Search Results: "Hugh Holton"


BOOK REVIEW

THE DEVIL’S SHADOW by Hugh Holton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"Flat sentences strike like notched dum-dums but tear holes in the reader's sleep."
With a midnight bank robbery in progress, Chicago police lieutenant Holton strides forcefully into his eighth Chicago police thriller featuring Chief of Detectives Commander Larry Cole and his sidekick, Lt. Read full book review >

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VIOLENT CRIMES by Hugh Holton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 12, 1997

"Newcomers to Holton's supercharged procedurals will find this season's relatively sedate installment their best chance of hopping this runaway train."
Holton must be getting more sleep. Read full book review >

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CRIMINAL ELEMENT by Hugh Holton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Better than usual genre fare from an increasingly skilled writer."
Things are never dull in Holton's Chicago, and in his latest outing, things haven't gotten any simpler for series hero Police Commander Larry Cole (The Devil's Shadow, p. 363, etc.). Read full book review >

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WINDY CITY by Hugh Holton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Warts and all, a bravura performance."
An unhinged pair of serial murderers surface early in Holton's second outing (Presumed Dead, 1994): Chicago's Neil DeWitt and wife Margo, socialite millionaires, who share a well-hidden blood lusthis for nubile young women, hers for black boy children. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Though these fleeting glimpses barely scratch the surface of what work as a peace officer demands, the African-American perspective is bracing."
Stimulating narratives from police officers who have walked the most crime-ridden beats in inner-city America. Read full book review >

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THE LEFT HAND OF GOD by Hugh Holton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 15, 1999

"Clumsy prose, comic-book characters, the art of storytelling mashed into pulp. (Author tour)"
Chief of Detectives Larry Cole is a dedicated law-and-order man, but in his Chicago—the year is 2004—keeping the lid on is never a simple matter. Read full book review >

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CHICAGO BLUES by Hugh Holton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1996

"Shove over, William Caunitz."
Before Senator Harvey Banks can convene a blue-ribbon committee that could give Antonio DeLisa some anxious moments, Tuxedo Tony plans to have him taken for a ride. Read full book review >

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PRESUMED DEAD by Hugh Holton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1994

"A mixture of a police story, a horror tale, and a romance that only occasionally falls short of its own ambitions. (Author tour)"
A macabre thriller about the underbelly of 1997 Chicago that plays with readers' notions of identity and social respectability. Read full book review >

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RED HUGH by Deborah Lisson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"It's an adventuresome tale, but the author uses it to promote an ugly agenda. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Limey-haters worldwide will crow at this history-based tale of Irish defiance during the reign of that "howling old hag," that "harridan," that "old red hag of a queen," Elizabeth I. Kidnapped by deceitful British, young Hugh spends four long years as a prisoner in Dublin Castle, hearing news of one atrocity after another, beaten and scorned but triumphing in every verbal encounter with his prejudiced, stupid captors, all of whom dress in ridiculous clothes and practice a colorless, denatured religion. Read full book review >

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HUGH CAN DO by Jennifer Armstrong
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"An attractive book that will be fun to share aloud. (Picture book. 4-9)"
In an original tale with a folkloric lilt, a persistent orphan in need of a toll for the bridge to what he hopes will be good fortune goes on an ``Old Woman and Her Pig''-style quest: the Toll Man requests a loaf of bread; the baker asks Hugh to get his grain ground; the miller needs his apron mended; and so forth. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2012

"Good storytelling matched with appropriate historical skepticism—a useful model for examining other 10-gallon yarns of westward expansion."
An inadvertent American archetype comes in for thoughtful consideration in the hands of Coleman (History/Notre Dame Univ.; Vicious: Wolves and Men in America, 2004). Read full book review >