Money Shot (2020)

Money Shot Christa Faust Money Shot THEY THOUGHT SHE D BE EASY THEY THOUGHT WRONG It all began with the phone call asking former porn star Angel Dare to do one movie Before she knew it she d been shot and left for dead in the trunk of
  • Title: Money Shot
  • Author: Christa Faust
  • ISBN: 9780843959581
  • Page: 271
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
Money Shot Christa Faust THEY THOUGHT SHE D BE EASY THEY THOUGHT WRONG.It all began with the phone call asking former porn star Angel Dare to do one movie Before she knew it, she d been shot and left for dead in the trunk of a car But Angel is a survivor And that means she ll get to the bottom of what s been done to her even if she has to leave a trail of bodies along the way
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  1. Dan Schwent

    When you shoot a woman and leave her in the trunk of a car, you d better make sure she s deadFormer porn star and current talent agency owner Angel Dare is duped into meeting an old friend, beaten, raped, shot, and left for dead in the trunk of a Honda Civic, all because of some missing money she knows nothing about But Angel doesn t die and, with the help of an ex cop named Malloy, goes looking for those responsibleMoney Shot is a quick read, full of action and suspense, as befits its place in [...]

  2. Melki

    Ex porn star and talent agent Angel Dare has been set up, beaten up, and left for dead Now she s hiding from the law AND the bad guys who want a missing suitcase What does Angel want Revenge, and she ll do whatever it takes to get the men who ruined her life.This was a fun read of the fast and furious variety The ass kicking female protagonist kept me turning the pages when I really should have been doing something else It definitely satisfied my thirst for seeing bad guys go down and not in the [...]

  3. Lynda

    It s often said that the most sensitive part of your body during a porn session is your ears no one likes getting busted with their undies around their ankles.Well, no one that is, unless you re Angel Dare I m sure you re wondering what a nice girl like me was doing left for dead in the trunk of a piece of shit Honda Civic out in the industrial wasteland east of downtown Los Angeles Or maybe we ve met before and you re wondering why it hadn t happened sooner.My name s Gina Moretti, but you proba [...]

  4. Richard

    This is an awesome little pulp crime novel set deep in the porn industry community of Los Angeles s San Fernando Valley, which also happens to be where I lay my head at night It follows Angel Dare, a former porn star who now runs an agency for new talent One night she gets a call to shoot one last scene and she can t resist the urge to prove that she s still got it But the shoot turns out to be a front and she winds up shot and left for dead in the trunk of a car and framed for murder She then m [...]

  5. Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*

    Coming back from the dead isn t as easy as they make it seem in the movies Hard Case Crimes have been hit or miss with me Most I find good but not many great I know there s out there waiting for me to discover and fall in love with them I ve read about five sad number.Angel is a retired porn star who currently keeps afloat by running a company of working women for the entertainment industry After receiving a phone call from a director she respects and trusts, she agrees to do one last job but f [...]

  6. Adam

    Christa Faust s Money Shot is the first Hard Case Crime original I ve read, and it s a doozy Some have complained that the new paperback originals that Hard Case publish are too self conscious, and work too hard at recreating all the conventions of pulp narratives from the 40s, 50s, and 60s without taking the time to think about whether or not those conventions might work in a modern setting, or even why they may have worked in the first place, but this is definitely not the case with Money Shot [...]

  7. Mohammed

    It all began with the phone call asking former porn star Angel Dare to do one movie Before she knew it, she d been shot and left for dead in the trunk of a car.When i read that part of the synopsis i thought no way im gonna get a book that sounds so clich ,so far from my taste The cool cover pose with the gun, the female author being a contemporary noir author is what made me try this.I liked Angel Dare despite her porn star name sounds silly She had a strong voice,attitude that made her beliav [...]

  8. The Shayne-Train

    This was a great, fast paced, and well written noir romp.Heh heh, I said romp I used that word because this particular detective story is set in the word of the SoCal porn industry And the word romp is a sexy sex sex word to me I highly enjoyed the fact that this particular seedy story had a female protagonist narrator Angel Dare is both the damsel AND the hero This hits all the right noir ish notes dirty back alleys, untraceable pistols, suitcases full of moolah, bad dudes with greasy hair, and [...]

