Tequila Sunset by Sam Hawken

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Authentically crafted and exquisitely written, Tequila Sunset is a sprawling novel imbued not only with violence, heat, and murder, but also sadness and humanity. Mr. Hawken’s words will keep you hooked until the very last sentence.
-NY Journal of Books

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El Paso and Ciudad Juárez sit across the Texas/Mexico border from each other. They share streets, share industry, share crime. One gang claims territory in both: Barrio Azteca. This single criminal organization is responsible for most of the homicides committed in Juarez, and Felipe Morales is one of them.  Recruited in prison, and now on the streets of El Paso, "Flip" has no choice but to step further into that world, but he has a secret that threatens his life. A witness to murder and intimidation, he tries playing both the cops and the outlaws in a bid to escape.


On the American side, El Paso detective Cristina Salas struggles to balance the needs of single motherhood with those of life in the city's anti-gang unit. When her path crosses with Flip, their relationship will spell the difference between a life behind bars for the young gang member, a grisly death or freedom.


Meanwhile, Mexican federal agent, Matáas Segura, must contend with the scourge of Los Aztecas while coordinating a long-term operation with the American authorities.


The Aztecas, north and south, stand in the way of three lives. They have no qualms about crossing the line, about killing, about moving their deadly product, and it all comes together in a confrontation where the stakes are truly a matter of life and death.
 

About Sam Hawken

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Sam Hawken is a native of Texas now living on the east coast of the United States. A graduate of the University of Maryland, he pursued a career as an historian before turning to writing. The Dead Women of Ju?rez is his first novel.
 
Published November 1, 2012 by Serpent's Tail. 369 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Apr 28 2014

When Flip becomes a confidential informant against Martinez, the stakes quickly get high, and it becomes clear that he may not live to marry Graciela, the beautiful girl he’s fallen for, or to see their baby born. Hawken doesn’t hit a false note.

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NY Journal of Books

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Reviewed by Sam Millar on Sep 20 2012

Authentically crafted and exquisitely written, Tequila Sunset is a sprawling novel imbued not only with violence, heat, and murder, but also sadness and humanity. Mr. Hawken’s words will keep you hooked until the very last sentence.

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