Blood's Echo – Veranda Cruz mystery #1
Written by a retired police captain, this book is described by reviewers and critics as: "A fast-paced juggernaut of a thriller;" "Taut, tense, relentlessly authentic;" and "An insider's look at some of the most dangerous work in law enforcement."
Detective Veranda Cruz leads an elite task force on the Phoenix Police Drug Enforcement Bureau. Bartolo Villalobos is the heir apparent to the most powerful cartel in the world. No one in the departemnt suspects the secret motive behind Veranda's obession with the cartel...until an operation goes horribly wrong.
Targeted by an increasingly unstable drug lord, Veranda must protect her family and stay clear of adversaries within the force while she sets a trap for Bartolo. As the desert action heats up, Veranda and her new Homicide team--along with an arson investigator who kindles a flame for her--are all drawn into a deadly gambit. Taking down Bartolo is the ultimate goal, but is Veranda ready to trade her life for justice?
About Isabella Maldonado (Phoenix, Arizona Author)
Before her foray into the world of crime fiction, Isabella Maldonado wore a gun and badge in real life. She retired as a captain after over two decades on the force and moved to the Phoenix area where her uniform now consists of tank tops and yoga pants.
During her tenure on the department, she was a patrol officer, hostage negotiator, spokesperson, and recruit instructor at the police academy. After being promoted, she worked as a patrol sergeant and lieutenant before heading the Public Information Office. Finally, as a captain, she served as Gang Council Coordinator, and oversaw a patrol district station before her final assignment as the Commander of the Special Investigations and Forensics Division.
She graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico in 2008 after eleven weeks of physically and mentally challenging study for 220 law enforcement executives from around the world. She is proud to have earned her “yellow brick” for completing the famous FBI obstacle course.
Ms. Maldonado is a member of the FBI National Academy Associates, International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime, where she served as president of the Desert Sleuths Chapter in Phoenix in 2015 and currently sits on the board.