The Dead Women of Juárez-Sam Hawken

The Dead Women of Juárez

Sam Hawken

Serpent’s Tail, Sep 4 2012, $14.95

ISBN: 9781846687747


Texan Kelly Courter fought in the States as a welterweight.  Now boxing on the other side of the border from El Paso in Ciudad Juárez, he is a middleweight but that is irrelevant as there is no weigh-ins before a bout; instead fighting south of the border is catch-all weight.  He understands what the fans want is gringo blood and his face shows his comprehension.


Kelly is seeing Paloma, the sister of his friend drug dealer Estéban.  At the same time, Mexican veteran police detective Rafael Sevilla investigates drug related violence in the border city that he believes is the factor behind the missing most likely dead women.  Paloma joins the survivor’s family advocacy group, but soon afterward men take her away.  Rafael and Kelly team up trying to rescue the latest victim by solving the serial disappearances and probably murders of The Dead Women of Juárez.


Based on the real tragedy of the shocking female homicide rate over the last two decades, The Dead Women of Juárez is an exciting hard-boiled thriller that that throws plenty of hooks and upper cuts in a violent crime thriller.  The storyline initially focuses on the washed-up Texan before placing the weary detective in charge.  Although the transition between them as lead is weak, fans will want to go the distance with both of them as Sam Hawken provides a strong gory tale.


Harriet Klausner


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