Barbara D'Amato

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Barbara D'Amato (born April 10, 1938 in Grand Rapids, Michigan) is an American mystery author and winner of the Agatha and Anthony Award. She also features in Great Women Mystery Writers (2007).[1]


She was born Barbara Steketee, the daughter of the owner of the department store Steketee's. She studied at Cornell University but left to marry Anthony D'Amato in 1958. Anthony became a law school professor and Barbara later completed her bachelor's degree from Northwestern University in 1971, followed by a master's. They have two sons Brian (an author and sculptor) and Paul, and live in Chicago.[1]

She began writing full-time in 1973, first co-writing plays with her husband. After trying different genres her first published novel in 1980 was a mystery. She won the Agatha and Anthony Award for a non-fiction work, The Doctor, the Murder, the Mystery: The True Story of the Dr. John Branion Murder Case based on a case her husband worked on in 1984. The book led to the reopening of the case and eventual pardon and release of Branion.[1] In 1999, she served as President of the Mystery Writers of America.


Gerritt De Graaf series[edit]

  1. The Hands of Healing Murder (1980)
  2. The Eyes on Utopia Murders (1981)

Cat Marsala series[edit]

  1. Hardball (1989)
  2. Hard Tack (1991)
  3. Hard Luck (1992)
  4. Hard Women (1993)
  5. Hard Case (1994)
  6. Hard Christmas (1995)
  7. Hard Bargain (1997)
  8. Hard Evidence (1999)
  9. Hard Road (2001)

Figueroa and Bennis series[edit]

  1. (1996)
  2. Good Cop, Bad Cop (1998)
  3. Help Me Please (1999)
  4. Authorized Personnel Only (2000)
  5. Death of a Thousand Cuts (2004)

Other novels[edit]

  • On My Honor (1989) (writing as Malacai Black)
  • White Male Infant (2002)
  • Foolproof (2009) (with Jeanne M Dams and Mark Richard Zubro)
  • Other Eyes (2011)

Anthologies and Collections[edit]

Title Contents Publication Date Publisher
Of Course You Know That Chocolate

Is a Vegetable: And Other Stories

See No Evil

Freedom of the Press

May 2000 Five Star First Edition Mystery

Speaking Volumes

Crimes By Moonlight The Conqueror Worm Jan 2010 Berkley

Non fiction[edit]

  • The Doctor, the Murder, the Mystery: The True Story of the Dr. John Branion Murder Case (1997)


  1. ^ a b c page 62-64, Great Women Mystery Writers, 2nd Ed. by Elizabeth Blakesley Lindsay, 2007, publ. Greenwood Press, ISBN 0-313-33428-5

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