Hat Dance

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

The first female police detective in Acapulco is on the hunt for a firebug and a missing girl. Neither investigation is easy, because the influence and impact of Mexico’s drug war is everywhere, just like the salt breeze coming off the ocean.

As Acapulco screams for an end to violent arson attacks, Emilia Cruz’s cases are hijacked by savage political rivalries, a corrupt Vice cop, and a woman in prison who knows more than she’ll say.


"A thrilling series" -- National Public Radio

“Emilia . . . is a force to be reckoned with . . . I loved Hat Dance just as much as Cliff Diver” – MysterySequels.com

“A story far richer than the thriller-factories of the big publishing houses. If she continues writing this series, I’ll keep reading it.” – LibraryThing

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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