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Stylish, Suspensful Mysteries from Carmen Amato!

Carmen Amato is a former CIA intelligence officer who uses her own counterdrug and espionage experiences to craft intrigue-filled crime fiction that keeps you guessing until the very end. Amato is a recipient of both the National Intelligence Award and the Career Intelligence Medal.

Her award-winning Detective Emilia Cruz police procedural series set in Acapulco was optioned for a television series and includes Cliff Diver, Hat Dance, Diablo Nights, King Peso, Pacific Reaper and 43 Missing which was a Finalist for the Silver Falchion Award for Best Procedural of 2017. The pulse-pounding police detective series confronts Mexico's cartels, corruption, and social inequality.

The series recently won the Poison Cup award for Outstanding Series from CrimeMasters of America. Meanwhile, her political thriller The Hidden Light of Mexico City was praised by Literary Fiction Review as "Enthralling political drama."

Originally from upstate New York, Carmen was educated there as well as in Virginia and Paris, France. Her family tree includes a mayor, a Mensa genius, and the first homicide in the state of Connecticut with an automatic weapon. The perpetrator, her great-grandfather, eluded a state-wide manhunt after killing two people--one of whom was his wife. He was never brought to justice.

Visit her website at http://carmenamato.net to get a free copy of the Detective Emilia Cruz Starter Library.
See why Amazon Hall of Fame reviewer Grady Harp wrote: "For pure entertainment and a gripping story likely resulting in nail biting, read Carmen Amato's addictive prose. She knows this territory like a jaguar!"

RUSSIAN MOJITO (released 5 June!)
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Cliff Diver (Detective Emilia Cruz Book 1) Cliff Diver (Detective Emilia Cruz Book 1) $0.99

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When Acapulco detective Emilia Cruz dives into the murder of a dirty cop, she might hit the rocks instead of the water. CLIFF DIVER is the first novel in the series that takes you inside Mexico's drug wars with a fearless style and an unforgettable woman.

Imagine if you were the first and only female police detective in Acapulco, investigating crime in a city both breathtaking and deadly. Mexican drug cartels battle for control and politicians are bought with blood money.

The detective squadroom reeks of machismo. The lieutenant is a dirty cop who has trapped you into silence.

Unexpectedly put in charge of the investigation when her lieutenant is found dead, Emilia uncovers the lieutenant's sordid sexual past as well as his involvement in a kidnapping and counterfeit money scheme.

Reputations are threatened by her discoveries and truth is for sale. Emilia becomes a pawn in an ugly game of checkmate and corruption played by Acapulco's ambitious mayor and the powerful police union. 

Rival police detectives take aim at Emilia's investigation. Their ringleader is a prime suspect. Hotel manager Kurt Rucker has some helpful advice for Emilia but the heat between them is too hot to handle.

Feeling like one of Acapulco's famous cliff divers hoping not to crash on the rocks below, Emilia must choose between truth and survival. But no matter which choice, she won't be ready for the shock of the water.

And neither will you.

"Consistently exciting .. . A clever Mexican detective tale that will leave readers eager for the series' next installment." - Kirkus Reviews


Hat Dance (Detective Emilia Cruz Book 2) Hat Dance (Detective Emilia Cruz Book 2)  $4.99 

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Emilia Cruz, Acapulco's first and only female police detective, will risk a dance with the devil to catch an arsonist and find a missing girl in HAT DANCE, the second book in the series that takes you inside Mexico's drug war with a fearless style and an unforgettable woman.

Imagine if you were investigating crime in a city both deadly and breathtaking. Mexican drug cartels battle for control and politicians are bought with blood money.

Your partner once vowed to destroy you. Your new lieutenant is a drunk. Your lover might leave Acapulco.

And then the restaurant you just left blows up.

Terrified by her nightmares of the restaurant fire and shaken by norteamericano hotel manager Kurt Rucker's possible move, Emilia must catch a violent firebomber and find a missing girl before the iconic beach city is destroyed. 

Neither investigation is easy, because the influence and impact of Mexico's drug war is everywhere, just like the salt breeze coming off the ocean. Emilia's police work is soon hijacked by savage political rivalries, a corrupt Vice cop, and a woman in prison who knows more than she'll say. 

As Acapulco screams for an end to the flames, the arsonist evades Emilia's sting operation. Meanwhile, the missing girl's trail leads to Acapulco's famous lucha libre fighters. 

Inside the coliseum, the heat of the investigation ignites into an inferno. If Emilia's only chance to survive is to dance with the devil, will she take it?

Would you?