  9. Mike (the Paladin)

    I thought about dropping this all the way to a 1 star rating, but I really didn t hate the book I only sort of disliked it And before anyone jumps to the conclusion it was the subject matter it wasn t I can stand an adult type story The problem here is simply that the book was a kind of one trick pony with what I found some fairly weak storytelling.Of course I know everyone won t feel that way and to be fair it is complete and total mind junk food so you know to each their own.Our protagonist he [...]

  10. Robert

    Aside from the cool name and cover, what really took this story to the next level for me was Angel Dare Needless to say, Christa Faust knows how to spin a tale with a strong, capable heroine not to be confused with the substance that might have been consumed by sex slave workers The story clipped along like a Greyhound on I 70 in the middle of Colorado Angel knows how to deal with the pond scum in the sex slave trade and porn business, and she can take a beat down about as well as any red bloode [...]

  11. Tfitoby

    Read on plane from Doha to London, full review may followFull of potential this Hard Case Original from Christa Faust reads like the anti Megan Abbott of modern female written noir Whereas Abbott focuses on the domestic life of her female characters Faust has a protagonist who used to be a porn star and tries acting like a male action star.I wish it could have hit the height my imagination had in mind but still a highly enjoyable pulp read.

  12. Mindy

    I have recently become obsessed with the Hard Case Crime books I want to collect them all The covers are so amazing Unfortunately, this book wasn t as amazing as the cover I enjoyed the beginning and end, but the middle dragged for me Angel Dare is a great character and I am looking forward to reading the next one.

  13. F.R.

    Trying to explain what I was currently reading to my wife, I described the passage I d then reached thus The former porn star who is in our heroine is at the home of another former porn star, one who is washed up and drugged out, trying to get a current porn star this one drugged up and paranoid to leave the bathroom, before a third former porn star comes back My wife looked at me with baffled disapproval But really, I can think of no better description for the level of exaggerated, over the top [...]

  14. Jim

    I expected to like this than I did Overall the story was good, almost 4 stars, but the heroine s motivations degraded it On the plus side, there was a wonderfully gritty trip through the porn industry some memorable characters that were quickly, but well sketched Our heroine was strong, tough capable Lots of action sexual tension Not much actual sex what there was didn t detract from the story It didn t read like a porn novel, which would have been very easy to do The story was fast paced the w [...]

  15. brian

    if it wasn t enough that quentin tarentino said that christa faust is a Veronica in a world of Betties , how about that b gottlieb says she s the sleaziest, toughest, pulpiest crime writer out there i think i m in love.

  16. Vickie

    I feel like I should put on some chili red lipstick and shake out a cigarette before I start this review I left the chili red lipstick at home and I don t smoke, so I ll do the best I can MONEY SHOT is a no holds barred, don t get attached to anyone kind of book Under normal description, this could be a cozy mysterye main character is not a detective and finds herself having to investigate the hell that her life has become through no fault of her own Except cozy mystery writers tend to not utili [...]

  17. Daniel

    I dove right into this book, hoping that Faust achieved the same wonders that I found in her book, Hoodtown The prose pulled me in right away, as did the makings of the mystery Faust quickly drops her heroine in the shit, and I braced myself for a brutal comeback culminating in bloody, bloody revenge.Fifty pages later, I felt stuck The good prose was still there, along with the makings of a deeper mystery, but something about the heroine s place in the story kept me at a distance Angel Dare hers [...]

  18. Andy

    I hate porn puns and I hate product placements all through the book for Target and Walmart and Payless Shoes and it was a slimy, gross book anyway and I didn t care what happened to the tough as nails porn star and I don t know who was a bigger whore, the porn star or the author for shilling for all these white trash consumer dungeons.

  19. Gregory

    This is viceral fiction I mean emotionally driven rather than crude There s such an ugly cast of characters here the 3 P s pornstars, prostitutes, and psychopaths The revenge motive drives the entire second half of the book This is justice given out by the injured party which usually isn t pretty and in this case, it s really unpleasant Faust pushed the limits of my taste at certain points as she almost seemed to relish sticking the reader s nose into the cesspool of humanity human slavery She w [...]

