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Feliz Navidad from Acapulco

Detective Emilia Cruz and her partner Franco Silvio go undercover during the holidays to catch a drug smuggler.

Will Christmas ever be the same?

Probably not.

A single man stands against a ruthless cartel

"Rivetingly dramatic tale of politics and corruption and a man and a woman from opposite ends of the social spectrum who fall in love." - Literary Fiction Review

Start reading today's most relevant political thriller!

"A Thrilling Series" - NPR

Emilia Cruz is the first female police detective in Acapulco, facing down drug cartels, official corruption, and Mexican machismo. Drawn from author Carmen Amato's own counterdrug expertise, expect page-turning drama and relationships with heat.

"Consistently exciting" - Kirkus Reviews

NEW!

FELIZ NAVIDAD FROM ACAPULCO

A Detective Emilia Cruz Christmas Story

Acapulco's first female police detective brings her own brand of justice--and some unexpected humor--to the holiday season.

In this companion Christmas story to the award-winning police procedural series, Detective Emilia Cruz and her perpetually cranky partner Franco Silvio go undercover to crack a drug smuggling case.

Will Christmas ever be the same?

It's Acapulco, so expect the unexpected!

This 36 page story is exclusive to Kindle.

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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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