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Hat Dance (Detective Emilia Cruz Book 2) by [Amato, Carmen]
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Book 2 of 5 in Detective Emilia Cruz (5 Book Series)

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Hat Dance is book #2 in the Emilia Cruz crime mystery series set in Acapulco. Emilia is the very first and currently only female detective on the force, and her struggles to be accepted by her colleagues seems to be just as fierce as they were in the first novel. Her previous partner has been recently killed on the job and now she is reluctantly teamed up with Franco Silvio, a senior detective who has just as a bad attitude towards her as he is good at his job. And he is a very good detective.

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.

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In HAT DANCE, the second Emilia Cruz novel, Emilia will track who has gone missing from her own neighborhood and her efforts to find missing women will remain a series theme. She'll comb through the newspaper advertisements I saw too often in Mexico; colored pictures of young women with the headline DISAPPEARED.

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.

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  • File Size: 1909 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
  • Publisher: KDP Select (August 19, 2013)
  • Publication Date: August 19, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EO5DCT8
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