Phoenix Burning (Paperback)
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 Blood's Echo, the first book in 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