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Emilia Cruz is the first female police detective in Acapulco, facing down drug cartels, official corruption, and Mexican machismo. Drawn from author Carmen Amato's own counterdrug expertise, expect page-turning drama and relationships with heat.
"Consistently exciting" - Kirkus Reviews
FELIZ NAVIDAD FROM ACAPULCO
A Detective Emilia Cruz Christmas Story
Acapulco's first female police detective brings her own brand of justice--and some unexpected humor--to the holiday season.
In this companion Christmas story to the award-winning police procedural series, Detective Emilia Cruz and her perpetually cranky partner Franco Silvio go undercover to crack a drug smuggling case.
Will Christmas ever be the same?
It's Acapulco, so expect the unexpected!
MYSTERY & THRILLER AUTHOR
FORMER CIA INTELLIGENCE OFFICER
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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