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Choke Hold
     

Choke Hold

3.7 8
by Christa Faust
 

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INSIDE THE WORLD OF MIXED MARTIAL ARTS - AND MURDER... 

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-staris gunned down, it's up to Angel to get his son, a

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INSIDE THE WORLD OF MIXED MARTIAL ARTS - AND MURDER... 

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-staris gunned down, 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...

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Publishers Weekly
Faust’s explosive, bullet-dodging sequel to Money Shot finds ex-porn queen Angel Dare, a wild mashup of Nancy Drew and Linda Lovelace, lying low in the Southwest after 19 months in the witness protection program in New England, avoiding the Croatian mob. One day, Angel’s former druggie flame, Thick Vic Ventura, walks into the desert diner where she’s waitressing and tells her he wants “to make amends.” With Vic is his 18-year-old son, a mixed martial arts talent who fights under the name Cody Noon. Soon, “three jittery Mexican guys” appear, and one of them pulls out a gun. Following the ensuing mayhem, Angel and Cody go on the run in a caper that involves cocaine smuggling and lots of pursuit, capture, and escape. The look into the martial arts world isn’t as compelling as Money Shot’s romp through the porn industry, but Faust pulls out a far superior wrapup to the action, noir as bleak as you’ll find this year. (Oct.)
From the Publisher
“The sex industry, bodybuilding drugs, and basic revenge make for a potent cocktail in this eye-popping follow-up to Faust’s Edgar Award nominee. She’s Hard Case Crime’s only female author, and her tough heroine is a welcome addition to the gritty pulp tradition. Snap it up...” - Library Journal

"Faust’s explosive, bullet-dodging sequel to Money Shot... a far superior wrapup to the action, noir as bleak as you’ll find this year." - Publisher’s Weekly

"She’ll get you turning pages faster than a wrestler on ‘roids." - Bizarre Magazine

"A sexy and violent thriller..." - Suicide Girls

"Faust’s tough gal heroine and punchy way of delivering her violent plot quickly grabbed this reader." - Blog Critics

The First Lady [of Hard Case Crime] is certainly earning her stars and stripes in the crime fiction world. - We Love This Book

An astounding novel... funny, heartbreaking, violent and sexy, Choke Hold has everything you’d wish for in a thriller. - Guilty Conscience Review

Library Journal
She's baaaack! Did you miss unrepentant, no-holds-barred, former porn star Angel Dare (Money Shot)? Witness protection hasn't worked for Angel, and she's on the run again when she joins forces with Cody Noon, a young martial arts fighter who has just witnessed the death of his father, Angel's former costar Vic Ventura. The two gain the help of Cody's trainer, Hank, and this unlikely trio dash through Arizona, Mexico, and Nevada at a breakneck pace. Cody dreams of auditioning for a reality TV fight show, and Angel is determined to get the kid to his Las Vegas audition. Trouble is, the Croatians are still pursuing her, and unfortunately, there's a Mexican drug cartel in the mix, too. Well! There's nothing but adrenaline in this violent, well-executed retro pulp. VERDICT The sex industry, bodybuilding drugs, and basic revenge make for a potent cocktail in this eye-popping follow-up to Faust's Edgar Award nominee. She's Hard Case Crime's only female author, and her tough heroine is a welcome addition to the gritty pulp tradition. Snap it up and expect high circ.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780857682857
Publisher:
Titan
Publication date:
10/04/2011
Series:
Hard Case Crime
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
637,079
Product dimensions:
5.03(w) x 8.01(h) x 0.67(d)

Meet the Author

Christa Faust is a successful horror and crime writer. Her most recent novelMoney Shot for Hard Case Crime won the Crimespree Award and was nominated for several others, including the prestigious Edgar Award.

She has written tie-ins to Friday the 13thA Nightmare on Elm Street and theTwilight Zone amongst others. She lives in Los Angeles, California, and loves vintage shoes and noir cinema.

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CHOKE HOLD 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
qwerty_12345 More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put this (nook) book down. Read it right after Money Shot...loved them both! CAN'T wait to see what happens next to Angel! This is really a great series and I highly recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book. Ms. Faust knows a lot about the worlds of porn & mma and really proves it here. You don't necessarily need to read Money Shot to enjoy this book, but you'll miss out if you if you pass it up. This is a sexy, action packed pulp noir ride. It is Hardcase Crime at it's best. Christa Faust is a tremendous author... read anything and everything you can by her!
tommysalami More than 1 year ago
It flies like classic pulp, it reads like truth and it hits you with a smart left hook that leaves you as stunned as a fighter wobbling through his first standing eight-count. There are no slick twists, only artfully written characters, broken down gladiators from the sex and violence trades who've battled for our entertainment. They are writ large but speak to a deeper truth. Angel's battle is far from over, and she faces the brutal ugly heart behind the sex and fights we watch for our amusement. Except her heart's stronger, just strong enough to keep on pumping as she's hunted down and forced to pay for the revenge she enacted.
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