Concrete Desert by Jon Talton
A David Mapstone Mystery

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Having recently lost his job as a history professor, David Mapstone returns to his boyhood home of Phoenix, Arizona, to find the city dramatically changed. It’s now a haven for wealthy retirees and a seasonal retreat for West Coast “sophisticates.” But pockets of his earlier life—some welcome, some not—remain. Mapstone eagerly accepts a temporary job from his old friend and Maricopa County Chief Deputy Mike Peralta: Look into still-open cases and see if he can close any. He is beginning to settle into his new job when his college sweetheart appears at his door one evening. True to his memory of her, she is there because she wants something. Her sister is missing and she wants Mapstone to look for her.

Mapstone’s search for the missing woman is quickly resolved when her body is discovered in the desert, but he is stunned to find the dead sister in circumstances identical to a sensational 40-year-old unsolved murder.

Mapstone’s dogged investigation of both murders bridges the chasm of clashing cultures, meshing his own long-ago memories with the tangled doings of newcomers and their acolytes, young women eager to share the lifestyle of tainted wealth, drugs, and careless violence.

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. 209 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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From Maricopa County Chief Deputy Mike Peralta, Julie’s learned that Mapstone has signed on for a temporary investigative gig, and she figures that qualifies him to find her vanished sister, Phaedra.

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One good thing you can say about this pedestrian-plotted, cliché-ridden debut is that the narrator, Phoenix-born cop turned college history teacher David Mapstone, knows an interesting historical anecdote when he hears one.

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