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43 Missing (Detective Emilia Cruz Book 6) by [Carmen Amato]

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43 Missing (Detective Emilia Cruz Book 6) Kindle Edition

4.7 out of 5 stars 59 ratings
Book 6 of 8: Detective Emiia Cruz

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Editorial Reviews

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Detective Emilia Cruz has done it again. This time, she's solved the mysterious disappearance of 43 college students - the 2014 real-life unsolved tragedy that continues to reverberate through Mexico. In this fictionalized account, Cruz and a team of investigators find missing parts of the puzzle that government authorities would like to keep hidden. Every chapter of this latest book contains twists and turns, and will win new fans for Cruz and her detective instincts in the series by accomplished author Carmen Amato. This account has it all: grieving parents, corrupt politicians, crooked cops, drug cartels, official government coverup, and efforts by the highest level of government to stop the investigation. Without giving away the Hollywood ending, let's just say it sets the stage for another great book in the series that has been optioned for TV. P.S. If you don't know about the back story of the national tragedy, read a recent news account of the parents' continuing search for the truth. And then read the book, maybe twice." -- Mikel Miller, publisher, Egret Books, Abraham Lincoln and Mexico Project 

The narrative was superb. The climax was smashing, kept me on the edge . . . [Emilia] is this rugged, hardened cop but someone who still has some feelings left in her. I totally want to read the previous books now, just to get to know her better. -- Book Vue

From the Author

43 MISSING, the latest Detective Emilia Cruz novel, is fiction but is based on a true, unsolved crime.

A big, terrible, words-fail-me unsolved crime.

In September 2014, forty-three students from the Ayotzinapa Normal School disappeared while in the city of Iguala, Guerrero, attempting to commandeer buses to take them to a rally in Mexico City. Three years and dozens of arrests later, details around the crime are still murky and the families of the missing still do not have closure.

Neither truth nor bodies have been found.

I was just beginning the Detective Emilia Cruz series in 2014 when the 43 students disappeared. As time went on and the aftermath became spotted with half-truths and confusion, I wondered if I had the courage to address the crime. Fiction has been my way of bringing awareness to the scores of Mexicans missing amid the country's drug violence, but this crime and the possible secrets behind it, were almost unthinkable.

If Detective Emilia Cruz took on this investigation, I had to bring honesty and compassion to the project while creating both a believable motive and a realistic resolution.

As I researched the book that would become 43 MISSING, Francisco Goldman's reporting in The New Yorker magazine provided crucial details. I met him in October 2017 and thanked him for the superb reporting.

The motive for the assault on the students remains a mystery. One hypothesis reported by OpenDemocracy.net and other outlets which sparked my interest is that "the police were not after the students, but their bus . . . carrying shipment of drugs and/or money, which corrupt officers were trying to recover."

The novel 43 MISSING tackles many of the real anomalies related to the case, including a discredited motive, how the 43 bodies were disposed of, and multiple identical confessions.

The case quickly became a political hot potato and still is. Mexico's attorney general called the government effort "the most comprehensive criminal investigation in the history of law enforcement in Mexico" but has been unable to offer real proof about the students' fate. In 2016, the Organization of American States was called in as a neutral party but its investigation withered. The fictional task force in 43 MISSING follows all of these failed attempts.

As I write this at the end of 2017, most pundits say the families will never know what happened. While the mystery of the 43 missing gets solved in fiction, thanks to Detective Emilia Cruz, I pray that some day it will be solved for real.  

Product details

  • Publication Date : November 16, 2017
  • Publisher : Laurel & Croton (November 16, 2017)
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print Length : 290 pages
  • ASIN : B07793QCD7
  • File Size : 2871 KB
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
  • Language: : English
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Lending : Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 59 ratings