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Diablo Nights (Detective Emilia Cruz Book 3) by [Carmen Amato]
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4.4 out of 5 stars 159 ratings
Book 3 of 8: Detective Emilia Cruz

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Editorial Reviews


Amato brings her characters to life with her vivid writing style and sets them on the streets of a Mexico steeped in Catholicism and corruption. The third book in the series, Diablo Nights is well worth the read. 

In Diablo Nights, Detective Emilia Cruz fights against time, Mexican and Honduran drug cartels, and corrupt members of her own department to find justice for the dead. A woman's finger is sold as an alleged relic of a long dead saint. A man is shot and stuffed in the meat freezer of a luxury cruise ship. A prostitute dies in an alley of a drug overdose. While working these seemingly unrelated cases, Emilia begins to put together pieces of a larger pattern that lead her to a horrifying discovery and put her job, her relationships, and her life in jeopardy. 

Amato's unique setting, realistic characters, and intriguing plot set her apart. She brings Mexico to life in Emilia's world of glittering tourist destinations and dangerous back alleys, where luxury cruise ships and rich spring-breakers collide with drug cartels, vigilantes, and corrupt government officials.

Diablo Nights is well written and well researched, providing a fascinating glimpse into a culture Amato is clearly well familiar with. . . . Aside from the grisly violence of the murder scenes and cartel involvement, the book also deals with drug use, mental illness, the threat of sexual violence, prostitution, and extreme miscarriages of justice. While the case is closed at the end, Amato's commitment to realism ensures that readers are left with the knowledge that there are some battles that cannot be won and there are some enemies that are too powerful to defeat. Sometimes, the truth must be enough.

From the Author

The little church in Mexico City was decorated for Christmas with 100 red poinsettias. Every pew was filled, many with sleepy but excited children, for a special Christmas Eve midnight mass. Father Richard was leading us in the Prayer of the Faithful when a man staggered up the center aisle, his limbs jerking as he alternately murmured and shouted incomprehensible words. We all shrank back as he made his way towards the altar, an unexpected and volatile presence.
As the congregation looked on in growing panic, the man accosted Father Richard. The priest didn't move or stop the prayer, just dug through his robes for a pocket. He pulled out a few pesos and pressed them into the man's hand.
By that time several of the male congregants had come onto the altar as well. They gently propelled the drug-addled man back down the altar steps and through the church to the rear door.
Christmas mass continued. The addict remained nameless to the shaken congregation. But he stayed with all of us, evidence that Mexico's drug problem was growing as more and more drugs transited the country en route to the insatiable United States. 
We were an American family in Mexico City, embracing a new culture, exploring a vibrant city, and meeting people who were to impact our lives for years to come. We read with dread the worsening news over the next year: shootouts in major cities, multiple drug seizures, rising numbers of dead and missing, the murders of mayors, governors and journalists. In between the lines I understood the toll that the drug wars were taking on the people and culture of Mexico.
I carried my memories of Mexico with me when we left. I poured them into a new novel, bringing a fast-paced contemporary style to a Cinderella story set against the backdrop of political corruption and cartel violence. The result was the 2012 political thriller The Hidden Light of Mexico City, a story from the heart that took on both Mexico's rigid social system and the corruption that flows from huge drug profits. 

And then I met Emilia Cruz.
Well, to be honest, I wrote Emilia Cruz, the first and only female detective on the Acapulco police force. DIABLO NIGHTS is the third novel in the Emilia Cruz mystery series set in Acapulco. The series goes inside Mexico's drug war with a style that is fast and a little raw, but won't let go of hope.
Emilia and I are in it for the long haul. We'll see if a mystery series can raise awareness of what's going on in Mexico, with plot elements straight out of the headlines, an authentic dive into one of the most beautiful settings on earth, and a little salsa fresca from my own years living in Mexico and Central America.

The drug addict unknowingly gave a gift that Christmas. The Emilia Cruz series will pay it forward.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00LCPG8PI
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Laurel & Croton (June 27, 2014)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ June 27, 2014
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1777 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 312 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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    4.4 out of 5 stars 159 ratings

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