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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.''

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Presumed Dead (Larry Cole)
ISBN: 0812548132

Forge Books. 1995

After a routine drug bust outside the National Science and Space Museum ends badly, Chicago police officer Larry Cole discovers that nearly two hundred people have disappeared from the Museum in the past, and decides to investigate. Reprint.

Windy City (Larry Cole)
ISBN: 0812567145

Tor Books. 1996

Margo and Neil DeWitt sees like any other fun-loving, super-rich couple until Chicago Police Commander Larry Cole sees through their affluent charade.

While investigating the death of a fellow officer, Cole stumbles across a pattern of killings that leads him to discover the DeWitt's gruesome hobby: murdering women and children using methods from their favorite mystery novels.

Cole enlists and group of mystery writers to help him figure out where the homicidal couple will strike next. But as the body count rises, will it be enough of an edge to help him get to the DeWitts before they get to him?

Chicago Blues (Larry Cole)
ISBN: 0812544641

Forge Books. 1997

Police Commander Larry Cole returns in his most dangerous case to date. the investigation of the murders of two hit-men leads Cole to an old colleague, FBI Special Agent Reggie Stanton. Cole had known Stanton when he was a Chicago cop accused of vigilante knife-murders on Chicago's South Side. Now the murders of the two assassins bear the same M.O. as those long-ago cases.

Violent Crimes (A Larry Cole Mystery)
ISBN: 0812571878

Forge Books. 1998

Commander Larry Cole, a twenty-six-year veteran of the Chicago Police force, comes up against the most vicious criminal he has ever faced, multi-millionaire Steven Zalkin, who turns out to be linked to the first case on which Cole ever worked. Reprint.

Red Lightning (A Larry Cole Mystery)
ISBN: 0812589122

Forge. 1999

A veteran of the Chicago Police Department pens the fifth book, following the best-selling Violent Crimes, in the crime series featuring Larry Cole finds him and a female journalist in pursuit of an eccentric, violent renegade scientist. Reprint.

The Left Hand of God (Larry Cole Mystery)
ISBN: 0812570847

Forge. 2000

Joining Larry Cole is Lieutenant Blackie Silvestri, beautiful and smart investigative journalist Kate Ford, and Cole's seventeen-year-old son, Butch, who is visiting his father for the summer. When Butch visits a nightclub on the north side, he stumbles across a plot to fix an Olympic basketball game between the U.S. and the Italian national team. Meanwhile, Cole has uncovered a plot to assassinate the sultry newscaster Orga Syriac when he escorts her to a political ball. The potential assassin, a demented Catholic priest, is intent on stopping her from exposing a secret right-wing organization.

With Kate Ford's help, Cole must foil the potential homicidal maniac, keep an eye on his teenage son, and prevent an international game-fixing scheme that could tarnish the Olympic sports world forever.

Time of the Assassins
ISBN: 0812577787

Forge Books. 2001

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.

The Devil's Shadow (Larry Cole)
ISBN: 0812570421

Forge Books. 2002

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.

Criminal Element (A Larry Cole Mystery)
ISBN: 0812565827

Forge. 2008