Extract from Tequila Sunset

They went out mixed, but as the cons distributed into the yard they broke into their component parts. White boys congregated by the weight pile, blacks by the half-court basketball blacktop and the Latinos by the handball court. Within each division were individual cliques, but the most important grouping was by race. The colors approached one another’s domains only when certain dictates had been observed. In this way the facilities could be shared without it coming to blows.

Born in Texas, Sam Hawken now lives in Washington DC. He is the author of Tequila Sunset (November 2012, Serpent's Tail). His first novel, The Dead Women of Juárez, also set on the US/Mexico border, was shortlisted for the 2011 Crime Writers Association New Blood Dagger for the best debut crime novel of the year.