Bleeding Out

by Baxter Clare


Meet Lieutenant L.A. Franco – better known as Frank – who commands Homicide Squad #93 in the gang-ravaged central Los Angeles area.

Described by one of her detectives as “Dirty Harry’s personality stuffed into Martina Navratilova’s body,” Frank allows nothing into her bruised personal life except music, football, booze and exercise – all her drugs of choice. And just when she needs them the most, they are all about to fail her…

The first book in the critically acclaimed L.A. Franco series, Bleeding Out introduces Frank and author Baxter Clare to readers everywhere.


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Publication Data

Title: Bleeding Out
Author: Baxter Clare
Publisher: Bella Books
Date: November 19, 2007 (1st ed. 2000)
Pages: 320

ISBN-10: 1594931143
ISBN13: 978-1594931147

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Dark, engrossing, and smart read

Frank is a flawed character. She’s a tough LA cop with a drinking problem and some pretty big demons. Yet these imperfections only serve to make her a very real, very lovable character. The story was engrossing and the action kept me interested. But it was Lieutenant Franco who made the read so very worthwhile. Watching her grow and start to battle (yet not triumph over) her ghosts made the story more than just a detective novel and will definitely inspire me to buy the next one to see what happens to her next.

Well worth reading

This is a very well written book, but the subject matter is quite disturbing. There were a couple of times that I had to lay the book down, the story was that intense. Probably not for the real squeamish, but definitely a “keeper”.

Impossible to put down

Baxter Clare has written a novel that is impossible to put down. The writing is crisp, very detailed and moves amazingly well. The case itself is disturbing, centering around the brutal rapes and murders of teenage girls in south central Los Angeles. Clare does a wonderful job of illustrating the urgency Lt. Franco and her colleagues feel as they try to solve this case before someone else is killed.

The lesser characters are very well defined and the reader can’t help but empathize with each one in turn as they deal with varying aspects of their jobs and the unrelenting stress that takes them ever closer to burning out. But what makes this book work is the portrait the reader is given of the main character Lt. L.A. Franco. Here is a woman who willingly tortures herself with a past that she refuses to forget, preferring, instead, to inundate herself with work, alcohol and exercise.

Drops of brilliance

I found drops of brilliance in Bleeding Out. As with any debut novel, I give the authoress her due. Baxter Clare introduces us to the world of Lt. Franko and all that is entailed in her inner city struggle between criminals and police politics in solving a serial rapist case. We are also privy to inner demons of a violently lost lesbian love, a rebirth into a non-conforming society, and an isolation finally thrown off. Almost as if cloaks of darkness removed will allow voids to be filled–like buttery warmed pastries & the playing of “These Foolish Things” ( I prefer Etta James’ version ) can fulfill a Sunday morn.

An intriguing criminal read with inner glimpses into important issues of lesbianism.

Great detective novel

This is one little gem – thankfully re-published as an ebook. The main character is complex, with issues, very human and keeps the reader engaged throughout the book! The main theme borders on a noir, but the end is satisfying and leaves the reader with a desire to know more about the main characters.

Excellent Debut

Los Angeles Police Lt. L. A. “Frank” Franco is introduced here as she seeks the killer of a young girl. She eventually ties in nine rapes and four murders to the perpetrator. Franco is meticulous and thorough as she shifts through the few clues she has. The author painstakingly puts us into the mind of both the perpetrator and Franco. This is police procedural at its best. The characterizations are such that the reader cares about the main characters even the closed-off Franco. There are several minor characters that the author manages to fully flesh out as well although Franco’s squad members are, at times, hard to identify because of her use of their nicknames – a minor flaw at best. This author deserves a wide audience. Let’s hope the author and her publisher gives us more of Baxter Clare and Lt. Franco.

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