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Cliff Diver (Detective Emilia Cruz Book 1) by [Carmen Amato]

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

While being engrossed in the drama that I was reading, it was still easy to enjoy the vivid descriptions of the beautiful city Acapulco. Often I felt that I was right there. I don't think I'll ever get to that part of the world, so for me Acapulco seen through the author's eyes was fascinating. I got to learn not only about the touristic aspect of the city, but also of the every day life, the problems people go through, the corruption and evil going around, and the way people like Emilia cope with all this and rise above it all with grace.

Overall Cliff Diver, while not the easiest read of all, is a wonderful crime mystery that keeps you fast flipping to the last page to see what's coming next. Of course I picked up the second book right after reading the first - afterall I wanted to see what happened with Emilia and Kurt, and where would she go after her first main adventure in Acapulco.--
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I write about people who face hard things like discrimination, violence, and corruption. But my characters live to fight another day. Moreover, they find someone to stand and fight beside them.

When Felix Contreras, the host of NPR's ALT.Latino show asked me about the Emilia Cruz character, I told him that she represented hope. Despite Mexico's drug cartels and high murder rates, there are still good people fighting the good fight.

But as a female and a cop in Mexico, Detective Emilia Cruz lives in a pressure cooker. It's hard to know who she can trust and harder still to have a normal relationship when she's immersed for so much of the time in a stew of paranoia and danger. 

It helps that Emilia is a good liar.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00B76XSUK
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Laurel & Croton (January 27, 2013)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ January 27, 2013
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2575 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 1482308045
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 476 ratings

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Carmen Amato turns lessons from a 30-year career with the Central Intelligence Agency into crime fiction loaded with intrigue and deception.

Her award-winning Detective Emilia Cruz mystery series pits the first female police detective in Acapulco against Mexico's drug cartels, government corruption, and social inequality. Readers who love international mystery and police 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.

Carmen is a recipient of both the National Intelligence Award and the Career Intelligence Medal.

Grab a free copy of the Detective Emilia Cruz Starter Library at

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!"


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

THE ARTIST/EL ARTISTA: A Short Story in English and Spanish









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4.0 out of 5 stars a good who done it
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Walter Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best female lead characters in the last 10 years
Reviewed in Canada on August 31, 2019
J.O. Quantaman
5.0 out of 5 stars Carmen Amato has just become my favorite mystery-suspense writer
Reviewed in Canada on December 10, 2014
Norm Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read.
Reviewed in Canada on July 8, 2013
Cheryl Downey
5.0 out of 5 stars Cliff Diver
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