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Publisher's Summary

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 won't stay buried. When a former co-star is gunned down, it's up to Angel to get his son, a hotheaded MMA fighter, safely through the Arizona desert, shady Mexican bordertowns, and the neon mirage of Las Vegas...
©2011 Christa Faust (P)2011 Audible Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"An incisively and stylishly written noir thriller... compelling." (Ramsey Campbell)
"An instant pulp classic." (Rolling Stone)
"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)
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By Mark on 05-11-14

B-movie film noir set in world of porn and MMA

I needed a quick, fun action book and this fit the bill. It’s pure pulp fiction. Former porn star Angel Dare is waitressing under a fake name in a nowhere diner after confronting a sex-trafficking ring in the series’ first book (“Money Shot”) — when in walks an old boyfriend who promptly gets shot and, as he lays dying, asks her to protect his son. The kid is an up-and-coming MMA competitor involved with bad people. It’s like a B-movie film noir, only sex positive. That said, there’s a creepy sexual encounter — that is emphasized as creepy by the author — that I will never be able to unknow, although I’d like to. Nothing like Mo Hayder creepy but creepy nonetheless. Bechdel test: pass.

Excellent narration.

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By Laura on 03-26-12

A Different Kind of Heroine

What did you love best about Choke Hold?

edgy and gritty.

What did you like best about this story?

the entire thing, sure its a little 'edgy', rough and graphic. but it is fast paced and keeps you on your toes

Which scene was your favorite?

where angel realizes the connections - when you read it, you will understand, i dont want to spoil it here

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

nothing extreme - just an edge of your seat, fast paced ride. short and to the point with a 'listen in one sitting' flair

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