Emilia . . . is a force to be reckoned with . . . I loved Hat Dance just as much as Cliff Diver - MysterySequels.com


Diablo Nights (Detective Emilia Cruz Book 3) Diablo Nights (Detective Emilia Cruz Book 3)  $4.99

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A religious relic leads Acapulco detective Emilia Cruz into a maze of revenge killings and drug smuggling in DIABLO NIGHTS, the third novel in the series that takes you inside Mexico's drug wars with a fearless style and an unforgettable woman.

Imagine if you were the first and only female police detective in Acapulco, investigating crime in a city both breathtaking and deadly. Mexican drug cartels battle for control and politicians are bought with blood money.

The police union wants to control you. Your lover wants to know a secret you can't share.

The morgue is full and you've got another body to add.

When Emilia discovers a human finger, sold as a relic of a famous Mexican martyr, it seems to be evidence of a gruesome kidnapping. It also triggers memories of a painful episode Emilia won't share with gringo hotel manager Kurt Rucker. 

Struggling with her past, Emilia is plunged into danger as she uncovers how many times the finger was bought and sold before ending up in a posh store. Meanwhile, a rare type of heroin connects to a cruise ship murder, promising more drug war violence for Acapulco's already blood-soaked streets. 

Both investigations move slowly because Emilia has to train a rookie detective. He's in the squadroom because of friends in high places and is more interested in Emilia than in police work, a potentially deadly attitude. 

With the rookie in tow, Emilia finds herself in the hills above Mexico's Costa Chica coast south of Acapulco. In a lonely place where vigilante groups have replaced civil authority and the crash of surf competes with gunshots, Emilia will face the biggest challenge of her police detective career. 

But it's nothing compared to what's waiting for you back in Acapulco.

Carmen Amato knows how to bring Acapulco to life . . . Emilia is definitely a character that is close to my heart. - MysterySequels.com


King Peso (Detective Emilia Cruz Book 4) King Peso (Detective Emilia Cruz Book 4)   $4.99 

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Acapulco detective Emilia Cruz will gamble on her instincts when she's prevented from investigating a cop killer in KING PESO, the fourth novel in the series that takes you inside Mexico's drug war with a fearless style and an unforgettable woman.

Imagine if you were the first and only female police detective in Acapulco, investigating crime in a city both breathtaking and deadly. Mexican drug cartels battle for control and politicians are bought with blood money.

Three cops have been murdered. You worked with them all. 

Your partner's wife is killed in a home invasion. Was he the real target?

Are you the next?

More than any other cop in Acapulco, Emilia has reason to be shaken by the execution-style murders of three law enforcement officers in as many weeks. When her partner Franco Silvio's wife is killed, it's obvious to Emilia that the murders are connected and she could be the cop killer's next target.

She expects to join a task force to investigate but Emilia is reassigned instead. Her new police unit is a political time bomb championed by Acapulco's ambitious mayor and overseen by a shady union strongman. Corruption and paranoia rule the day. 

Home is no refuge for Emilia; hotel manager Kurt Rucker has a shocking secret that could tear their relationship apart.

A falsified report leads Emilia to conduct a private investigation, even as a fifth victim is left as a stark message on Emilia's doorstep. Unexpected help comes from a frightened attorney and a famous movie star, but each new clue unravels the one before. Meanwhile, Emilia's ongoing hunt for a missing girl leads to the infamous El Pharaoh casino, a place she and Silvio know only too well.

When the chips are down, Emilia has only two choices. 

Hold or fold.

Either could cost her life. Which would you choose?

Amato weaves an intricate assortment of themes into a vivid tapestry . . . with danger and betrayal never more than a few pages away. -- Kirkus Reviews


Pacific Reaper (Detective Emilia Cruz Book 5) Pacific Reaper (Detective Emilia Cruz Book 5) $4.99

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Acapulco detective Emilia Cruz confronts a death-worshipping cult in PACIFIC REAPER, the fifth novel in the series that takes you inside Mexico's drug wars with a fearless style and an unforgettable woman.

Imagine if you were the first and only female police detective in Acapulco, investigating crime in a city both deadly and breathtaking. Mexican drug cartels battle for control and politicians are bought with blood money.

Gang warfare rages across Acapulco. 

Murder victims are sacrificed to Santa Muerte, Mexico’s forbidden saint of death.

Will you investigate? Or be cursed?

In the remote Coyuca Lagoon reserve, Detective Emilia Cruz Emilia and her partner Franco Silvio find an elaborate altar to Santa Muerte next to the body of a known gang member. Prayers to the so-called Skeleton Saint curse the deity’s enemies.

Another murder victim is hung from a billboard. Soon it’s clear that a new gang has moved into Acapulco looking to grab a share of the lucrative meth trade.

Focusing on the Santa Muerte angle, Emilia’s investigation is soon a maze of unholy clues. At the same time, everyone close to her has a brush with death. Bad luck? Or is the Skeleton Saint’s curse coming true? 

