The Detective Emilia Cruz series
She’s the first female police detective in Acapulco.
If the cartels don’t get her, another cop will.
In plots torn from the headlines and my own experiences, Emilia faces drug cartels, official corruption and Mexico’s culture of machismo. Hotel manager Kurt Rucker adds another dimension of danger to her life; her heart is at stake with him.
People ask how the series started. Well, one Christmas in Mexico City, a junkie with a gun staggered into our church during Midnight Mass. Shouting incoherently, he headed for the altar.
I was in the first pew with my family. But our 9-year-old son was an altar server and directly in the line of fire.
The junkie never shot his weapon.
Years later, Felix Contreras, the host of National Public Radio’s ALT. Latino program asked me about Emilia.
I told him she represented hope.
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