Phoenix Burning

Phoenix Burning

by Isabella Maldonado

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738751023
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 03/08/2018
Series: A Veranda Cruz Mystery Series , #2
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 604,291
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Isabella Maldonado retired from law enforcement as a Commander of Special Investigations and Forensics. During her long career, she was recognized with a Meritorious Service Award and a Lifesaving Award, and she was selected to attend executive management training at the FBI's National Academy. Isabella is the immediate past president of the Phoenix chapter of Sisters In Crime. She lives in Mesa, Arizona.

Isabella's first book, Blood's Echo, is a finalist for the Mariposa Award for Best First Novel!

Isabella Maldonado retired from law enforcement as a Commander of Special Investigations and Forensics. During her long career, she was recognized with a Meritorious Service Award and a Lifesaving Award, and she was selected to attend executive management training at the FBI's National Academy. Isabella is the immediate past president of the Phoenix chapter of Sisters In Crime. She lives in Mesa, Arizona.

Isabella's first book, Blood's Echo, is a winner of the Mariposa Award for Best First Novel!

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Phoenix Burning 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars-- PHOENIX BURNING is the second instalment in Isabella Maldonado’s contemporary, adult VERANDA CRUZ MYSTERY crime thriller series focusing on Phoenix homicide detective Veranda Cruz. PHOENIX BURNING can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty but I recommend reading the series in order as there is a continuing premise throughout. Told from several third person points of view including Veranda Cruz, PHOENIX BURNING follows Phoenix homicide detective Veranda Cruz as she and her fellow police detectives continue to struggle in the wake of a notorious Mexican Cartel headed by Hector Villalobos and his adult children (Adolfo, Bartolo, Carlos & Daria) whose illegal activities including arms dealing, drugs and human trafficking are wreaking havoc in the Phoenix area. In the first instalment BLOOD’S ECHO Veranda’s fifteen year old sister Gabriela was kidnapped by the Villalobos family, and her mother’s restaurant burned to the ground in a violent act of retribution and revenge against our story line heroine. Fast forward six weeks, and Veranda is named to a special task force alongside the Phoenix Police Department Homicide Squad and Gang Unit, the FBI, DEA, US Marshal, Homeland Security and the Mexican Federal Police as they put a plan into motion to take down the Villalobos Cartel. What ensues is a series of set backs, and threats aimed at our story line heroine as Hector Villalobos tries establish his power and authority against everyone involved. PHOENIX BURNING contains some scenes of violence that focus on the brutality of the Mexican cartels; their cruelty and destructiveness as it pertains to human life, and their single-minded ruthlessness of domination and control. The Phoenix Police are outsmarted; our heroine’s family and the people of Phoenix are blindsided; the Villalobos family structure and dynamic will continue to change. Author Isabella Maldonado, a retired police captain, and graduate of the FBI National Academy, draws on her experiences and real life in her endeavor to create a fictionalized world of corruption, crime and violence in Phoenix, Arizona. PHOENIX BURNING is an intriguing thrill ride; a gripping and realistic tale of choices and tragic consequences; of retaliation and retribution; entitlement, family, dominion and power.
brf1948 More than 1 year ago
A southwestern police procedural with a bite, Phoenix Burning brings a unique and breathtaking view of what makes Arizona a special state of mind. Detective Veranda Cruz and her battles with the Villalobos Cartel keep you guessing and on your toes. Isabella Maldonado, a retired Fairfax County policewoman with over two decades on the job, brings us a very realistic look into the drug problems at the forefront of life in the desert southwest, and a few of the reasons living out here is worth of effort. This is an author I will follow. I received a free electronic copy of this novel from Netgalley, Isabella Maldonado, and Midnight Ink in exchange for an honest review. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me.