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Book 1 of 2 in the Agent Kay Hamilton Series

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“M. A. Lawson’s Rosarito Beach grabs you by the throat ten seconds after you’ve settled into your easy chair for a read. The writing’s lyrical, the plot is breathtaking, and the characters, the good ones and bad, are utterly compelling and, most important, thoroughly believable. And then there’s Agent Hamilton. I fell for her on the first page.”
—Jeffery Deaver

“If you haven’t read M. A. Lawson, start right now with ROSARITO BEACH!  I loved this riveting thriller, which launches a new star in crime fiction, the tough-minded and tough-talking DEA Agent Kay Hamilton, a renegade who welcomes risk and doesn’t play well with others.  She handles ruthless drug cartels, crooked cops, and government politics with guts and attitude, but nothing prepares her to take on her greatest risk yet – one involving the human heart.”—Lisa Scottoline
 
“I love tough guys, even when they're gals, and Glock-toting, fast-thinking, wise-cracking DEA agent Kay Hamilton is one of the toughest going. She looks to be a source of major amusement as M. A. Lawson spins out this new series over the next decade or so.”—Stephen Hunter, author of the best-selling The Third Bullet, I, Sniper and others.

“Lawson has written a great start to a promising new series, with a gripping story line and a gutsy, likable heroine. Readers who enjoy fast-paced thrillers and detective novels with a female protagonist who’s fully developed, vulnerable, and intriguing will gobble this one up and ask for more.”—Library Journal, Starred review

“With this new character and proposed series, Lawson shows his breadth of talent.  I will read anything he writes – his prose is so smooth, his plotting so engaging and his pacing near perfect.”—George Easter, Deadly Pleasures Magazine

“[A] novel that goes beyond edgy to explosive and introduces a character whose future exploits promise further excitement.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
 
“Mike “M.A.” Lawson hits his stride in a big way with Rosarito Beach, featuring the impressive debut of DEA agent Kay Hamilton. This is T. Jefferson Parker’s brilliant Charlie Hood series on steroids with just enough Elmore Leonard (Riding the Rap) thrown in for good measure. Flat-out great.”—Jon Land, Providence Journal
 
“A highly promising debut.”—Adam Woog, Seattle Times
 
“It’s no surprise if this new series hooks you…. Kay impresses both by her recognition of the reality of her job and her courage in trying anyway.... [Lawson’s] trademark caustic humor and dialogue zing on almost every page.”—Michele Ross, Cleveland Plain Dealer

About the Author

M. A. Lawson is a pen name for award winning novelist Mike Lawson, a former senior civilian executive for the U.S. Navy, and creator of the eight novels in the Joe DeMarco series.
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Product Details

  • Series: A Kay Hamilton Novel
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Rider Press; First Edition edition (December 31, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399165738
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399165733
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,255,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very exciting, fast moving and believable.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gordon on April 1, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Review of Rosarita Beach by M.A. Larson

I received this ebook in return for a frank review.

Rosarita Beach is in northern Baja California, just south of San Diego. Sassy mouthed DEA agent Kay Hamilton, heads the San Diego DEA office. She has an extremely annoying personality that rubs everyone wrong. How she was placed in this position of authority was not explained and I really did not care. I would certainly not like her to be my supervisor.

Of course, dealing with Mexico, our Kay must involve herself in her official capacity with a drug cartel doing what she does best- acting on bare impulse. Not too smart.

I kind of liked this book, but I did not care too much for Kay. She was too flashy and the story was too improbable even for fiction. But I liked the story line and there seemed to be a real sense of mystery and suspense. As for the characters, although they were impressionable, there were too many of them to keep track of.

When Kay captured the little brother of the drug cartel’s kingpin, the action picked out due to the fallout. The kingpin was rabid about freeing little brother to the extent that he would do or say anything to meet his objective. Kay was not above this fierce approach and took the kingpin on without hesitation.

