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Make Them Sorry (UK)Just when I think I’ve read the most positive review I’m ever going to read for Make Them Sorry (link), someone sends me one that tops it.  Previously the record was held by Kristin Centorcelli at Criminal Element (link), who made me blush with her high praise.  Now comes Paul Burke at Nudge, and his words make me want to hide under my chair in embarrassment.  I don’t do well with effusive compliments, is what I’m saying.

The full review in Nudge (link) is worth your time, so please check it out, but here are a few choice tidbits to whet your appetite:

[A] top notch blend of domestic nightmare, drug running, money laundering and even a touch of paramilitary politics.  Hawken is a consummate story teller and this is a silky smooth read. You won’t want to put it down until you finish. The plot is beautifully crafted, there’s enough action to satisfy the most bloodthirsty reader and it will stimulate the grey matter at the same time.

If I’m ever in a tight corner I want Camaro Espinoza by my side.

Her reticence to be a hero makes her all the more appealing as a character.  Hawken is particularly good at portraying the victims of crime with dignity, of building their story and making it seem real.

I left out a lot of good stuff there.  I encourage you to read more.

In other entries on this blog, I’ve made it pretty clear I don’t think I’m any great shakes as an author.  I think I do my job well, but not with any particular flair.  Clearly some disagree.  I’m certainly not going to argue the point.  I’ll simply say thank you and keep doing what I’m doing and hopefully this will continue to keep people satisfied.

Be sure to get your copy of Make Them Sorry, the latest Camaro Espinoza thriller, available right now from your favorite bookseller. (link)




Make Them Sorry, by Sam HawkenOccasionally someone will send me a review from a critic who really gets it, who understands Camaro Espinoza (link), and grasps exactly what this series is and what it’s about.  Camaro is, admittedly, a tough pill to swallow sometimes, but that’s kind of the point, and if I can get past the expectations of readers who want female characters to be either bright and sunny and cheerful all day, or broken-down addicts who can’t convince anyone they witnessed a crime, then I feel like I’ve succeeded.  Camaro is a challenge to women’s roles in action thrillers, not a capitulation.

Kristin Centorcelli at Criminal Element (link) has read all the Camaro books, it seems, and is absolutely on board with our heroine.  While I’m not much for reviews in general, I do enjoy reading one which so perfectly nails what I’m getting at.  It’s the sort of review that gives you hope for reviewers again.

I invite you to read the entire thing (link), but here are a couple of highlights.

If you like a heroine who can more than take care of herself (and just about everyone else) and literally takes no crap from anyone, then this is the book (and series) for you. The action is nonstop—this book virtually crackles with energy—and the body count is considerable, but it’s Camaro’s existential need to protect those who cannot protect themselves that is the real driving force. And she really is a force for good, even if she has to go to some dark places to achieve justice.


Camaro is a lean, mean, fighting machine and a woman of very few words. But that’s ok because she says plenty with her fists. It helps to have read the first two novels in this series, if only to get a better handle on what drives Camaro, but new readers shouldn’t be afraid to jump in here if they want.

Kristin absolutely made my day with this review, and thank you to the reader who sent it along.

Get your copy of Make Them Sorry, the latest Camaro Espinoza thriller, from your favorite bookseller. (link)



Make Them Sorry (UK)Over the years, The Sunday Times has been good to my books, and while some other papers don’t find Camaro Espinoza (link) highbrow enough to earn their praise, I’m glad to say over at the Times, they get it.  Sometimes books are good when they’re grim and unrelenting.  Sometimes books are good when they’re action-packed and full of twists.  Books don’t have to be one or the other.

With that in mind, it was nice to see Crime Club at the Sunday Times say complimentary things about Make Them Sorry (link):

She can take anyone on for a shots-drinking contest, a bout of cage-fighting or anything else that demands strength, courage and a touch of crazy. Camaro is the kind of gal that trouble seems to find, but she’ll hang on and not let go if it looks like the bad guys are going to get away with it. Fast, furious, funny.

Readers in the UK were the first to warm to my writing, and I will forever be grateful to them for making me so much one of their own that I was repeatedly nominated for the Crime Writers’ Association Daggers.  While the nominations are international, membership in the CWA is for the UK only.  I’m thankful for the recognition, even if I am a filthy Yank.

If you’re still on the fence about Make Them Sorry, maybe the Crime Club has given you the nudge you need?

Be sure to get your copy of Make Them Sorry, the latest Camaro Espinoza thriller, available right now from your favorite bookseller. (link)