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Made in Acapulco: The Emilia Cruz Stories (Detective Emilia Cruz Book 0) by [Carmen Amato]

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Detective Emilia Cruz is a good liar, a fast thinker, a determined investigator and a mean kickboxer. An Acapulco native forced to grow up too fast, she's been a cop for nearly 12 years and a detective for two; a strong woman in a squadroom that didn't want her and is still trying to break her. But Emilia isn't afraid to defend herself and get what she's rightfully earned. But she doesn't know how to handle gringo Kurt Rucker, the manager of a luxury hotel in Acapulco. A former U.S. Marine, he has the confidence and leadership qualities she admires. A triathlete, he's calm under pressure and knows what he wants. But does Emilia?

There's the Acapulco that tourists know; luxury hi-rises, candlelit nights on the beach, the sweep of the most beautiful bay in the world, the majesty of the clear blue Pacific. There's also the Acapulco that is a prize to be fought over by drug cartels--the city that is home to hookers and thieves, the streets where life is cheap and poverty is as pervasive as the wind off the ocean. Both of these versions of Acapulco claw at each other and force Emilia to survive between them. No investigation will be easy, no crime will be simple. 

Grab a margarita and come on down to Acapulco . . . If you can take the heat. 

MADE IN ACAPULCO also contains the first two chapters of Carmen Amato's political thriller THE HIDDEN LIGHT OF MEXICO CITY. Attorney Eddo Cortez Castillo's unexpected relationship with housemaid Luz de Maria Alba Mora becomes a dangerous vulnerability when he investigates links between Mexico's Minister for Public Security and the country's most elusive drug cartel leader. As presidential elections near, Eddo's investigation will uncover a political double-cross fueled by drug money. He'll follow the money trail deep into the underbelly of Mexico's drug culture, where violence buys loyalty, votes are for sale, the odds are against survival, and only a woman whose name means Light of Mary can guide him out. 

Note: This is the second edition of MADE IN ACAPULCO and contains additional original content. The 2012 edition is no longer in print. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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Emilia Cruz is a good liar, a fast thinker, and a mean kickboxer.

She's also the first female police detective in Acapulco.

The MADE IN ACAPULCO short stories form the prequel to the sensational Detective Emilia Cruz mystery series set in the iconic yet troubled Pacific coast city. The stories trace Emilia's unlikely rise from beat cop to detective, the event which triggered her hunt for Acapulco's missing women, and introduces hotel manager Kurt Rucker, the gringo she falls for. 

Under the Mexican sun, no crime is simple and no investigation is easy. In the face of drug cartel violence, rampant official corruption, and  threats from fellow detectives, Emilia fights for her humanity and faith in Mexico's future. 

Mystery fiction's newest crimefighter is a woman you won't soon forget.


"Consistently exciting . . . a clever Mexican detective tale." - Kirkus Reviews on CLIFF DIVER

"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." -- on HAT DANCE

"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." - on DIABLO NIGHTS

"Amato weaves an intricate assortment of themes into a vivid tapestry that depicts both the beauty and ugliness of Acapulco . . . the investigative pace holds steady, with danger and betrayal never more than a few pages away." - Kirkus Reviews on KING PESO

Product details

  • Publisher : Laurel & Croton (October 29, 2013)
  • Publication date : October 29, 2013
  • Language: : English
  • File size : 3341 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 88 pages
  • Lending : Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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Judith Dickinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Life as some Mexicans live it
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Peter Alan Matthews
4.0 out of 5 stars A book that gives the feeling that you are in Acapulco - punches are pulled.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 27, 2020
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Norm Hamilton
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction to the series
Reviewed in Canada on November 21, 2013
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