Category Archives: Books

This Saturday, April 9: Word of South

I’m delighted that this Saturday I’ll be taking part in the Word of South Festival in Tallahassee. Best of all, I’ll be in conversation with the fabulous Jeff VanderMeer, author of Annihilation, Borne, and Hummingbird Salamander.

Word of South Festival
Tallahassee, Florida
In Conversation with Jeff VanderMeer
April 9, 2022
3:15 PM to 4:15 PM
Flamingo Magazine Stage

If you’re in the neighborhood, I’d love to see you at the festival.

Portland: See you soon

I’m off to Portland, Oregon for the Public Library Association national conference. I’ll be speaking tomorrow, March 24, on a panel of mystery authors, talking about the upcoming novel HEAT 2, co-authored by me and Michael Mann.

Public Library Association Conference
Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR
Mystery Authors Panel
March 24, 2022, 11:30 — 12:30 PM

If you’re attending the conference, I’d love to say hello.

Upcoming Events: Public Library Association Conference; Word of South

After two long years, I’m delighted to be getting back to doing events in person. I have two upcoming appearances to let you know about. In March I’ll be speaking at the Public Library Association national conference in Portland, Oregon. And in April I’ll be in conversation with author Jeff VanderMeer at Word of South, a festival of literature and music, in Tallahassee, Florida.

Public Library Association Conference
Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR
Mystery Authors Panel
March 24, 2022, 11:30 — 12:30 PM

Word of South Festival
Tallahassee, Florida
In Conversation with Jeff VanderMeer
April 9, 2022

I hope I’ll get to see some of you!

HEAT 2 — my next novel, written with Michael Mann

I’ve been sworn to secrecy, but can finally reveal what I’ve been working on since 2020: HEAT 2. I have written the novel with legendary director Michael Mann. It’s a prequel/sequel to his epic film, which starred Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro, and Val Kilmer.

This has been an incredible book to write. Working with Michael Mann has been an honor and a high point in my career. I’m beyond excited for you to read the novel.

Here’s the description:

Michael Mann, four-time Oscar-nominated filmmaker and writer-director of HeatCollateralThiefManhunter, and Miami Vice, teams up with Edgar Award-winning author Meg Gardiner to deliver Mann’s first crime novel — an explosive return to the world and characters of his classic film Heat — an all-new story that illuminates what happened before and after the iconic film. 

Described by Michael Mann as both a prequel and sequel to the renowned, critically acclaimed film of the same name, HEAT 2 covers the formative years of homicide detective Vincent Hanna (Oscar winner Al Pacino) and elite criminals Neil McCauley (Oscar winner Robert De Niro), Chris Shiherlis (Val Kilmer), and Nate (Oscar winner Jon Voight), and features the same extraordinary ambition, scope, rich characterizations, and attention to detail as the epic film.

This new story leads up to the events of the film and then moves beyond it, featuring new characters on both sides of the law, new high-line heists, and breathtakingly cinematic action sequences. Ranging from the streets of L.A. to the inner sancta of rival Taiwanese crime syndicates in Paraguay to a massive drug cartel money-laundering operation just over the border in Mexico, HEAT 2 illuminates the dangerous workings of international crime organizations and the agents who pursue them as it provides a full-blooded portrait of the men and women who inhabit both worlds. Operatic in scope, HEAT 2 is engrossing, moving, and tragic — a masterpiece of crime fiction from one of the most innovative and influential filmmakers in American cinema.

More from Deadline Hollywood: ‘Heat’ Fans Rejoice: Michael Mann & Meg Gardiner Novel ‘Heat 2’ Has August 9 Pub Date And Will Detail Lives Of Characters Before & After 1995 Crime Classic

Preorder:

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Happy Halloween, readers

I just received a perfect Halloween surprise from a little friend: spooky bookmarks.

Happy Halloween, all. I hope you have plenty of thrilling, chilling books to read.

How to Write a Mystery

Need a Father’s Day gift? Want to up your crime/mystery/thriller-writing game? How to Write a Mystery, the new collection of essays from Mystery Writers of America, is now out. It includes my piece on thriller writing, and you don’t have to listen to me telling you this is a great book. The Washington Post says, “Is Dad always grumbling about how he could write a mystery novel? This collection of essays by the best crime masters will get him off the couch and into the library with the candlestick.

Available now!

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Amazon

Bookshop.org  

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Grab it!

April 15: In conversation with Jeff VanderMeer

This Thursday, April 15, I’ll be in conversation with the fabulous Jeff VanderMeer about his new thriller, Hummingbird Salamander. Join us via Zoom. Register at BookPeople.com.

