There’s plenty of violence and sharp shards of Spanish-language profanity ... The story has great lines like 'he was as fit as an orchestra of fiddles' and 'her whole body was smiling.' Whether or not Hardball’s body still smiles at the end of her journey is for the reader to discover. Either way, she is one tough mujer ... Plenty of flaws in the main character but few in this satisfying thriller.
... intelligent, propulsive ... Flawed, flesh-and-blood characters provide nuance and depth, and the authors’ grasp of global politics is on full display. Fans of Don Winslow and T. Jefferson Parker will be enthralled.