La Frontera by Sam Hawken
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-9926552-2-8 / E-book ASIN: B00GZRNOAU
In La Frontera, Sam Hawken illuminates the darkest sides of the illegal migration issue, the cost in human life and dignity for the border crossers and the thin line of defenders who stand against the tide on the American side.
Ana Torres is a Texas Ranger assigned to a dusty outpost to protect the border. When she discovers the body of a dead crosser, the stage is set for an investigation and a confrontation in the nighttime desert.
Luis González lives on the Mexican side, helping those who seek a better life in the north while looking for peace in his own way.
Marisol Herrera, a border crosser, braves hardship and dangers on her journey from the high mountains of El Salvador to the sun-blasted flats of the Mexico/Texas border. She is alone, chasing a dream, but threatened by the realities of la frontera.
The stories of these three will intersect in the badlands of Texas. There will be death and pain and prices paid along the banks of the Rio Grande.
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“I must confess that having read both of Hawken’s previous books, I was not expecting any deviation from the accomplished and gripping style that permeates his writing. I was quite right in this assumption, as La Frontera, merely strengthens my admiration for his writing with its perfect rendition of not only location, but the sustained and probing characterisation that underscores a compelling plot. Excellent.” – Raven Crime Reads
“Sam Hawken follows the tradition of writers such as Louise Erdritch and her brilliant novel, Love Medicine with his novel, La Frontera. Hawken weaves three stories together to give us a remarkable portrait of South American and Mexican immigrants to the U.S., much as Erdritch did to deliver a glimpse into the Native American culture using the same literary technique. Read on a surface level, this is a terrific thriller; read on a literary level, this provides a much different and even more satisfying experience. This is a book you’ll keep on your bookshelf and read more than once.” – Les Edgerton, author of The Bitch, The Rapist, and others
“Hawken writes with a maturity that is rare for a first novel, and achieves both a great crime novel and a work that transcends the genre.” – Dave Zeltserman
“A beautiful compassionate gruelling novel, as ferocious to read as it is soul wrenching.” – Ken Bruen
“A hard-boiled plunge into damaged lives that grippingly evokes the dust, decay and pervading sense of death in Juárez, leaving you with a lingering sense of sweaty unease.” – Metro UK
“A tense, gripping read and a plea for justice. It deserves to be read on both counts.” – Sunday Times
“This is a remarkable debut novel that heralds an exciting new talent to hit the crime writing scene. For just over 300 pages of gripping storytelling this book quite simply doesn’t put a foot wrong.” – Crimesquad.com
“Hawken trades in gritty realism and a haunting sense of loss and hopelessness, and although the novel is very much a singular achievement it does bring to mind favourable comparisons with Richard Ford’s The Ultimate Good Luck.” – The Irish Times
“A fascinating, tense and engaging read.” – CrimeSquad
“This brilliantly written, dramatic but vicious novel will keep you on tenterhooks all the way to the end.” – Shots
“La Frontera is a worthy addition to Hawken’s increasingly impressive portfolio.” Crime Fiction Lover ****
“The novel is a thrilling ride, but it also makes you appreciate the seriousness behind it.” – We Love This Book
“A sprawling novel imbued not only with violence, heat, and murder, but also sadness and humanity. Mr. Hawken’s words will keep you hooked until the very last sentence. One of the finest crime novels this year.” – Sam Millar for New York Journal of Books