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Whenever the lust for drugs, money, and power lays claim to a city, brutality is never far behind.
Phoenix detective Veranda Cruz is dead set on taking down the Villalobos Cartel, but the ruthlessness of her quarry demands a ruthless edge of her own.
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 department suspects the secret motive behind Veranda’s obsession 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 life for justice?
|Number of Pages||:||336 pages|
November 30, 2017
4.5 stars. Detective Veranda Cruz leads a drug enforcement team in the Phoenix PD. Her mission in life is to put a stop to the Villalobos cartel for personal and professional reasons. She is part of a large Mexican family of immigrants, led by her mother, who brought the family north when her hus...
October 19, 2017
Good debut book by Isabella Maldonado.
Veranda Cruz works in law enforcement in Phoenix, Arizona. She is obsessed with fighting the drug cartels, especially the Villalobos cartel. Living in a country where the cartels are day to day news, it's very vivid and well described.
I like the strong charac...
March 13, 2017
Fantastic debut novel. Author Maldonado accesses her former law enforcement professional status and takes the reader to a world few can convey in words. The female heroine, Veranda Cruz, is one I look forward to learning more about in upcoming books. This is a wild ride, featuring real-world situ...
April 22, 2017
A terrific debut by an ex-cop who really knows what she is writing about. Lively characters that bring Phoenix to life. The writing is crisp and the pace is fast. Don't miss this terrific crime story that could have been ripped from the headlines of today's paper.
December 08, 2016
I really liked this novel. Is Detective Veranda Cruz's story. Is about her work as a police officer in Phoenix. She is out to put a stop to the Villalobos cartel. She wants to bring them down for job reasons and personal reasons. Her family owns a restaurant in the city and are very close. Being...
March 17, 2018
Drug cartels fascinate me. Maybe it's because I live in a border state. I lapped up Don Winslow's Power of the Dog and it's sequel The Cartel and I eagerly await the 3rd book in that series. In the meantime, this is one of the books that crossed my radar.
Maldonado is a debut author, a former poli...
August 25, 2017
Isabella Maldonado brings her law enforcement background to the forefront in her debut novel, Blood’s Echo. Detective Veranda Cruz isn’t a typical cop battling a drug cartel. From her distinctive name to her haunted past, she is different from any adversary the drug cartel, the Villalobos, have y...
January 16, 2017
Detective Veranda Cruz is determined to stop the Villalobos cartel. For personal reasons
her obsession with them will not quit and as she gets closer they target both her and her family.
The plot is strong and the story flows at a very good pace, creating suspense all along the way.
The characters w...
June 04, 2017
An excellent read! This novel brims with authenticity. Maldonado (a former law enforcement professional) draws on her personal experience to create convincing details that pull the reader deeper into the story. Likewise, the Phoenix setting is so real it jumps off the page, and you can almost fee...
October 29, 2017
I was thoroughly impressed by Isabella Maldonado’s debut novel, BLOOD’S ECHO. The author did a great job of developing an intricate story of a drug cartel Family hell bent on a making deep inroads into pushing their drugs into The Valley of the Sun—Phoenix. What they did not account for was the t...