A KILLER’S GAME: Isabella Maldonado Set to Kickoff New Series in 2023



On May 23, 2023, Isabella Maldonado is kicking off a brand new series when A Killer’s Game hits bookstores everywhere.

Maldonado, best known for her Wall Street bestselling Special Agent Nina Guerrera series and popular Detective Veranda Cruz franchise, has shown incredible range over the course of her career as an author. Leaning heavily on her own background in law enforcement, her books have an unprecedented level of grit, rawness, and authenticity to them not often found in fiction. Her new series, which stars an FBI agent who specializes in cryptography, is one of the most anticipated thrillers of 2023. 

“What if an escape room, a brain-teasing mystery, and a high-octane thriller had a baby? The result would be A KILLER’S GAME,” said Maldonado to The Real Book Spy, “the first installment in the new FBI Agent Dani Vega series. Described as “Squid Game meets Criminal Minds,” this female Jack Reacher-esque story will have readers trying to solve puzzles while on the edge of their seats.”

Check out the official plot details and cover art below!


“Intense, gripping, and compulsively readable, A Killer’s Game goes from zero to ninety on page one and never slows down. FBI agent Dani Vega is a heroine to cheer for—tough, inventive, and highly capable. A winner.” —Meg Gardiner, #1 New York Times bestselling author

An FBI agent with a background in cryptography. A brilliant game maker bent on revenge. A deadly battle of wits and wills. An ingenious thriller from the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Cipher.

FBI agent and former military codebreaker Daniela “Dani” Vega witnesses a murder on a Manhattan sidewalk. The victim is chief of staff for a powerful New York senator. The assassin turned informant is Gustavo Toro. His code: hit the target and don’t ask questions. When Dani suspects a complex conspiracy, the only way to take down the mastermind is from the inside, forcing her to partner with Toro. Together they must infiltrate the inner circle at a remote facility.

Except it’s a trap. For all of them.

Locked in a subterranean labyrinth and held captive by an unseen host, Dani, Toro, and others must fight for their lives. Now Dani must stay undercover, unravel a bizarre conspiracy, and survive lethal puzzles. But will Toro be friend or foe? Because in this killer’s game, everything is real: the paranoia, the desperation, and the body count. And only one person can make it out alive.



Wall Street Journal bestselling and award-winning author Isabella Maldonado wore a gun and badge in real life before turning to crime writing. A graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico and the first Latina to attain the rank of captain in the Fairfax County Police Department just outside DC, she retired as the commander of special investigations and forensics. During more than two decades on the force, her assignments included hostage negotiator, department spokesperson, and district station commander. She uses her law enforcement background to bring a realistic edge to her writing, which includes the bestselling FBI Special Agent Nina Guerrera series (optioned by Netflix for a feature film starring Jennifer Lopez) and the Detective Veranda Cruz series. Her books have been translated into twenty languages. For more information, visit her official website.

Readers excited to get their hands on A KIller’s Game can now pre-order Isabella Maldonado’s forthcoming new thriller here.


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