August 24, 2019
Carmen Amato has won the 2019 Silver Falchion Award in the Short Story/Collection category from the Killer Nashville International Writers Conference for THE ARTIST a Detective Emilia Cruz short story published in the bilingual illustrated volume THE ARTIST/EL ARTISTA. The list of 2019 Silver Falchion category winners is available here: https://killernashville.com/2019-killer-nashville-awards-winners/?fbclid=IwAR1x_
THE ARTIST/EL ARTISTA continues the theme of missing women that runs through the Detective Emilia Cruz series. Cruz is the first female police detective in Acapulco, taking on corruption, cartels, and Mexico’s tradition of machismo. In THE ARTIST, Cruz and her partner go undercover to find out who is leaving extortion threats in front of a school. They are assisted by the head of the school, but thwarted by a teacher with a regrettable connection to the gang issuing the threats.
The story is inspired by Mexican poet Javier Sicilia’s efforts to bring awareness to the plight of families impacted by the drug war violence and references photos of some of the rallies held in Mexico in recent years.
THE ARTIST/EL ARTISTA is available in ebook and paperback editions from Amazon: https://geni.us/the-artist-el-artista