It’s been a touch over two weeks since the release of Missing to the general public, and consequently some feedback has begun to filter in from various sources. The latest to hit my email is a review from Crime Fiction Lover.
Crime Fiction Lover has been very good to me over the last four years. They’ve loved all my Serpent’s Tail releases and haven’t been shy about saying so. I hope that as I transition to publishing under Mulholland Books’ roof that they follow and continue to enjoy, but for now I’d simply like to bask in the sunshine of their affection for Missing.
It’s a lengthy review, so I’m not going to cut-and-paste the whole thing here. I will give you a couple of highlights in the hope that you’ll click through and give the entire piece a gander.
The Dead Women of Juarez and Tequila Sunset by Sam Hawken were nominated for CWA Dagger Awards. Based on the strength of Missing it’s easy to see why. The story starts gently enough, with Jack [the protagonist] going about his daily business and visiting his family. But as soon as Marina [his stepdaughter] steps across the border all hell breaks loose. It’s tense and downright scary. Hawken creates a fantastic sense of place in his narrative. The brutality of Nuevo Laredo, where a life is cheap, jumps off the page. The tension is so palpable it’ll make you yourself feel at risk of something bad happening. And a little grubby, too.