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 Borderlands 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.

Sweet Ride, by Sam Hawken

And as the sun sets slowly in the west…

Spring has sprung, and a lot of tidying up has been happening behind the scenes here at the Hawken household. Most of it is invisible to your eye, dear reader, but a couple of things have changed on the internet front. First and most obvious is the kinda-sorta sudden disappearance of my social media presence. […]

Walk Away, by Sam Hawken

Fun with booksellers

I mentioned a little while ago that I was going to make the rounds of various bookstores in the Baltimore area to promote Walk Away. I visited the usual suspects (Barnes & Noble), but at the end of my day I went to a small independent shop I’d never heard of before: The Ivy Bookshop. […]

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 […]