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Dry Heat (David Mapstone Mystery #3)

3.9  ·  Rating details ·  178 Ratings  ·  17 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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Betty
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The third book in this series did not disappoint me as it was exciting and very difficult to put down. David Mapstone has a couple of problems to handle. He was called out to a canal drowning of a homeless man. The man, a missing FBI badge sewn-in jacket. The badge has been missing for a number of years. It belonged to a murdered FBI agent. The case is the only Arizona unsolved case of an FBI agent. Sheriff Mike Peralta orders David to work with a task force including Phoenix Sgt Kate Vare. Kate ...more
Ann Eidsmoe
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like Jon Talton's writings. Keeps you interested in the plot, while giving you history and landmarks.
Betty
The third book in this series did not disappoint me as it was exciting and very difficult to put down. David Mapstone has a couple of problems to handle. He was called out to a canal drowning of a homeless man. The man, a missing FBI badge sewn-in jacket. The badge has been missing for a number of years. It belonged to a murdered FBI agent. The case is the only Arizona unsolved case of an FBI agent. Sheriff Mike Peralta orders David to work with a task force including Phoenix Sgt Kate Vare. Kate ...more
T
Jan 31, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oops. Really read them out of order, Dr Mapstone went from newly dating to married in the two books I've read back to back. Good thing that doesn't bother me much (short attention span?).

It's hot in Arizona, as usual. A transient is found floating dead in a pool, and hey the missing but not publicly known that it was missing, badge of an FBI agent, long since gone was hidden in the transient's jacket lining. Hmmmm...What's going on here? As far as the FBI is concerned, the agent committed suicid
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Elizabeth
Nov 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Patty
Mar 18, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My brother recommended this author to me; Talton authors a series of mystery novels based in our hometown of Phoenix. Mysteries aren't really my jam, but after spending a vacation week in Phoenix with my brother and feeling those familiar pangs of nostalgia, we went to The Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale and he bought me a (signed) copy of Dry Heat. The writing is good, the story intriguing, the action believable. I'm not clamoring to buy the whole series, but when I feel that nostalgia for ...more
Meryll Levine Page
If you know the Phoenix area, it will enhance your enjoyment of this mystery. All the requisite
pieces are here---complicated plot, complex relationships plus Russian mafia. I found the detective's nostalgia for "old Phoenix" charming when he first reminisced but less charming as he repeated his complaints like a bell tolling the hours chapter after chapter.
David L. Haven, Jr.
Historical Syncretism

What could be better than a commie around every corner? A post modern ruskie trampling on the same pathway as his cold war comrade!

Jon Talton creates a collars and contrast within the fictional world of a very real Phoenician city. A marvelous intellectual story that keeps on bouncing around in my head.
Barbara B.
Dec 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Jessica
Mar 27, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  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.
Christy
A David Mapstone mystery. Not a great mystery fan, but these are entertaining. Especially liked that it's set in a city I know a little bit. Shows me a side of Phoenix I don't know. I may read another one while I am in Phoenix area for the atmosphere.
Tammy AZ
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Andy Plonka
Mar 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In addition to producing a credible mystery Talton demonstrates a love and understanding of the American Southwest and Phoenix in particular.
Betty McMahon

Good mystery and well written.
Paul
May 02, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fine, unfussy mystery set in Phoenix, AZ. Excellent use of local color and lore to deepen characterizations.
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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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