"Talton crisply evokes Phoenix's New West ambience and keeps readers guessing with unexpected plot twists." -Publishers Weekly
When a former student turns up in David Mapstone's office, she seems to have the perfect case for this history-professor-turned-deputy: a letter left by her deceased father, confessing to a forty-year-old murder and providing directions to the body. But things are never what they seem in Phoenix, a fast-buck city of newcomers seeking fresh starts from sometimes dark pasts.
Just ask David's wife, Deputy Lindsey Faith Mapstone. One morning the start of the Willo District home tour is interrupted by murder. A man lies dead with an ice pick in his brain. And Lindsey runs right into her half-sister Robin among the crowd gathering in the historic Phoenix neighborhood, the sister Lindsey hasn't seen in years. The reunion with Robin rekindles memories about their rough upbringing and the deep rift that they may, or may not, bridge. Why is Robin here now?
Jon Talton is the author of nine novels: two mystery series and the thriller Deadline Man. He is also a veteran journalist and the former business editor of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Arizona Dreams is the fifth in his David Mapstone mystery series set in Arizona where he lived and worked for several years. Jon now lives in Washington state where he is an economics columnist for The Seattle Times and runs the blog Rogue Columnist.