The Night Charter

The Night Charter, by Sam Hawken

Camaro Espinoza wants to be left alone.  She keeps it simple: her fishing boat, the Miami coast and the fish.  There’s not much to the charter business she runs, and that’s perfectly fine with her.  Pay her your money, go fishing, and then go away.

When Parker Story comes calling with a night-charter request, there’s nothing unusual about it.  When Parker’s associate, Matt Clifford, enters the picture, the situation becomes much more complicated.  What Matt wants is a nighttime excursion to the waters off Cuba, where a man’s escape from communist rule is worth a lot of money to the right people.  Some of that money could be Camaro’s, provided she does what she’s told and keeps her mouth shut.  But Camaro isn’t interested in that kind of trouble.

It’s only when the problem becomes about family, specifically Parker’s daughter, that Camaro allows herself to be pulled in.  Because when things go from complex to disastrous, with bodies piling up everywhere, Camaro is the only one who can cut through the chaos and find a solution.  It isn’t people dying that’s the problem, it’s the wrong people dying.

Camaro can fix that.

“The deadliest female protagonist since Jon Land’s Caitlin Strong and Stieg Larsson’s Lisbeth Salander.” — Booklist

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

Sam Hawken may have struck crime series gold with this gritty thriller.  Hawken has crafted a fascinating character in Espinoza, a kick-ass heroine with depth. Staccato chapters and page-turning action may evoke the likes of James Patterson or Lee Child, but Hawken also layers in plenty of fine characterization as well as a nice touch for dialogue, the sweltering Florida setting, and the complex history of Cuba and its relationship with the United States, too. A great read.  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 Professionalsand 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

“Camaro Espinoza [is] an intense and capable heroine [with] an ironclad sense of justice. Hawken delivers a potent climax that winds its way through an unremitting firefight to a satisfying conclusion.” ― Publishers Weekly

“A tough-minded, compellingly drawn female protagonist. The fascinating political background and gritty dialog help propel this fast-paced, entertaining mystery. Sure to attract fans of Jon Land’s Caitlin Strong books.” ― Library Journal

“Sign on for The Night Charter, Sam Hawken’s hot new thriller captained by Camaro Espinoza, a protagonist that’ll light up the literary seascape unlike anything before.”―Craig Johnsonbestselling author of the Walt Longmire mysteries, the basis for Netflix’s Longmire

“A former combat medic takes on Miami’s bad guys in Hawken’s tale of honor, betrayal, and international intrigue…. Camaro is a worthy protagonist, someone who will resonate with readers over many volumes.”― Kirkus

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