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Author of the award-winning crime thriller - Chickenhawk

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Arnaldo Lopez Jr. was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY., but now resides in the borough of Queens.  Before retiring, Arnaldo Lopez Jr had been employed by the MTA for twenty-eight years and, before that, he was employed as a dispatcher with the NYPD.   Mr. Lopez is also a speaker and trainer, speaking on subjects as diverse as terrorism and customer service.   He created the civilian counter-terrorism training program currently in use by New York City Transit and many other major public transportation agencies around the country. 

As well as writing, Mr. Lopez is an artist and photographer, having sold several of his works over the years.   As a writer he’s sold articles to Railway Age magazine, The Daily News magazine, Homeland Defense Journal, and Reptile & Amphibian magazine; scripts to Little Archie and Personality Comics; and short stories to Neo-Opsis magazine, Lost Souls e-zine, Nth Online magazine, Blood Moon magazine, Feed Your Monster e-zine, Fangs and Broken Bones horror anthology, Swallowed by the Beast horror anthology, Trembling with Fear horror anthology, Monsters Attack horror anthology, and the “A reflection of Me”: An AAMBC Anthology.   Mr. Lopez is the recipient of the Emmett Cribbs award for short fiction.  He was also editor of Offworld, a small science fiction magazine that was once chosen as a "Best Bet" by Sci-Fi television.   His first novel, Chickenhawk, is the winner of two International Latino Book awards.


Arnaldo Lopez feels that the writers that have influenced him the most are - in no particular order - Lawrence Sanders, Ernest Hemmingway, Robert E. Howard, Harry Turtledove, Isaac Asimov, Dean Koontz, James Patterson and Stephen King.

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Cover of the novel Chickenhawk


Winner - Drama Category

Latino Books to Movie Award!

Winner - Adventure/Suspense Category

International Latino Books Award!

New York City’s mean streets have become a killing field and two homicide detectives hunt the crazed killer that’s targeting young, male, Hispanic prostitutes. Things get complicated when politics and a crooked private investigator enter the fray. Eddie Ramos and his partner, Tommy Cucitti, are detectives in the elite squad known as Manhattan North Homicide. Eddie’s an old-fashioned kind of cop; heck, Eddie’s an old cop period, and he’s put to the test when young men and boys start winding up dead all over his town, young men and boys that share a common source of livelihood…they’re all prostitutes. Eddie Ramos doesn’t like cell phones or computers; he trusts paperwork, procedure, and his instincts. He’s been married to his childhood sweetheart for thirty years, he’s a family man, a church-going Catholic, and he still carries the same 5-shot revolver they gave him when he graduated from the academy. Tommy Cucitti is younger, brasher, more of a hothead and usually in trouble. He knows computers and always carries his cell phone. He’s single and lives with his street-wise, hotheaded Armenian girlfriend; Daphne. Tommy and Eddie are two different kinds of men that are the same kind of cop; dedicated, hardworking and resourceful. They’re after a serial killer that manages to stay below their radar while the body count keeps climbing in a city that’s turning into a powder keg. 


5.0 out of 5 stars

This book had me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end.

I am a BIG horror reader and I was a bit doubtful about reading a “crime” book. Books that have to do with police investigations never caught my attention. BOY WAS I WRONG! This was the perfect book to read and change my mind. It was intense from the very first chapter. So well written and the characters are so well described that they actually come to life. The fact that in took place in my city and the streets and neighborhoods were ON POINT, made it feel as if I were in the book. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading. No matter what your preference in genre, this book will capture your attention and bring you along for one hell of a roller coaster ride through the grimy streets of NYC!

Good read!

Amazon Customer 5.0 out of 5 stars!

It's always a bit of a risk buying a book from an unfamiliar writer on Kindle, as some books appear to forego the editing process altogether, but this one was a winner. It was well-written, for a start. The characters were engaging, the setting of the world of NYC law enforcement was researched.

Crime fiction isn't always my go-to genre, but when there's a good story being told, it really doesn't matter. I enjoyed it & am looking forward to more from this Mr Lopez!

I really enjoyed Arnaldo's book Chickenhawk

5.0 out of 5 stars

I really enjoyed Arnaldo's book chickenhawk, This book capativated me from the very beginning, it was suspenseful, funny and easy to read. Great story line of police/detective work that I was able to relate to living in NYC. He took you on a roller coaster ride never knowing what's going to happen next a real page turner. He really developed the characters making them so real and touches you in a way that's so beliveable where anyone can relate. This book leaves you wanting more. I'm looking forward to reading more of Mr. Lopez's books and really hoping to see this book in the movies someday and grateful to Brenda for suggesting this book for the book club to read and having the pleasure to meet Mr. Lopez in person he is such a gifted writer. Excellent book read.............Well Done!!!!!!!


5.0 out of 5 stars

OMG!!!!!! What intensity, drama filled suspense this novel leaves you in!!! I did not expect the twist and turns of this novel!! The minute I picked the book up it was hard for me to put down not even for a second!! I am very impressed by the creativity of the Author, and look forward to reading some more work from him!! If you haven't read "Chickenhawk" yet, then let me just say that it is a MUST READ!

An attention- grabbing thriller!

5.0 out of 5 stars

An attention- grabbing thriller that will keep you engaged and at the edge of your seat.

A true expert in creating a world of suspense, action, and heart-pounding imagery! The details make you feel as if you are there witnessing the outrageous crime scenes! Not your average cops & robbers type of book- It is dirty, ruthless, and leaves you in shock - my kind of book! A very unique “to catch a serial killer” book! A definite must read!

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Email:  writing@latinoauthors.org 

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