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Choke Hold (Hard Case Crime Novels) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 4. Oktober 2011

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  • Taschenbuch: 256 Seiten
  • Verlag: Hard Case Crime; Auflage: Hard Case Crime. (4. Oktober 2011)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0857682857
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857682857
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,8 x 1,7 x 20,3 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.5 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (2 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 262.484 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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“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

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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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Von Lars Nitsch am 16. März 2012
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I was pleased to hear that Christa Faust was writing another book after her terrific debut with 'Money Shot'. The novel continues the story of tough Angel Dare, a former porn star who fought her personal vendetta in the first book. Despite being on the run herself now, she promises an old friend to protect his son, an aspiring martial arts figther who got in conflict with shady criminals. While she is trying to save his ass, her own past catches up and brings her and her charge to a grand, violent finale. What I liked about the book is that Faust knows how to write, so the book (again) is a fast read - IMHO one of the basic prerequisites of the Hard Case Crime series. The author is also very skilled in describing the plot in a honest but witty, sometimes sarcastic way.

But in contrast to her first novel, whose story seemed very reasonable, especially the plot about the young fighter seems a little bit constructed, particularly in the end, when it comes to explain the motives why he got in trouble. That's one of the little flaws of the novel. The other thing - I am trying not to give a spoiler here - is that the ending is very dark, almost too dark for a HCC novel. I am not looking for a mandatory happy end, but this book didn't have even a hint of the ease which is a feature of many HCC novels. But that may be a personal point. Overall, I recommend this book highly to all fans of the HCC series and Christa Faust's first work.
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Hard Case crime gives hard boiled fiction an new home with the release of both new and classic novels. the cover art is absolutely amazing. Choke Hold is Christa faust's second novel hard Case published, after the much acclaimed Money Shot. Again we meet Angel Dare, the ass kicking ex-porn actress who is a real postmodern sex worker who does not allow her self to be the victim. Her aggressive sexuality is counterbalanced by her basic human decency which we already saw in Money Shot. So we have a very interesting and unusual heroine here. The plot is full of fascinating characters. Faust tells an action packed story full of twists and turns that are pretty much character driven. So apart from being a hard boiled and pretty sexy novel Choke Hold is also very intelligently written. Another Faustian masterpiece!
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The World of Angel Dare 17. November 2011
Von Charles Hoffman - Veröffentlicht auf
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Choke Hold is the follow-up to the gifted Christa Faust's tour de force, Money Shot. Choke Hold is not quite as tightly plotted as Money Shot. And I was expecting more in the way of mixed martial arts ring action. (This due to the cover illustration, and my awareness that Ms. Faust is a UFC enthusiast.) However, the author continues to excel in her harrowing character portraits of hurt, damaged people. In this capacity she is virtually without peer.

For those not familiar with these two fine noir thrillers, the narrator and protagonist is former porn star Angel Dare. Though a strong, determined street-smart woman, Angel is also both a smokin' hot sex goddess and (due to her tendency to become embroiled in the worst sort of trouble) a damsel-in-distress. This juxtaposition makes her irresistible, capable of transforming middle-aged male readers (like myself) into teenage boys imagining themselves in protector / savior roles. Money Shot was originally intended as a stand-alone story, but readers could not get enough of this alluring heroine. I, for one, look forward to future installments, and hope that things ultimately turn out okay for Angel.

Money Shot was concerned with the porn industry, neither romanticizing nor demonizing the trade. The smarter, savvier performers tend to come out of it okay, while the foolish, weak, and gullible often come to bad ends. With Choke Hold, the author extends her thesis to the world of the professional fighter. Many strive with all they have to do battle in the ring (or octogon), only to break their hearts in vain and/or ruin their once superb bodies; only a few achieve any sort of wealth or recognition. The author has noted a kinship between porn actors and pro fighters, in the sense that they sell their bodies for the entertainment of others. The porn starlet is the epitome of exaggerated, hyper-sexual female allure, while the fighter epitomizes the ultimate in macho manliness.

Choke Hold, like Money Shot before it, is ultimately a tragedy. One comes away with a profound sense of sadness. Characters enter into a kind of devil's bargain (fittingly, for an author named Faust.) What ultimately drives them to ruin is their dreams --their unrealistic ambitions, over-reaching aspirations, and pathetic desperate hopes. Their proud Glory Days, strutting and flaunting their magnificent young bodies before the camera and in the ring, are, like Dowson's days of wine and roses, all too brief --and followed by a dismal, decades-long aftermath.

Nor is that the worst that can befall Ms. Faust's hapless characters. Evil is out there, in the form of vicious criminal cartels and sex-slave rings --the sort of all-too-real horrors that are even this minute causing unbelievable suffering and misery somewhere in the world. Living life on the edge as they do, Ms. Faust's characters easily run afoul of these malefactors.

This, then, is the world of Angel Dare.
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Unsatisfying Sequel 10. Dezember 2011
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[spoilers for those who didn't read the first book]

I really enjoyed the original -- Money Shot -- from the opening to the satisfying conclusion. Former porn star, now in effect a porn talent agent, Angela Dare starts out in the book left for dead in a car trunk and things go fairly downhill for her from there. Rather dark but such is the hard boiled genre and well written with a main character we can both care about and believe in. The action and mystery also kept our interest down to the end.

