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High Country Nocturne: A David Mapstone Mystery (David Mapstone Mysteries) (edição: 2015)

de Jon Talton (Autor)

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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. "… (mais)
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Título:High Country Nocturne: A David Mapstone Mystery (David Mapstone Mysteries)
Autores:Jon Talton (Autor)
Informação:Poisoned Pen Press (2015), Edition: 1, 326 pages
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High Country Nocturne is a very exciting novel, and if done with a lighter hand it'd be a farce ... but it's too noir and black for that. Still, the intricate interwoven plot elements remind me of such.

While this novel is well into author Jon Talton's David Mapstone series, and I have not read prior books in it, Talton gave me enough background woven into the plot to catch up -- though I may well read previous volumes for more depth.

The basic plot is a very complicated diamond heist. Add in federal and local agencies who do not necessarily know even what their own outfit is doing, let alone anyone else's; Russian mobsters; an independent and all-too-skillful hitwoman; and schemes within schemes, and betrayal of one kind or another is pretty much inevitable. I think this plot works well.

The secondary plots, though, did not make much sense to me. The case that suckered our protagonist in had me saying "huh?" at the supposed resolution, when the framing could not possibly have worked as the framer intended.

OK, I guess that's realistic, but it does not make good fiction.

The positive and dubious characters are well-drawn and complex, and one does end up caring about them, even when they seem to be acting inexplicably. The Bad 'Uns, however, are more like cliches, including our hitwoman.

It's set in Phoenix AZ, which is a character in its own right, and both the present and its past are evoked beautifully.

This book is recommended for Phoenix fans, and for people who like complicated plots with a fairly grim perspective.

I received this book in exchange for writing an honest review. ( )
  cissa | Dec 20, 2015 |
The latest David Mapstone mystery finds Mapstone lamenting a city that is no more as well as wondering what the heck is going on with his business partner, Mike Peralta. The former Maricopa County Sheriff and Mapstone run a private investigator business that does the occasional security type job such as transporting diamonds. Peralta was on one such job earlier in the day.

A job that went very strange as Peralta apparently shot the guard that he was working with and stole the diamonds. In the hours since a major investigation spearheaded by the FBI has been launched and a manhunt is underway. All the FBI has managed to do so far, after grilling both Mapstone and Peralta’s wife, Sharon, and doing a lot of searching is finding a business card that has a note on it from Peralta stating that Mapstone had nothing to do with the theft and for him to stay out of it.

As if that would ever happen.

This is just the tip of a multi tentacled octopus that has Mapstone and his wife, Lindsey in the crosshairs. The result is one of the best books in the series in years as it has plenty of action, complexity, and suspense. No review will do this book justice. In the series that began years ago with Concrete Desert author Jon Talton takes readers on one incredible ride in High Country Nocturne: A David Mapstone mystery.

Very much recommended.

High Country Nocturne: A David Mapstone Mystery
Jon Talton
http://www.jontalton.com
Poisoned Pen Press
http://www.posionpenpress.com
2015
ISBN#978-1-4642-0398-5
Hardback (available in e-book, paperback, and audio formats)
326 Pages
$24.95

Material obtained by way of the Plano Public Library System.

Kevin R. Tipple ©2015 ( )
  kevinrtipple | Nov 26, 2015 |
This book deals with a diamond heist that is apparently perpetrated by a former County Sheriff (Mike Peralta) who many people including the main character (Mapstone) refuse to believe did it. Mapstone is a private detective and the former police partner of Peralta in the days he was on the force. So, Mapstone rejoins the force to clear his buddies' name. To complicate things there is a young female assassin who is stalking Mapstone because she thinks he knows something about the diamonds and she shoots Mapstone's love interest by mistake. Lots of twist and turns in this compelling mystery. ( )
  muddyboy | Oct 21, 2015 |
Set in Phoenix and nearby mountain range, the former sheriff turned detective must find a way to clear his name and catch the real jewel thieves. The author paints a picture of corruption, bias, and selfishness that leaves the reader wondering how close to reality his story might be. ( )
  bemislibrary | Aug 29, 2015 |
David Mapstone wants to prove that his friend Mike Peralta, a former sheriff, did not steal a cache of diamonds. Recruited unwillingly by the new sheriff, David is assigned the task of solving an old cold case. Trying to balance his job with his search for the real diamond thief, David asks his wife, Lindsey, for help. When events take a deadly turn, David must risk everything to find the truth. Although this is part of a series, the story can be read as a stand-alone. David and Lindsey are interesting characters, although at times David's nostalgia is a bit wearing. The mystery is nicely twisty and the ending is well-done.

Note: this review is based on an ARC from the publisher ( )
  astraplain | Jun 28, 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. "

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