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Following a career with the Central Intelligence Agency, Carmen Amato writes the award-winning Detective Emilia Cruz series set in Acapulco, the Galliano Club historical thrillers, and standalone thrillers. Emilia Cruz is the first female police detective in Acapulco, confronting cartels, corruption and social inequality.
Carmen’s books have been optioned for television. Her essays have appeared in Medium, Huffpost, Criminal Element, Publishers Weekly, and other notable publications. You can find her on Facebook, Medium, and Instagram @authorcarmenamato.
Carmen Amato turns lessons from a 30-year career with the Central Intelligence Agency into crime fiction loaded with danger and deception. Carmen is a recipient of both the National Intelligence Award and the Career Intelligence Medal.
Beginning with Cliff Diver, her award-winning Detective Emilia Cruz mystery series pits the first female police detective in Acapulco against Mexico’s drug cartels, government corruption, and social inequality. Named “A thrilling series” by National Public Radio, the series was awarded the Poison Cup for Outstanding Series from CrimeMasters of America in both 2019 and 2020, the 2019 Silver Falchion award for Best Story/Collection, and has been optioned for television.
Called “Riveting political drama,” by Literary Fiction Review, political thriller The Hidden Light of Mexico City was longlisted for the 2020 Millennium Book Award.
Carmen’s new Galliano Club historical thriller series was inspired by the stories told by her grandfather who was a deputy sheriff during Prohibition.
Originally from upstate New York, Carmen’s experiences in Mexico and Central America launched her fiction career. She holds a BA (cum laude) in history and political science from LeMoyne College and a Masters in International Relations from the University of Virginia, as well as certificates of completion from Institut Catholique in Paris, France, and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
She currently resides in Tennessee with two large dogs and her husband, who is also a retired intelligence officer. They have two grown children.
You can find her on Facebook, Medium, and Instagram @authorcarmenamato.