This was a quick and fun kind of book, sometimes humorous, sometimes serious, but not my cup of tea.
I would rate it with 3 stars.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By kas on December 31, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I'm afraid <i>Rosarito Beach</i>, author M. A. Lawson's first installment in a series featuring this heroine wasn't my kind of book really. It was an interesting enough action-packed plot that I did enjoy, however, and I am confident many readers will rate this novel highly and follow the protagonist, Kay Hamilton, in her future fictional endeavors.

For example, although I am not as well-read in this sub-genre as would be ideal to make recommendations, I can say that from the first few pages of <i>Rosarito Beach </i> I was struck with the impression of a clear similarity between Lawson's style and that of Janet Evanovich.

I would say that Evanovich, in my experience with her work, includes more "sassy" dialogue as well as cheesy humor -- making her detective series into a bit more cozy mystery-like than action-oriented. Lawson does not include comparable textual elements in this work. Everything is drug-lord-busting adventure action and related dialogue (Kay Hamilton is a DEA agent). The way these elements of the story are written seems to me similar when I compare these two authors. Although Agent Hamilton is focused on her exciting and dangerous work, personal and family relationships create further compelling draws for some readers, I think. I hope this helps some of you; thanks for reading my feedback! Please be advised I received my copy of this book through a Goodreads book giveaway.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MikeW on January 2, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I was leery when I bought this book by Mr. Lawson. I have read all his DeMarco series books and they are great reads. Here, however; he introduces a new character and a new story line. There was no need to worry. Mr. Lawson knows how to write a story. It flows and never looses the readers interest. Like the DeMarco series, the reader hates to put the book down because the story only lasts for 333 pages. This is a great and too quick a read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nick Brett VINE VOICE on March 4, 2014
Format: Hardcover
An interesting one from the author of the (very entertaining Joe DeMarco series). Here, under a slight variation of his name, Mike Lawson gives us a strong female protagonist thrown into a story with considerable pace.

Kay Hamilton is a DEA agent, passionate about what she does, ambitious and a little bit self-obsessed. She manages to capture the little brother of a ruthless Mexican cartel leader and the fallout from that is considerable in the fact that the bad guy will stop at nothing to get his brother back. And he is ruthless with endless resources at his disposal.

At the same time, a stranger turns up on Hamilton’s doorstep that will change her life forever.

So we have a strong character (with flaws) and a very action packed pacey thriller.

I very much enjoy the author’s other works, but I hope to see more of Kay Hamilton.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christine Coffin on January 19, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I have read and enjoyed all of Mike Lawson's Joe DeMarco books. I really enjoyed the common characters in those books. Rosarito Beach has a new cast of characters which I will be curious to follow. Agent Kay Hamilton was smart, sassy, and tough, which I liked. Not all of her was as believable as DeMarco, but I enjoyed the many twists and turns of the plot in this book. It was just a fun read that I wanted to keep on reading! Mostly satisfying. I will read the next one, too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tony R. Parsons on May 5, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
DEA Agent Kay Hamilton is fairly hot & if you’re on the wrong side of the law someone you don’t want to have to deal with. She just transferred from Miami to San Diego where she had just wrapped up a high profile case. Kay upon arrival is assigned to an international drug case.

Tito Olivera, is the younger brother of drug czar Caesar Olivera. Tito got into some serious trouble so DEA Agent Kay Hamilton takes him into custody.

The Olivera cartel plans on rescuing Tito as he’s being transferred to court. But then the original plan is switched. Something later unexpected happens & DEA Agent Kay Hamilton daughter Jessica is kidnapped by the Olivera cartel.

Will DEA Agent Kay Hamilton take down Caesar Olivera? Will DEA Agent Kay Hamilton get her daughter back?

Awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written action packed crime thrilling book. It was very easy to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. No grammar errors, repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. A book you won’t want to put down. This could make also make a great adventure movie, mini TV series. A book you wont want to put down. There is no doubt in my mind this is a very easy rating of 5 stars.

Thank you for the free book.
Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)
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