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  • Mass Market Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Dorchester Publishing (25 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843959584
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843959581
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,321,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By mr-benn on 28 Feb. 2008
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Having read most of Christa Faust's novels thus far, one frame of reference keeps coming to mind - and I'm not entirely sure whether the author wouldn't take this as a compliment... Christa Faust novels are like episodes of 'Charlie's Angels.' You think about how every episode of that show went: someone came into the office with some mystery or other that needed fixing, and it invariably lead to the Angels going undercover in some bizarre, exotic location or industry: the circus, beauty paegents, fashion modelling, stunt driving, prison - the list goes on. And the central mystery, while not without consequence, was always by and large secondary to seeing the Angels trying their hand at something new and exciting, in a wide variety of tasty fantasy costumes. That's almost exactly how Ms Faust's novels work: they introduce the reader to some new, exciting world via some good old-fashioned detective action. Of course, unlike 'Charlie's Angels,' Ms Faust is not only unafraid but downright eager to get more than a bit dark, gritty and dirty, which is clear from her choices of subject matter alone. In 'Control Freak' it was the rubber-clad world of the dominatrix; in 'Hoodtown' it was a Lucha Libre fantasia. In 'Money Shot,' it's a world that perhaps more can identify with: the porno industry.

What I love about Ms Faust's writing is the lack of pretence. After all, the first thing of hers I read was her 'Friday the 13th' tie-in novel, 'The Jason Strain.' Intellectualism, while certainly not absent, is not at the forefront. She's not out to write the great American novel; she just wants to show the reader a good time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Foggy Tewsday VINE VOICE on 24 Feb. 2008
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If you like your pulp thrillers action-packed and fast-paced, then you won't want to miss the hugely talented Christa Faust's Hard Case Crime debut. The murky world of hardcore pornography is at the heart of this pulsating novel; and that industry's trail of drugged-up human detritus is literally splattered throughout the story.

Angel Dare heads a modelling agency. She is a retired porn queen who agrees to put herself in front of the cameras again as a favour to a film director friend. The latest well-hung stud is on hand to partner Angel in what she believes to be a workaday porn-shoot. However the shooting and banging that follow are not the kind usually seen on a porn set. A briefcase full of money has gone missing. Its owner wants it back and isn't too fussy about how this is achieved. Angel's life spirals out of control the way lives do when a briefcase full of money goes missing.

Christa Faust manages to intersperse a lot of wry humour into the mayhem. Some of the porn stars' names that are dropped into Angel Dare's narrative had me chortling, particularly Busti Keaton and Heidi Ho. But this is a thrill a minute ride with Angel and her security man, Malloy, as they try to stay one step ahead of the pursuing baddies who believe that Angel has the missing cash. The violence that accompanies them is described in all its lurid and gritty detail.

Some have likened this novel to a Quentin Tarantino movie and the comparison is not at all far-fetched. Fans of his stuff should enjoy this novel as will those who enjoy Hard Case Crime's output. Brilliantly written, fast and furious and highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Durston TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Feb. 2008
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In the author's biog, Quentin Tarantino is said to have described Christa Faust as 'a Veronica in a world of Betties.' This is hardly a surprise when you realise that 'Money Shot' has a plot very much like one of his films.

Angel Dare is an ex porn star who is tempted into doing one last job by an old friend. Only things aren't quite as they seem. Angel is lured into a trap, where unpleasant men will stop at nothing to find a young girl who has stolen a briefcase full of their money. It's only when the people closest to her get hurt that Angel becomes determined to get revenge, helped by the attractive and enigmatic Malloy.

This is really great pulp fiction at its best, and it doesn't take itself too seriously. Just for a taster:

'If you squinted it all seemed normal. Except for the part about me being and ex-porn star dressed up like a boy, wanted by the cops and on the run from the psycho ringleader of some kind of prostitution slavery racket who'd tried to have me killed once and wanted to finish the job.'

See what I mean? Great fun and recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tand on 28 April 2012
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Previously the only work I had read of Christa Faust was "Triads" her collaboration with Poppy Z Brite which led to me becoming a huge fan of Brite's work, only recently however did I somewhat belatedly decided to explore Faust's novels too.
There is no way around the fact that this is a brilliantly penned book, it smacks of the old grit and glamour of crime fictions golden years which is not at all diminished by its otherwise thoroughly modern setting and the main characters are massive personalities who are great fun to read about. The pace is ever-shifting but not so fast that we aren't spoilt with witty dialogue or great descriptions and even with all the action and mystery to keep hold of, the narrative never becomes cumbersome or unwieldy.

The thing that absolutely makes this one of the best books I've read all year though is our heroine, Angel Dare herself. I admit, I have been stuck in a rut for a long time, automatically going for male protagonists and fearing some chick-lit horror with female main characters, but Angel Dare is FABULOUS, she's a strong, sexy character who is a femme fatale who nonetheless spends the majority of the book as a damsel in distress. And while she is from a walk of life I can barely imagine, being as she is an ex-porn star, she is still incredibly relatable and a great example of a bold and admirable female lead.

What disappointed me somewhat however was the rush at the ending, Angel's was-he-good-was-he-bad companion Malloy (who I admit I had more or less fallen in love with) is out of the story, Angel exacts revenge but is left in handcuffs. We don't know if she is headed to jail for a string of murders and if the criminal ring she was after was actually smashed or just slightly chipped. I'm glad there's a sequel in Choke Hold which I'm about to start on but I really would have liked Angel's story to be more conclusive in this first tale which started off so strong.
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