The Dark Corners of the Night: Follow Stephen King's advice

I’m glowing with gratitude over this. The novel will be published February 18. You can preorder:

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The Dark Corners of the Night: Los Angeles Times book preview

The Los Angeles Times highlights The Dark Corners of the Night as one of the crime and mystery novels it’s most excited about for early 2020:

Kickass women rock 4 new mysteries

Caitlin Hendrix started out as a sheriff’s deputy too, in Alameda County, in former L.A. attorney Meg Gardiner’s blistering 2017 debut, “UNSUB.” (The title comes from what the FBI calls an unknown subject.) Hendrix — now working for the FBI as a behavioral analyst — is back for her third nerve-wracking outing in “The Dark Corners of the Night.” This timea serial killer dubbed The Midnight Man is stealthily breaking into Southern California homes. He kills couples while they sleep, leaving traumatized small children behind to bear witness. Hearing one set of survivors’ harrowing Christmastime encounter heightens Hendrix’s clarity of purpose: “The more challenging and urgent the case, the more dangerous the UNSUB, the hotter her blood sang.” 

The novel drops February 18th. And you bet, between now and then I’m going to urge y’all to preorder. Repeatedly, if the spirit moves you. Preordering really helps the book — and its publisher, and its author. So go wild.

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The Dark Corners of the Night: Kirkus review

The first review of my upcoming novel The Dark Corners of the Night is here, and I’m absolutely thrilled. From Kirkus Reviews:

“Los Angeles may not have snow at Christmastime, but it’s got the next best thing: a stone-cold serial killer who provides FBI behavioral analyst Caitlin Hendrix (Into the Black Nowhere, 2018, etc.) with her third, and perhaps most chilling, adversary. What kind of person breaks into houses when the whole family is home, executes both parents, but leaves the children alive to live with their nightmares? Only someone, as Caitlin tells her boss, CJ Emmerich, who has “deliberately created surviving witnesses.” … Determined that she won’t be outmaneuvered by a killer who’s dramatically stepped up the pace of his murderous attacks, breached his self-imposed limits, and now threatens her star witness with abduction and worse, she hunkers down to catch a quarry whom she says is “like nothing I’ve ever dealt with”—as if she doesn’t know that descriptions like that just set the bar even higher for the inevitable sequel. Gardiner has mastered the art of the serial-killer saga without an ounce of fat.

I’ll take that. With gratitude.

The Dark Corners of the Night drops February 18th, 2020. Preorder:

Indiebound | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books-A-Million

Ten Great Crime Stories Set During the Holidays

For The Strand Magazine, I wrote about Ten Great Crime Stories Set During the Holidays. Have a read, and see why It’s a Wonderful Life is noir to the core and How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a classic heist story.

Yes, Die Hard is on the list. OF COURSE.

November 10: Texas Writes in ATX

This weekend I’ll be speaking at Texas Writes in ATX. It’s going to be a great two days of presentations on writing, and I hope I’ll see some of you there.

Texas Writes in ATX
Sunday, November 10, 2019
ACC Riverside Campus
1020 Grove Boulevard, Austin, TX 

My schedule:

Sunday, 2:55-3:25pm: 
HARD CHOICES: PUTTING YOUR CHARACTERS TO THE TEST
How do you create compelling characters and put them in memorable conflict? Meg Gardiner, author of fourteen acclaimed thrillers, will talk about heroes, antagonists, and how, by forcing them to face hard choices, you can ramp up the suspense and tension in your story. 

Sunday, 4:10-4:55pm: 
Panel discussion

Come on down, y’all!

It’s my Bouchercon schedule, y’all

This year, Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention, is being held in Dallas from October 31 — November 3. I’ll be there, because where else do I get to hang out for a few days with mystery and thriller fans, talking dawn to midnight about books and writing?

Here’s my schedule, including an off-site event at the Half Price Books Flagship store.

Halloween Mystery Panel
Thursday, October 31, 7 PM
Half Price Books Flagship
5803 E. Northwest Hwy
Dallas, Texas

Friday, November 1, 3:30 PM
Mystery Writers of America signing table
Bouchercon Book Room

Saturday, November 2, 11 AM
Panel Moderator: The Rogues

Saturday, November 2, 1 PM
Panel: The Name of the Game Was Murder

Sunday, November 3, 10 AM
Panel: Beyond This Point There Be Monsters

I hope I’ll see some of you there. All y’all, if possible.

Upcoming events: Sept. — Oct.

I’ve got several events coming up this month and next. If you’re in the neighborhood, check them out.

Noir at the Bar
Tuesday, September 10, 7:30 p.m.
Radio Coffee & Beer
4204 Manchaca Road, Austin, TX
With Meg Gardiner, Amy Gentry, Puja Guha, Edwin Hill, Laura Oles, May Cobb, and host Scott Montgomery

Author Visit: Barnes & Noble Round Rock
September 16, 2019 — 1 p.m.
Meg will speak to the Round Rock New Neighbors Book Club — free and open to the public
Barnes & Noble
La Frontera Village
2701 Parker Road Bldg A Suite 700
Round Rock, TX 78681
512-600-0088

Texas Writes at the McCulloch County Library, Brady, TX
September 21, 2019
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
McCulloch County Library
401 E. Commerce
Brady, TX 76825
With Meg Gardiner and Rachel Starnes
Free and open to the public
If you’re interested in attending, please contact the library to pre-register at (325) 597-2617.

FallCon 2019
Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association Trade Show and Conference
Thursday, October 10 – Saturday, October 12, 2019
Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel
Friday, October 11: Thrilling & Mysterious Author Panel

Bouchercon
October 31 — November 3, 2019
Dallas, Texas

Hope to see some of you in the coming weeks!