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The Night Charter

Hardcover, 12/8/15

ISBN 9780316299213

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Camaro answers to no one—until a bad deal saddles her with a young charge.

Exactly one year ago, Camaro Espinoza killed five bad men in New York City and fled town. Now she’s keeping a low profile in Miami, running night charter catch-and-release fishing trips off the coast. It’s a simple life for a former combat medic. But it wasn’t easy to come by. Camaro plans to do everything she can to hold onto it.

Trouble comes knocking in the form of Parker Story, a man in over his head with all the wrong people. Parker wants to book Camaro’s boat to run a small errand off the coast of Cuba. Camaro knows she shouldn’t get involved. But Parker’s got a teenaged daughter named Lauren, and Parker’s associates have threatened to harm her if the mission doesn’t go off without a hitch. Camaro has never met the girl. Barely seen her picture. But that doesn’t mean she can ignore her plight.

Camaro’s used to being wanted—by men good and bad, by soldiers wounded on the field of battle, by the long arm of the law. But she’s never been needed before. Not the way Lauren needs her. Joining forces with Parker, Camaro soon finds herself in the midst of double crosses, international intrigue, broken promises and scattered bullets. Even a skilled warrior like herself may not be able to escape unscathed.

Sam Hawken was born in Texas and currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with his wife and son.

“[Camaro] comes across in style as a female Jack Reacher . . . A winner for a wide crime fiction audience.” —Toronto Star

“Hawken has crafted a fascinating character in Espinoza, a kick-ass heroine with depth. . . The Night Charter shows his heroine has got the freshness, charisma, and layers to backbone not just one great novel, but an ongoing series.” —Mystery Scene

“In short, staccato chapters, Hawken adds an accomplished new voice to the South Florida crime library.” —Shelf Awareness

The Night Charter is a heck of a book by a fine writer. Camaro Espinoza is a captivating heroine, whether shooting it out with the bad guys or standing, unflinching, in the face of the law. Drawn into this saga by a strong moral code and her own dark past, Camaro is impossible not to root for, and Sam Hawken’s deft, assured prose keeps the pages turning—and your heart pounding—all the way to The Night Charter‘s adrenaline-soaked finale.” —Owen Laukkanen, author of The Professionals and The Stolen Ones

“The Night Charter caught me completely by surprise. In precise, neon-soaked prose, Sam Hawken launches a promising new series headed for the high seas of John D. MacDonald and the relentlessness of Lee Child. Camaro herself is a wonderful creation, an uncompromising heroine whose adventures many readers, including this one, will look forward to for many books to come.” —David Morrell, bestselling author of Inspector of the Dead and Murder as a Fine Art