Risk, deception, and intrigue are the building blocks of Carmen Amato's award-winning crime fiction, thanks to a 30-year career with the Central Intelligence Agency.

In short, there's mystery ahead.

 

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Murder at the Galliano Club

THE HIDDEN LIGHT OF MEXICO CITY

Longlisted for the 2020 Millennium Book Award.

In this standalone thriller, Mexico City attorney Eduardo Cortez Castillo discovers evidence of collusion between a powerful government official and Mexico's most dangerous drug cartel.

With deep state help, a ruthless druglord is poised to buy Mexico’s presidency.

 

Narco Noir by Carmen Amato

NARCO NOIR

Detective Emilia Cruz Book #8

When a taxi driver is brutally executed on a busy Acapulco street, Emilia goes undercover to catch a gang killer.

But when her worst enemy steps off the curb and into her taxi, she's dragged to a movie set where she'll play the role of a lifetime.

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RUSSIAN MOJITO

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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