Turns out, she didn't go to prison for murder after all, but witness protection. As is suitable for this sort of thing, she wasn't able to remove all the threats to her life or connections to the past, so there was room for a sequel. Turns out her former bf by chance (a bad beginning actually) meets up with his long lost son in the diner where she is hiding out after an attempt was made on her life while in WP. He's shot and begs him to protect the eighteen year old. The chase is on.

The chase is not really satisfying. The two hook up with an older mentor of the son, who (besides being well endowed like his dad) is a junior MMA fighter. Eventually, all three go to take the kid to some potential big break. The original had Angel and an ex-cop on the road finding out what happened. This has Angel, a teenage kid and an over the hill drugged up fighter on some sort of road trip with a few breaks to run away and interact with various bad guys, bad guys that unlike the first book really don't' mean too much to Angel (or us) since there "it was personal." I really didn't have the same emotional connection and honestly found the plot a bit boring. The original had some much better set pieces, down to the finale.

And, like the old bf suddenly turning up in some out of nowhere diner, there is a certain ridiculousness to it all -- people are out to kill the kid and she is not going to hide him, but take him to some reality show deal? Also, how did the Croats show up so fast after they signed in at the hotel? Wouldn't she try to change her appearance a bit so she isn't recognized by a hotel clerk? There were a bit too many of those questions raised and more importantly, the book wasn't good enough to really ignore them.

I won't say what exactly happened at the end of this book, but it also was to me all rather lame. The original didn't end all happy ending like -- she didn't escape or anything and the guy who was helping her didn't end up that well, but it was a lot more satisfying than the lame tacked on final act here. I am not asking for a happy ending for her, but the other book gave us something more satisfying than a quickie retread of part of what happened the last time without even the pizazz attached to it.

We didn't even get much sex from Angel here, which was somewhat symbolic of the overall reduced energy level and satisfaction of the whole book. It was a quick read and all, but for chunks of time, nothing too much happened, with some action sprinkled in and much less of a reason to care. The author and character is good enough for a sequel, but if there is another one, hopefully better than this one.
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Craziness in the Desert 10. Februar 2014
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Christa Faust is the real deal when it comes to gritty crime writing. Also, it's no cheap trick for her to write about the porn industry as, according to her bio, she worked Times Square peep shows and grew up in Hell's Kitchen.

Chokehold is loosely a sequel to Money Shot, a story about Angel Dare, an aging porn star who runs her own talent agency. An old friend is shot in front of her eyes and, since the bad guys used Angel's gun, the police believes she murdered him. So, in typical hard case style, everyone is after her and the only person she can depend on is an excop Malloy. Together, they fight through the seamy underbelly of LA's porn industry to find out what's going on before the bad guys catch them.

Chokehold picks up where Money Shot leaves off. Angel Dare apparently was in the Witness Protection Program for a while until her location became compromised. She now works as a waitress in a diner in the middle of nowhere. An old colleague (Vince) happens in with his longlost son and, after a wild spray of bullets throughout the diner, Angel is on the run again. This time, she doesn't have a tough, ex-cop to lean on. Instead, she finds herself allied with desperate losers living in desert shacks and hoping to make it big on the MMA circuit. With multiple sets of bad guys after Angel and after her allies, the action runs from the parched desert to a fenced-in club over the Mexican border where anything goes and back through the desert to the glitzy casinos of Vegas.

The atmosphere of this book is parched and bleak and hopeless. Although it lacks a little bit of the charge that Money Shot had, this book is nevertheless a solid adventure that fits in well with today's gritty crime novels. And, it is a modern crime novel, not an attempt to copy pulp-era fiction.

But, there's also a lot of humor in this book about brain-addled fighters, about fans of MMA, about who recognizes Angel from her body of work..

Well worth reading.
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Popping Off The Page 22. November 2012
Von Robert Downs - Veröffentlicht auf
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To say I devoured this novel might be a bit of understatement. To say I enjoyed it might be a bit of an understatement as well. Needless to say, Angel Dare is the bomb, and I can't seem to get enough of her. Literally. For me it's all about the characters, and CHOKE HOLD has more than its share of interesting individuals. Angel and her posse practically pop off the page, and along the way, she more than delivered on a few surprises.

Christa Faust certainly seems to have a friend or two in the porn industry, or maybe she goes all in on the research, studying footage on the Internet, or visiting sets through the back door. But how she does it doesn't really matter. What matters is that she pulls it off with her plot, and most importantly, with her characters. She captures a few of the highs and more than enough lows.

If you're looking for a wild ride, with a former porn queen who can still deliver the goods, then you'd be hard-pressed to find a more entertaining read.

Robert Downs
Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator
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Real disappointment after the first book 15. November 2013
Von Richard Shaffstall - Veröffentlicht auf
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The main character goes from being the strong revenge seeking antagonist in the first book, to a meek, on the run victim of this book, and just looses all that was interesting about her in the process. There is no real explanation, how the character goes from hunting down those he tried to have her killed, to a "I'm on the run and can't do anything to fight those that are hunting me victim". The author just changes the whole characters demeanor to fit the plot of this book for no reason then that's what they needed in this story.The sex in the first book, fit the tone and circumstances, this one, it feels tacked on. The plot is all over the place, like the author had the plots for three books, couldn't get anything of them to work solo, so put them all together in this one.
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