KING PESO, A Detective Emilia Cruz Novel

Imagine if you were the first and only female police detective in Acapulco, investigating crime in a city both deadly and breathtaking. Mexican drug cartels battle for control and politicians are bought with blood money.

Three cops have been murdered. You worked with them all.

Your partner’s wife is killed in a home invasion. Was he the real target?

Are you the next?

That’s the situation for Detective Emilia Cruz in KING PESO, the 4th book in the sensational police procedural series set in Acapulco. When partner Franco Silvio’s wife is killed, it’s obvious to Emilia that all the murders are connected.

She’s gambling on a task force to investigate but Emilia is reassigned instead. Her new police unit is a political time bomb championed by Acapulco’s ambitious mayor and overseen by shady union strongman Victor Obregon Sosa. Home is no refuge for Emilia; hotel manager Kurt Rucker has a shocking secret that could tear their relationship apart.

A falsified report leads Emilia to conduct a private investigation into the cop killer, even as a fifth victim carries a stark message for her. Unexpected help comes from a frightened attorney and a famous movie star, but each new clue unravels the one before. 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 Emilia’s last.

When the chips are down, she has only two choices. Either could cost her life.

Hold or fold.

Which would you choose?

Cover of KING PESO by Carmen Amato


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