High Country Nocturne

High Country Nocturne

A David Mapstone Mystery

Book - 2015
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A cache of diamonds is stolen in Phoenix. The prime suspect is former Maricopa County Sheriff Mike Peralta, now a private investigator. Disappearing into Arizona's mountainous High Country, Peralta leaves his business partner and longtime friend David Mapstone with a stark choice. He can cooperate with the FBI, or strike out on his own to find Peralta and what really happened.Mapstone knows he can count on his wife Lindsey, one of the top "good hackers" in law enforcement. But what if they've both been betrayed? Mapstone is tested further when the new sheriff wants him back as a deputy, putting to use his historian's expertise to solve a very special cold case. The stakes turn deadly when David and Lindsey are stalked by a trained killer whose specialty is "suiciding" her targets.In depressed, post-recession Phoenix, every certainty has become scrambled, from the short hustle of the powerful real-estate industry to the loyalties Mapstone once took for granted. Could Peralta really be a jewel thief or worse? The deeper Mapstone digs into the world of sun-baked hustlers, corrupt cops, moneyed retirees, and mobsters, the more things are not what they seem. Ultimately, Mapstone must risk everything to find the truth.High Country Nocturne is an ambitious, searing, and gritty novel, with a fast-paced story as hard-edged as the stolen diamonds themselves.
Publisher: Scottsdale, Ariz. : Poisoned Pen Press, c2015.
ISBN: 9781464203985
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY TAL
Characteristics: 317 p. ; 23 in.


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Oct 11, 2015

I enjoy this series. It has compelling stories and interesting characters, but it does tend toward the darker, grittier side. And as a Tucson resident, I find it hard to have any nostalgia for Phoenix, a city that has no discernible soul.

Jun 28, 2015

I've read and enjoyed all of Jon Talton's novels, but this one was hard to take. Torture of a Russian mafioso was far too explicit.

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