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Concrete Desert
01 Dec 2012 * EBOOK * £4.99 * 9781781850190

The past haunts the present as ex-history professor David Mapstone takes on the cold case crime desk in Phoenix, Arizona.

Fiction / FF (Crime Fiction)
Extent: 208 pages
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Concrete DesertA Phoenix Cold Case, 1by Jon Talton

Cold cases haunt the present in the desert city of Phoenix, Arizona.

A PHOENIX COLD CASE: David Mapstone has returned to Phoenix, Arizona, the desert city he left behind a lifetime ago. The ex-cop, ex-history professor is working the police dept's cold case desk, unearthing long-buried secrets. And he's good at it: as an ex-historian Mapstone knows the past is never past, as an ex-cop he knows he can't trust anybody...

CONCRETE DESERT: In 1959 a young woman took a late-night cab home and disappeared. Two weeks later, she was found naked, strangled in the Harquahala desert. Mapstone links her death to four other girls similarly strangled, stripped and dumped. Were these deaths the work of a serial killer? Mapstone's research is interrupted by his reacquaintance with an old flame. Back then, it ended badly, but now she wants him to find her sister who has disappeared. Initially, Mapstone has more leads on the 40-year-old murders than the missing sister. Until she's found in the desert. Stripped. And strangled.

Jon Talton is a fourth-generation Arizonan who grew up in the same neighbourhood that Mapstone calls home. He is the author of nine novels, including the Mapstone mysteries, The Pain Nurse and Deadline Man.

THE PHOENIX COLD CASES. Meet David Mapstone – unemployed history professor forced to come home to Phoenix, where his only job prospect is working for his old friend in the Sheriff's Office on the department's cold cases. With a .357 magnum Colt Python added to his academic skills, Mapstone is soon getting results.

'A great read!' Michael Connelly

'A strong new voice in contemporary hard-boiled fiction' Washington Post

'Talton crisply evokes Phoenix's New West ambience and keeps readers guessing with unexpected plot twists' Publishers Weekly

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