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Half a century after the unsolved murder of an FBI agent, the victim ́s missing badge is found on the body of a dead transient. The case seems a perfect fit for David Mapstone, history-professor-turned-Maricopa-County-deputy-sheriff. That is, if he can get past a forced partnership with rival cold-case expert Sgt. Kate Vare and the FBI ́s strange stonewalling about the details of the agent ́s killing. To complicate matters, there are the crimes making history today, like the arrest of Russian mafia members in a multi-million dollar fraud case. David ́s wife, Lindsey, star of the sheriff ́s Cybercrimes Bureau, was on the task force that busted the case wide open. But her triumph is short-lived when a hit in Scottsdale leaves three task-force members dead. Lindsey ́s life in danger, Sheriff Peralta stashes Lindsey and David in a safe house. Then Sheriff Peralta inexplicably demands that David solve the cold case.The trail will take Mapstone to the most forlorn parts of Phoenix, as well as to San Francisco and picturesque southern Arizona, as he slowly uncovers the bloody secrets surrounding the mysterious FBI badge. He ́s got the brains and the leads. Now all he and Lindsey have to do is live long enough to bring justice to a 50-year-old crime.… (more)
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Always good to "hear" from history profession turned Maicopa County deputy sheriff David Mapstone. ( )
  SmithfieldJones | Mar 18, 2019 |
(The Sheriff – Mapstone’s former partner is talking) ---You look miserable, Mapstone," he said…Mapstone says "How the hell do you stay so cool? Its a hundred degrees on the first of April". "It’s a dry heat" he said …I said, Hell is a dry heat,"
Once again we meet some old friends who wind us through present day Phoenix and take us on some vivid trips to the past... Mapstones' old teacher comes back to haunt him with what might have been.....this old friend dies of cancer.... the friend says "It's a new dark age" he continues at one point. "Nobody reads anymore. People are losing the ability to think. Television has destroyed us. I'm glad I won't live to see the worst of it"........... (Mapstone remembers when he was visiting him)…When it hurt the worst, he would whisper... "In our sleep, pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our won despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God" - Aeschylus... some great writing a good story line with lots of twists and turns and a character conflicted with his life. ( )
  ckNikka | Oct 22, 2008 |
213 pages and easy read by a Arizona Republic reporter. I'm reading the series completly out of order, but they're decent books. ( )
  chaoscat60 | Aug 1, 2007 |
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Half a century after the unsolved murder of an FBI agent, the victim ́s missing badge is found on the body of a dead transient. The case seems a perfect fit for David Mapstone, history-professor-turned-Maricopa-County-deputy-sheriff. That is, if he can get past a forced partnership with rival cold-case expert Sgt. Kate Vare and the FBI ́s strange stonewalling about the details of the agent ́s killing. To complicate matters, there are the crimes making history today, like the arrest of Russian mafia members in a multi-million dollar fraud case. David ́s wife, Lindsey, star of the sheriff ́s Cybercrimes Bureau, was on the task force that busted the case wide open. But her triumph is short-lived when a hit in Scottsdale leaves three task-force members dead. Lindsey ́s life in danger, Sheriff Peralta stashes Lindsey and David in a safe house. Then Sheriff Peralta inexplicably demands that David solve the cold case.The trail will take Mapstone to the most forlorn parts of Phoenix, as well as to San Francisco and picturesque southern Arizona, as he slowly uncovers the bloody secrets surrounding the mysterious FBI badge. He ́s got the brains and the leads. Now all he and Lindsey have to do is live long enough to bring justice to a 50-year-old crime.

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