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Swindled of their life savings by their retirement home manager, the ladies of the 4 o’clock poker club are destitute and off the grid. Violet, Marybeth, Mini, Doris, Ruby, and Bernice retire to an abandoned farm. But how long can the fragile peace last, with all those years of experience demanding to be unleashed?
Each with a full life of success and hardship behind them, the ladies are, to a woman, determined not to be a burden on anyone. But when the FBI fails to retrieve their savings, the reality of dying poor crashes in on them, and desperation and anger push them inexorably toward a life of crime. A direction that not all of them are strangers to.
“What happens when five ‘golden years’ escapees set out with a hundred thousand dollars and a rental car on a tropical island? Great fun, that’s what! Hawkins’s tenderness for his characters enriches the wit and wisdom of these golden gals on their high-spirited adventure.” – Barbara Kyle, bestselling author of the Thornleigh Saga novels.
IN THE WORKS
BEHIND THE IVY WALL
Discovering that the girl he loves is being trafficked by ruthless gangsters, and that even the police are corrupt, high school loner Caleb Forster, forced to choose fight or flight, opts to fight. Meet the likes of Alex Cross and Jack Reacher before they knew enough to fear death or pain in this romantic thriller that graduates into full on action.
Finishing high school from a remote mountain cabin, Caleb Forster discovers the lone surviving child from a camp of murdered migrants. With only the child, an addicted friend, and his own instincts to back him up, Caleb is cornered, his only way out to take on New Mexico’s most powerful drug lord.
CERTIFIED PUBLIC ASSASSIN – CPA
When the word gets out that she has eliminated a troublesome IRS agent for a client, tax accountant, single mother, Kate stumbles into a new career as a hit woman. Stephanie Plum meets the Jackal in a way that will change the way you think of killers for hire, and accountants.
JAMAICAN VACATION – A CPA novel
Kate Long is back in another comic crime thriller. Fleeing the flow of assignments to kill people she’s never met, Kate heads for the islands. Landing in Jamaica, she finds good and bad come wrapped as one, when her ID is stolen and accounts are raided by a thief in need of a new “clean” identity.
When their home and lives are threatened, four broken teens in Canada’s foster system set off on a journey that will bond them together forever, if they survive the adventure. Walk Me Home meets The Goonies in this tale of discovery and longing for a place to call their own.
KATE AND MINI
With the nation on the brink of the second world war, sisters Kate and Mini flee their troubled home, setting off an interstate manhunt with a string of bold, armed robberies, and becoming the most wanted women of the decade. But how long can they last with the explosive baggage they carry tearing them apart.
WIND, RAIN, AND BLOOD
Katya, a young Russian girl, runs for her life, alone in her world of fear, pursued relentlessly by the man who brought her to America to sell her. Tori, an investigator with the Texas State Troopers, follows the trail of blood, hoping to catch up and save the Katya, the only girl who can identify the enigmatic human trafficker, Mikhail.
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