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Based on the true events of September 2014, when 43 college students disappeared after a night of violence in the Mexican state of Guerrero, Detective Emilia Cruz is detailed to a national task force to investigate. She’s the junior member and the only woman. As tensions within the task force soar, a diplomat from the United States embassy offers Emilia $50,000 to end the investigation into the missing students.
Acapulco detective Emilia Cruz Emilia and her partner Franco Silvio find an elaborate altar to Santa Muerte next to the body of a known gang member. Prayers to the so-called Skeleton Saint deliver a dire warning to the death saint’s enemies. When a rival gang retaliates with mutilations and public messages, warfare sweeps across Mexico's iconic resort city. Emilia’s investigation is soon a maze of unholy clues. At the same time, everyone close to her has a brush with death. Bad luck? Or is the...
When partner Franco Silvio’s wife is killed, Detective Emilia Cruz is terrified that it is connected to the recent murders of three senior law enforcement officials with whom she worked. Could she be the next victim of the El Trio killer? Meanwhile, Emilia’s ongoing hunt for a missing girl leads to the infamous El Pharaoh casino, a place she and Silvio know only too well. Corruption and paranoia rule the day. Each spin of the wheel could be the last for Acapulco's first female police...
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...
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.
The debut of the Detective Emilia Cruz series set in Acapulco pits the first female police detective in town against cartels and corruption. Emilia is unexpectedly assigned to investigate the murder of her own lieutenant. He was as corrupt as only a Mexican cop can be and she soon uncovers his sordid sexual past as well as his role in a kidnapping double-cross and counterfeit money scheme. Soon another cop becomes her prime suspect.
Emilia Cruz is the first and only female police detective in Acapulco, Mexico's murder capital. Every day, Emilia faces drug violence, official corruption, and Mexico's culture of machismo. Plots are torn from today’s headlines: missing persons, money laundering, drug violence, cartels, crooks, and official corruption.
The rules are simple: Die in your dreams. Lose your soul. "A page-turning paranormal romance"--KIRKUS REVIEWS After the death of her father, University of Virginia professor Brodie Macbeth begins to have terrifying nightmares in which her life is threatened. It's grief, Brodie reasons. But when Brodie falls for Iraq War vet Joe Birnam, she'll find out that the dreams are a real and deadly game. The prize is Joe's soul. But Brodie doesn't know how to play, let alone win.
"Rivertingly dramatic tale of politics and corruption" -- Literary Fiction Review Wealthy Mexico City attorney Eddo Cortez Castillo and housemaid Luz de Maria Alba Mora were never supposed to meet. He investigates official corruption; she cleans toilets, trapped at the bottom of Mexico’s ladder of inequality.
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