The Detective Emilia Cruz series
Emilia Cruz is the first and only female police detective in Acapulco, confronting Mexico’s drug cartels, official corruption, and social inequality. Plots are torn from today’s headlines, as well as my counterdrug work experience as an intelligence officer with the CIA.
As a female and a cop in Mexico, Emilia lives in a pressure cooker. It’s hard to know who she can trust and harder still to have a normal relationship when she’s immersed for so much of the time in a stew of paranoia and deceit.
Hotel manager Kurt Rucker adds another dimension of danger to her life; her heart is at stake with him.
Several years ago, I encountered a junkie with a gun in our church in Mexico. It was a personal wake-up call to what was happening there.
Good people addled by drugs, turning to violence. Cartels, gangs, dealers, and sicarios keep the drug war’s gears turning. Thousands dead or missing.
Felix Contreras, the host of National Public Radio’s ALT. Latino program asked me about Emilia.
I told him she represented hope.