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Phoenix Burning (Veranda Cruz Book 2) Kindle Edition
One of Book Riot's Best 25 Suspense Books of 2018
“Maldonado’s a writer to watch, and she showcases her own extensive law enforcement background in this tightly plotted police procedural.” —Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
Phoenix detective Veranda Cruz has vowed to bring the Villalobos crime family to justice, but when a wave of violence in the city escalates, she is forced to confront her darkest fear.
Adolfo Villalobos is a crime boss who's determined to stake his claim. To prove that he's ready to run his family's sprawling criminal empire, he devises a plan to silence his siblings and destroy Veranda, leaving a trail of destruction through downtown Phoenix that makes national headlines.
Veranda believes the task force she's been assigned to lead will end Adolfo's reign of terror, until his revenge takes a cruel-and highly personal-twist.The cunning scheme devastates Veranda, who struggles with secrets from her past that may end her career. And her life.
"Maldonado's a writer to watch, and she showcases her own extensive law enforcement background in this tightly plotted police procedural." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Maldonado, a former law enforcement officer, brings her experience and expertise to this gripping police procedural. With its gritty heroine, this action-packed mystery will attract readers who enjoy crime novels." -Library Journal
"Phoenix may be burning, but Maldonado's star is rising. Gritty and gripping." -J.A. Jance, New York Times bestselling author
"Delivers a brilliant and complicated heroine, accentuated by a take-no-prisoners plot...It's spicy, smart, and entertaining." -Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author
"Maldonado's writing always bristles with urgency and authority." -Mystery Scene Magazine
"Author Isabella Maldonado, a retired police captain, and graduate of the FBI National Academy, draws on her experiences and real life in her endeavor to create a fictionalized world of corruption, crime and violence in Phoenix, Arizona. Phoenix Burning is an intriguing thrill ride; a gripping and realistic tale of choices and tragic consequences; of retaliation and retribution; entitlement, family, dominion and power." -The Reading Café
Other Praise for Isabella Maldonado
·The Cipher Soon to be a Netflix feature film starring Jennifer Lopez
·An Amazon Charts bestseller
·Editors' Pick: Best Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
·An Amazon Best Book of the Month: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
·Winner of the Mariposa Award for Best First Novel
Praise for the Detective Veranda Cruz series
"Now three books into her series, Maldonado's franchise is heating up in a big way, as Cruz joins the ranks of Jon Land's Caitlin Strong and Meg Gardiner's Caitlin Hendrix as one of the premier female protagonists in the genre." -The Real Book Spy
"A gritty, gut wrenching, page turning thriller featuring a woman cop bent onbringing down a twisted cartel leader for reasons of her own. Death Blow grabs you from the first jaw dropping scene to the last and Maldonado's stellar writing weaves it all together." -Jamie Freveletti, Internationally bestselling author
"A highly entertaining police procedural . . . Hang on tight for the ride of a lifetime across Southern Arizona as Maldonado rises to her written challenge to entertain, enthrall and engage readers in this high-octane thriller." -Suspense Magazine
"Maldonado ratchets up the tension with each page, leaving you breathless as you race to the end." -Robin Burcell, New York Times bestselling author
"Isabella Maldonado is off to a great start, giving us a tense thriller with a strong sense of place and an insider's look at some of the most dangerous work in law enforcement. This first Veranda Cruz novel will leave readers eagerly awaiting her next adventure." -Jan Burke, New York Times bestselling author
"Taut, tense, and relentlessly authentic. Isabella Maldonado--with her unique personal knowledge of the danger, conflict and emotional toll of law enforcement--is an important new voice in crime fiction." -Hank Phillippi Ryan, Anthony, Agatha, and Mary Higgins Clark award winning author
Praise for the FBI Agent Nina Guerrera series
"The Cipher by Isabella Maldonado is a nail-biting race against time." -POPSUGAR
"Maldonado does a superb job of depicting a woman who's made a strength out of trauma, and an even better job at showing how a monster could use the internet to prey on the vulnerable. Maldonado spent 22 years in law enforcement and her experience shines through in The Cipher." -The Amazon Book Review
"A heart-pounding novel from page one, The Cipher checks all the boxes for a top-notch thriller: sharp plotting, big stakes, and characters--good and bad and everywhere in between--that are so richly drawn you'll swear you've met them. I read this in one sitting and I guarantee you will too. Oh, another promise: You'll absolutely love the Warrior Girl!" -Jeffery Deaver, New York Times bestselling author
"A killer of a novel. Fresh, fast, and utterly ingenious." -Brad Thor, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Wow! A riveting tale in the hands of a superb storyteller." -J.A. Jance, New York Times bestselling author
"Intense, harrowing, and instantly addictive, The Cipher took my breath away. Isabella Maldonado has created an unforgettable heroine in Nina Guerrera, a dedicated FBI agent and trauma survivor with unique insight into the mind of a predator. This riveting story is everything a thriller should be." -Hilary Davidson, Washington Post bestselling author
"The survivor of a vicious crime confronts her fears in a hunt for a serial killer...forensic analysis, violent action, and a tough heroine who stands up to the last man on earth she wants to see again." -Kirkus Reviews
"[In] this riveting series launch from Maldonado...the frequent plot twists will keep readers guessing to the end, and Maldonado draws on her 22 years in law enforcement to add realism. Determined to overcome her painful past, the admirable Nina has enough depth to sustain a long-running series." -Publishers Weekly
From the Author
- ASIN : B08ZYVPLDV
- Publisher : Bright Diamond (April 12, 2021)
- Publication date : April 12, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 1980 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 311 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #14,856 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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PHOENIX BURNING builds on the conflicts, both external and internal, revealed in the first book and taking them to a whole new level.
Phoenix PD Detective Veranda Cruz is selected as lead detective in a multi-agency task force determined to take down the Villalobos cartel. What Detective Cruz and her fellow LEOs don't realize is that their mission is compromised from the beginning. Their initial efforts to end a gang turf war in Phoenix only strengthens the cartel's position, calling Detective Cruz's loyalties into question.
The story crackles with tension, taking sudden turns the reader doesn't expect.
One of the other things I love about this story is how Isabella Maldonado immerses the reader in the beauty of Latino culture, including the food and traditions like quinciñeras. At one point, I developed a serious craving for homemade horchata ice cream when it was mentioned by one of the characters.
At the same time, she doesn't flinch away from the ruthlessness of Mexican drug cartels and how deeply they've penetrated law enforcement in that country while trying to do the same in the United States. The portrayal is honest, complex, and nuanced.
If you're looking for a gripping thriller, you won't go wrong with this series. I can't wait to read the next one.