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Mar 8 2017 10:00am

Blood’s Echo: New Excerpt

Isabella Maldonado

Blood's Echo by Isabella Maldonado is the 1st in a new series featuring Phoenix detective Veranda Cruz, who is dead set on taking down the Villalobos Cartel—however, 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?

[Read an excerpt from Blood's Echo...]

Mar 3 2017 3:00pm

Fictional Women with a Badge: A Female Cop’s Perspective

Isabella Maldonado, author of Blood's Echo and a police officer for 22 years, discusses the shifting perception of women on the police force in both fiction and real life. Read this exclusive guest post, and then make sure to sign in and comment below for a chance to win the 1st Veranda Cruz Mystery! 

I confess to a love-hate relationship with police procedurals—be they novels, TV shows, or movies. After 22 years wearing a gun and badge, I’ve followed the shifting image of the female police officer/detective with interest. For the most part, the fictional representation of women on the job has mirrored my actual experience. But that's not necessarily a good thing.

When I first joined the force in 1988, I had dared to cross another type of thin blue line. On my first day at the police station, a grizzled old patrol officer walked up to me, folded his beefy arms across his chest, and said, “Women have no place in law enforcement.” He spun on his heel and stalked off. That was my official welcome to the squad.

[More like an official un-welcome...]