Acapulco never had a female police detective before. No one wants one now.
Emilia Cruz is determined to rise to the top of her profession, despite the Mexican drug cartels bloodying Acapulco streets, corrupt officials being paid off with drug money, and resentful fellow cops determined to push her out.
But Emilia is a good investigator, a tough kickboxer, and an excellent liar. She can take the heat.
MADE IN ACAPULCO puts the iconic resort city on display in 5 short stories showcasing Emilia's debut as the first female police detective in Acapulco. With suspense straight out of the news, the stories take you inside Mexico's drug war with a fearless style and a woman who will be hard to forget.
The stories include The Beast from Huffpost's 50 Featured Fiction showcase curated by actress and producer Rita Wilson, and The Artist, winner of the 2019 Silver Falchion Award from Killer Nashville.
Written by a former Central Intelligence Agency officer with counterdrug experience, the characters jump off the page and show you what it takes to survive as an honest cop in Mexico.
"A thrilling series" -- National Public Radio
2019 & 2020 Poison Cup award for Outstanding Series -- CrimeMasters of America
DETECTIVE EMILIA CRUZ SERIES
CLIFF DIVER: Detective Emilia Cruz Book 1
HAT DANCE: Detective Emilia Cruz Book 2
DIABLO NIGHTS: Detective Emilia Cruz Book 3
KING PESO: Detective Emilia Cruz Book 4
PACIFIC REAPER: Detective Emilia Cruz Book 5
43 MISSING: Detective Emilia Cruz Book 6
RUSSIAN MOJITO: Detective Emilia Cruz Book 7
NARCO NOIR: Detective Emilia Cruz Book 8
MADE IN ACAPULCO: The Emilia Cruz Stories
FELIZ NAVIDAD FROM ACAPULCO: A Detective Emilia Cruz Novella
THE LISTMAKER OF ACAPULCO: A Detective Emilia Cruz Novella
About the Author
Carmen Amato turns lessons from a 30-year career with the Central Intelligence Agency into crime fiction loaded with danger and deception.
The Detective Emilia Cruz series pits the first female police detective in Acapulco against Mexico's drug cartels, corruption, and social inequality. Dubbed “A thrilling series” by National Public Radio, the series was awarded the Poison Cup Award for Outstanding Series from CrimeMasters of America in both 2019 and 2020 and has been optioned for television.
Her 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 was educated there as well as in Virginia and Paris, France, while experiences in Mexico and Central America ignited her writing career.
She is a recipient of both the National Intelligence Award and the Career Intelligence Medal.
Every other Sunday, Carmen’s Mystery Ahead newsletter unlocks her top secrets with exclusive announcements, sneak peeks at her next book and reviews of must-read mysteries.