Biography in other languages:
After leaving his birthplace in Senegal, Africa, A.C. Frieden spent several years in India, Switzerland and the UK before emigrating with his parents to the southern United States. After high school, he returned to his native Switzerland to serve in the Swiss Army, where he trained as a marksman. He later came back to the U.S. to complete undergraduate and graduate studies, and then earned two law degrees, a pilot’s license, and scuba instructor license. Today, aside from his thriller writing career, you’ll find him practicing law as one of the country’s preeminent technology lawyers.
Frieden’s interest in writing fiction began during his legal studies in Russia, Austria and Hungary. What began as short stories, diaries and poems, many written during his travels, soon emerged as ingredients for future novels. Mysteries and thrillers soon became his passion. His first manuscript, Canvas Sunsets Never Fade, a mystery delving into nuclear proliferation in the Middle East, was published in 2004. His second novel, Tranquility Denied, is set in post‐Cold War Moscow, Stockholm and Southern Louisiana, and is the first in a series featuring hotshot maritime lawyer Jonathan Brooks. The book was launched in Russia and in the U.S. in late 2006, followed by the sequel, The Serpent's Game, in 2013. His publishers recently announced the upcoming release of two more Jonathan Brooks thrillers, The Pyongyang Option and Letter From Istanbul. Frieden’s work has also appeared in anthologies, including the recent published Down, Out and Dead. He is also launching a new globetrotting thriller series packed with political and espionage intrigue featuring former JAG lawyer Kaden Black.
To bring action and realism to his novels, Frieden has extensively researched the most challenging conflicts of the Cold War, including the Korean War, the U.S. intervention in Chile, the invasion of Panama, CIA counterinsurgencies in Bolivia, and the August Coup in the former Soviet Union, among other conflicts and crises. He’s also researched key events in the changing post‐Cold War era, such as the sinking of the K‐141 Kursk, the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, and the Libyan and Syrian civil wars. His interest in researching on‐site has brought him face‐to‐face with key political figures, diplomats, journalists and former military officials in Cuba, Venezuela, Turkey, Russia, India, and more than sixty‐five other countries. His research also led him to witness the 2009 Honduran coup d'état firsthand, to interview former combatants in Nicaragua, to visit once‐secret underground mountain bunkers in Switzerland and to visit the former Chernobyl nuclear reactor in Ukraine. Frieden also went to China and Vietnam to research another novel, and he recently published a photography book capturing his journey through North Korea, including Pyongyang, Kaesong and the Korean Demilitarized Zone. In addition, his non‐fiction works have appeared in numerous legal, technology and international business publications worldwide.
Frieden’s novels are available from crime fiction publisher Down and Out Books and Avendia Publishing.
Chernobyl, ICBM launch site, Kiev
Pyongyang, Kaesong and the DMZ
Ortega’s gov’t, a volcano and more
Research in Moscow (10+ trips)
Stockholm, Copenhagen, etc.
The Che Guevara trail
Various locations in Havana
Bulgaria, Romania, Poland and more
Como, Verona, and Venice
20 trips and 18 locations
Former ICBM launch site more
Santiago and the Andes
Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, and Halong Bay
Area 51 and Delamar Dry Lake
Buenos Aires and Bariloche
Montevideo, Colonia, and Punta del Este
Lima, Cusco, and Machu Picchu
Perpignan, Nice, and Monte Carlo
Barcelona, La Vella, and Seu d’Urgell
Helsinki and St. Petersburg
Marrakech, Ait Benhaddou, etc.
Madison, Milwaukee, and Lake Geneva
Miami, Everglades and the Keys
The cities and the Alps
Dakar and Saint Louis
Mexico City, Acapulco and more
Panama City, Colón, and Isla Grande