The closer Emilia gets to the truth, the worse things get. When she goes undercover as a Santa Muerte worshipper on the eve of the Day of the Dead, her life will be stripped of everything she holds dear. 

Her family.

Her lover.

Her job.

Herself.


43 Missing (Detective Emilia Cruz Book 6)43 Missing (Detective Emilia Cruz Book 6) $4.99

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How could 43 students disappear?

Who doesn't want to know?


Acapulco's first female police detective is about to find out.

Silver Falchion Award -- Finalist, Best Procedural of 2017
National Public Radio -- “A thrilling series”
CrimeMasters of America -- Poison Cup award, Outstanding Series

Detective Emilia Cruz finds herself in Mexico City, part of a national task force examining Mexico's most notorious crime. 

But no one really expects to find out how 43 students disappeared from a city in central Mexico or to arrest the perpetrators. It's a paper exercise to cover somebody's political you-know-what. 

Comprised of cops from across Mexico, the task force lacks technical tools, organized case files, and reliable witnesses. It’s a perfect scenario for failure.

When a diplomat from the United States embassy offers Emilia $50,000 to end the investigation, it's a mighty tempting offer. 

But is the diplomat really who he claims to be?

Does it matter?

When the task force heads to the scene of the crime, Emilia knows her loyalty, conscience, and very future will be put to the test.

43 MISSING is based on the true events of September 2014, when 43 male students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers' College went missing in Iguala, Guerrero after an altercation with local police.

You'll love this action-packed mystery because author Carmen Amato is a former CIA intelligence officer who knows how to craft intrigue-filled stories that keep you guessing until the very end. She pours her own counterdrug and espionage experiences into her crime fiction novels. Amato is a recipient of both the National Intelligence Award and the Career Intelligence Medal.


Russian Mojito (Detective Emiia Cruz Book 7) $0.99

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Russian collusion comes to Acapulco . . . 

The murder rate just skyrocketed. 


Driven to the edge by her own secrets, can the first female police detective in Acapulco give Russia a dose of Mexican justice?

National Public Radio -- “A thrilling series”
CrimeMasters of America -- Poison Cup award, Outstanding Series 

Survivor of a deadly cartel ambush, Detective Emilia Cruz returns to Acapulco to recover from the trauma. Before she can catch her breath, however, her penniless stepfather is kidnapped by a ruthless gang. 

At the same time, a Russian guest is murdered by a cold-blooded killer in the luxury hotel managed by her boyfriend, Kurt Rucker.

As the kidnappers terrorize Emilia’s family, more Russians are killed in a gun battle that rocks Acapulco. Emilia discovers a strange connection between the triple homicide and fuel thieves robbing Mexico’s underground gas pipelines.

Soon she's on a midnight stakeout, waiting and watching for the thieves. 

But she’s really on a collision course with the killer . . .

And his Russian boss.

Russian Mojito is a rollercoaster of a crime cocktail, with Russians and kidnappers pouring the drinks. From brutal slayings to Russian mobsters, this police thriller with a killer twist is Emilia’s most controversial case yet. 

The Detective Emilia Cruz series pulses with the action and authenticity which earned it the coveted Poison Cup award for Outstanding Series from CrimeMasters of America. 


Made in Acapulco (Emiia Cruz Stories) $0.99

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Emilia Cruz fought her way up the police ladder in Acapulco, a city ravaged by drug violence and corruption.

Now she's the first female police detective.

But she's still fighting. Because they're still trying to break her.

MADE IN ACAPULCO is a collection of short stories featuring Emilia Cruz, the first and only female detective on the Acapulco police force. Taking place before the full-length Detective Emilia Cruz novels, the stories form a prequel to the series: 

The Beast captures Emilia’s struggle to become the first female police detective in Acapulco. It previously appeared in The Huffington Post’s Huff/Post 50 Featured Fiction showcase.

The Disappeared sees Emilia search for a friend who goes missing. Those who have gone missing amid Mexico’s drug war violence is a continuing theme throughout the mystery series.

The Artist was inspired by Mexican poet Javier Sicilia’s efforts to bring awareness to the plight of families impacted by the drug war violence and references photos of some of the rallies held in Mexico in recent years.

The Date explores the downside of a job that pits Emilia against Mexico’s enduring culture of machismo, while also drawing on real events that occurred in a nightclub in Mexico in 2006.

The Cliff is the original Emilia Cruz story. Written for a literary critique group, the story was initially entitled So Far From God and introduces hotel manager Kurt Rucker. The story became the basis for CLIFF DIVER, the first Emilia Cruz novel.

With hot nights on the beach and suspense straight out of the news, the series goes inside Mexico's drug war with a fearless style and a woman who will be hard to forget.


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