"The deadliest female protagonist since Jon Land's Caitlin Strong and Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander."--Booklist 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.
Camaro Espinoza, the intense and capable heroine of a series of novellas from Hawken (Camaro Run, etc.), makes her full-length debut in this hard-boiled thriller. A former army medic with two tours in the Middle East, Camaro (whose father was into cars) now skippers a deep sea charter fishing boat out of Miami. Parker Story initially tells her that he wants to hire her for some night fishing, but his true purpose is to smuggle a dissident out of Cuba. Camaro agrees, but the plan goes awry when the leader of the operation goes rogue and attempts to blackmail the Cuban exile group financing it for a higher payout. Not part of the blackmail plot, Parker fears that his 14-year-old daughter, Lauren, is in danger from his inadvertent involvement and asks Camaro for help. Fortunately, Camaro has an ironclad sense of justice that includes meting out violence against the bad guys when necessary. Hawken delivers a potent climax that winds its way through an unremitting firefight to a satisfying conclusion.