I really enjoy Emilia's character. She is a force to be reckoned with and I wouldn't want to be on her bad side . . . she doesn't really get intimidated by anyone - including her superiors - when it comes to solving the case, even when they not so kindly ask her to look the other day. Life made her tough and kept her straight in a world of crime, corruption and deceit.
The author has a way with words and knows to bring Acapulco to life through the pages of the book. All the corruption reaching the highest levels of corporate and political ladder is horrible, yet the author manages to give a glimpse of the true people living there, who are not easily bought by the ones with money and in power.
Overall I loved Hat Dance just as much as Cliff Diver and I'm looking forward to start reading Diablo Nights, the third book in the Emilia Cruz mystery series.
From the Author
The official Mexican government count remains elusive, butmost news outlets report that at least 60,000 people have been killed or havebeen reported missing due to Mexico's drug violence over the past decade. While most think that the casualties are rival drug cartel members fighting each other for control of the lucrative smuggling routes, known as plazas, too many of the victims are those simply caught up in the violence. Poet Javier Sicilia brought awareness to the missing victims of Mexico's drug wars with a series of rallies and marches after the murder of his son.
A new federal unit was set up in 2013 to investigate missing persons cases in Mexico, but all too often the families have to investigate on their own. I saw one news report that said trying to find out what has happened to a missing family member costs about $32,000 in legal fees, bribes, travel, etc. The average annual family income in Mexico is about $20,000.
Emilia's list of the missing is also a nod to the murders ofover 340 women in the Cuidad Juarez area, on the US-Mexican border. More bodies are found every few months and no one has ever been held accountable.
I hope you follow the series as Emilia keeps going. She'll keep trying to find these missing women. If you were missing, wouldn't you want Emilia searching for you? Because she never gives up.