Case closures are up and homicide rates are down for LAPD’s 93rd Homicide Squad. “Frank”, Lieutenant L.A. Franco, is revitalizing her depleted detective crew while quietly mending private scars. And Frank is about to need all the back she can muster as she faces her own personal demons while trying not to jeopardize her developing relationship with Gail.
When a corner hustler turns up dead with a headless rooster in his lap, Frank realizes she’s up against Mother Love-Jones, renowned psychic, drug dealer and santería priestess.
Soon Frank becomes inexorably pulled into Mother Love’s ambush. Heedless of the warnings around her, Frank plunges into battle with Mother Love and her violent minions: A battle as dark and deadly as the ancient bloodied sands from which it sprang.
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Title: Cry Havoc
Author: Baxter Clare
Publisher: Bella Books
Date: September 1, 2003
I really liked the mix of police procedures with the occult in this story. Granted, in this particular book, they suspected strongly who committed the murder right from the start, so then it was following up leads and leaning on the suspect to get the desired result. In her first book they figured out who was the killer and then had a hard time getting the evidence. I suspect a lot of police work is like that; they have a strong possible perpetrator then they have to prove it.
I’ve come to enjoy Baxter Clare’s books and was pleasantly surprised to find this one out so soon on the heels of Street Rules. I love how Clare uses street slang in her dialogue, it makes the characters really come to life. I agree with the other reviewer who said she wished it was longer. I did too, because I’m a fan of Baxter Clare.
I’ve read all of Baxter Clare’s books and this one was my favorite. The suspense was great, the story mysterious, and the Lt. Franco is exciting. I’d love to see this book turned into a movie.
Cry Havoc by Baxter Clare is a gritty Detective Franco mystery, and follows LAPD’s 93rd Homicide Squad’s Lieutenant L. A. Franco as he tracks down Mother Love-Jones — a psychic, drug dealer, and Santeria priestess who is utterly ruthless in her motives and methods. Battling her minions while coming ever closer to her deadly ambush, Cry Havoc offers the reader gritty dialogue and high-strung suspense laced throughout this tautly written and highly recommended novel.
I became an instant fan of Baxter Clare and her character Lieutenant Franco from the very first line of the book. The suspense and drama that keeps you turning the pages until your through was a big plus for me. When I start a book, I like to finish it in one sitting if possible. I also enjoyed the continued relationship between Franco and Gail and would like to see Ms. Clare put those characters together permanently in a future book. I’ve read each book involving these characters and would purchase again.
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