Meg Gardiner

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Bestselling, award-winning author Meg Gardiner joins us this week discussing her latest suspense thriller, INTO THE BLACK NOWHERE (Dutton/Penguin-Random House, Jan. 30, 2018).

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Meg Gardiner is the author of 15 suspense thrillers. Her books have been U.S. and international best sellers and have been translated into more than 20 languages. Her latest is INTO THE BLACK NOWHERE (Dutton/Penguin Random House, Jan. 30, 2018), inspired by real-life serial killer Ted Bundy. INTO THE BLACK NOWHERE is the second in her UNSUB series, featuring rookie FBI agent Caitlin Hendrix. The first novel in the series, UNSUB, is in development as a television series by CBS.

Meg’s novel The Shadow Tracer was named one of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2013. Phantom Instinct was chosen one of “The Best Books of Summer” by O, the Oprah magazine in 2015.

Her books include six thrillers featuring feisty journalist Evan Delaney. Stephen King calls the Evan Delaney books, “simply put, the finest crime-suspense series I’ve come across in the last twenty years.” The Evan Delaney novel China Lake won the 2009 Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original and was a NPR’s 100 Best Thrillers Ever finalist.

The Nightmare Thief, featuring both Evan Delaney and forensic psychiatrist, Jo Beckett won the Audie Award for Thriller/Suspense audio-book of 2012. The Jo Beckett novel, The Dirty Secrets Club, was an Amazon’s Top Ten thriller of 2008.

Meg has published short stories in American and British magazines and the anthology Echoes of Sherlock Holmes. She’s contributed essays to Now, Write! Mysteries, The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook, and the Anthony Award winning Books to Die For.

Meg was born in Oklahoma City and raised in Santa Barbara, California. She received a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University, where she lettered in varsity cross country.  She went on to graduate from Stanford Law School. She practiced law in Los Angeles and taught in the Writing Program at the University of California Santa Barbara. Meg later moved with her husband and three young children to London, where she began writing suspense novels.

Beyond writing, Meg is a three-time Jeopardy! champion and a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation. She lives in Austin, Texas.

Praise for INTO THE BLACK NOWHERE (Dutton/Penguin Random House, Jan. 30, 2018)

“Excellent. You know the drill, bookstore near you. Buy now, thank me later.”—Stephen King

“Chilling new cases to dive into on a long winter’s night.”—Bookpage

“Excellent…Gardiner expertly integrates the FBI science of profiling with a suspenseful plot and believable characters. It’s no wonder a TV drama based on this series is in the works at CBS.”—Publishers Weekly

“With a plot that moves at a breathless pace and a heroine with a history of her own issues, Gardiner’s gripping nail-biter will please fans of Alex Kava, Tami Hoag and even Thomas Harris’ Hannibal Lechter novels. Be ready for requests.”—Booklist

“Gardiner once again does serial killing to a turn.”—Kirkus Reviews

One of “The Most Anticipated Crime, Mystery, and Thriller Titles of 2018…a fast paced thriller that also functions as a travel guide, with mouth-watering descriptions of taco stands providing relief from stomach-churning crime scenes.”—LitHub

“Riveting…[Caitlin Hendrix] is a strong female character who is never the victim, and that is rare in this genre.”—Associated Press

“Gardiner…. has turned in another winner with Into the Black Nowhere. Crime-thriller fans appreciate her compelling, well-developed characters—both good and bad- her sense of plot, her master of heart-stopping twists, and her pace, which is TV-ready, as her recent accomplishment shows, combine to create a rollercoaster of a reading ride.”—The Florida Times-Union

INTO THE BLACK NOWHERE (Dutton/Penguin Random House, Jan. 30, 2018)

In this exhilarating thriller inspired by real-life serial killer Ted Bundy, FBI profiler Caitlin Hendrix faces off against a charming, merciless serial killer.

In southern Texas, on Saturday nights, women are disappearing. One vanishes from a movie theater. Another is ripped from her car at a stoplight. Another vanishes from her home while checking on her baby. Rookie FBI agent Caitlin Hendrix, newly assigned to the FBI’s elite Behavioral Analysis Unit, fears that a serial killer is roaming the dark roads outside Austin.

Caitlin and the FBI’s serial crime unit discover the first victim’s body in the woods. She’s laid out in a bloodstained, white baby-doll nightgown. A second victim in a white nightie lies deeper in the forest’s darkness. Both bodies are surrounded by Polaroid photos, stuck in the earth like headstones. Each photo pictures a woman in a white negligee, wrists slashed, suicide-style–posed like Snow White awaiting her prince’s kiss.

To track the UNSUB, Caitlin must get inside his mind. How is he selecting these women? Working with a legendary FBI profiler, Caitlin searches for a homology–that elusive point where character and action come together. She profiles a confident, meticulous killer who convinces his victims to lower their guard until he can overpower and take them in plain sight. He then reduces them to objects in a twisted fantasy–dolls for him to possess, control, and ultimately destroy. Caitlin’s profile leads the FBI to focus on one man: a charismatic, successful professional who easily gains people’s trust. But with only circumstantial evidence linking him to the murders, the police allow him to escape. As Saturday night approaches, Caitlin and the FBI enter a desperate game of cat and mouse, racing to capture the cunning predator before he claims more victims. —Penguin Random House  

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