I'm Carmen Amato, author of the Detective Emilia Cruz police series set in Acapulco, the Galliano Club historical thrillers, and standalone novels of suspense.
A 30-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency, personal experiences are occasionally disguised as fiction.
2019 & 2020 Poison Cup Award for Outstanding Series - CrimeMasters of America
2019 Silver Falchion Award - Killer Nashville
“A thrilling series” - National Public Radio
“Consistently exciting” - Kirkus Reviews
“Smashing, kept me on the edge” - Book Vue
“Darkly thrilling and accomplished” - Book Viral
“Outdoes many of the best crime authors” - Artisan Reviews
MURDER AT THE GALLIANO CLUB
In 1926, thanks to Prohibition, it’s hard to find a beer in Lido, New York. But trouble is always on tap at the Galliano Club.
Are you a fan of The Godfather, Road to Perdition, The Untouchables, or Boardwalk Empire? If you love historical fiction featuring Prohibition-era stories of Chicago gangsters, Italian mobsters, and bold bootleggers, you’ll love MURDER AT THE GALLIANO CLUB, the first novel in the new series, based on true stories from upstate New York.
Go inside the Galliano Club during the height of Prohibition, as a Chicago bootlegger and an Italian immigrant battle for control amid a storm of murder, blackmail, and revenge.
Inspired by Carmen’s grandfather, a deputy sheriff in upstate New York during Prohibition.
Emilia Cruz is the first female police detective in Acapulco. Dive into the award-winning series confronting Mexico’s drug cartels, official corruption and culture of machismo.
Drawn from Carmen’s own counterdrug and intelligence experiences.
Carmen’s page-turning standalone thrillers deliver layers of deception, unforgettable characters, and relationships with heat.
WORKS IN PROGRESS
BLACKMAIL at the GALLIANO CLUB
REVENGE at the GALLIANO CLUB
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