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Made in Acapulco: The Emilia Cruz Stories by [Amato, Carmen]
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Emilia Cruz fought her way up the police ladder in Acapulco, a city ravaged by drug violence and corruption.

Now she's the first female police detective.

But she's still fighting. Because they're still trying to break her.

MADE IN ACAPULCO is a collection of short stories featuring Emilia Cruz, the first and only female detective on the Acapulco police force. Taking place before the full-length Detective Emilia Cruz novels, the stories form a prequel to the series:

The Beast captures Emilia’s struggle to become the first female police detective in Acapulco. It previously appeared in The Huffington Post’s Huff/Post 50 Featured Fiction showcase.

The Disappeared sees Emilia search for a friend who goes missing. Those who have gone missing amid Mexico’s drug war violence is a continuing theme throughout the mystery series.

The Artist was 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 Date explores the downside of a job that pits Emilia against Mexico’s 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.

With hot nights on the beach and suspense straight out of the news, the series goes inside Mexico's drug war with a fearless style and a woman who will be hard to forget.


Cliff Diver
"Consistently exciting." ― Kirkus Reviews

Hat Dance
“Emilia . . . is a force to be reckoned with.” ―

Diablo Nights
“Amato's unique setting, realistic characters, and intriguing plot set her apart.” ―

King Peso
"Danger and betrayal never more than a few pages away." ― Kirkus Reviews

Cliff Diver
Hat Dance
Diablo Nights
King Peso
Pacific Reaper
43 Missing
Made in Acapulco

Note: This is the second edition of MADE IN ACAPULCO and contains additional original content. The 2012 edition is no longer in print.

About the Author

In addition to The Hidden Light of Mexico City, Carmen Amato is the author of the Emilia Cruz mystery novels set in Acapulco, including Cliff Diver, Hat Dance and the collection of short stories Made in Acapulco. Her books all draw on her experiences living in Mexico and Central America. A cultural observer and occasional nomad, she currently divides her time between the United States and Central America. Visit her website at and follow her on Twitter @CarmenConnects.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2209 KB
  • Print Length: 109 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Laurel & Croton (29 October 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #526,680 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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