MYSTERY & THRILLER AUTHOR

FORMER CIA INTELLIGENCE OFFICER

 

 

Carmen Amato is a retired Central Intelligence Agency intelligence officer using 30 years worth of counterdrug and espionage experience to craft intrigue-filled crime fiction, including the Detective Emilia Cruz police series set in Acapulco. 

A recipient of both the National Intelligence Award and the Career Intelligence Medal, Carmen is also a survivor of three earthquakes, a train derailment, and a scuba diving encounter with a lionfish. 

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2 novellas + Who's Who Guide to the series.

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RUSSIAN MOJITO

Detective Emilia Cruz Book 7

The Russians have come to play in Acapulco, but murder isn't far behind.

When a Russian guest is murdered in the luxury hotel managed by Kurt Rucker, Emilia's homecoming takes an unexpected turn. 

Can Acapulco's first female police detective give Russia a dose of Mexican justice?

This cocktail of a crime thriller is Detective Emilia Cruz's most complex case yet.

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  • NARCO NOIR: Detective Emilia Cruz Book 8 45% 45%
  • HURRICANE EMILIA: Detective Emilia Cruz Book 9 5% 5%
  • Undercover Christmas: A Detective Emilia Short 55% 55%
  • Girl Meets Paris: A memoir in letters 75% 75%

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