On My Shelves – Choke Hold by Christa Faust


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…

My Review

Angle Dare is a woman with a past she had no choice but to run from (see Money Shot for details). Then an ex, Thich Vic, turns up and turns her life upside down. His son, Cody, isn’t much better.

“Choke Hold”, caught me on the first scene. This book is fast-paced and populated with colourful characters who could hold of my attention immediately and kept it. There are twists and turns that keep the characters on their toes and the reader turning pages.

Very evocative prose, good dialogue and clear characterisation of some twisted individuals who remain believable, characters not caricatures.

I enjoyed that these people were flaws, and ex-porn star, a wanna be cage fighter and a punch drunk, brain damaged ex-fighter. The fact that they are running from crooks who want to kill them and not always for the reason you think, makes for some interesting twists and turns. The end came a bit quickly and thankfully wasn’t one of those annoying ‘happy ever afters’ that often feel contrived, yet there remained something a little unsatisfying about the end all the same.

I like to try different types of crime fiction every now and then, and this one was way outside my usual read zone. I really enjoyed it. I don’t tend to go for American fiction, nor for real noir, which this is, definitely in the vein of older classics like Chandler et al. Worth a read.