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on December 16, 2016
The third book in this series did not disappoint me as it was exciting and very difficult to put down. David Mapstone has a couple of problems to handle. He was called out to a canal drowning of a homeless man. The man, a missing FBI badge sewn-in jacket. The badge has been missing for a number of years. It belonged to a murdered FBI agent. The case is the only Arizona unsolved case of an FBI agent. Sheriff Mike Peralta orders David to work with a task force including Phoenix Sgt Kate Vare. Kate does not like David. The FBI is stalling the investigation.
Lindsey 's David's wife was a member a Cyberspace task force that cracked the Russian mobs' credit card stealing racket. Three members of the task are murdered and Mike and the FBI place Lindsey in a safe house.
The book is filled with betrayal, greed, police chases and actions that will hold the reader enthralled until finished. There are a few sex scenes. The ending is a surprise. I recommend this book.
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on September 7, 2014
Super criminals did not work for Agatha Christie in The Big Four and they have not worked for anyone since. This book has two intertwined plots: a thoroughly unbelievable super criminal revenge scheme and the problem of a dead FBI agent's badge turning up over 50 years after his death. Neither plot comes to much and most of the book is filler: chases, Mapstone's reflections and his descriptions of his wife. This is unfortunate, because the underlying premise of a history PHD handling cold cases for the Sheriff's Department is a good one. It has the added advantage of giving the narrator a reason to reflect on the changing nature of Arizona ( this asset becomes a liability when over used as it is in this Mapstone adventure ).
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on July 27, 2016
What could be better than a commie around every corner? A post modern ruskie trampling on the same pathway as his cold war comrade!

Jon Talton creates a collars and contrast within the fictional world of a very real Phoenician city. A marvelous intellectual story that keeps on bouncing around in my head.
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on March 10, 2015
Love this author, I've never stayed in that area, but like the discriptions. Like the characters. Hope he keeps writing.
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on March 22, 2017
And have ordered number three in Capstone series.
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on February 8, 2013
Talton provides elegant prose without being "sappy". His stories are gripping, although there is an element of improbability in his plots. He has a definite feel for Phoenix and its environs that brings the reader into the story. Now that his character, David Mapstone, is married, there is more about the plot and less about amorous acrobatics. Good story!
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on December 3, 2014
This is a really well written series. This moves well, has interesting characters, and insights into the history of the Phoenix area. In addition to a complex mystery David Mapstone is looking for his as a Sheriff Deputy who has failed to get tenure as a history professor. On the down side his buddy the Sheriff is a bit flat and hard to believe. Over all this book and the series are worth a read.
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on October 18, 2015
This isn't my favorite trip with Jon and David Mapstone, but it is an enjoyable read. I do think poor David is really too wrapped up with his new Bride. His behavior is problematic. But then that is a big pat of the story. If you loved earlier books by Talon, you'll like this one.
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on January 29, 2016
Enjoyed the parallel stories. Getting a bit repetitive, Lindsey needs to be more than a brainy sex object. David's chasing, driving and shooting as much as using his brain. Tends to undermine the uniqueness of the character.
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on July 25, 2014
Jon Talton is horribly underrated as a mystery writer. I've read his column in the Seattle Times for years and decided to try one of his books. Now I've read all of them. His history of Phoenix totally altered my visitor's perception and his characters are so well written--David Mapstone and his depth of feeling are really well written.
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