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Dry Heat (David Mapstone Mystery #3)

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  100 ratings  ·  9 reviews
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 detai ...more
ebook, 220 pages
Published May 27th 2010 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published October 1st 2004)
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george burns
A Dlsappointment

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 hand
Another solid book featuring David Mapstone as the Maricopa County's Historian and investigator of cold cases. In this one, an FBI badge from an agent who died in 1948 is found sewn into the jacket of a dead homeless man. The FBI doesn't want Mapstone investigating, Peralta is mysteriously over-interested in the case and Lindsey, now Mapstone's wife, has her own troubles to contend with having just solved a huge credit card fraud case involving the Russian mafia.

My only problem with this book i
John Onoda
I'd really give this a half star more if I could, because it's certainly above average. This is a strong, moody mystery that reaches back into the past, and has something of a Raymond Chandler/Ross McDonald vibe to it, in that sense. The author does a terrific job establishing Pheonix and its weather as a location with a real history, geography and life to it.
Kathy Pool
Disclosure: I have read every one in this series. Despite the repetitious staging of each book (guess they could be read out of order, every now and then with other books inbetween I enjoyed this series and learned a lot about old Phoenix area. Loved the historical credentials of the protagonist.
Barbara B.
The 2nd in a series of books written be a former reporter of our Phoenix paper. His books all take place in Phoenix, so it's a real pleasure to not only read a good story, but also to always know where he's talking about!
Mar 27, 2007 Jessica rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people from AZ who still like it
Talton's books are entertaining mysteries, but unless you're from AZ, and more specifically Phoenix, several of the references might seem random. If you're from AZ and you like mysteries, though, this is perfect for you.
Tammy AZ
This is good crime series that takes place in Phoenix. The author lives or at least did live in Phoenix and does an excellent job of capturing it both physically and psychically.
A fine, unfussy mystery set in Phoenix, AZ. Excellent use of local color and lore to deepen characterizations.
I like David Mapstone mysteries
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Jon Talton is the author of the David Mapstone novels, which follow the adventures of a historian-turned-deputy, working the mean streets of the urban West.

Jon's first novel, "Concrete Desert," was hailed by Kirkus as "an impressive debut." The Washington Post said it "is more intelligent and rewarding than most contemporary mysteries." The series has continued with "Camelback Falls," "Dry Heat,"
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