Talton, Jon

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City of Dark Corners

This gritty stand-alone deals with Phoenix’s rough-and-tumble past and its questionable police force in the 1930s. Talton excels at creating the ambiance of historic Phoenix. Suggest for fans of realistic historical mysteries or Phoenix Noir.

High Country Nocturne: A David Mapstone Mystery

As with Bill Crider's and Kevin McGarrity's mysteries, Talton's books are studies in atmosphere and setting. Arizona's wild and beautiful landscape figures prominently, and the interior examination of Mapstone's hopes and fears makes this a terrific character study as well.

The Night Detectives: A David Mapstone Mystery

The knocked-around Phoenix PI returns in his seventh entry (after South Phoenix Rules) and heads to San Diego for a disturbing case of hidden identities and human trafficking...

Powers of Arrest

With short chapters, shifting points of view, and engaging heroes, this sophomore series entry (after Pain Nurse) is a real page-turner. Talton has crafted a superb police procedural incorporating fascinating twists and a real love for Cincinnati.

South Phoenix Rules

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-like solver of problems. For readers who enjoy contemporary Southwestern mysteries with a touch of history.

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