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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (51 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jon Talton Narrator: Jim Meskimen Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The David Mapstone Mysteries Release Date:
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A handsome young New York professor comes to Phoenix to research his new book. When he is 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 that the victim had 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 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Well-plotted…Modern-day Phoenix…serves as the stark background for this profound, heartrending crime novel.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Meskimen…employs subtle characterizations in the provocative portrayal of gang clout in South Phoenix…Narrator and author craft a stimulating whodunit.”


  • “Talton has created a richly complex character in Mapstone, who struggles with adversity and resists taking revenge…A well-crafted, nuanced series.”


  • “In an interesting twist, Talton throws Mapstone into a dangerous situation that forces him to confront and make peace with his dual natures as a quiet professor and a Rambo-live solver of problems. For readers who enjoy contemporary Southwestern mysteries with a touch of history.”

    Library Journal

  • “Tough but vulnerable Mapstone will keep you hooked.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Barbara B. | 10/9/2013

    " I think I wrote previously of this author, his ties to the Az. Republic (our newspaper), and the fact that these books all take place in the Phx. market. Another good read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Carol | 7/14/2012

    " David Mapstone series - action takes place in and around Phoenix AZ. Current setting. Would read another by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sandy | 5/9/2012

    " O.k. I need to read something light now! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Pam | 1/29/2012

    " After living in Arizona for ten years, it is fun to read books that take place in and around Phoenix. Reminds me of good times in the desert. And, it helps that Talton is a good writer. I would compare him to JA Jance in how he intertwines the city locales with the story. "

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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.