Christa Faust grew up in New York City, in the Bronx and Hell’s Kitchen. She’s been making stuff up her whole life, and spent most of her teen years on endless subway rides, cutting school and scribbling stories. After High School finally had enough of her, she worked in the Times Square peep booths and later as a fetish model and professional Dominatrix. She sold her first short story when she moved to Los Angeles in the early 90s. After nearly 20 years in her beloved adopted city, she still considers herself an expat rather than a native. She’s an avid reader and collector of vintage paperbacks, a Film Noir enthusiast and a Tattooed Lady. She writes primarily Hardboiled crime fiction, but also does work-for-hire media tie in novels. She lives in the smallest house in Silver Lake with her Boston Terrier Butch.
Hoodtownby Christa Faust
Hoodtown, ghetto of masked wrestlers, inner-city sanctuary of hooded culture. Evolved from lucha libre, the family gimmick is sacred, and the mask is the sole expression of one’s
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It's mayhem, murder and masks in the acclaimed genre-bending novel from the "First Lady of Hard Case Crime” Christa Faust (Money Shot, Choke Hold).
Hoodtown, ghetto of masked wrestlers, inner-city sanctuary of hooded culture. Evolved from lucha libre, the family gimmick is sacred, and the mask is the sole expression of one’s identity.
Now, Hood prostitutes are turning-up murdered and worse, unmasked, and the ‘Skin’ establishment is as much help as a paid-off ref. Enter X, former luchadora with a bruised past, a bum knee and no time to play Santo. She’s no hero, but there’s nobody else to tag-in, as her hunt for a killer uncovers a conspiracy that could take down all of maskedkind.
Like Casablanca with wrestling masks, Hoodtown is vintage pulp noir with a lucha libre pop culture twist.
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Well done, but the book formatting sucked in a number of places. On a certain level, the mishmash of Japanese/Spanish cultures became a little difficult to keep straight.
Christa Faust's action packed prose explodes off the page like a crime scene in progress. X becomes a part of you, and you feel her pain. I dare you to put the book down once you start reading. The small touches, such as the tiny artwork at the beginning of each chapter, make it a unique find.