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Concrete Desert (original 2001; edition 2012)

by Jon Talton

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Title:Concrete Desert
Authors:Jon Talton
Info:Head of Zeus (2012), Kindle Edition, 214 pages
Collections: Big Red Bed,  Books, eBooks
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Tags:Bk 01, eBooks, Jim, Crime Fiction, Fiction - USA, Fiction - Arizona, Fiction - Phoenix, Phoenix Cold Cases, David Mapstone

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Concrete Desert by Jon Talton (2001)

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"Then she turned red and downed the scotch in one gulp. I refilled her glass, and she didn't stop me. Shit" she said the chirp gone from her voice. " I rehersed this speech a few hundred times, but I know it sounds forced. I know how strange it seems for me just to show up suddenly, when I walked out the way I did. Now here I am wanting something." I filed that away. "I just thought you'd been held up a really long time in the ladies' room." A interesting set of characters with a theme of "can you ever really go home again. A deputy sheiff who left and became a History professor... David Mapstone brought back home when he was not PC enough for the University gets linked up with the sheiffs department and has a link for solving closed cases. Filled with some old cops, old cases "So Eddie wasn't the Creeper? Or the Creeper didn't kill Stokes either? "Eddie may have been the Creeper" Wolfe Said. " I think he was. But niether one killed Rebecca. "You see" - he poished off the food and wiped his face roughtly with a napkin- "the worst thing an investigator can do is confuse his instincts with his 'pejudices. You work a hundred murder cases and they are all the same and you are tempted to think murder one hundred and one is the same, too. That's where you screw up. Because there 're a million reasons why people end up dead. A million secrets behind those dead eyes. And nothing keeps secrets better than the desert.." Great writing interesting characters lots of fun! Lucky you even you had not read the stories yet! ( )
  ckNikka | Sep 20, 2008 |
not a bad read for a first book. The author writes for the Arizona Republic, I'll read more by him. Library book. ( )
  chaoscat60 | Mar 14, 2007 |
I like to "discover" new authors who set their work in the southwest. Talton succeeds in making his love-hate realtionship with Phoenix compelling, but fails badly in constructing believable characters or plot. ( )
  seasidereader | Nov 5, 2006 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312269536, Hardcover)

In this intriguing first novel, Jon Talton plunges his protagonist, David Mapstone, into a Sunbelt metropolis where corruption, betrayal and murder are lurking just beyond the glow of tony resorts and dramatic desert sunsets.

Having recently lost his job as a history professor, Mapstone returns to his boyhood home of Phoenix, Arizona, but finds the Southwest city he knew dramatically changed. It's now a haven for wealthy retirees and a seasonal retreat for West Coast "sophisticates."

To Mapstone, who has a strong personal feeling for the area's history, it seems a foreign place. There remain, however, pockets of his earlier life, some welcome, some not. Mapstone eagerly accepts a temporary job from his old friend and Maricopa County Chief Deputy Mike Peralta: Look into still-open cases that have languished for years in the department's file cabinets and see if he can close any.

A less welcome voice from the past is the college sweetheart, who appears at his door one evening. True to his memory of her, she is there because she wants something. Never mind that she had abruptly abandoned him 20 years ago for a wealthier lover. Now her sister is missing. Will Mapstone look for her? Although Mapstone's search for the missing woman is quickly resolved when her body is discovered in the desert, he is stunned to find an echo of the past in the grisly discovery. The dead sister has been found in circumstances identical to a sensational 40-year-old unsolved murder he is researching for Peralta.

Mapstone's dogged investigation of both murders bridges the chasm of clashing cultures, meshing his own long-ago memories and the stories from some of the city's old inhabitants with the tangled doings of newcomers and their acolytes, young women eager to share the lifestyle of tainted wealth, drugs, and careless violence.

To read Concrete Desert is to become completely engrossed in a highly unusual mystery that is further enriched by the author's perspective on the way America is changing.

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Having recently lost his job as a history professor, David Mapstone returns to his boyhood home of Phoenix, Arizona, to find the city dramatically changed. It?s now a haven for wealthy retirees and a seasonal retreat for West Coast ?sophisticates.? But pockets of his earlier life?some welcome, some not?remain. Mapstone eagerly accepts a temporary job from his old friend and Maricopa County Chief Deputy Mike Peralta: Look into still-open cases and see if he can close any. He is beginning to settle into his new job when his college sweetheart appears at his door one evening. True to his memory of her, she is there because she wants something. Her sister is missing and she wants Mapstone to look for her. Mapstone?s search for the missing woman is quickly resolved when her body is discovered in the desert, but he is stunned to find the dead sister in circumstances identical to a sensational 40-year-old unsolved murder. Mapstone?s dogged investigation of both murders bridges the chasm of clashing cultures, meshing his own long-ago memories with the tangled doings of newcomers and their acolytes, young women eager to share the lifestyle of tainted wealth, drugs, and careless violence.… (more)

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