South Phoenix Rules by Jon Talton
A David Mapstone Mystery #5 (David Mapstone Mysteries)

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A handsome young New York professor comes to Phoenix to research his new book. But when he’s brutally murdered, police connect him to one of the world’s most deadly drug cartels. This shouldn’t be a case for historian-turned-deputy David Mapstone – except the victim has been dating David’s sister-in-law Robin and now she’s a target, too. David’s wife Lindsey is in Washington with an elite anti-cyber terror unit and she makes one demand of him: protect Robin. This won’t be an easy job with the city police suspicious of Robin and trying to pressure her. With the sheriff’s office in turmoil, David is even more of an outsider. And the gangsters are able to outgun and outspend law enforcement. It doesn’t help that David and Lindsey’s long-distance marriage is under strain. But the danger is real and growing. To save Robin, David must leave his stack of historic crimes and plunge into the savage today world of smuggling – people, drugs, and guns – in Phoenix. Arizona’s “History Shamus” returns in “South Phoenix Rules.” It’s the most gripping and personal David Mapstone Mystery yet.

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 July 26, 2011 by Poisoned Pen Press. 225 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Horror. Fiction

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After a one-volume hiatus, Talton revisits Professor/Deputy Sheriff David Mapstone (Arizona Dreams, 2006, etc.), now a more troubled man in a darker, drearier city.

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One little niggling criticism of the storyline has to be addressed, though: South Phoenix Rules is the sixth book in the Mapstone series, and for those readers jumping into their first Mapstone book, some more information could have been planted in the early pages regarding his estranged wife.

Dec 07 2010 | Read Full Review of South Phoenix Rules: A David ...

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