Diablo Nights

Genre: Mystery

For Fans Of

If you love international police procedural series by Ian Rankin, Jo Nesbo, Ann Cleeves, Peter May, Louise Penny, and Jussi Adler-Olsen, you'll want to read the Detective Emilia Cruz series. It’s a must-read for fans of Don Winslow’s cartel and border thrillers set in Mexico.

Book Summary

Acapulco's first female police detective, Emilia Cruz, stumbles upon a religious relic from Mexico's Cristero War. At the same time she and senior detective Franco Silvio find a murder victim aboard a cruise ship.

The victim’s pockets are lined with Ora Ciega, a rare heroin strain from Colombia that promises more drug war violence for Acapulco’s already bloody streets.

Emilia will face the biggest challenge of her police detective career when drugs, her faith, and a dangerous rookie collide in a lonely place where the crash of surf competes with gunfire . . .


"Amato's unique setting, realistic characters, and intriguing plot set her apart. She brings Mexico to life in Emilia's world of glittering tourist destinations and dangerous back alleys, where luxury cruise ships and rich spring-breakers collide with drug cartels, vigilantes, and corrupt government officials." OnlineBookClub.org

"A thrilling series" - National Public Radio

About the Author

Carmen Amato is a retired Central Intelligence Agency intelligence officer using 30 years worth of counterdrug and espionage experience to craft intrigue-filled crime fiction, including the Detective Emilia Cruz police series set in Acapulco.

A recipient of both the National Intelligence Award and the Career Intelligence Medal, Carmen is also a survivor of three earthquakes, a train derailment, and a scuba diving encounter with a lionfish.

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