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MADE IN ACAPULCO is a collection of short stories featuring Emilia Cruz, the first and only female detective on the Acapulco police force. With hot nights on the beach and suspense straight out of the news, the series goes inside Mexicos drug warMoreMADE IN ACAPULCO is a collection of short stories featuring Emilia Cruz, the first and only female detective on the Acapulco police force. With hot nights on the beach and suspense straight out of the news, the series goes inside Mexicos drug war with a fearless style and a woman who will be hard to forget. The stories in MADE IN ACAPULCO take place before the action in the full-length Emilia Cruz mystery novels, including CLIFF DIVER and HAT DANCE. They have the same fast and dangerous vibe that caused Kirkus Reviews to say this about CLIFF DIVER: Consistently exciting . . . A clever Mexican detective tale that will leave readers eager for the series next installment. MADE IN ACAPULCO contains five stories: The Beast captures Emilias struggle to become the first female police detective in Acapulco. It previously appeared in The Huffington Posts Huff/Post 50 Featured Fiction showcase. The Disappeared sees Emilia search for a friend who goes missing. Those who have gone missing amid Mexicos drug war violence is a continuing theme throughout the mystery series. The Artist was inspired by Mexican poet Javier Sicilias 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 Date explores the downside of a job that pits Emilia against Mexicos enduring culture of machismo, while also drawing on real events that occurred in a nightclub in Mexico in 2006. The Cliff is the original Emilia Cruz story. Written for a literary critique group, the story was initially entitled So Far From God and introduces hotel manager Kurt Rucker. The story became the basis for CLIFF DIVER, the first Emilia Cruz novel. MEET EMILIA CRUZ Detective Emilia Cruz is a good liar, a fast thinker, a determined investigator and a mean kickboxer. An Acapulco native forced to grow up too fast, shes been a cop for nearly 12 years and a detective for two- a strong woman in a squadroom that didnt want her and is still trying to break her. But Emilia isnt afraid to defend herself and get what shes rightfully earned. But she doesnt know how to handle gringo Kurt Rucker, the manager of a luxury hotel in Acapulco. A former U.S. Marine, he has the confidence and leadership qualities she admires. A triathlete, hes calm under pressure and knows what he wants. But does Emilia? THE TWO FACES OF ACAPULCO Theres the Acapulco that tourists know- luxury hi-rises, candlelit nights on the beach, the sweep of the most beautiful bay in the world, the majesty of the clear blue Pacific. Theres also the Acapulco that is a prize to be fought over by drug cartels--the city that is home to hookers and thieves, the streets where life is cheap and poverty is as pervasive as the wind off the ocean. Both of these versions of Acapulco claw at each other and force Emilia to survive between them. No investigation will be easy, no crime will be simple. Grab a margarita and come on down to Acapulco . . . If you can take the heat. MADE IN ACAPULCO also contains the first two chapters of Carmen Amatos political thriller THE HIDDEN LIGHT OF MEXICO CITY. Attorney Eddo Cortez Castillos unexpected relationship with housemaid Luz de Maria Alba Mora becomes a dangerous vulnerability when he investigates links between Mexicos Minister for Public Security and the countrys most elusive drug cartel leader. As presidential elections near, Eddos investigation will uncover a political double-cross fueled by drug money. Hell follow the money trail deep into the underbelly of Mexicos drug culture, where violence buys loyalty, votes are for sale, the odds are against survival, and only a woman whose name means Light of Mary can guide him out. Note: This is the second edition of MADE IN ACAPULCO and contains additional original content. The 2012 edition is no longer in print.