cover image A Different Dawn

A Different Dawn

Isabella Maldonado. Thomas & Mercer, $15.95 trade paper (372p) ISBN 978-1-5420-2278-1

When the FBI’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program database detects two murder incidents “staged to look like double murder suicides,” FBI special agent Nina Guerrera investigates, in Maldonado’s captivating sequel to 2020’s The Cipher. The most recent occurred in Phoenix, Ariz., and the previous one happened four years before in Manhattan, both on February 29. FBI agents soon discover the existence of eight similar crimes at four-year intervals, all involving young couples with an infant or newborn child. Nina and her team travel from the Washington, D.C., area to Phoenix, where they look into the first crime in the series, which occurred there 28 years earlier. As the agents get closer to finding commonalities among the murders and in particular the significance of leap day, things get personal for Nina as she uncovers clues to the crimes related to her entry into the foster system as a child. Maldonado expertly ratchets up the tension as the pieces of the puzzle neatly fall into place. Suspense fans will be enthralled from the very first page. [em]Agent: Liza Fleissig, Liza Royce Agency. (Aug.) [/em]