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Author Jon Taltonas writing was developed over 20 years as a journalist, working for newspapers in San Diego, Denver, Dayton, Cincinnati, Charlotte, and Phoenix. Jonas columns have appeared in newspapers throughout North America. Before journalism, Jon worked as an ambulance medic in the inner city of Phoenix. He now lives in Seattle, WA. http: //www.jontalton.com

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Following a murder attempt on his best friend/boss, deputy David Mapstone assumes the duties of acting sheriff of Maricopa County (Phoenix, AZ). A subsequent, connected murder points to revenge for an incident that occurred in 1979. Unfortunately, Mapstone's own investigation uncovers disturbing revelations, including infidelity, a secret ledger toting up cash payments to various badge numbers, and knowledge of a partying band of police called the "River Hogs." Could someone in the department want the sheriff dead? Talton's second mystery (after Concrete Desert) features a solid narrative, detailed descriptions of the new West (with bitter commentary), and forceful subplots involving Mapstone's past and present. Strongly urged. Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.

In this clever plot-twister, a bizarre series of actions transforms Deputy David Mapstone, who debuted in Concrete Desert (2001), from mild-mannered historian of the Sheriff's Department of Maricopa County (Ariz.) into acting sheriff. Mapstone, who has returned to law enforcement after a 15-year academic detour, is only inches away when someone shoots his friend and mentor, Mike Peralta, at the reception following Peralta's swearing in as county sheriff. While Peralta lies in a coma, Mapstone takes over a department where he can rely on virtually no one except girlfriend Lindsey Adams, also a sheriff's deputy. An obscure reference to Camelback Falls and a chain of deadly events set Mapstone digging into a 20-year-old case he and Peralta had been involved in. 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. Mapstone is dogged, though certainly not fearless, as he follows a long trail of drugs, sex and murder even as it threatens to expose those closest to him. Reflective and laid-back, Mapstone can play both departmental insider and outsider. His dual training as historian and law officer enables him to bring a fresh approach to the cases he tackles. Talton has mined another gem from the Southwest's trove of memorable sheriffs. (Jan. 6) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

"In this clever plot-twister, a bizarre series of actions transforms Deputy David Mapstone, who debuted in Concrete Desert (2001), from mild-mannered historian of the Sheriff's Department of Maricopa County (Ariz.) 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 of Camelback Falls "A worthy successor to Talton's critically acclaimed debut, Concrete Desert (2001)." -Booklist of Camelback Falls

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