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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
Nighthawk: Chief Hazel by C. Edgar North is a novel that will undoubtedly tantalize readers who love character-driven stories; it is a compelling tale involving drug dealers, arms trafficking, murder, and a couple who will fight all odds to stay together and to protect their clan. Chief Hazel takes over the leadership of her clan from her husband who is on the run for murder — and who would have to answer for a number of other crimes. While her husband is away, heavily involved in arms deals and trying to stay a step ahead of the FBI, Hazel becomes a powerful smuggler across the Pacific Northwest. But things aren’t meant to run smoothly for her. In a bid to coerce her into smuggling something into the US, North Korea kidnaps her daughter. The twist is what will blow the reader’s mind.
One of the things that caught my attention is the international setting, for it is not often that we read crime fiction set across the seas and involving characters drawn from different cultures. The author must be a sailor or he must have done a great deal of research to write so expertly about the art of seafaring. The plot is fast-paced and there is a nagging sense of suspense built around the shifts in scenes. The fact that the FBI watches Joseph very closely without his knowledge makes the reader itch to find out if he’d make a stupid mistake and get caught.
Nighthawk: Chief Hazel is well-written and the author’s confidence comes across in his ability to create a balance between “telling” and “showing.” Readers will also enjoy the dialogues that ring through with originality. This is the first book I have read from C. Edgar North, and it is indisputable that the author knows how to make readers love and care about his characters; he establishes a signature for intrigue and entertainment. Now I will have to go back and look for the prequel to this one; it is a great success.