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Money Shot by Christa Faust – Gripping and entertaining

September 8, 2021 Leave a comment Go to comments

Money Shot by Christa Faust (2008) French title: Money Shot. Translated by Christophe Cuq.

Money Shot by Christa Faust is the first book featuring Angel Dare, a character I discovered in Choke Hold. When the book opens, the reader jumps right in the heart of action: Angel Dare is tied up in the trunk of a car.

Coming back from the dead isn’t as easy as they make it seem in the movies. In real life, it takes forever to do little things like pry open your eyes. You spend excruciating ages trying to bend you left middle finger down far enough to feel the rope around your wrists. Even longer figuring out that the cold hard thing poking you in the cheek is one of the handles of a pair of jumper cables. This is not the kind of action that makes for gripping cinema. Plus there are these long dull stretches where people in the audience would probably go take a piss or popcorn, since it looks as if nothing is happening and they figure maybe you really are dead after all. After a while, you start to wonder the same thing yourself. You also wonder what will happen if you throw up behind the oil rag duct-taped into you mouth or how long it will take for someone to notice you’re missing.

Angel Dare is a former porn star who retired and started Daring Angels, an agency for adult modeling. Her friend Sam called in a favor and asked her to do one more porn film with the new male rising star of the industry, Jesse Black. It turns out that it was a set-up as criminals had Sam’s wife.

Angel gets tortured and raped because the men believe she has information about Lia, a girl who came to Daring Angels. She had a briefcase and was looking for one of Angel’s models, Zandora Dior.

The setup is complete when the men kill Sam with Angel’s gun and throw her in a car’s trunk.

As you imagine, she manages to get out of the car and seek for help in the form of James Malloy, her employee in security. A former cop, Malloy works for her to ensure her models’ protection.

Bruised and battered, she’s now on the run from the criminals and the police. She wants revenge and wants to know what’s behind her kidnapping and Sam’s murder.

She and Malloy start investigating, even if it puts their lives in danger.

This is a fast and furious crime fiction book that I devoured. Fast paced, written with energy, it’s a wonderfully entertaining book. Angel is an excellent character, someone you connect with even if her life experience has nothing to do with your own. It’s also a glimpse at the porn industry, its workings and the human trafficking that can be behind it.

Highly recommended for fun, beach and public transport travelling.

As you can see, the French and English covers are quite different but each is in line with the publisher’s editorial line. It’s Gallmeister for France, and you’re familiar with their covers now and Hard Case Crime for the USA.

  1. September 8, 2021 at 9:40 am

    I much prefer the French cover, although I can see with the English cover they’re recreating that classic pulp style.


    • September 8, 2021 at 8:53 pm

      The American cover is Hard Case Crime signature, as you say, they publish pulp.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. September 8, 2021 at 4:43 pm

    Wow, love that beginning. I also just review a book published by Hard Case Crime! Crime short stories by Ray Bradbury: https://wordsandpeace.com/2021/09/07/book-review-killer-come-back-to-me-the-crime-stories-of-ray-bradbury/
    I love their covers!!


    • September 8, 2021 at 8:53 pm

      It’s a great book to read in one sitting. A true TGV book!


  3. September 11, 2021 at 5:39 am

    Hard Case Crime offers some excellent crime books so they are worth following.


    • September 11, 2021 at 12:00 pm

      I know about them through your blog!


  4. September 28, 2021 at 8:23 pm

    That’s a great opening! And I always find myself recoiling and then appreciating the Hard Case covers…they are so “of their time” and yet NOT! 🙂


    • September 28, 2021 at 10:00 pm

      She’s got a great style and a knack for that kind of literature.
      You have to put down any feminist goggles when you look at a Hard Case crime cover.


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