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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.
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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THE HIDDEN LIGHT OF MEXICO CITY
"Rivetingly dramatic tale of politics and corruption . . . Enthralling." - Literary Fiction Review
In this standalone political thriller, could a drug cartel buy Mexico's presidency? It's a story ripped from today's headlines as well as author Carmen Amato's own counterdrug expertise.
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“Danger and betrayal never more than a few pages away.”
- NARCO NOIR: Detective Emilia Cruz Book 8 65% 65%
- CRIME WAVE: Detective Emilia Cruz Book 9 5% 5%
- Girl Meets Paris: A memoir in letters 75% 75%
- La Clavadista 90% 90%
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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
For every clue that falls into place, the price is paid in danger and blood. - author Vee James
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
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
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
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
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
A brilliant character-driven detective story. - Artisan Book Reviews
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