Ted Clifton, award winning author, is currently writing in three mystery series—Pacheco & Chino Mystery series, the Muckraker Mystery series and the Vincent Malone series. Clifton’s focus is on strong character development with unusual backdrops. His books take place in Southwest settings with some of his stories happening in the 1960s, 1980s and current times. The settings are places Clifton has lived and knows well, giving great authenticity to his narratives. Clifton has received the IBPA Benjamin Franklin award and the CIPA EVVY award--twice. Today Clifton and his wife reside in Denver, Colorado, with frequent visits to one of their favorite destinations, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
The Bootlegger’s Legacy
Clifton’s first book relates the background story of a bootlegger in dry Oklahoma who leads us into a world not many even knew existed. Gangsters and corrupt politicians allowing the illegal activity of selling booze to flourish in the middle of the Bible Belt. Wide open bars catering to the rich and famous, the lowlifes, gangsters and political leaders were feeding a large under-world business of selling illicit liquor. A mysterious letter with a strange key hinting at the Bootlegger’s criminal past and referencing ill-gotten hidden treasure in the millions, sends the Bootlegger’s son and his pal on an adventure of a lifetime. They will discover the truth about the shocking past and stumble into the surprising future.
Many of Clifton’s books take place in New Mexico where he lived for many years.
Battling health issues, mostly reoccurring bouts of gout, Vincent Malone, tough-guy legal investigator, is looking for a quiet place to heal and wait for retirement. Malone was once a promising hot-shot Dallas attorney, but booze and bad judgement brought that and his marriage to an abrupt end. Since his fall from grace, he has provided private investigation services to Denver lawyers, utilizing his legal background to a new advantage. Malone just lost his last client due to his unreliability. He was now headed south, not sure what the future would hold.This begins Malone’s new life as a PI in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Ray Pacheco has retired from being the sheriff of Dona Ana County, New Mexico. His new job is fishing. But, not for long. First a stray show dog raises questions concerning the whereabouts of its owner. Then a body was found close to Ray’s rural cabin. Maybe once a cop always a cop—Ray joins forces with two unusual partners; an Apache fishing guide, Tyee Chino, prone to drunkenness and a bait shop owner, Big Jack, prone to laziness—to unravel the mysteries.Three mysteries take Ray and his pals from Santa Fe to Ruidoso and Farmington, New Mexico.
Tommy Jacks, a recent journalism grad, becomes involved in his first newspaper job in middle America during the tumultuous 1960s. Within days a reporter from the competing newspaper is found dead at the state capitol. His quest begins. Mystery, adventure, and some romance come together in this story of personal growth and great tragedy. The Muckraker Trilogy leads Tommy into the complicated world of state politics and the newspaper business.
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This is a kid’s middle grade chapter book, targeting ages 8-12, grade 3-6. I wrote this with my wife Marilyn. And in case you are wondering, I can write without using adult words. My wife is a retired grade-school teacher and, if I slip and insert a non-appropriate word, I get a stern look, nobody wants to have a grade schoolteacher give you one of those looks. You might enjoy it, even if you're not eleven anymore.The story takes place in the 1950s when a kid is forced to steal some books from the grade school library and becomes involved in solving a mystery about lost gold from the civil war. He is aided in this adventure by a mysterious woman named Tumbleweed and a dog named Ratty.