Arizona Dreams by Jon Talton
(David Mapstone Series)

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When a former student turns up in David Mapstone’s office, she seems to have the perfect case for this history-professor-turned-deputy: a letter left by her deceased father, confessing to a forty-year-old murder and providing directions to the body. But things are never what they seem in Phoenix, a fast-buck city of newcomers seeking fresh starts from sometimes dark pasts.

Just ask David’s wife, Deputy Lindsey Faith Mapstone.

One morning the start of the Willo District home tour is interrupted by murder. A man lies dead with an ice pick in his brain. And Lindsey runs right into her half-sister Robin among the crowd gathering in the historic Phoenix neighborhood, the sister Lindsey hasn’t seen in years. The reunion with Robin rekindles memories about their rough upbringing and the deep rift that they may, or may not, bridge. Why is Robin here now?

David has his own problems. There’s a body in the desert, right where the letter said it would be found. But it’s weeks old, not years. And the “former student” who brought in the letter has disappeared. When David finally locates her, she turns out to be a sham, the wife of a politician with a vendetta against Mapstone’s boss, Sheriff Mike Peralta. But what’s her agenda? Then even fresher bodies turn up, and the clues keep pointing back to the same remote piece of desert and a seemingly unconnected real estate development called Arizona Dreams. Mapstone knows something sinister is fueling this increasingly dangerous case….

About Jon Talton

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Jon Talton is the author of nine novels, including the David Mapstone Mysteries and the thriller Deadline Man. He is also a veteran journalist, including the former business editor of the Cincinnati Enquirer. He began the Cincinnatti Casebook series with The Pain Nurse. Jon lives in Seattle where he is economics columnist for the Seattle Times and runs the blog Rogue Columnist.
Published May 25, 2011 by Poisoned Pen Press. 217 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Travel, Education & Reference, Arts & Photography. Fiction

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Months later, David starts connecting the dots when Harry's brother, Louis, also turns up with an ice pick through his skull, and David's supposed former student, who originally directed him to the location of the body in the desert, proves to be Dana Earley, wife of Tom Earley, Maricopa county s...

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David Mapstone is a history professor, now working as a detective for Sheriff Mike Peralta, solving cold cases.

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When Dana Underwood knocked on the door of David Mapstone's office and declared herself a former student of his, Mapstone could not even begin to imagine what trouble she would be getting him into.

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