Mystery author Carmen Amato
A 30-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency, personal experiences are occasionally disguised as fiction.
Discover the Detective Emilia Cruz police series set in Acapulco, Galliano Club historical fiction, and riveting standalone thrillers.
BLACKMAIL 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.
In the 2nd book in the series, secrets are for sale, at prices no one can pay. Can bartender Luca Lombardo save the club, or will he die trying?
DETECTIVE EMILIA CRUZ BOOK 1
“Consistently exciting” – Kirkus Reviews.
Detective Emilia Cruz dives into an ocean of secrets, lies, and murder when she investigates her own lieutenant’s death in this explosive start to the award-winning series.
“Darkly thrilling and accomplished” – Book Viral
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.
2019 & 2020 Poison Cup Award, Outstanding Series – CrimeMasters of America
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.
“Painted beautifully, with layers of depth” – InD’tale Magazine
Carmen’s page-turning standalone thrillers deliver layers of deception, unforgettable characters, and relationships with heat.
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