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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Hugh Holton  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Mystery

Born: 1947 in Chicago, Illinois


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.''

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