A religious relic leads Acapulco detective Emilia Cruz into a maze of revenge killings and drug smuggling in DIABLO NIGHTS, the third novel in the series that takes you inside Mexico’s drug wars with a fearless style and an unforgettable woman.
Imagine if you were the first and only female police detective in Acapulco, investigating crime in a city both breathtaking and deadly. Mexican drug cartels battle for control and politicians are bought with blood money.
The police union wants to control you. Your lover wants to know a secret you can’t share.
The morgue is full and you’ve got another body to add.
When Emilia discovers a human finger, sold as a relic of a famous Mexican martyr, it seems to be evidence of a gruesome kidnapping. It also triggers memories of a painful episode Emilia won’t share with gringo hotel manager Kurt Rucker.
Struggling with her past, Emilia is plunged into danger as she uncovers how many times the finger was bought and sold before ending up in a posh store. Meanwhile, a rare type of heroin connects to a cruise ship murder, promising more drug war violence for Acapulco’s already blood-soaked streets.
Both investigations move slowly because Emilia has to train a rookie detective. He’s in the squadroom because of friends in high places and is more interested in Emilia than in police work, a potentially deadly attitude.
With the rookie in tow, Emilia finds herself in the hills above Mexico’s Costa Chica coast south of Acapulco. In a lonely place where vigilante groups have replaced civil authority and the crash of surf competes with gunshots, Emilia will face the biggest challenge of her police detective career.
But it’s nothing compared to what’s waiting for you back in Acapulco.
Carmen Amato knows how to bring Acapulco to life . . . Emilia is definitely a character that is close to my heart. – MysterySequels.com
MEET DETECTIVE EMILIA CRUZ
Emilia Cruz is the first and only female police detective in Acapulco. She’s a good liar, a fast thinker, and a mean kickboxer in a squadroom that didn’t want her and is still trying to break her. Even as she fights to get what she’s earned as a cop, Emilia keeps a record of women who have gone missing–casualties of Mexico’s drug violence–and is always searching for Las Perdidas, the Lost Ones.
The one thing Emilia doesn’t know how to handle is gringo Kurt Rucker, the manager of a luxury hotel in Acapulco. A former US 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?
THE TWO FACES OF ACAPULCO
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.
Carmen Amato has taken the classic mystery and given it a contemporary Mexican twist. Grab a margarita and come on down to Acapulco . . . If you can take the heat.