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Cactus Heart
01 Dec 2012 * EBOOK * £4.99 * 9781781850497

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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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...

CACTUS HEART: Phoenix, a city built on the bones of its past, has just given up one of her longest-kept secrets. Walled up in a tunnel beneath an abandoned warehouse, the skeletons of two four-year-old twins are discovered, the victims in a notorious kidnapping case from the 1940s. But what starts as a tying-up-loose-ends case for David Mapstone quickly becomes something far more sinister.

As Mapstone delves further into the evidence, he discovers a complex web of secrets, lies, money and power. But with a very contemporary killer on the loose, he must untangle the truth – and fast – before they strike again...

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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