Friday, September 17, 2010

Friday's Forgotten Books--"Money Shot" by Christa Faust

For this week’s selection for Friday’s Forgotten Books (hosted by Patti Abbott) I have selected Money Shot by Christa Faust. Simply a good, twisted tale told very well and one worthy of your reading time.


Gina Moretti wasn’t one of those girls who works in the adult industry and is stupid. She did her years, made lots and lost of money, and when it was time moved from in front of the camera to running her own company that supplied talent to the industry. She had made a name for herself as Angel Dare when she acted and she was a known commodity free of drugs, alcohol and in good shape. She parlayed everything she had into creating Daring Angels, her management company for adult talent. So, it isn’t a surprise when her old friend and producer Sam Hammer calls looking for help.

But, he doesn’t want anyone but Angel Dare. It seems like his new male star Jesse Black has always dreamed of working with Angel Dare. Angel is flattered and intrigued by the idea of working with the hottest male star in the business. The money would be nice and as she approaches forty and feeling a little insecure about her body, the idea of going before the cameras is exciting and is a boost to her ego. And then there is the fact that Sam has always been there for her and his project is on the verge of collapse. She owes him and knows it so she agrees to the job.

Huge mistake.

Left for dead in the trunk of a Honda Civic after being beaten, raped, and shot, Angel Dare was lucky to still be alive. But, despite the odds she did survive and now she wants to find out what is going on and to make her enemies pay one by one while trying to save the few friends she has left.

This February 2008 release from HCC is a scenic and often incredibly violent tour of the underbelly of the adult film industry. Along the way Angel Dare evolves in ways she never thought possible thanks to the carnage in the form of beatings, bullets, fire, and blood. Each violent encounter molds her and shapes her into a character of steel and backbone bent on her own particular brand of justice which has nothing at all to do with the aims of law enforcement.

The result is an intense fast paced rollercoaster read at 250 pages that frequently details heartbreak and anguish as well as an all consuming need for vengeance. The book grabs the reader by the throat and other places and doesn’t let go. Graphic frequently in regards to adult industry terminology, language and brutal violence, this book weaves a twisting tale that is sure to entertain readers willing to take a look.

Money Shot

By Christa Faust

Author website

Hard Case Crime

February 2008

ISBN #0-8439-5958-4


250 Pages


Material arrived courtesy of my membership in the Hard Case Crime Bookclub.

Kevin R. Tipple © 2008, 2010


pattinase (abbott) said...

I'm ready for the sequel.

Kevin R. Tipple said...

I hope there is one!

Paul D. Brazill said...

A cracking book!

Chris Rhatigan said...

Great review! This book has been on my "must read" list for a while, and now it's going straight to the top.

Iren said...

This is the book that got me back into reading crime fiction, and lead me to the FFBs. I also can't wait for CHOKE HOLD by Christa Faust which Hard Case Crime has listed as --- coming in 2011

Iren said...

great book, it was my first HCC. They have the sequel listed on their site as: CHOKE HOLD by Christa Faust—coming in 2011