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Crescendo by Deborah J Ledford

“Ledford raises suspense to a higher level.” –Suspense Magazine

One murdered woman.

A missing child.

The diabolic father who will do anything to get his son back.

The female cop who risks everything to keep the boy safe.

CRESCENDO – Redemption with a Bullet

CRESCENDO is Book Three of the Steven Hawk/Inola Walela suspense series.

As the only female Native American officer on the Bryson City, North Carolina police force, Inola Walela, must always play her A game. All bets are off when during a routine traffic stop the passenger insists her son has been kidnapped but is struck by a car before Inola can glean any hard facts. An altercation ensues and Inola’s partner is felled by a bullet—possibly from her gun.On administrative leave, fraught with guilt for allegedly killing her partner, and obsessed with the possibility of a missing child out there somewhere, she defies the force and her fiancé, Sheriff Steven Hawk. Inola sets off on her own journey to find the missing boy.


“I love Deborah Ledford. Every time I tried putting CRESCENDO down Ledford hooked me into reading ‘just a few more chapters.’ The action in this book is dangerous to sleep cycles.”

~ Jeffrey Siger, author of The New York Times Book Review Pick for the Summer, Target: Tinos

“Deborah Ledford directs suspense like a highly skilled maestro, taking us on a thrill-ride that builds to a powerful, climactic conclusion.”

~Darrell James, author of the award winning novel, Nazareth Child

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016398716
Publisher: Second Wind Publishing LLC
Publication date: 02/18/2013
Series: Steven Hawk/Inola Walela thriller series , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 269 KB

About the Author

Deborah J Ledford's previous release, SNARE, is The Hillerman Sky Award Finalist and the NM-AZ Book Awards Finalist. STACCATO is the first book of the Steven Hawk/Inola Walela suspense series from Second Wind Publishing. She is a three-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize and her award-winning short stories appear in numerous print publications, as well as literary and mystery anthologies. Part Eastern Band Cherokee, she spent her summers in the region where the sequel is set. Please visit:

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Crescendo 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
T-Bones More than 1 year ago
Intense!! This title had me on pins & needles and reeled me in like a fish from the beginning. The scenes were full of suspense, thrills, action, and all the emotions that come with being a police officer. This was the third book of Ledford's that I've read and I haven't been let down yet.
AaronPaulLazar More than 1 year ago
Crescendo, book three in the Steven Hawk/Inola Walela psychological suspense thriller series, follows in the fast-paced and mesmerizing tradition of Staccato and Snare, the first and second books in the series. I’m not going to rehash the plot here, because there are already a plethora of summaries in reviews previously posted. What I do enjoy writing about, however, is the reaction I have to novels, and how the characters or plot affected me personally. I know, it’s a bit narcissistic, but those are the types of reviews I like to read, not just plot rehashes. ;o)  Since I read the first book in the series, Staccato, I’ve loved the character Inola, a Native American cop who’s constantly having to prove herself to her police department colleagues in the relatively backwoods town of the Bryson City, North Carolina. In spite of her stubborn nature, her inability to communicate with those she truly loves (Steven and her grandmother, Elisi), and her insistence on going out on her own despite obvious dangers that threaten – you can’t help but love her. Tough, focused, and smart, she’s everything you’d want in a heroine.  I particularly enjoyed her vulnerability in this book re. the evil villain’s charms. When she is told her bullet most likely killed her best friend and partner, Cody, she is understandably traumatized. She’s removed from her job, believes she is responsible for Cody’s death, and is obsessed over the mention of a missing child at the scene of the accident that opens the story. These three items weaken her confidence and resolve, and she’s inexplicably drawn to a fellow sympathetic listener, Preston, who happens to be a delicious villain. Preston—a wonderful actor—charms her into his arms. Problem is, Inola’s currently living with and involved in a relationship with the rugged black Sheriff, Steven Hawk.  There were many memorable scenes, including Inola’s visit to the villain’s hotel room, the shivery cold chase scenes through the woods, and the amusing scenes with the IT jailbird who is released to help out the cops. My favorites, however, were those showcasing Inola’s grandmother Elisi and the young abandoned boy they rescue from a hotel room. Her loving attention to this boy broke my heart, and I felt instantly moved. Although it seems Elisi didn’t connect with Inola when she was delivered to her to be raised, she apparently has grown and changed over time, and has a great deal of love to share. I have recently learned that Ms. Ledford is planning a fourth book in the series – hurray! Recommended by Aaron Paul Lazar.
Golfer1 More than 1 year ago
Deb Ledford has done it again. The third installment of the series, she has presented the reader with a tight plot that reeks with tension and suspense--a mother fears for the safety of her child from a crazed madman bent of harming her and childnapping. All located in the hills of modern day Great Smokey Mountains. Another excellent read from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
CRESCENDO is mesmerizing. Ms. Ledford has once again lived up to the highest standard in story-telling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This author improves with every book she writes. Her third novel, "Crescendo" proves the point! I love the Steven Hawk/Inola Walela series. Both characters are strong, heroic, brave and yet flawed. In other words they are believable. As an ebook/Nook reader I did notice a few print problems but certainly not enough to put me off reading a solid well written novel. I had a hard time walking away or putting it down even for a short while! A definite goodread!!