The latest Detective Emilia Cruz mystery!

Narco Noir

NARCO NOIR

Drive into danger with Acapulco’s Detective Emilia Cruz as she goes undercover as a taxi driver to catch a killer.

The case accelerates out of control when Emilia’s worst enemy gets into her cab . . . Next stop, a Hollywood movie set with a devious purpose and a leading role Emilia can’t refuse.

Book #9 in the award-winning series!

“Darkly thrilling and accomplished” – Book Viral

“A thrilling series” – National Public Radio

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Mystery Ahead

Mystery Author

Carmen Amato

There’s a piece of my 30-year CIA career in every story.

Expect layers of deception, edgy characters, and authentic details.

As the award-winning creator of the Detective Emilia Cruz mystery series, I take readers on a gripping journey through the drug war waged in both Mexico and the US. Based on my own counterdrug experience, it's a place where loyalty is for sale and violence comes cheap.

There’s more intrigue in my standalone thrillers and the historical Galliano Club series, inspired by my grandfather who was a deputy sheriff in New York during Prohibition.

Welcome to the mystery ahead!

mystery author Carmen Amato

17 and counting

Books by Carmen

Emilia Cruz series,Galliano Club series,Central Intelligence Agency,mystery series

DETECTIVE EMILIA CRUZ SERIES

Emilia Cruz is the first female police detective in Acapulco, fighting drug cartels, official corruption and Mexican machismo.

2019, 2020 Outstanding Series award, CrimeMasters of America

2019 Silver Falchion Award, Killer Nashville

CLIFF DIVER | HAT DANCE | DIABLO NIGHTS

KING PESO | PACIFIC REAPER | 43 MISSING

RUSSIAN MOJITO | NARCO NOIR | MADE IN ACAPULCO

Murder at the Galliano Club

GALLIANO CLUB SERIES

Lido, NY. 1926. At the height of Prohibition, an Italian immigrant and a trigger-happy Chicago bootlegger battle for control of the Galliano Club, where trouble is always on tap.

Based on tales told by my late grandfather, a Deputy Sheriff of Oneida County, NY in the 1920's.

2023 Silver Falchion Award, Killer Nashville

ROAD TO THE GALLIANO CLUB

MURDER AT THE GALLIANO CLUB

BLACKMAIL AT THE GALLIANO CLUB

REVENGE AT THE GALLIANO CLUB

The Hidden Light of Mexico City thriller cover

STANDALONE THRILLERS

Contemporary thrillers featuring complex plots, unforgettable characters and layers of risk, power, and deception.

Longlist, 2020 Millennium Book Award

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  • AWAKENING MACBETH 2nd edition 50% 50%
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