  20. Jane

    I didn t like this one as much as I d hoped to It starts out well with the kind of female protagonist I like The book opens with Gina Moretti, a former porn star stage name Angel Dare narrating She s beaten, bound and gagged in the trunk of a car She flashes back to how she ended up in this predicament and the book takes off from there The problems I had were that the plot isn t very plausible She s on the run for a murder she didn t commit Her gun was used in an execution style murder and the v [...]

  21. Kirk

    This is the one I joined HCC for and I ve been digging it Admittedly, I haven t gotten very far bc The Man insists I pull my shifts for a living, but the 70 pages I ve been through have been excellent witty, bawdy, fast paced, lotsa action You gotta love a book with a dead man named Sam Hammer and a heroine who keeps comparing her various injuries to the titles of her checkered porn oeuvre Fun indeed.UPDATE Well, I just finished it Snap cracklin fun The plot s a little bland and I didn t like th [...]

  22. Ed

    Diverting noirish romp in the adult film industry, featuring the wiescracking, smart, and tough Angel Dare Dedicated to the late Richard S Prather and filled with his wry humor.

  23. Kristin(MyBookishWays Reviews)

    You may also read my review here crimefictionlover 2013Gina Moretti, aka Angel Dare, is a retired porn star who has since started her own agency, Daring Angels, for other girls in the biz She helps them navigate the, er, ins and outs of an industry that can sometimes take advantage of the unwary and considers herself something of a protector of her girls One day, Angel gets a call from an old friend, Sam Hammer, who she has worked with extensively in the past and trusts, to boot He s doing a sho [...]

  24. Timothy Mayer

    This is the first book I ve read by Christa Faust see top photo , but I don t think it will be the last It s also the second I ve encountered from Hard Case Crime If this is any indication of the publisher s abilities, I may have a new addiction There has been a lot of chatter on the Net as to how Hard Case has spark plugged the noir genre and I m starting to believe it Hard Case is specializing in releasing new classics from masters old Lester Dent and new Jason Starr.Money Shot begins with for [...]

  25. Mr. Matt

    Money Shot is at heart a story of revenge and retribution Angel Dare an ex porn star turned adult model agency owner is swept up into a broader conspiracy She is tricked into a compromising position by an old friend, shot and then left for dead in the trunk of a beat up car All I can say is that if you kill someone you had better make sure that they are dead Angel spends the remainder of the book tracking down the people who wronged her and then exacting her revenge all while getting to the bott [...]

  26. Timothy Hallinan

    Rules of disclosure require that I tell you I had lunch with Christa once, but other than that I don t know her from Eve But I ll read anything she writes in the future This is noir so dark you can barely see the white on the page, and also not often, but often enough very funny Angel Dare is a former porn star, now retired from on camera skinwork and running an agency for, um, talent in the adult film and strip club industries Called out to make one final appearance as a favor to the director s [...]

  27. Sara

    I 3 LA Noir Christina Faust is pretty awesome at it I have to say for a book that is set in the porn industry this is a super un sexy book Which is than likely one of the points It is the perfect little piece of pulp fiction The writing is so great pushes the tropes of noir I laughed and was impressed an equal amount of times at the metaphors If any of my friends want to read it You better be a good friend because my copy is autographed And how can you not love a book with the blurb on back t [...]

  28. Randy

    Formulaic pseudo noir that is redeemed somewhat by non stop action and the novelty of being set in the SFV porn industry.

  29. Dave

    Any book that begins with the main character beaten and bound in the trunk of a car clearly qualifies as an actionpacked book From page one, it s all systems go in this one I dare you to try and put this book aside for a few days without finishing it You are not going to be able to do it.Christa Faust is the real deal when it comes to gritty crime writing Money Shot is a story about Angel Dare, an aging porn star who now runs her own talent agency Unbeknownst to Angel, someone left a briefcase w [...]

  30. Curtis

    Was looking for an over the top, fast paced crime novel when I came across Money Shot The premise, a porn star waging a violent vendetta after a failed attempt on her life, sounded promising Of course it s the kind of idea that could be a literary train wreck if told by a clumsy writer Lucky for crime fans like myself, Christa Faust has some serious writing chops,The book is fast paced and witty a quick and enjoyable read Faust s protagonist offers an interesting and fresh perspective to the cri [...]

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