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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
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.
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.
- 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
- Best Sellers Rank: #560,823 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The story really was good. I was also able to connect with the setting. I've lived a time in Central America and the description and detail were good enough to get me to envision life in Nicaragua and Colombia.
My problem with the book was never quite liking the heroine--Emilia. I thought of all the cast Amato had on stage, she had the least amount of
character. I didn't not liker her. (yes, I know i just wrote a double negative.) If someone asked me how I would describe her as a color, I'd say "beige." That just doesn't jive with my idea of an emancipated Latina. Her dialogue was a bit stilted--although not always and not necessarily badly.
Even when the author had her swear, it was bland--and seemed somewhat gratuitous. I don't know exactly, but I thought she lacked passion.
I intend to read another(s) in the series. As I had said, I wanted to like the book more. Hoping Emilia is more "chica" next time I visit.
Things I most like about the story include the "from both sides of the tracks" relationship between our female lead and her boyfriend, which ties in well with the rest of the book and our heroine's need to flow freely and easily in both worlds to be effective at her investigative work. It's no easy feat to move as readily among the seedy underworld as it is to blend with the ultra-rich, and it's fun watching her do both. That our heroine has her own inner demons to deal with in addition to all the outside ones she faces in her world of crime makes for a combustible mix. And then, of course, there's Acapulco, for fans of travel lit like myself, who don't go out of their way to make the reading about the place first, but instead like it when the locale is simply a prominent character in an otherwise already engrossing story. If you're a fan of crime dramas, I'm sure you'll agree from very early on that this is one of the better examples.
Emilia Cruz is a savvy detective, smart and utterly human.
Emilia is a tough detective and uses her kick-ass approach to solve the latest crimes. Her normal partner is given other duties while she's saddled with someone who used their influence to not only become a police officer but a detective without a single day on the force. But is there something more about the trainee than meets the eye? 'Diablo Nights' is an exciting read and if you're into detective stories, grab yourself a copy and get involved.
She paints a frightening although not unexpected picture of corruption and organized crime, focusing on a few honest cops (this is actually the theme of all four books) and their efforts to clean up the bits of the mess they had access to.
Her characters are well drawn and 3-dimensional whether as a reader you like them or not.
Emilia is delightful. She's a tough police detective who is forced to spend half her time either fighting her own colleagues or trying to figure out her next step in a police-and-other-authority power game.
I enjoyed the first Emilia Cruz book (Cliff Diver) so much that I instantly bought all the others, and loved them, too.
Top reviews from other countries
Heartbreaking search for the missing.
Irresistable love interest
I started with book 3 and had no problem picking up the threads.
On book 4 now and can't put it down.
My new favoutite Author