I’m Carmen Amato. After 30 years as a CIA intelligence officer, I write mysteries and thrillers loaded with intrigue and action, including the award-winning Detective Emilia Cruz series set in Acapulco.
Now that you know me, here’s a question for you.
Would you turn down a free trip to Acapulco?
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Detective Emilia Cruz Book #8
When a taxi driver is brutally executed on a busy Acapulco street, Emilia goes undercover to catch a gang killer.
But when her worst enemy steps off the curb and into her taxi, she's dragged to a movie set where she'll play the role of a lifetime.
Out now! Get it on Amazon now: NARCO NOIR
Detective Emilia Cruz Book #7
When kidnappers target her family and a enigmatic guest winds up dead in the city's most luxurious hotel, Acapulco's first female police detective is served a terrifying crime cocktail.
Can Emilia deliver a dose of Mexican justice to a ruthless Russian killer?
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DETECTIVE EMILIA CRUZ BOX SET
"A thrilling series." - National Public Radio
The first 6 books in the Detective Emilia Cruz series are together in a box set for the first time. Includes Bonus Content: Acapulco Sugar, a prequel story and Emilia's Circle, with a riddle for you to solve.
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"She tells about interesting characters striving to improve their lives in the difficult environment of modern-day Acapulco, rendering a story far richer than the thriller factories of the big publishing houses." - LibraryThing
Amato weaves an intricate assortment of themes into a vivid tapestry that depicts both the beauty and ugliness of Acapulco. Her attention to clothing, food, and other details of the cityscape bring life to her characters. - Kirkus Reviews
"For every clue that falls into place, the price is paid in danger and blood." - author Vee James
"Astounding . . . a haunting page-turner . . . The tragedy of decent members of society caught in the crossfire stayed with me long after I finished the book." - Nightstand Reviews
""Danger and betrayal never more than a few pages away." - KIRKUS REVIEWS
"The story is full of nonstop action and suspense, but what really got to me in this book is the range of strong emotions I've felt while reading it . . . Emilia is a character that is close to my heart." - MysterySequels
"Consistently exciting . . . A clever Mexican detective tale that will leave readers eager for the series' next installment." - Kirkus Reviews
"A brilliant character-driven detective story." - Artisan Book Reviews
"Incredibly absorbing, impossible to put down." - BookVue
"Carmen Amato has created a character that deserves to be recognized as an equal alongside well known favorites created by Hammett, Larson and Padura. I can’t wait to spend more time with Detective Cruz." - Felix Contreras, host, ALTLatino, National Public Radio
"Amato brings her characters to life with her vivid writing style and sets them on the streets of a Mexico steeped in Catholicism and corruption . . . Unique and gripping." - OnlineBookClub.org
"Amato spins a taut tale, keeping the reader off balance and guessing just as much as Cruz does. The pace is swift and the action is realistically and unflinchingly portrayed." - Jim Nesbitt, author of the Ed Earl Burch series
- LIAR'S PARADISE: Detective Emilia Cruz Book 9 5% 5%
- THE LIAR'S REFERENCE GUIDE 7% 7%
- GIRL MEETS PARIS: A MEMOIR IN LETTERS 75% 75%
- LA CLAVADISTA: EL CUENTO DE DETECTIVE EMILIA CRUZ 90% 90%
- AMERICAN SPY GAME 20% 20%
From the blog
To get in the right mindset for NARCO NOIR, in which Detective Emilia Cruz goes undercover as a taxi driver to catch a killer, friends and I are sharing some outrageously memorable taxi rides. Which of these are you happy to have missed? Related: The True Story Behind...
TRUE STORY On 11 May 1968, when I was 8 years old, I made my First Communion at St. Paul’s Church in Rome NY. My first cousin Celine was next to me, wearing an identical outfit of starched white linen shift and a lace mantilla secured with a satin ribbon tied under...
“Women and glass are always in danger.” – Mexican proverb Imagine if Portland, Maine, or Greenville, South Carolina went missing, simply ebbing away like shadows in sunlight over the course of 14 years. The official count of people missing in Mexico since 2006 is...
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. She also owns a legendary vintage Furla bag or two.