Monday, January 11, 2010

Money Shot, by Christa Faust

Angel Dare is a retired adult star and current owner of Daring Angels, a modeling agency. After an old friend entices Angel out of retirement for a one-time only gig with today’s hottest male star, she finds herself beat up, shot, left for dead, and framed for the murder of one of her closest friends. On the run, she turns to the only person who can help: her part-time agency security guy Lalo Malloy. Together, they work to clear Angel’s name and unravel a web of hustlers, adult entertainers, and sex traffickers.

Money Shot is a classic “running man” story made fresh with a female protagonist and setting it in the porn industry. As you can imagine, there are multiple scenes set backstage at video shoots. Rather than being lurid or titillating, Christa Faust writes these scenes through the world-weary, cynical (almost clinical) eye of Angel Dare – a woman who’s seen it all before.

As with stories of this type, there are twists and turns. Some are obvious, some are not. But Faust’s writing never descends into cliché territory.

The book’s not flawless, but still recommended for genre fans who don’t mind a little sex and violence in their pulps.

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