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Phoenix Burning

(The second book in the Veranda Cruz Mystery series)
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One of Book Riot's Best 25 Suspense Books of 2018

“Maldonado’s a writer to watch, and she showcases her own extensive law enforcement background in this tightly plotted police procedural.” Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

Phoenix detective Veranda Cruz has vowed to bring the Villalobos crime family to justice, but when a wave of violence in the city escalates, she is forced to confront her darkest fear.

Adolfo Villalobos is a crime boss who's determined to stake his claim. To prove that he's ready to run his family's sprawling criminal empire, he devises a plan to silence his siblings and destroy Veranda, leaving a trail of destruction through downtown Phoenix that makes national headlines.

Veranda believes the task force she's been assigned to lead will end Adolfo's reign of terror, until his revenge takes a cruel-and highly personal-twist.

The cunning scheme devastates Veranda, who struggles with secrets from her past that may end her career. And her life.

Genre: Mystery

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"Maldonado ratchets up the tension with each page leaving you breathless as you race to the end." - Robin Burcell

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