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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Hugh Holton  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Mystery

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1947 in Chicago, Illinois

Died: May 18, 2001, in Chicago, Illinois


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Illinois Connection

Holton is a Chicago native.

Biographical and Professional Information

Holton graduated from Roosevelt University with his BA and MA. In 1968 Hugh Holton joined the Chicago Police Department. He wrote his first book 25 years later. Hid first-hand experience helped his fiction successfully reflect the jargon, grisly crime scenes, and politics of being a police officer. His mysteries feature Commander Larry Cole. Hugh passed May 18, 2001 at age 54, just eight days after his eighth novel, ''The Devil's Shadow'' was released. His final book, ''Criminal Element'', was published in February of 2002, nine months after his death.Holton's work was also featured in Shades of ''Black: Crime and Mystery Stories by African-American Authors.''


Selected Titles At Your Library

Chicago blues /
ISBN: 0812544641. OCLC Number: 33667589

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In Chicago, police commander Larry Cole stumbles on information suggesting four unsolved murders were the work of a policeman. But the policeman is now an FBI agent and the FBI doesn't believe him.

Criminal Element
ISBN: 9781429975551. OCLC Number: 906816286

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Chicago police sergeant Joe Donegan came to the department with a plan. To him the police badge was a license to steal, a free ride, and an easy way to get whatever you want, whenever you want⁰́₄without suffering the consequences. And when City Councilman Skip Murphy needs an embarrassing situation to go away, Donegan volunteers, as always for a price.But Chicago Commander Larry Cole is searching for missing barmaid Sophie Novak, and the trail leads right to Skip Murphy's door. With Murphy eyeing a Congressional seat, Murphy won't let Larry Cole stand in his way. And with Donegan planning to ride Murphy's coattails to the top, Donegan will stop at nothing to bring down Cole. Commander Larry Cole has his work cut out for him, as secrets from his past are dredged up in a public spectacle. And Cole's problems may not just involve a breech into his past. Donegan's ruthlessness may shorten his future.At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.

Presumed dead /
ISBN: 0812548132. OCLC Number: 32251036

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Red lightning
ISBN: 9780312871253. OCLC Number: 865113675

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When scientist Jonathan Gault is fired from his high-paying job at a military research facility, he is desperate to find new sponsors for his bizarre experiments. Gault's new racket is a deadly home security business for the ultra-rich: booby-trapping their property with high-voltage electricity and snake venom injection devices. Kate Ford, investigative journalist, is tipped off about Gault's shady business. She sets out to uncover his scheme, but soon finds that she may be in over her head, as Gault won't hesitate to use any means necessary to rid himself of the snoop on his trail. Larry Cole, Chief of Detectives for the CPD, is led to Gault by his investigation into the recent strange deaths of criminals in booby traps. Cole and Ford team up to try and stop the renegade scientist, who has now built a solar-powered vehicle equipped with a flamethrower and a laser beam, which he has nicknamed Red Lightning. Gault's ingenuity, coupled with his fondness for high-powered explosives and deadly snakes, may well make him the most powerful foe Cole has ever faced. At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.

Red lightning /
ISBN: 0812589122. OCLC Number: 41162577

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Chief of Detectives Larry Cole and investigative journalist Kate ford team up to face an ominous threat to the dity of Chicago.

The devil's shadow
ISBN: 9781429975568. OCLC Number: 865172874

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In The Devil's Shadow, Commander Larry Cole is confronted with the most beautiful and cunning criminal he's ever faced. Julianna Saint has a reputation for getting anything she wants. Her occupation, international thief. Her notoriety has spread from the underworld to the Chicago mob boss, Jake Romano, who has heard that no matter how tight the security, no matter what precautions are taken, Julianna can steal it. Jake wants her to pull off a nearly impossible heist of the North Michigan Avenue Bank. When the robbery goes awry, Julianna makes a daring escape, setting Larry Cole on her trail. He follows Julianna to a palatial estate in the Caribbean with the intent of bringing her down. But Julianna is prepared and will use everything she has, on her own terms, and on her own turf. At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.

The devil's shadow /
ISBN: 0812570421. OCLC Number: 45784360

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"Julianna Saint is world renowned, with a reputation for getting anything she wants. Her occupation; international theft. Her reputation has spread from the underworld to Chicago mob boss, Jake Romano. word is that no matter how rigorously secured, no matter what precautions are taken, Julianna can and will steal it."--Jacket.

The left hand of God /
ISBN: 0812570847. OCLC Number: 43394648

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Time of the assassins
ISBN: 9781466826687. OCLC Number: 865175068

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Hugh Holton, the highest-ranking active police officer writing books today, is well-known for powerful, passion-charged novels. Reviewers compare his books to hurricanes and firestorms, descriptions that are especially apt in the case of Time of the Assassins. The most controversial story in today's inner cities is the CIA's apparent funding of counterinsurgent druglords in Latin America, who, instead of fighting revolutionaries, have used that funding to wholesale crack cocaine in this country's ghettos. In this exciting new novel, Commander Larry Cole battles these Agency-funded druglords. Their personal representative is Baron von Rianocek, a hitman. A well-paid professional, known as a world-class problem solver, he has successfully eliminated both high-profile British industrialists and South American dictators. The CIA, the FBI, and Interpol, all suspect him of being behind various incidents, but they have never been able to pin anything on the slippery millionaire, who claims to be descended from European royalty. Police detective Larry Cole has unwittingly crossed paths several times with the notorious assassin. Appearing at the wrong place at the wrong time, he had twice foiled the assassin's work. Now the well-heeled assassin has a new target. He has set his telescopic sights on the CPD chief of detectives-Cole himself. At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.

Time of the assassins /
ISBN: 0812577787. OCLC Number: 47147183

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Commander Larry Cole battles Agency-funded druglords. Their "personal representative" is Baron von Rianocek, a hitman. A well-paid professional, known as a world-class "problem solver," he has successfully eliminated both high-profile British industrialists and South American dictators. The CIA, the FBI, and Interpol, all suspect him of being behind various incidents, but they have never been able to pin anything on the slippery millionaire, who claims to be descended from European royalty. Police detective Larry Cole has unwittingly crossed paths several times with the notorious assassin. Appearing at the wrong place at the wrong time, he had twice foiled the assassin's work. Now the well-heeled assassin has a new target. He has set his telescopic sights on the CPD chief of detectives-Cole himself.

Violent crimes /
ISBN: 0812571878. OCLC Number: 39502374

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Windy city /
ISBN: 0812567145. OCLC Number: 34565389

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