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Carmen Amato, author
The deadly combination of a religious relic and a cruise ship murder victim propel Emilia Cruz, Acapulco's first female police detective, into a maze of cartel smuggling and revenge killings in DIABLO NIGHTS, the third novel in the explosive new international mystery series. Ora Ciega, a rare heroin strain from Colombia, is found on the cruise ship body, promising more drug war violence for Acapulco's already bloody streets. At the same time, the relic points toward a gruesome kidnapping case. Nothing is clear as Emilia and her partner, senior detective Franco Silvio, find more victims: Yolanda Lata, the mother of a girl for whom Emilia has been searching; as well as a dead Customs official who had valuable information about the cruise ship murder. When stalkers shadow Emilia, it must be proof she's getting close to the Ora Ciega smugglers. Or is she getting too close to a rookie detective she's assigned to train? Detective Flores is fresh out of college. He's thrilled to be playing cops and robbers with his new mentor. The destinies of Ora Ciega, the religious relic, the rookie detective, and the missing girl merge into a fateful trip into the hills above Mexico's Costa Chica coast south of Acapulco. In a lonely place where vigilante groups have replaced civil authority and the crash of surf competes with gunshots, Emilia will face the biggest challenge of her police detective career. But it's nothing compared to the shocking climax waiting for her back in Acapulco. Carmen Amato's fans have been impatient for DIABLO NIGHTS, the third novel in the Emilia Cruz mystery series that goes inside Mexico's drug war with a fearless style and a woman who is hard to forget. It follows HAT DANCE, and CLIFF DIVER, the novel that Kirkus Reviews called "Consistently exciting . . . A clever Mexican detective tale that will leave readers eager for the series' next installment."