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.
Produced by IOF Productions Ltd. Producer, Deborah J Ledford. Co-Producer/Editor, Nick Fainbarg.
Inola Walela becomes the avenging angel of death, leaving no stone unturned in order to bring justice for one small boy in this knife-edge drama. Walela’s search brings her closer to the truth in a cataclysmic chaos of events. Following in the footsteps of J.A. Jance, the police procedural genre has birthed a new author to follow. In CRESCENDO, Deborah J Ledford raises suspense to a higher level as she intertwines her Cherokee heritage with her writing, exposing all of us to her award winning style. –Suspense Magazine
Since I read the first book in the series, STACCATO, I’ve loved the character Inola, a Native American cop who is 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. –Midwest Book Review
CRESCENDO, is book three of the Steven Hawk/Inola Walela thriller series by DEBORAH J LEDFORD. Other novels include the classical music-themed STACCATO, and The Hillerman Sky Award Finalist and New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards Finalist, SNARE. She is also a three-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize in the short story category. Part Eastern Band Cherokee, she spent her summers growing up in the Great Smoky Mountains of western North Carolina where her novels are set.