Sam Hawken


About Sam

Who the heck is this guy?

Sam Hawken

Senior Director of Wordsmithing
Sam Hawken is the bestselling author of the Camaro Espinoza series, as well as the critically acclaimed Borderland Trilogy. He is represented by Oli Munson of AM Heath Literary Agents.


Here's what critics & readers said about my work.

Hawken’s understated but razor sharp prose never gets in the way of the building tension…Powerful stuff.
Camaro Espinoza [is] an intense and capable heroine [with] an ironclad sense of justice. Hawken delivers a potent climax that winds its way through an unremitting firefight to a satisfying conclusion.
Publishers Weekly
[The Dead Women of Juarez is] a beautiful, compassionate, grueling novel, as ferocious to read as it is soul-wrenching…This book will haunt you for a long, long time.
Ken Bruen
Hard-boiled action…Camaro Espinoza, who did tours in the Middle East, is tougher than an army boot….it’s deeply satisfying to watch her take out an animal like Lukas.
The New York Times
Camaro is solitary, vengeful, and fond of beer and motorcycles—a female "tough guy" who defies stereotypes with engaging bravado. Hawken calls her "a lean, mean thrilling machine." He’s nailed it.
Hawken doesn’t hit a false note.
Publishers Weekly
Hawken’s words will keep you hooked until the very last sentence.
New York Journal of Books

Latest Updates

My thoughts.

Walk Away, by Sam Hawken

See the live author!

I am not of a stature yet where my publisher sends me around the country on their dime, but I am significant enough to warrant stock signings at various Maryland bookstores. Which brings me to next week. On Monday, February 27th, I’ll make brief appearances at five Baltimore-area bookstores to sign stock, shake hands and […]

Miesha Tate

Badass Women I Have Known

A version of this article appeared on The Strand The first badass woman I ever recognized as such was Wonder Woman. It was 1975, and Lynda Carter played the titular character of Wonder Woman on her own ABC (later CBS) show. I was five years old at the time, and I never missed an episode. […]


In detail

While it may seem like I do, and have done, a lot of talking about Camaro Espinoza and the stories featuring her, I have never really dug down into her character in an analytical way. It’s always been my intention for readers to explore her stories, and understand her, in whatever way they choose to […]