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The Cipher (Nina Guerrera Book 1) by [Isabella Maldonado]

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An Amazon Best Book of the Month: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

“The survivor of a vicious crime confronts her fears in a hunt for a serial killer…forensic analysis, violent action, and a tough heroine who stands up to the last man on earth she wants to see again.” Kirkus Reviews

“[In] this riveting series launch from Maldonado…the frequent plot twists will keep readers guessing to the end, and Maldonado draws on her 22 years in law enforcement to add realism. Determined to overcome her painful past, the admirable Nina has enough depth to sustain a long-running series.” Publishers Weekly

The Cipher by Isabella Maldonado is a nail-biting race against time.” POPSUGAR

“Maldonado does a superb job of depicting a woman who’s made a strength out of trauma, and an even better job at showing how a monster could use the internet to prey on the vulnerable. Maldonado spent 22 years in law enforcement and her experience shines through in The Cipher.” The Amazon Book Review

“A heart-pounding novel from page one, The Cipher checks all the boxes for a top-notch thriller: sharp plotting, big stakes, and characters—good and bad and everywhere in between—that are so richly drawn you’ll swear you’ve met them. I read this in one sitting and I guarantee you will too. Oh, another promise: You’ll absolutely love the Warrior Girl!” —Jeffery Deaver, New York Times bestselling author

“Wow! A riveting tale in the hands of a superb storyteller.” —J.A. Jance, New York Times bestselling author

“Intense, harrowing, and instantly addictive, The Cipher took my breath away. Isabella Maldonado has created an unforgettable heroine in Nina Guerrera, a dedicated FBI agent and trauma survivor with unique insight into the mind of a predator. This riveting story is everything a thriller should be.” —Hilary Davidson, Washington Post bestselling author

Previous Praise for Isabella Maldonado

“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)

“Maldonado, a former law enforcement officer, brings her experience and expertise to this gripping police procedural. With its gritty heroine, this action-packed mystery will attract readers who enjoy crime novels about the war on drugs.” Library Journal

“Phoenix may be burning, but Maldonado’s star is rising. Gritty and gripping.” —J. A. Jance, New York Times bestselling author

“Maldonado’s writing always bristles with urgency and authority.” Mystery Scene Magazine

“Delivers a brilliant and complicated heroine, accented by a take-no-prisoners plot…It’s spicy, smart, and entertaining, definitely worth your time.” —Steve Berry, author of The Lost Order

“A highly entertaining police procedural…Maldonado rises to her written challenge to entertain, enthrall, and engage readers in this high-octane thriller.” Suspense Magazine

“A tense thriller with a strong sense of place and an insider’s look at some of the most dangerous work in law enforcement.” —Jan Burke, New York Times bestselling author

“The Phoenix sun isn’t the only thing burning in this thrilling debut, and I look forward to more.” —Shannon Baker, bestselling author of the Kate Fox mystery series

“An ex-narc leads a war against a powerful crime family. The payoff is satisfying.” Kirkus Reviews

“If you’re in the mood for a nonstop exposé of every fear you’ve ever had about cartel crime, Veranda Cruz is the woman to follow.” Kirkus Reviews

“Finally! A kick-ass female protagonist and an author who knows firsthand the world she writes about. The combination makes for an explosive read that grabs you from page one and doesn’t let go.” —Alex Kava, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Lost Creed

“Red alert to all readers of police procedurals with a strong thriller bent: Isabella Maldonado’s Death Blow delivers nonstop action with substance, grit, and surprises.” —Lisa Preston, author of The Clincher

“Gritty, raw, and realistic, Isabella Maldonado’s Death Blow is the real deal.” —Bruce Robert Coffin, bestselling author of the Detective Byron mystery series

“A gritty, gut wrenching, page-turning thriller featuring a woman cop bent on bringing down a twisted cartel leader for reasons of her own, Death Blow grabs you from the first jaw-dropping scene to the last, and Maldonado’s stellar writing weaves it all together.” —Jamie Freveletti, internationally bestselling author of Blood Run

From the Publisher

From when she was an infant, Nina grew up in foster care, bouncing around from home to home. So when she was seventeen, she took matters into her own hands and filed for emancipation. With her newfound independence she finally chose her own last name—Guerrera, Spanish for “warrior.” Nina wanted to make it clear to the world that she would never stop fighting. Her new name also provided her the anonymity she needed to hide in plain sight...

Now, years later, Nina is an FBI special agent fighting for the innocent. When her public takedown of an assailant goes viral, Nina’s thrown into the media spotlight—and into the sights of a killer she once escaped. To him, she’s the one that got away. When murder victims resembling Nina start to pile up, she’s forced to face a horrific moment from her youth to uncover the unsub’s identity. But the closer she gets to answers, the more Nina puts herself at risk.

Isabella Maldonado’s
The Cipher is the first book in an #ownvoices series, and it hooked me from page one. Nina is a diverse, take-no-prisoners heroine whom we can’t help but root for and admire.

- Megha Parekh, Editor

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B083J7QQ89
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Thomas & Mercer (1 Nov. 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1991 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 332 pages
  • Customer reviews:
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Wall Street Journal bestselling author Isabella Maldonado wore a gun and badge in real life before turning to crime writing. She can be found at

The first Latina to attain the rank of captain in her police department, she retired as the Commander of Special Investigations and Forensics. Selected to attend the prestigious FBI National Academy in Quantico, she uses her extensive law enforcement background to bring a realistic edge to her writing. THE CIPHER, the first book in her bestselling series featuring FBI Special Agent Nina Guerrera, was published in 2020 and will be made into a feature film on Netflix starring Jennifer Lopez. The sequel, A DIFFERENT DAWN, was published in 2021. The third book in the series, THE FALCON, will be published on June 28, 2022.

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