2016 Tucson Festival of Books.

I’ll be signing books in booth #171 on the University of Arizona mall during the Tucson Festival of Books, March 12th and 13th. I’m working the booth with Timothy W. Moore, a Phoenix Police detective who wrote Mirandized Nation, a detailed true crime book about Ernest Miranda, Miranda’s victims, and the Phoenix detectives who tracked Miranda down. Also signing books: Robert Dukelow, who writes the Helga series. Jackie Sereno, who writes Native American crime fiction. Margaret Morse, who writes paranormal mysteries. Stop by booth # 171. We’re located just south of the UA Student Union on the UA mall.

Quotes from Charles Bowden on the Drug Wars

The Drug War

One last bit of worthless advice from me: Things in Mexico … make more sense if you realize no one can wear a white hat and survive.


Frankly I wish Mrs. Clinton and her fucking squeeze had inhaled. I suppose my anger comes from thirty thousand new corpses in Mexico but listening to this policy jargon bullshit is more than I can or will tolerate. Our policies are a death machine in Mexico, period.


Every time in a speech I explain that border security is a system for recruiting small town Americans and corrupting them by placing them in a hopeless situation where tidal waves of money wash over their lives, I am met with blank faces.


One of the realities of Mexico is that there a very few facts one can believe, except maybe one’s own death. Juarez now is well past seven hundred dead on the year [2008], and the pace is not slackening. 146 murdered in July, and a torrent of death so far this August….


You are right about shifting cards, etc., in the drug world. The Federation thing is an invention of DEA. We have a need for our enemies to be like us and so we create charts on the border….

In the case of Mexico, the structure is affinity groups constantly joining on deals and then shifting into other arrangements. … Actually, the structure DEA imagines was never that solid, but since the death of [“Juarez Cartel” leader] Amado Carrillo Fuentes, it has been a lot looser, just as the destruction of the Cali and Medellin cartels in Colombia led to sowing dragon’s teeth as many smaller outfits were able then to emerge.  http://narcosphere.narconews.com/notebook/bill-conroy/2014/09/charles-bowden-has-died-his-voice-louder-ever

Devil’s Kitchen reviewed on Amazon United Kingdom by expat Hollywood writer Lisa Chernin Newman

5.0 out of 5 stars A Devil of a Good Read, 7 Sep 2014
This review is from: Devil’s Kitchen (Paperback)
Clark Lohr’s debut novel is a cracker! It effectively transports you to Southern Arizona and the brutal Mexican borderlands while introducing you to a lorrie load of intriguing characters, starting with protagonist Manny Aguilar — a Mexican American detective for the Tucson Sheriff’s Department — who is called in when a corpse (well, head) is discovered in the local tip. Little does Manny realise the danger he is in when he refuses to settle for easy answers in the investigation. The fast-paced story is full of twists that keep you turning the pages, but there are also some beautiful bits of prose that sometimes make you stop for a moment just to bask in their poetry. If you enjoy noir with a good dollop of mysticism mixed in, this is definitely the book for you.