Driven to the edge by her own secrets, can the first female police detective in Acapulco give Russian collusion a dose of Mexican justice?
"A thrilling series." – National Public Radio
Detective Emilia Cruz is back in Acapulco after surviving a deadly cartel ambush, only to witness a brutal home invasion when kidnappers snatch her penniless stepfather. The ransom demand is astronomical and Emilia’s family has little hope of seeing him alive again. Could it be a case of mistaken identity?
At the same time, a Russian is murdered by a cold-blooded killer in the luxury hotel managed by Emilia’s boyfriend, Kurt Rucker. A random robbery gone wrong? Or an assassination?
When more Russians are killed, Emilia discovers a strange connection between the homicides and fuel thieves robbing Mexico’s underground gas pipelines.
Get ready for a rollercoaster of a crime cocktail, with Russians and kidnappers pouring the drinks. From brutal slayings to Russian mobsters, this police thriller with a killer twist is Emilia’s most intriguing case yet.
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Acapulco, the fabled resort city known for nightclubs and cliff divers, is also the city with the highest homicide rate in Mexico. With gangster warlords like El Chapo calling the shots, the Mexico of Netflix’s Narcos is a real place. The Detective Emilia Cruz series takes on cartels, corruption and social inequality. It’s not just a walk on the beach . . .
After 30 years as a CIA intelligence officer, Carmen Amato writes mysteries and thrillers loaded with intrigue and action. Readers who love police procedural series by Ian Rankin, Jo Nesbo, Ann Cleeves, Peter May, and Denise Mina also love Detective Emilia Cruz’s complex plots, fast action, fascinating characters, and exotic location.
2019 Poison Cup award, Outstanding Series – CrimeMasters of America
“Carmen Amato has created a character that deserves to be recognized as an equal alongside well known favorites created by Hammett, Larson and Padura.” – Felix Contreras, host of AltLatino, National Public Radio