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The Dead Women of Juarez Paperback – October 16, 2012
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A medical examiner with a nightmare past must stop a killer who strikes too close to home. Learn More
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"the book roars into gear as a bluntly forceful hard-boiled thriller that also manages to address, movingly and respectfully, its troubling subject matter" -Publishers Weekly
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So much for the fact, what about the fiction?
If I had to use one word to sum up this book, it would be `cinematic'. Partly, this is down to the story being told in a series of short chapters, often only four or five pages long, that gives the impression of a movie-type story. Partly too it's achieved though a lot of dialogue. It would be no surprise to me if this story were to be picked up by a Hollywood studio and it would make a decent enough action movie. There's a prime part for a beaten up American boxer, down on his luck and resorting to drug use. A part too for his beautiful Mexican girlfriend who does good work in helping the families of the missing women. And for added gratias, there's a great part for an old-school Mexican cop, close to retirement and determined to get to the bottom of the problem of the missing women (for missing, read `presumed dead') but having to do so outside of the confines of conventional measures. And there's plenty of action scenes.
This is not tourist Mexico of `spring break', but the poor, drug-ridden, alcohol-soaked, violent underbelly of life. A lot of the violence is graphically portrayed and quite shocking.Read more ›
Though Paloma is romantically involved with Kelly, her passion lies with Mujeres Sin Voces, an organization dedicated to seeking justice for the countless young women of Ciudad Juárez who go missing every year. Sometimes the women are found murdered, but more often than not they simply disappear, never to be seen again. The polícia are no help, they more than have their hands full fighting a losing battle against the drug cartels, leaving the families of the missing to seek what justice they can on their own.
Detective Rafael Sevilla is a man close to retirement, having put nearly thirty years of his life into the drug wars. Most recently he's had Estéban on his radar, occasionally leaning on Kelly to try and get the name of Estéban's heroin supplier, information Kelly honestly doesn't know having steered clear of that end of Estéban's business.Read more ›
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A well written, cold blooded, story with surprising plot twists. Possibly a classic crime, cop, noir...Published 5 months ago by William R.
I'm 72 yrs. old and have read many, many books. Mr. Hawken's writing style is very good and I am reminded of James Lee Burke's writing. I certainly recommend this book.Published 14 months ago by Roberta Goldsberry
I started this book yesterday about mid-morning and cound not stop until I finished it sometime around midnight. Read morePublished on June 22, 2014 by Amazon Customer
This is a short work of fiction that touches a subject that more Americans should be aware of, considering the close proximity between the US and Mexico. Mr. Read morePublished on August 27, 2013 by Andrew
Novels based on recent, real life events are too often unrealistic and unsatisfying if a writer tries to fictionalise a reality that is too close (see all too many `real crime'... Read morePublished on March 30, 2013 by Danuta Reah
The short description of the book makes you believe this is a detective novel where two unlikely characters solve a problem around a disappeared woman. Read morePublished on March 1, 2013 by Kindle Customer
I read it awhile ago but I've recommended it often to friends. Well-written, a good read, and a subject I knew nothing about. Surprised it's not a film already.Published on February 9, 2013 by Robin A. Richardson
The Dead Women of Juarez by Sam Hawken is intense, gut wrenching, scary, and it kept me turning pages. While the story is fiction, it is based on fact. Read morePublished on November 20, 2012 by Helen Ginger