Money Shot (Netherworld 3) by Christopher Rowley (Tor 2010)

A man and his pleasure model takes down secret conspiracy with a little help from Dominatrix Julie

Money Shot concludes Christopher Rowley’s noir action tale Netherworld about Rook Venner a cop who brought the evidence home to protect her from rape. Said evidence being Pleasure, a Pleasure Model owned by the murdered victim general Sangacha. Pleasure carries secrets in her mind that the powers behind the government will do anything to get their hands on. So Rook, Pleasure and the other witness Angie a dominatrix that goes under the name Mistress Julie has been on the run since.

Justin Norman’s beautiful illustrations boost the noir feeling of the book as we dive into an explosion of action and combat machines. The pace is breathtaking as our heroes struggle to survive and uncover the secret before they are crushed under the avalanche assault of the Tactical Robotic Regiment. Deep underground an isolated mountain ridge lays the secret base that holds the chilling answers.

As before we get a bit of social commentary about artificially created humans and not only from Rooks feelings for Pleasure but from the colonies of liberated and free mods that they comes across. Police State America comes back to haunt us again too.

The characters are still a bit sketchy but totally pulp and Gung Ho basically what you can expect from this kind of story. If you take it for what it is they are perfectly all right. They continue to grow and come to realizations about their world that deeply affects them which is something I like in any story.

The conclusion does a good job of tying together the threads from the previous books and we meet many of the characters again.

I must say that I immediately fell in love with this series when the first book, Pleasure Model came out. The second book The Bloodstained Man ended in a cliffhanger so I eagerly awaited this conclusion.

Money Shot is the explosive conclusion to the Netherworld series a fine heavy metal take on crime noir about secret government conspiracies, robotic war machines, a man and his pleasure model with pictures. It might not be for everyone but take it for what it is and you will love it.


Title: Money Shot
Series: Netherworld book 3
Author: Christopher Rowley
Genre: Heavy Metal
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Tor 2010
Copy: Bought by me
Order from: Amazon US | UK

Detective Rook Venner was a successful investigating officer for the Hudson Valley Police Department—until the General Sangacha murder case came across his desk and his world exploded.

Now after being dragged through hell and back, Rook is on the run with Plesur, a Pleasure Model who is the one eyewitness to the murder. Plesur carries a secret in her brain that terrifies the powers-that-be. A secret that they will do anything to destroy—even bring in a Tactical Robotic Regiment to track Rook and Plesur down and annihilate them.

The only choice the two have is to locate the coordinates that were planted in the pleasure mod’s head to the isolated mountain ridge where it all began. Deep underground, in a warren of machine halls and ice caves, something so horrific is happening that just knowing three code words is enough to get you killed: Operation Taste Imperative.

Rook and Plesur have no way back and no way out. If they want to survive and have any kind of life together, they must uncover the terrifying secret that lies deep inside the mountain.