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Once again, Amato’s female detective embroils herself in an adventure that is both frustrating and satisfying. It is hard to put down this book or even take a break from the action. Equal parts frustrating and mystifying, Cruz always gets two steps forward to one backwards in her quest to come to grips with her role in her own life. Can’t wait until the next installment! -Amazon Review
(Detective Emilia Cruz Book 8)
A bitter past drives Acapulco’s first female police detective into a Hollywood film starring lies and murder when she goes undercover to catch a killer. As the camera rolls, Detective Emilia Cruz will face her toughest case yet.
“A thrilling series” — National Public Radio
After witnessing the execution-style murder of a taxi driver, Emilia replaces him behind the wheel. Undercover with a false identity, her target is a shadowy gang extorting protection money from the upscale taxi service.
The homicide investigation is soon stuck in neutral. No one in Acapulco has heard of the gang. Yet the threat of another murder has all the drivers, including Emilia, scared to death.
When Emilia’s worst enemy gets into her taxi, both her life and the murder case accelerate out of control. Next stop, a movie set.
The script is a nightmare.
The director’s cut is a double-cross.
The leading man has looks that could kill.
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Poison Cup award, Outstanding Series — CrimeMasters of America.
Author 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.
If you love international police procedural series by Ian Rankin, Jo Nesbo, Ann Cleeves, Peter May, Louise Penny, and Jussi Adler-Olsen, you’ll want to read the Detective Emilia Cruz series. It’s a must-read for fans of Don Winslow’s cartel and border thrillers set in Mexico.
PRAISE FOR THE DETECTIVE EMILIA CRUZ SERIES
“Consistently exciting.” Kirkus Reviews
“Emilia . . . is a force to be reckoned with.” MysterySequels.com
“Amato’s unique setting, realistic characters, and intriguing plot set her apart.” OnlineBookClub.org
“Danger and betrayal never more than a few pages away.” Kirkus Reviews
BOOKS BY CARMEN AMATO
The Detective Emilia Cruz series
MADE IN ACAPULCO
About the Author
Carmen Amato draws inspiration from her 30-year career in the Central Intelligence Agency to craft mysteries and thrillers loaded with intrigue and action. Carmen is a recipient of both the National Intelligence Award and the Career Intelligence Medal.
Her Detective Emilia Cruz police series includes CLIFF DIVER, HAT DANCE, DIABLO NIGHTS, KING PESO, PACIFIC REAPER, 43 MISSING, and RUSSIAN MOJITO, plus the prequel collection of short stories MADE IN ACAPULCO. These crime thrillers pit the first female police detective in Acapulco against Mexico’s cartels, corruption, and social inequality. Readers who love police procedural series by Ian Rankin, Jo Nesbo, Ann Cleeves, Peter May, and Jussi Adler-Olsen, as well as Don Winslow’s cartel and border thrillers set in Mexico, also love Detective Emilia Cruz’s complex plots, fast action, and exotic location.
Described as “A thrilling series” by National Public Radio, the Detective Emilia Cruz series was awarded the Poison Cup for Outstanding Series from CrimeMasters of America in both 2019 and 2020 and has been optioned for television.
Originally from upstate New York, Carmen was educated there as well as in Virginia and Paris, France, while experiences in Mexico and Central America ignited her writing career. 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.
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You’ll 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!”