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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

-- Hugh Holton on WorldCat --

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

  • Presumed Dead, Forge, 1994
  • Windy City, Tor Books, 1995
  • Chicago Blues, Forge, Forge Books, 1996
  • Violent Crimes, Forge, 1997
  • Red Lightning, Forge, 1998
  • The Left Hand of God, Forge, 1999
  • Time of the Assassins, Forge, 2000
  • The Devil's Shadow, Forge , 2001
  • ''Criminal Element, Tor Books, 2002

Selected Titles At Your Library

Presumed dead /
ISBN: 0812548132. OCLC Number:

Forge,. New York :. 1995, ©1994.

Windy city /
ISBN: 0812567145. OCLC Number:

Forge,. New York :. 1996, ©1995.

Chicago blues /
ISBN: 0812544641. OCLC Number:

Forge,. New York :. 1996.

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.

Violent crimes /
ISBN: 0812571878. OCLC Number:

Forge,. New York :. 1998, ©1997.

Red lightning /
ISBN: 0812589122. OCLC Number:

Forge,. New York :. 1999, ©1998.

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

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

Forge,. New York :. 2000, ©1999.

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

Forge,. New York :. 2000.

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.

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

Forge,. New York :. 2001.

"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.