Search Results: "Jon Talton"


BOOK REVIEW

CONCRETE DESERT by Jon Talton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 16, 2001

"A lackluster debut."
The road's been bumpy recently for melancholic history teacher/sleuth David Mapstone. Read full book review >

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CAMELBACK FALLS by Jon Talton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"The plotting goes a bit shaky near the end, but Deputy Mapstone, firmly in the neo-noir tradition, is strong, suitably sensitive, and increasingly sympathetic: a notable improvement over his debut in The Concrete Desert (2001)."
Though he's still entitled to wear the uniform and carry the badge and gun, David Mapstone is 20-plus years away from being a real cop. Read full book review >

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HIGH COUNTRY NOCTURNE by Jon Talton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 2, 2015

"A bit of mystery, some hints of adultery, a dose of gun (well, holster) lore, and the requisite macho posturing. Somehow, though, the ingredients of Mapstone's eighth never add up to much more than a miscellany."
What could come between the partners of Peralta & Mapstone, Phoenix's most active firm of private investigators (The Night Detectives, 2013, etc.)? A cache of stolen diamonds, that's what.Read full book review >

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DRY HEAT by Jon Talton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 6, 2004

"Talton's characters are consistently more interesting than their story. Maybe next time."
When a homeless man is found dead with a late FBI agent's badge sewn into his jacket, it's time to send in the History Shamus. Read full book review >

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CACTUS HEART by Jon Talton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2007

"The prose can go over the top now and then, but this fifth in the series (after Arizona Dreams, 2006, etc.)—tightly plotted, smartly paced and enlivened by dollops of enthusiastic sex—is purple-proof. Talton's best yet."
In an entertaining prequel, Talton tells how series hero David Mapstone got to be the way he is. Read full book review >

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SOUTH PHOENIX RULES by Jon Talton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2010

"Though a gripping beginning loosens its hold somewhere around the middle, tough but vulnerable Mapstone will keep you hooked at the sticking point."
After a one-volume hiatus, Talton revisits Professor/Deputy Sheriff David Mapstone (Arizona Dreams, 2006, etc.), now a more troubled man in a darker, drearier city. Read full book review >

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THE PAIN NURSE by Jon Talton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2009

"Nicely done. Though she's a pain nurse, Cheryl Beth is a pleasure."
A nurse who understands pain, a cop who's got plenty of it and a cold case turned hot mesh smoothly in the latest from Talton (Cactus Heart, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

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DEADLINE MAN by Jon Talton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2010

"Talton (The Pain Nurse, 2009, etc.) serves up a well-crafted mystery that is also a heartfelt threnody for the journalism that was."
In Seattle, a beloved newspaper's death coincides with more mysterious sudden deaths. Read full book review >

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POWERS OF ARREST by Jon Talton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2012

"Talton (Deadline Man, 2010, etc.) crafts a solid mystery while telling the engrossing, sometimes poignant story of a cop with a cane who refuses to be pigeonholed."
A brave cop finds the kind of courage he didn't know he had. Read full book review >

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THE NIGHT DETECTIVES by Jon Talton
Released: May 7, 2013

"The partnership of secretive, pensive Peralta and anguished, impetuous Mapstone (South Phoenix Rules, 2010, etc.) is intriguing, their love lives less so. But NRA aficionados will go nuts."
Would a pretty ex-hooker strip herself naked, handcuff herself, then vault over a married john's 19th-floor balcony and willingly kill herself? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NOTHING by Jon Agee
by Jon Agee, illustrated by Jon Agee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Next to the rich feeling and insight in Patrick McDonnell's Gift of Nothing (2005), Agee's take on the core idea is superficial, but his solid fan base will welcome this new outing. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In a barbed commentary on fashion cycles, Agee creates a spare tale that begins and ends in a storekeeper's emptied antiques shop. Read full book review >

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MR. PUTNEY'S QUACKING DOG by Jon Agee
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"Sure to appeal to a wide range of ages—a real end-of-summer treat. (Nonfiction. 6 & up)"
Continuing the master wordplay displayed in his previous titles about anagrams, oxymorons, palindromes and spoonerisms (Orangutan Tongs: Poems to Tangle Your Tongue, 2009, etc.), Agee introduces Mr. Putney and invites readers to guess the names of his odd menagerie of animal friends in a series of 20 sly riddles. Read full book review >