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 Barbara D'Amato

Barbara D'Amato is a well known novelist, playwright, and crime researcher who resides in Chicago. She was the 1999-2000 president of Mystery Writers of America and is a past president of Sisters in Crime International. A native of Michigan, she has been a resident of Chicago for many years. D'Amato has been a columnist for the Sisters in Crime newsletter and Mystery Scene magazine. She has worked as an assistant surgical orderly, carpenter for stage magic illusions, assistant tiger handler, stage manager, researcher for attorneys in criminal cases, and occasionally teaches mystery writing to Chicago police officers.

As a detective fiction writer, Ms. D'Amato is widely recognized for her Cat Marsala, (Chicago freelance reporter) and Suze Figuera/Norm Bennis (Chicago patrol cops) mystery series. The fourth book in the Figuera series, Authorized Personnel Only (2000), won the Mary Higgins Clark Award. Her latest stand-alone thriller, Death of a Thousand Cuts (June, 2004) has received excellent reviews.

Ms. D'Amato's research on the Dr. John Branion murder case formed the basis for a segment on Unsolved Mysteries. Her musical comedies, The Magic Man and the children's musical The Magic of Young Houdini, written with husband Anthony D'Amato, played in Chicago and London.

For more information about Barbara D'Amato and her volumes of work, visit the following websites: