I'm Carmen Amato.
I used to work for the CIA, now I write crime fiction, including the Detective Emilia Cruz police series set in Acapulco.
Expect risk, power, corruption. And relationships with heat.
THE HIDDEN LIGHT OF
What if a drug cartel conspired to buy Mexico’s presidential elections? As official corruption runs rampant, who will stop them?
Read the standalone novel that Literary Fiction Review called “Enthralling political drama.”
NEW! RUSSIAN MOJITO
Can the first female police detective in Acapulco give Russia a dose of Mexican justice?
Detective Emilia Cruz is back for her 7th outing and the action is fast!
If you like international mystery by Ian Rankin, Jo Nesbo, Ann Cleeves, and Louise Penny, RUSSIAN MOJITO is your new favorite crime cocktail.
A thrilling series.
From the moment I started the first one, I couldn’t put it down. Her work touches on important issues affecting Mexico in a real, human way and is exciting, fast paced and utterly gripping.
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.
Amato combines marvelous detail about life in Mexico City with a poignant love story between the unlikeliest of individuals, woven seamlessly into an enthralling political drama.
Amato skillfully juxtaposes the Mexican city of Acapulco’s glittering, wealthy enclaves with its seamy, violent underbelly . . . with danger and betrayal never more than a few pages away.
FREE Detective Emilia Cruz Starter Library
Including “The Beast,” previously featured on the Huffington Post’s Fiction50 showcase
We’d be pleased to publish “The Beast” . . . all of us here who read it were quite enamored of it.
Emilia is definitely a character that is close to my heart. She is a real gem with human feelings, a strong personality that doesn’t bend.
An excerpt from "The Beast"
Lieutenant Inocente leaned back in his chair. As before, he hadn’t invited her to sit so Emilia stayed standing in front of his desk.
“Cruz,” he said. “I’ve heard that you did everything by the book. Outstanding patrol record. Got a real nice recommendation from your sergeant. Highest grade on the exam. Won the hand-to-hand.” He ran a finger over his moustache. “But the detective unit is a tight-knit group. Can’t say that you’re a good fit.”
“Let me assure you, teniente,” Emilia said. “I’m a team player. I will be giving this job my best effort.”
Lieutenant Inocente slowly sat upright. “Let me put this in a way you’ll understand, Cruz,” he said. “Unless one of my detectives steps up and says they’ll take you on as partner, you just wasted a lot of time and energy going after this job.”
Emilia felt a rush of anger. “That wasn’t a criteria last year,” she pointed out. “Or the year before. Or any year.”
“You’re not last year,” Lieutenant Inocente said.
He got out of his chair and walked past her into the squadroom. Emilia followed.
“This is Cruz Encinos,” Lieutenant Inocente said loudly and every man in the room turned to look. “You’ve all heard she’s the detective candidate from the ranks this year. If one of you wants to partner with her, she’ll be joining the squadroom.”
He looked around and the words if not hung in the air.
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From the blog
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