Camaro Espinoza is "the deadliest female protagonist since Jon Land's Caitlin Strong and Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander" (Booklist).
Camaro Espinoza is a former combat medic whose past is shrouded in mystery. Having finally achieved a measure of calm and anonymity, Camaro receives a distress call from her sister Annabel. Living a modest life in a small town in California, Annabel has become trapped in an abusive relationship with a man named Jake Collier who threatens to make her daughter his next victim.
Camaro rushes across the country to defend her sister for what may be the last time. And Jake has a sibling of his own, an ex-Special Forces operative named Lukas who is every bit as unhinged as Camaro is uncompromising. For all Camaro's stealth and wit, she can only last so long against such a relentless force.
As a pair of federal marshals pick up the trail, and a bounty hunter with a debt to settle closes in, Camaro's smart enough to know that standing her ground is the last thing she should do. But if there's one thing Camaro can't do, it's walk away--even with a freight train like Lukas barreling towards her.
In Hawken's competent if predicable sequel to 2015's The Night Charter, former combat medic, martial arts expert, and all-around badass Camaro Espinoza is maintaining a quiet under-the-radar existence in Miami, where she runs a small charter fishing boat. Then she receives a coded distress message from her sister, Annabel, who has escaped a complicated past and now lives under an assumed name in Carmel, Calif. Annabel's boyfriend, Jacob Collier, has become increasingly violent and abusive, and she has begun to fear for her life. Camaro races across country to her sister's aid. In Carmel, she learns that Lukas Collier, Jake's brother, has recently jumped bail and is wanted for murder. An ex-Marine combat vet, Lukas is also a stone psychopath and soon sets his sights on Annabel and Camaro. Hawken is a talented writer and knows how to construct a fine page-turner, but this outing doesn't quite match the depth and soul of his borderland novels (Missing, etc.).