Serpent’s Tail, Jun 10 2014, $14.95
Felipe “Flip” Morales returns to El Paso, Texas after spending four years behind bars for armed robbery. He vows to stay out of trouble because he does not want to return to prison. However while incarcerated, the Aztecas’ Latino gang kept Flip safe. He soon has a second and third reason to remain clean; as he wants to marry his beloved pregnant Graciela. However, Flip also knows he owes the Aztecas big time and if chieftain José Martinez asks for remittance, Flip will pay his debt.
A cross border police task force aims at destroying the Aztecas. Single mother of an autistic child, police officer Cristina Salas leads the American unit; while in Ciudad Juarez, Matias Segura is in charge of the Mexican team. Caught in the middle, Flip becomes an informant against Martinez with little hope of surviving the onslaught.
Tequila Sunset is a strong exciting border crime thriller that catches the pulse of the twin cities separated by a fence. Fast-paced yet character driven by the lead trio caught up in the operation to take down a violent gang, readers will enjoy Sam Hawken’s second taut Texas-Mexico suspense drama (see The Dead Women of Juarez).