January 25, 2012

Wish List Wednesday #108: Christa Faust's 'Choke Hold'

This is a recurring blog segment in which I highlight a book on my wish list. Sometimes it's a new release, sometimes a beloved classic, and sometimes it's a hidden gem.

She's the first female author in the history of Hard Case Crime. She's the one Quentin Tarantino described as "a Veronica in a world of Betties." She's Christa Faust and is responsible for a really cool noir novel called Money Shot.

Well, Money Shot has a sequel now. It's called Choke Hold and I want it. I recently read Money Shot (expect a review in the near future) and immediately put its sequel on the wish list. A book that features a former porn star without resorting to the lowest common denominator made for a fun, fast read. Here's a write-up via Goodreads for this sequel:

Angel Dare went into Witness Protection to escape her past—not as a porn star, but as a killer who took down the sex slavery ring that destroyed her life. But sometimes the past just won’t stay buried. When a former co-star is murdered, it’s up to Angel to get his son, a hotheaded MMA fighter, safely through the unforgiving Arizona desert, shady Mexican bordertowns, and the seductive neon mirage of Las Vegas.

Gritty, sexy, relentless--but enough about the author. I want to read this book.


  1. I've read a few of the Hard Case books and they are remarkably well done. Haven't read the first book in this series, but might be worth checking out.

    Here's my WOW

  2. I love the cover. I want to read it just for that reason.

  3. I've been wanting to read some Christa Faust for some time, and you've inspired me to pick up a copy of "Choke Hold." Really enjoying your blog, by the way. What's more, I love femme fatales. Great cover, I agree, Ryan! - Lana at Go Deeper Press

  4. Money Shot comes before Choke Hold, but it's not necessary to read first, though it does help give a broader image of who Angel Dare is as a person.

    I also have a couple other books by her on my TBR pile (Hoodtown and Butch Fatale) that looks really promising.