MONEY SHOT by Christa Faust is a book I heard a lot about last year. So much, in fact, that I figured I'd better read it, stat, if I wanted to have any credibility in the crime fiction community (it's a tough crowd, you know). It's just one of those novels that seems to be everywhere, at least among the authors and readers I know.
Having now read it, I understand why.
If the gorgeous cover doesn't grab you, then MONEY SHOT'S protagonist will. She's a former adult video star named Gina Moretti, AKA Angel Dare, who now runs Daring Angels, an adult modeling agency. But just because she no longer earns her living in front of the camera doesn't mean she can't be lured out of retirement to shoot a flick when an old friend calls, asking for a favor. Too bad it's a set-up. Angel ends up shot and left for dead in the trunk of a "piece of shit Honda Civic" and now she wants revenge.
Okay, it probably goes without saying that MONEY SHOT isn't for everyone. After all, it's set within the porn industry, and let's just say it doesn't mince words. But if you can get past that (c'mon, live a little) it's a terrific read. In Angel Dare, Christa Faust has created a character who is likable and, as the saying goes, tough as nails. I'm looking foward to reading Angel's next adventure.
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