Saturday, January 08, 2011

What is Jon Talton reading?

This weekend's featured contributor at Writers Read: Jon Talton, author of the David Mapstone Mysteries: Concrete Desert, Cactus Heart, Camelback Falls, Dry Heat, Arizona Dreams and the recently released South Phoenix Rules.

His entry begins:
I’m reading Crisis Economics by Nouriel Roubini and Stephen Mihm for my day job as economics columnist for the Seattle Times. It’s a provocative look at the recent crash and the instability we have ahead.

Like Mapstone, I read “history porn” for pleasure — most recently...[read on]
Among the praise for the David Mapstone Mysteries:
The Washington Post BookWorld said Concrete Desert is “more intelligent and rewarding than most contemporary mysteries.” In a starred review, Booklist called it “a stunning debut.” The Chicago Tribune lauded Camelback Falls for its “twisty and crafty” plot. For Dry Heat, Publishers Weekly wrote, “Taut prose helps tighten the screws, and the winning, sensitive portrayal of the Mapstones ¬– both of them a relief after too many hard-nosed PIs who are all gristle and no brain – lends credibility to the noirish narrative."
Talton is also a veteran journalist and blogger. He writes the “On the Economy” column for the Seattle Times and is editor and publisher of the blog Rogue Columnist.

Visit Jon Talton's website.

The Page 69 Test: South Phoenix Rules.

Writers Read: Jon Talton.

--Marshal Zeringue