Phoenix Burning (Paperback)

By Isabella Maldonado

Midnight Ink, 9780738751023, 336pp.

Publication Date: March 8, 2018



The battle between Veranda Cruz and the Villalobos cartel turns Phoenix into a war zone

Homicide Detective Veranda Cruz will stop at nothing to take down the Villalobos cartel. But when a wave of violence in the city escalates, she fears that the secrets of her past will take her down instead.

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 the cartel's reign of terror, until Adolfo's revenge takes a cruel--and highly personal--twist.

Praise for the Veranda Cruz Mystery series:

"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, author of The Kill Order

"Phoenix Burning is a scorcher . . . Filled with one unsuspecting twist after another, Maldonado keeps the reader guessing at every page turn wondering which startling way the heat will be thrust toward Cruz] next as she attempts to bring back normalcy to the streets of her beloved Phoenix . . . This incendiary tale keeps you surprised to literally the last few shocking pages as to what to expect next in this marvelous thriller from one of the most unique cop stories you'll ever read."--Pascal Marco, author of Render Safe

"Phoenix Burning is the high-octane, high-stakes story as gritty and tortured as its main character, Veranda Cruz, one of the most realistic police detectives I've read in recent fiction. You'll root for her as she takes on the Mexican cartel and delves deep into their horrifying crimes, while battling her own treacherous past. A fast and compelling read that will keep you turning pages deep into the night."--Carla Buckley, author of The Good Goodbye "This one delivers a brilliant and complicated heroine, accentuated by a take-no-prisoners plot. Every emotion is drawn out with sizzle and clout, the tension ratcheting up degree by degree as the pages fly by. It's spicy, smart, and entertaining, definitely worth your time."--Steve Berry, author of The Lost Order "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 may be burning, but Maldonado's star is rising. Gritty and gripping."--J.A. Jance, New York Times Bestselling author of Proof of Life

About the Author

Isabella Maldonado retired from law enforcement as a Commander of Special Investigations and Forensics. During her long career, she was recognized with a Meritorious Service Award and a Lifesaving Award, and she was selected to attend executive management training at the FBI's National Academy. Isabella is the immediate past president of the Phoenix chapter of Sisters In Crime. She lives in Mesa, Arizona. You can visit her at