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King Peso (Detective Emiia Cruz Book 4) Kindle Edition
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- Book 4 of 8 in Detective Emiia Cruz
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Amato (Diablo Nights, 2014, etc.) skillfully juxtaposes the Mexican city of Acapulco's glittering, wealthy enclaves with its seamy, violent underbelly. Emilia inhabits both worlds, albeit uncomfortably: she hails from the poor side of town but now lives in a lavish penthouse suite with her American boyfriend, Kurt Rucker, the general manager of the Palacio Réal hotel. Their evolving, and occasionally devolving, relationship runs throughout the series.
This installment opens with the city's police department reeling from the execution-style killings of three high-ranking law enforcement officials, which the press has labeled "the El Trio murders." By the end of the first chapter, the wife of senior detective Franco Silvio is shot. But is this an attempted fourth El Trio killing, a byproduct of Silvio's own illegal bookie operation, or a case of domestic violence?
Meanwhile, the glamorous mayor of Acapulco, Carlota Montoya Perez, improbably decides to deal with the spate of recent violence by forming an all-female auxiliary unit--Las Palomas ("the doves of peace"), dedicated to creating an aura of calm in the tourist areas. Emilia, much to her displeasure, is transferred out of the detective squad and tasked with selecting and readying a troop of untrained recruits.
Amato weaves an intricate assortment of themes into a vivid tapestry that depicts both the beauty and ugliness of Acapulco. Her attention to clothing, food, and other details of the cityscape brings life to her characters. In one memorable moment, for example, Emilia encounters a band of young street boys with plastic soda bottles hanging around their necks, just below their chins; the bottles are filled with glue, which the boys sniff throughout the day: "The high from the glue cut hunger pangs and diluted the misery and loneliness of being homeless in a combat zone." There's as much dialogue and pondering as there is action in this novel, but the investigative pace holds steady, with danger and betrayal never more than a few pages away. --KIRKUS REVIEWS
About the Author
- ASIN : B01KMOC36M
- Publisher : Laurel & Croton (August 17, 2016)
- Publication date : August 17, 2016
- Language: : English
- File size : 2280 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 366 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #411,756 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Amato’s writing style is smooth and the narrative interesting enough to keep the pages turning and turning. I look forward to reading more in the series.
The thing I like most about Ms Amato's books is the way they weave bits and pieces from previous books into succeeding books, finally bringing things to an eventual, but not always satisfying, conclusion. Perhaps, since I've read these first 5 books in the space of about 10 days, my system is on a bit of an overload. Maybe a break will let me read the next with a fresh mind.
She’s insecure in her relationship with her gringo boyfriend. We get it. Yet somehow her gringo boyfriend puts up with her inability to commit. We get it.
Two-thirds of the way through the book she sees no way to solve the crime. We get it. Then she gets so frustrated by all of the above; she cries. We get it. Then - boom - there’s a strange twist, a shootout and problem (mostly) solved. It’s the same tune every time.
How about some true character development, Ms. Amato?
Sorry, I feel bad about not being able to finish it. Perhaps I'll go back and start at the beginning and give it another shot.
Well-defined characters, excellent dialogue, and a plot that keeps you turning the pages—a sure recipe for success. Like the other novels in this mystery series, King Peso is a winner! Definitely one to add to your reading list.
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After having read Don Winslow's "Power Of The Dog" and " Cartel" I have always wondered how a honest police officer could function in Mexico and how every day policing could even begin to offer a modicum of protection to ordinary people. Having just read "King Peso" I am even more in awe of the bravery and decency needed by police officers such as Emilia Cruz.
I will certainly give the series a revisit and hope that next time the whole adds up to the quality of the parts.