Monday, June 1, 2009

Premature Book Review: Money Shot

Taking a short break from Dr. Fu-Manchu. Oddly enough, I have been following Christa Faust on Twitter and never realized she was the author Christa Faust. I am the first to admit I am not the brightest guy in the Realms, the Federation, or the Twitterverse.

As usual, I will try not to spoil anything.

So, I am reading Money Shot, Ms Faust's book from Hard Case Crime. It is the story of a former pornstar turned talent agent who finds herself mixed-up in underworld dealings that nearly get her killed. It is, thus far, a story of revenge.

The writing is very reminiscent of traditional pulp but the perspective is different. Our hero, Angel Dare, is not Marlowe, Spade, or Hammer; she is, however, like Coffy or Foxy Brown, in that her life brings her in touch with parts of the world that is hidden from most of us and she find refuge with unlikely places; at least unlikely to those of us in the orderly, mainstream part of the world. Also like those characters Angel is tortured, beaten and nearly killed, but this is not torture porn. Her pain is ugly and untitillating.

I hate to sound like a commercial, but if you enjoyed Megan Abbott's The Song is You you will like this as well.


Tenebrous Kate said...

>> if you enjoyed Megan Abbott's The Song is You you will like this as well.

Oh wow! I just finished this book a couple of months back and--yup--I'll echo your tagline sentiment. "Money Shot" is a gritty bit of pulp detective fun.

In fact, I think I'm going to put down "The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle" (600+ pages of depressing stuff about life in post-WWII Japan) and dig back into my stack of Hard Case books. I miss 'em!

Darius Whiteplume said...

Oh, you need to finish Windup Bird. One of my favs, but yes, depressing at times. You might like "Kafka on the Shore" better. It is out there, and shorter.

I am going to have to do a Murakami post soon. I have read all his English books, except the Subway Attack history.

Keith said...

I haven't read this one yet. I'll have to get my hands on it. I love Hard Case Crime.

Darius Whiteplume said...

@Keith - I am almost done with it and it is very enjoyable. Different than a lot of pulp in some ways.

Michael Hickerson said...

I read it a while ago and I mostly liked it. It was gritty, pulpy and fun to read. All the Hard Case Crime books I've read have been a hoot in their own way...

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