by Sam Hawken


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Longlisted for the 2015 CWA Gold Dagger Award and CWA Ian Fleming Award

Praise for Sam Hawken:

"Hawken's understated but razor-sharp prose never gets in the way of the building tension. . . . Powerful stuff."— Booklist

Jack Searle is an American widower, bringing up his stepdaughters alone in the border town of Laredo after losing his wife to cancer.

Jack often takes the girls to visit their Mexican family over the border in Nuevo Laredo. Marina, the elder sister, persuades him to let her go there one night to attend a concert with her cousin Patricia. Jack wants to say no—Nuevo Laredo is a very dangerous city, controlled by drug cartels. But eventually he agrees. Marina and Patricia head out to the concert, but they never come back . . .

A frantic hunt begins, with Jack leading the way. But this is Nuevo Laredo, and girls go missing all the time here. He's lucky to find that a good cop, Gonzalo Soler, is leading their investigation, but soon the whole police force is suspended due to endemic corruption.

To have any chance of finding Marina and Patricia, Jack and Gonzalo must take the law into their own hands. Their efforts to find the girls become more and more dangerous, and they uncover truths about the city of Nuevo Laredo that neither one of them ever wanted to face.

Sam Hawken lives near Washington, DC, with his wife and son. His previous novels, Tequila Sunset and The Dead Women of Juarez , were both nominated for Dagger awards.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781846689420
Publisher: Serpent's Tail Publishing Ltd
Publication date: 05/05/2015
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Sam Hawken is a native of Texas, who now lives near Washington DC with his wife and son. Current events in Mexico are his preoccupation, and Missing is his third novel set on the US/Mexican border. His previous novels Tequila Sunset (9781846688546) and The Dead Women of Juarez (9781846687747) were both nominated for Dagger awards.

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Missing 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Jack Searle’s wife has passed away from cancer so it is up to him to raise her two girls, Marina and Lidia. The girls still have family on the other side of the Mexican boarder so they go back once a month for a visit. On one trip Marina persuades Jack into letting her go by herself so her cousin Patricia and her can attend a concert. The next morning the girls have disappeared. Unfortunately it’s going to be a tough battle to find the girls. The cartel controls the town and it seems all of the government officials and the police are corrupt. Jack does find a glimmer in detective Gonzalo Soler. He is about the only one that can help Jack, but as they start digging into the disappearance of the girls. Then the entire police force is fired and replaced with inexperienced soldiers. Jack and Gonzalo keep looking on there own and start finding out the truth behind the scenes of Nuevo Laredo. This is such a sad story. There are so many kids that go missing every year. Sadly it’s not as published as it should be and I think it’s because of how corrupt a lot of the police and government are. It’s also sad about how the cartels run things and the whole sex slave market. My heart went out to Jack. He has to dredge through the scum of the earth just to get Marina and Patricia back. This is a really good book on a topic that a lot of people don’t know much about. It is very sad but one that I recommend everyone read. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.