Last Call

by Baxter Clare


LAPD Homicide Lieutenant L. A. “Frank” Franco is back in the latest installment of the popular Detective Franco Mystery series.

Six years ago, Lieutenant L. A. Franco’s partner, Detective Noah Jantzen, investigated the case of a double homicide of two innocent children. Unable to close the case, the two murdered children haunted Noah for years…

Now that case is haunting Frank, who must cope with the loss of her dear friend and right-hand man. Unwilling to deal with her grief, Franco buries herself in obsessive work, rigid denial and bottle after bottle of her favorite alcoholic beverage. Frank’s refusal to mourn her old friend strains her business relationships and more importantly, the romantic relationship with the county’s Chief Coroner.

Focused only on solving the cold case of the murdered children, can Frank see the cost to those around her…and the risk to her own life?


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Title: Last Call
Author: Baxter Clare
Publisher: Bella Books
Date: June 1, 2004
Pages: 288

ISBN-10: 1931513708
ISBN13: 978-1931513708

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Emotionally Wrenching

Baxter Clare’s writing is not for the faint-hearted. But if you’re looking for a compelling story, this is a literary roller coaster ride. The chilling plot and its gritty, honest characterization kept me glued to my seat wondering if we were going to reach the last page in one piece.

Moving, desperate, and still sympathetic

The saga of “Frank” continues. She continues to show us her demons while being one helluva good detective and lieutenant.

The demon alcohol has never been protrayed so deadly.

Can’t wait for the next installment! Baxter Clare is one of the best writers (period!) in the mystery genre.

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