Acapulco's first female police detective dives into an ocean of secrets, lies, and murder when she investigates her own lieutenant's death.
In this explosive start to the award-winning Detective Emilia Cruz mystery series set in Acapulco, Emilia beat the odds to become the resort city's first female police detective. But she lives in a pressure cooker where trust is in short supply.
Her fellow detectives are scheming to push her out. Her lieutenant is a shady character playing both sides of the law. The police department is riddled with corruption and drug cartel influence.
When her lieutenant is murdered, Emilia is assigned to lead the investigation. Soon the man's sordid sex life, money laundering, and involvement in a kidnapping double-cross combine to create an ugly mess no one wants exposed. The high profile murder case could wreck Emilia's career.
When Emilia's worst enemy in the squadroom emerges as the prime suspect, keeping her job might be the least of her worries.
"A thrilling series" -- National Public Radio
"Consistently exciting" -- Kirkus Reviews
"A wonderful crime mystery" -- MysterySequels.com
2020 Poison Cup award, Outstanding Series -- CrimeMasters of America
Author Carmen Amato uses her own counterdrug and espionage experiences from a 30-year career in national intelligence to craft intrigue-filled crime fiction. She keeps you guessing until the very end!
Amato is a recipient of both the National Intelligence Award and the Career Intelligence Medal.
Readers who love international mystery series crime fighters including Armand Gamache, Harry Hole, Guido Brunetti, and the Department Q series will also love Detective Emilia Cruz's complex plots, pulse-pounding suspense, and exotic location.
Perfect for lovers of detective fiction by Ian Rankin, Jo Nesbo, and Peter May, as well as Don Winslow's Mexican cartel and border thrillers.
BOOKS BY CARMEN AMATO
The Detective Emilia Cruz series
MADE IN ACAPULCO
THE HIDDEN LIGHT OF MEXICO CITY
About the Author
Carmen is the author of the Emilia Cruz mystery series set in Acapulco including Cliff Diver, Hat Dance, Diablo Nights, as well as several romantic suspense novels and the monthly Mystery Ahead webzine. Visit her website at carmenamato.net and follow her on Twitter @CarmenConnects.