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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (56 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jon Talton Narrator: Jim Meskime Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The David Mapstone Mysteries Release Date:
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When his friend Peralta, newly sworn in as sheriff, is shot by a sniper, David Mapstone, former historian and new deputy sheriff, can’t keep a cool, academic distance—and he’d better not. While Peralta lies comatose in the hospital, the powers that be install Mapstone as acting sheriff in his friend’s place. Mapstone feels unqualified, but he’s the only person whose temporary appointment won’t infuriate all the other candidates, who want the sheriff’s position permanently. Meanwhile, a cryptic note scrawled by Peralta before the shooting forces Mapstone to confront his own personal history, inadvertently drawing him into danger. Mapstone soon discovers that the past has deadly consequences and the mean streets of the new West have never been more sinister.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] twisty and crafty plot.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “In this clever plot-twister, a bizarre series of actions transforms Deputy David Mapstone…into acting sheriff...Talton handles the difficult task of having his hero play simultaneous roles of acting sheriff and lone wolf without losing credibility. The Arizona setting (from the 1970s to the present) is faultless…Talton has mined another gem from the Southwest's trove of memorable sheriffs.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A worthy successor to Talton's critically acclaimed debut, Conrete Desert.


  • “Talton's second mystery features a solid narrative, detailed descriptions of the new West (with bitter commentary), and forceful subplots involving Mapstone's past and present. Strongly urged.”

    Library Journal

  • “Deputy Mapstone, firmly in the neo-noir tradition, is strong, suitably sensitive, and increasingly sympathetic.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Denis Barlow | 11/18/2013

    " Excellent read, nice to be taken on a tour of Phoenix. "

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About the Author
Author Jon Talton

Jon Talton is a fourth-generation Arizonan, the author of numerous novels, a former columnist for the Arizona Republic, and former business editor of the Cincinnati Enquirer. He currently is the economics columnist for the Seattle Times and writes the blog Rogue ColumnistDry Heat, the third David Mapstone mystery, was named 2005 fiction book of the year by Arizona Highways magazine.