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When the Governor wants a clear look at things, he calls on Ray Pacheco and his eclectic PI firm with great characters, plenty of humor and astounding twists in turns as the story develops. Great insight into Santa Fe and New Mexico in general, and very well developed characters make this a well suited second in the ongoing saga of entertaining who-dun-its. A treat and well worth the time. – Amazon Review
Modern day Billy-The-Kid takes over a New Mexico small resort town and dared officials to stop him. Now, he’s dead.
This Southwest murder mystery has horse racing, drug smuggling, crimes of passion and political intrigue. Ex-sheriff and now private investigator Ray Pacheco and his oddball team have their hands full.
Will be many twists and turns to the surprise ending.
“That is what a Ted Clifton book is like for me. Years ago I read Mr. Clinton’s Bootlegger story and loved it. When I began reading Dog Gone Lies and came across the character Ray Pacheco’s name it was like running into an old friend. I knew immediately that it would be a great read. Upon finishing that book, I lost no time in getting this one…. Sky High Stakes. Every story I’ve read of Clifton’s has been a treat. I highly recommend them.” – Amazon Review
“Ted Clifton is quite gifted writer. There are several characters in Sky High Stakes and there are many twists and turns, disreputable and guys/gals. Then of course the ex sheriff, the Indian fishing guide and the disbarred attorney who deal with the bad guys. This is a very interesting and involved story.” – Amazon Review
About the Author
Award-winning author Ted Clifton has written mystery novels which feature the settings of New Mexico and Oklahoma, USA, places where Ted spent considerable time. One of his books, The Bootlegger’s Legacy, won the IBPA Benjamin Franklin award and the CIPA EVVY award. Another book Sky High Stakes won a second CIPA EVVY award in 2017. Today Ted, his wife and grandson reside in Denver, Colorado, after many years living in the New Mexico desert.
Clifton, 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 USA settings with some of his stories happening in the 1960s, 1980s and current times. The settings are places where Clifton has lived and knows well, giving great authenticity to his narratives.