Bestselling Authors Jeffery Deaver & Isabella Maldonado Teaming Up For ‘Fatal Intrusion’

In what can only be described as one of the biggest publishing events of the summer, Fatal Intrusion, the first book in a new series from bestselling authors Jeffery Deaver and Isabella Maldonado, is set to hit bookstores on August 6, 2024.

News of this new series from Deaver (a major New York Times bestselling author with more than 50 million books sold) and Maldonado (a retired police captain and Wall Street Journal bestseller) first broke back in December, when details were listed on Publisher’s Marketplace. 

NYT-bestselling author Jeffery Deaver and WSJ-bestselling author of The Cipher Isabella Maldonado’s FATAL INTRUSION, the first in a series introducing Carmen Sanchez, an agent with the little-known Homeland Security Investigations division of DHS and Jacoby “Jake” Heron, an eccentric but brilliant professor and penetration tester whose job is to protect against intrusion into every aspect of our lives; over the course of 72 hours, they join forces in a desperate attempt to stop a serial killer in Southern California, to Megha Parekh at Thomas & Mercer, in a major deal, for seven figures, in a pre-empt, in a two-book deal, for publication in fall 2024, by Deborah Schneider at Gelfman Schneider for Deaver and Liza Fleissig at Liza Royce Agency for Maldonado (world, excl. Italy and Germany).

The meeting of two literary giants is exciting, and anyone who’s read Deaver or Maldonado‘s work knows this is a sure-bet bet to thrill, making it a no-brainer to pre-order.

Check out the cover art and plot details below!


As a wave of murders grips Southern California, an unlikely pair must untangle the mysterious patterns of an elusive killer. A propulsive new series by New York Times bestselling author Jeffery Deaver and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Isabella Maldonado.

Carmen Sanchez is a tough Homeland Security agent who plays by the rules. But when her sister is attacked, revealing a connection to a series of murders across Southern California, she realizes a conventional investigation will not be enough to stop the ruthless perpetrator.

With nowhere else to turn, Sanchez enlists the aid of Professor Jake Heron, a brilliant and quirky private security expert who, unlike Sanchez, believes rules are merely suggestions. The two have a troubled past, but he owes her a favor and she’s cashing in. They team up to catch the assailant, who, mystifyingly, has no discernable motive and fits no classic criminal profile. All they have to go on is a distinctive tattoo and a singular obsession that gives this chillingly efficient tactician his nickname: Spider.

Over the next seventy-two hours, Sanchez and Heron find themselves in the midst of a lethal chess match with the killer as they race to stop the carnage. As the victims mount, so do the risks. Because this spider’s web of intrigue is more sinister―and goes far deeper―than anyone could possibly anticipate.


Jeffery Deaver is the award-winning #1 international and New York Times bestselling author of the Lincoln Rhyme, Colter Shaw and Kathryn Dance series, among many others. Deaver’s work includes forty-seven novels, one hundred short stories, and a nonfiction law book. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into twenty-five languages. A former journalist, folk singer, and attorney, he was born outside Chicago and has a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a law degree from Fordham University. He was recently named a Grand Master of Mystery Writers of America, whose ranks include Agatha Christie, Elmore Leonard and Mickey Spillane. For more information, visit

Isabella Maldonado is the award-winning and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Nina Guerrera, Daniela Vega and Veranda Cruz series. Her books are published in twenty-four languages. 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 her police department, 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 precinct commander. She uses her law enforcement background to bring a realistic edge to her writing. For more information, visit

Readers excited to get their hands on this series starter can now pre-order Fatal Intrusion here.



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