author Carmen Amato

the Detective Emilia Cruz police series and more

Risk, power, corruption.

Relationships with heat.

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.

MEXICO RETOLD

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.

KIRKUS REVIEWS

Amato combines marvelous detail about life in Mexico City with a poignant love story between the most unlikeliest of individuals, woven seamlessly into an enthralling political drama.

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3 chapters, 2 novellas, 1 unforgettable woman

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A Tale of Two  Murders, courtesy of the John Feit trial

A Tale of Two Murders, courtesy of the John Feit trial

A few days ago I got an email from Josh Gaynor, a producer for the CBS show 48 Hours. He had run across my short story “The Angler” about the 2007 murder of Father Richard Junius in Mexico City. Father Richard was the pastor of Saint Patrick’s Church when I was...

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The real story behind 43 MISSING

The real story behind 43 MISSING

43 MISSING, the latest Detective Emilia Cruz novel, is fiction but is based on a true, unsolved crime. A big, terrible, words-fail-me unsolved crime. 43 Missing In September 2014, forty-three students from the Ayotzinapa Normal School disappeared while in...

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Detective Emilia Cruz series

The first female police detective in Acapulco can take the heat. Can you? 

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Emilia investigates the death of a dirty cop in Detective Emilia Cruz Book 1

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Emilia hunts for a violent arsonist and a missing girl in Detective Emilia Cruz Book 2

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A rookie cop puts Emilia's life in danger in Detective Emilia Cruz Book 3

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Emilia gambles it all to save her partner in Detective Emilia Cruz Book 4

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Emiia goes undercover as a worshipper of Santa Muerte, Mexico's forbidden saint in Book #5

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Emilia confronts a mass disappearance that is Mexico's most notorious true crime in Book #6.

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This prequel collection of short stories captures Emilia's first years as a detective

Suspense, etc

Critical intrigue. Compelling characters.

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A riveting ride through the darkness of Mexico's drug war, where violence buys loyalty, votes are for sale, and the odds are against survival. 

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Is your soul asleep? History professor and Iraq War vet discover the devil’s secret for stealing souls like yours. “Page-turning” – Kirkus Reviews

Works in process

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RUSSIAN MOJITO: Detective Emilia Cruz #7

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ACAPULCO RIDE: A Detective Emilia Cruz prequel story

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GIRL MEETS PARIS, a memoir in letters

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I'm author Carmen Amato. I write mystery and suspense, including the Detective Emilia Cruz police series set in Acapulco. Expect risk, power, corruption. And relationships with heat.  More

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