Romance goes on a date with crime fiction in The Devil on , the second in the Manny Aguilar series Manny is a hard nosed Arizona PI with a redheaded pagan girlfriend he can t do without When an Indian cowboy is accused of murdering his own wife, Manny follows a trail out the back end of the reservation to Ajo, Arizona, and to State Route , a smuggling corridor where guns and money go south and drugs and border crossers go north Evil loves darkness on Highwayand the desert is the deadliest player in the game


10 thoughts on “The Devil on Eighty-Five

  1. Bill Bill says:

    I m an unabashed fan of Clark Lohr s first novel and the The Devil on Eighty Five picks up where his Devil s Kitchen leaves off Lohr s hero, Manny Aguilar, is still a private eye with a talent for getting embroiled in murders that are muchthan they seem The setting, the Sonoran desert, is harsh and lonely, andthan capable of killing you, but it the forces that stalk the desert the cartels and the crooked that are truly sinister Lohr writes with complete authority, driving I m an unabashed fan of Clark Lohr s first novel and the The Devil on Eighty Five picks up where his Devil s Kitchen leaves off Lohr s hero, Manny Aguilar, is still a private eye with a talent for getting embroiled in murders that are muchthan they seem The setting, the Sonoran desert, is harsh and lonely, andthan capable of killing you, but it the forces that stalk the desert the cartels and the crooked that are truly sinister Lohr writes with complete authority, driving the tense plot forward while sucker punching you with his knockout prose Highly recommended for noir fans or just fans of tight plots and great writing


  2. Mark Mark says:

    We have seen the enemy and he is us, said Walt Kelly s satirically political cartoon character Pogo, which brings to mind that any time the government gets involved in a situation there is bound to be a SNAFU.Private eye Manny Aquilar follows several dead end leads in an attempt to discover who murdered Lois Donahue, the wife of a Tohono O Odham Indian, Donnie, who has recently been released from jail The Native American has been re arrested after all he is the prime suspect, a husband with We have seen the enemy and he is us, said Walt Kelly s satirically political cartoon character Pogo, which brings to mind that any time the government gets involved in a situation there is bound to be a SNAFU.Private eye Manny Aquilar follows several dead end leads in an attempt to discover who murdered Lois Donahue, the wife of a Tohono O Odham Indian, Donnie, who has recently been released from jail The Native American has been re arrested after all he is the prime suspect, a husband with a violent past but what husband would mutilate his bride in this fashion and burn her body The facts just don t add to Manny.The investigation leads to a town on the rez, Ajo, Arizona where the line of questioning discovers possible reprisals from the cartels over drug and gun smuggling, not a family argument gone awry, and Manny finds himself in a shootout that leaves Lois s sister, Evelyn, dead and Donnie critically wounded.Highway 85, the Devil s Highway that Luis Urrea introduced too in his great book of that title, is a dangerous drug corridor where death awaits smugglers, and money changes hands for the control of the rampant evil between the cartels and those hired to enforce the laws Guns and drugs cross the border for a profit and sometimes private citizens get caught in the crossfire, or become part of the set up, like it or not.Buckle up if you want to survive as Lohr takes us along on this bumpy ride down the Devil s Highway in this intelligent and fast paced race into hell and back