Hugh Holton Books In Order

Larry Cole Books In Order

  1. Presumed Dead (1994)
  2. Windy City (1995)
  3. Chicago Blues (1996)
  4. Violent Crimes (1997)
  5. Red Lightning (1998)
  6. The Left Hand of God (1999)
  7. Time of the Assassins (2000)
  8. The Devil’s Shadow (2001)
  9. Criminal Element (2002)
  10. Revenge (2009)

Non fiction

  1. The Thin Black Line (2005)

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Presumed Dead

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. K.

Windy City

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

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.

Red Lightning

Chief of Detectives Larry Cole and investigative journalist Kate Ford team up again to face an ominous threat to the city of Chicago. Cole’s inquiries into the recent strange deaths of criminals in booby traps lead him to Johnny Gault, a renegade scientist. Kate Ford’s scrutiny of a shady business leads her to the same violent individual a madman with a fondness for powerful explosives and deadly snakes who has already left a vast path of destruction behind him.

The Left Hand of God

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

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

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

Not all police officers are bad. And very rarely does an officer join the force already corrupt. But, Chicago police Sergeant Joe Donegan has a plan. To him, the police badge is a license to steal, an easy way to get whatever he wants without consequence. Donegan knows where to strike and he knows which criminals will give under pressure. When Donegan walks into a northside tavern expecting his take, he gets more than he bargained for. City Councilman Skip Murphy is leaving the tavern with barmaid Sophie Novak. When Sophie disappears, Donegan volunteers his services to Murphy…
for a price. Sophie’s sister is nervous. She is the doctor of Police Commander Larry Cole, so when her sister vanishes, she asks him for help. It doesn’t take long for Cole to figure out where Sophie was last seen, and with whom, but Murphy uses his political clout to stall the investigation. With the corrupt Donegan’s help, Murphy seems unstoppable, as Cole discovers when Murphy’s main political rival also vanishes. And Murphy is no longer happy with the relatively small potatoes of Chicago politics. He has bigger plans, and those plans involve Congress. Will Cole be able to stop Murphy and Donegan before it’s too late? Does a Chicago police commander have the clout to bring down an American institution? It will take all of Commander Larry Cole’s resources to stop Murphy and when secrets from his past are exposed, the ruthless Donegan may use them to threaten Cole’s future.


A brutally wronged girl now a woman grown cold, clever, calculating mistakenly presumed dead. A macabre magician with a secret past, stalked by an exotic and enigmatic assassin. A woman with breathtaking beauty and an insidious scheme that is as vicious as she herself is vindictive. An ex pro lineman turned savage gangster…
a threat to everyone with his all consuming greed. A young, ambitious cop drawn to a wealthy but willful woman…
a woman as wily as she is wild. His father, legendary Chicago cop, Larry Cole, must stop them all, particularly the deviously deadly femme fatale. Beautiful as she is bloody, relentlessly obsessed, bent on vile, violent…

The Thin Black Line

Meet the black men and women policing our meanest streets…
LaVerne Dunlap: she infiltrated a drug gang and testified against them in court…
only to have the drug lords mark her for assassination. Dep. County Sheriff Winroe Reed: he ventured into America’s Homicide Capital alone to apprehend a 6 9 homicidal crack dealer…
a man so dangerous no other cops would accompany him. Chris Saffron: he worked the toughest drug gangs in Harlem, alone…
even after his cover was blown. These are just a few of the courageous black heroes readers will meet in Hugh Holton s The Thin Black Line.

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