Cry Havoc

by Baxter Clare

Lieutenant Franco faces a psychotic killer.

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.





Genre Mystery
Publication Date September 15, 2003
Publisher Bella Books
ISBN 9780739439753
Editor J.M. Redmann
Cover Designer Bonnie Liss


  • Third in the L.A. Franco Detective Lammy-finalist series.


Lambda Literary Foundation

Cry Havoc: Finalist, Best Lesbian Mystery.

Lambda Book Report

Lynne Maxwell - January, 2005: Third in a series that now includes four mysteries, Baxter Clare's Cry Havoc provides a stimulating brew of the natural and supernatural. Series heroine L.A. "Frank" Franco, lieutenant in Los Angeles Police Department's 93rd Homicide Squad, confronts a whole new dimension of crime when she and her squad investigate the death of a small-time drug dealer. Murder, of course, is nothing new for Frank, whose beat includes a particularly seedy area of L.A. This murder, though, is different because the body is found with a headless rooster on its lap. "

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