South Phoenix Rules-Jon Talton

South Phoenix Rules

Jon Talton

Poisoned Pen, Dec 7 2010, $24.95

ISBN: 9781590588147

NYU Professor Jax Delgado came to Phoenix to conduct research for his next book.  In town, he meets Robin and they begin dating.  However, soon afterward, Delgado is viciously murdered.  The acrimonious lead PPD Detective Sergeant Kate Vare believes the homicide is related to drug cartel activity.

While his wife Lindsay is in DC, historian and just resigned deputy police officer David Mapstone feels for his sister-in-law as he liked Delgado too, but this is not his type of case.  He worked mostly cold cases providing a fresh perspective.  However, those who killed Delgado are after Robin too.  This makes the case his as far as David is concerned.  As he investigates, he finds himself digging deep into a part of the city mostly concealed from the public; a place where human, weapons and drugs are trafficked without regard to the law.

The latest Mapstone mystery (see Arizona Dreams) has several interesting twists including in his personal life as the former cold case cop works the gutters of Phoenix.  The story line is action-packed from the moment Robin opens the box and never slows down until the final confrontation.  Readers will root for the professor as he risks his life and freedom trying to keep his sister-in-law safe.

Harriet Klausner

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