South Phoenix Rules (Hardcover)

By Jon Talton

Poisoned Pen Press, 9781590588147, 215pp.

Publication Date: December 7, 2010



A handsome young New York professor comes to Phoenix to research his new book. But when he's brutally murdered, police connect him to one of the world's most deadly drug cartels. This shouldn t be a case for historian-turned-deputy David Mapstone except the victim has been dating David's sister-in-law Robin and now she's a target, too. David's wife Lindsey is in Washington with an elite anti-cyber terror unit and she makes one demand of him: protect Robin.This won t be an easy job with the city police suspicious of Robin and trying to pressure her. With the sheriff's office in turmoil, David is even more of an outsider. And the gangsters are able to outgun and outspend law enforcement. It doesn t help that David and Lindsey's long-distance marriage is under strain. But the danger is real and growing. To save Robin, David must leave his stack of historic crimes and plunge into the savage today world of smuggling people, drugs, and guns in Phoenix.Arizona's History Shamus returns in "South Phoenix Rules." It's the most gripping and personal David Mapstone Mystery yet.

About the Author

Jon Talton is the author of eight novels, including the David Mapstone mysteries as well as "The Pain Nurse." He has been an editor and columnist for the "Dayton"" Daily News, Cincinnati Enquirer, Rocky Mountain News, Charlotte Observer, "and "Arizona"" Republic." He lives in Seattle where he is economics columnist for the "Seattle Times." Visit him at

Praise For South Phoenix Rules

“Talton crisply evokes Phoenix's New West ambience and keeps readers guessing with unexpected plot twists.”  –Publishers Weekly on Arizona Dreams   STARRED REVIEW “Talton, author of the award-winning David Mapstone (Cactus Heart) series, demonstrates his versatility in depicting the little-known world of the hospital pain nurse. A strong series launch, for all collections.” –Library Journal on The Pain Nurse   “Jon Talton's first novel, Concrete Desert, introduces a strong new voice to contemporary hard-boiled fiction.” --The Washington Post on Concrete Desert