Diablo Nights : An Emilia Cruz Novel
Overview - Imagine if you were the first and only female police detective in Acapulco, investigating crime in a city both breathtaking and deadly. Mexican drug cartels battle for control and politicians are bought with blood money. The police union wants to control you. Read more...
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Imagine if you were the first and only female police detective in Acapulco, investigating crime in a city both breathtaking and deadly. Mexican drug cartels battle for control and politicians are bought with blood money. The police union wants to control you. Your lover wants to know a secret you can't share. The morgue is full and you've got another body to add. That's the situation for Detective Emilia Cruz in DIABLO NIGHTS, the third book in the sensational police procedural series taking the mystery scene by storm. A human finger, sold as a religious relic, points to a gruesome kidnapping and triggers memories of a painful episode Emilia won't share with norteamericano hotel manager Kurt Rucker. Struggling with her past, Emilia is plunged into a maze of drug cartel smuggling and revenge killings as she uncovers how many times the finger was bought and sold before ending up in a posh store. Meanwhile, a rare type of heroin is connected to a murder victim aboard a cruise ship, promising more drug war violence for Acapulco's already blood-soaked streets. Both investigations go slowly while Emilia trains a rookie detective at the same time. He's in the squadroom because of friends in high places and is more interested in Emilia than in police procedures, an attitude that could prove deadly. With the rookie in tow, Emilia finds herself in the hills above Mexico's Costa Chica coast south of Acapulco. In a lonely place where vigilante groups have replaced civil authority and the crash of surf competes with gunshots, Emilia will face the biggest challenge of her police detective career. But it's nothing compared to what's waiting for you back in Acapulco. "Carmen Amato knows how to bring Acapulco to life . . . Emilia is definitely a character that is close to my heart." - MysterySequels.com MEET EMILIA CRUZ Detective Emilia Cruz is a good liar, a fast thinker, a determined investigator, and a mean kickboxer. An Acapulco native forced to grow up too fast, she's been a cop for nearly 12 years and a detective for two; a strong woman in a squadroom that didn't want her and is still trying to break her. But Emilia isn't afraid to defend herself and get what she's rightfully earned. She's a Latina who knows that many women in Mexico don't get the chances she's had. The proof is in a log she tracks of women who have gone missing. But she can't handle Kurt Rucker, the manager of a luxury hotel in Acapulco. A former U.S. Marine, he has the confidence and leadership qualities she admires. A triathlete, he's calm under pressure and knows what he wants. But does Emilia? THE TWO FACES OF ACAPULCO There's the Acapulco that tourists know: luxury hi-rises, candlelit nights on the beach, the sweep of the most beautiful bay in the world, the majesty of the clear blue Pacific. There's also the Acapulco that is a prize to be fought over by drug cartels--the city that is home to hookers and thieves, the streets where life is cheap and poverty is as pervasive as the wind off the ocean. Both of these versions of Acapulco claw at each other and force Emilia to survive between them. Ready for a trip inside the real Mexico? Grab a margarita and come on down to Acapulco . . . If you can take the heat.
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