David Mapstone is immediately confronted with a perplexing dilemma in this mystery, part of a series, when his partner, the former sheriff, Mike Peralta, under whom he served as a deputy and is now his partner in a PI agency, shoots a fellow guard and absconds with a rolling bag of diamonds which they were guarding for delivery. Mapstone can’t believe Peralta has turned thief, but is confronted with the evidence. What to do?
Acting independently of the FBI and local law enforcement, Mapstone follows his nose, antagonizing them in the process, in an effort to discover the truth: Is Peralta really a thief or part of an undercover operation? Meanwhile the new sheriff, who replaced Peralta, uses subterfuge to entice Mapstone to serve as a deputy in an unsolved murder of which he was the discoverer as a uniformed cop many years before. This subplot has no bearing on the main mystery and really is superfluous to the main thrust of the novel.
The author, a long-time resident and native of Phoenix, uses every opportunity to draw attention to the deterioration of the environment, as well as note various buildings, roads, mountains and the deserts of the area. This is a well-presented mystery/crime novel, and an intriguing read, and it is recommended....Continua