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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?
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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...
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...
March 01, 2017
From the first chapter, Blood's Echo will appeal to those who love both thrill-a-minute action films and crime fiction. The author uses her vast personal experience as a former police officer to give us an inside look at law enforcement and a fantastic story to boot. Main character Veranda Cruz e...
March 05, 2017
Blood's Echo is a fast-paced juggernaut of a thriller led by a strong, interesting woman. While Veranda Cruz tries to bring down one of the most powerful drug cartels in the world, readers learn quite a bit about family dynamics-- both within Veranda's large and caring Hispanic family and the dru...
May 01, 2017
In her debut novel Maldonado pulls from her personal experience as a former cop to provide readers with a highly entertaining police procedural—a thriller with more than a touch of reality, pulled from today’s headlines.
Detective Veranda Cruz, a Phoenix Police Drug Enforcement Agent and a first g...