasses all the old standbys like "hard-hitting", "gusty", "brutal", "sexy", and "authentic." Don't call it feminine realism-- it would blow your socks off regardless the gender of its protagonist, who happens to be a former porn star cum talent agent named Angel Dare. Write with authority, demand those who purport to teach the craft; write from your heart and mind and underscore it with conviction and confidence. That's exactly what you get with MONEY SHOT. Faust delivers a brand of authority and heartfelt conviction about the seamy side of the entertainment industry rarely, if ever, found in a popular novel. And, if that's not enough, the book is damn humorous and serious in places (a combination few writers pull off effectively). Take this line for example: "On the surface, my feminine ego was bruised, knowing that my bedroom blackbelt hadn't been enough to make him stay." I dare say (no pun intended) had Christa Faust chosen the James Tiptree Jr.
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