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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