© Ted Clifton 2015
A Pacheco and Chino Mystery
New Series from Ted Clifton
Dog Gone Lies
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Sheriff Ray Pacheco returns from his introduction in The Bootlegger’s Legacy to start his new  venture as a private investigator.  This story  introductions some amazing characters; Tyee  Chino, often drunk apache fishing guide and Big  Jack, bait shop owner and philosopher. Showing up at Ray’s remote cabin an obvious  showdog is out of place.  The dog will lead Ray  into the search for the missing owner who  disappeared from the Hot Springs Inn. Ray and his new team explore various options on what might have happened to the woman.  This  leads to confrontations with the local Sheriff and  the FBI; and two bodies; none of which are the  missing woman.
When an old-time bootlegger dies and leaves his son Mike a cryptic letter hinting at millions in hidden cash, Mike and his friend Joe embark on a journey that takes them through three states and 50 years of history. What they find goes beyond money and transforms them both.
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Although the mystery elements in this novel are certainly engaging enough to keep readers turning pages, it’s Clifton’s superb character development that makes this story a trans- formative journey of self-discovery. The cast of characters is so fully realized that even secondary players, such as Samantha, Mike’s manipulative wife, and Ray Pacheco, a Las Cruces sheriff, are memorable. In fact, Sally’s tragic tale steals the show. The noteworthy narrative also includes vivid backdrops, brisk pacing, and a meticulously researched, historically accurate account of the Prohibition era in Oklahoma and Texas.” “A tale with an authentic, immersive setting, inhabited by well-developed, endearing characters.” Kirkus Review 11/2015
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Pacheco & Chino Mystery #1
“strong narrative…. interesting characters…. surprising developments…” Stan Nelson, Chickasaw Press
DOG GONE LIES
Lincoln County New Mexico was best known as the location of  The Lincoln County Wars; featuring the likes of Billy the Kid.   Martin Marino, the acting sheriff, was also short in stature, just  like The Kid—he was also crazy; no doubt just like The Kid.   Lincoln County survived Billy the Kid; Martin Marino might be a  different matter. Ray Pacheco and Tyee Chino have been asked by the state  Attorney General to find out what the hell was going on in the  Lincoln County Sheriff’s department.  Ray was sure there was  some big trouble waiting for them in Ruidoso.  Murder, lust,  madness and greed were visiting the high country.
Sky High Stakes
2016 Silver Honoree from IBPA Benjamin Franklin Digital Awards.
AWARD WINNER
CIPA EVVY AWARD WINNER 2016
Fresh out of journalism school, Tommy Jacks begins his career as a newspaper reporter in the 1960s, finding intrigue, love, tragedy and maybe, himself.  His dad was a famous Oklahoma politico, serving time in state prison on trumped-up charges.  On the trail of a competing reporter’s killer, Tommy collects an interesting entourage of fools and geniuses.  Tommy Jacks: Muckraker.
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Second book in the Muckraker Mystery Series.  Tommy Jacks is back and seeking answers to one strange death after another.  Target publication date is March 2018.
MUCKRAKER MYSTERY #2
PurpleSage Books
 Murder So Strange
© Ted Clifton 2015
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Pacheco & Chino Mystery #1
“strong narrative…. interesting characters…. surprising developments…” Stan Nelson, Chickasaw Press
DOG GONE LIES
CIPA EVVY AWARD WINNER 2016
Fresh out of journalism school, Tommy Jacks begins his career as a newspaper reporter in the 1960s, finding intrigue, love, tragedy and maybe, himself.  His dad was a famous Oklahoma politico, serving time in state prison on trumped-up charges.  On the trail of a competing reporter’s killer, Tommy collects an interesting entourage of fools and geniuses.  Tommy Jacks: Muckraker.
NEW COVER!
 Murder So Strange
Second book in the Muckraker Mystery Series.  Tommy Jacks is back and seeking answers to one strange death after another.  Target publication date is March 2018.
MUCKRAKER MYSTERY #2
PurpleSage Books