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. MORE
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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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