Book People presents a virtual event with Jeff VanderMeer
Discussing Hummingbird Salamander
In conversation with Meg Gardiner
April 15
6 PM CDT

Hope you’ll join us!

The Dark Corners of the Night: Out Today in Paperback!

The Dark Corners of the Night, Book 3 in the UNSUB series, is published today in paperback. If you haven’t read it yet — or if you have and want to read it again with this cool new cover, or want to give copies (yes, copies, multiple, of course) to friends — here’s a reminder about what people have said about the novel.

“Don’t miss it. This is a great one!” — Stephen King

“Kickass.” — Los Angeles Times

“Brilliantly written. An unforgettable story. Stunning.” — Don Winslow

“Gardiner’s writing is lyrical and cinematic, and the final result is her best novel to date.” — Associated Press

Go for it, y’all!

Buy The Dark Corners of the Night

Feb. 18: In Conversation with Amy Gentry

Thursday, February 18, I’ll be in conversation with Amy Gentry about her fabulous new thriller Bad Habits. It’s a virtual author Q&A, hosted by A Mighty Blaze. It will be available on Facebook Live and YouTube. Join us!

Authors in Conversation
Amy Gentry + Meg Gardiner
Thursday, Feb. 18, 4PM EST
YouTube
Facebook

Hope you’ll check it out!

Night of a Thousand Authors

I know that if you’re in the USA, you may be consumed with the presidential election. I know I am. To help us all get through election night without biting our nails to the quick, a fine group is putting together the NIGHT OF A THOUSAND AUTHORS. They’re asking authors to talk about books and anything and everything except the election (because we’ll all be talking about that every other second of the evening). Join me and authors like Janet EvanovichBrad Thor, John Connolly, Kyle MillsKarin Slaughter, Kathy Reichs, Peter James, R.L. Stine, Jack Carr, Brad Meltzer, Lisa Scottoline, Linwood Barclay, Alafair Burke, Alex Segura, and many more.

Night of a Thousand Authors
With Thriller Talk hosts K.J. Howe and Ryan Steck
Tuesday, November 3, 2020, starting at 4PM Eastern
I will be joining at 6:45PM Eastern

And remember… if you haven’t already, VOTE!

Whatcha reading? How ya doing?

It’s been a minute since I checked in here. I’ve been busy, I’ve been isolated, I’m writing, I’m urging everyone to register to vote and make your voice heard. And I’ve been reading. Here’s a recent crop of fantastic novels I’ve enjoyed.

What are you all up to? What’s on your reading list?

Coming up: BAD Sydney, Book People with Jeff Abbott

I have a couple of virtual events coming up:

BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival
INTO THE MIND OF A PSYCHOPATHIC KILLER
Meg Gardiner in conversation with LA Larkin
FRIDAY JULY 17 5PM Pacific / 7PM Central / 8PM Eastern / SATURDAY JULY 18 10 AM Sydney, Australia
The event is free, but click the link to register for the video via Zoom.

Book People virtual event — Jeff Abbott, Never Ask Me
Jeff Abbott discusses Never Ask Me in conversation with Meg Gardiner
Monday, July 27 at 7PM CDT

I hope you’ll join me!

Q and A with the Walmart blog

A little while ago I talked to the Walmart blog, Favorite Reads, about the inspiration for my UNSUB series, the research that goes into the novels, and why mystery writers don’t necessarily make good real-life detectives.

Q&A with Meg Gardiner, author of The Dark Corners of the Night

We sat down for an exclusive interview with Edgar Award-winning author Meg Gardiner to discuss her latest release, The Dark Corners of the Night, one of the most highly anticipated thrillers of 2020, that is already garnering rave reviews as her best thriller yet. In The Dark Corners of the Night, FBI profiler Caitlin Hendrix returns to hunt down a terrifying new UNSUB—unknown subject—The Midnight Man, who Gardiner based on the real-life serial killer, The Night Stalker.

Check out the whole thing at the link.

Upcoming Events: Edgars, Bay Area Book Fest, Noir at the Bar

Welcome to spring 2020, when events have scrambled to move online. It has of course been hugely disappointing to cancel celebrations — like the Edgar Awards banquet, which I was supposed to emcee in New York City — but so many organizations are making the best of this situation. And that means that you can all attend.

Here’s what’s coming up in the next few weeks.

The Edgar Awards
Thursday, April 30, 2020
11 AM Eastern
The awards will be announced by Mystery Writers of America via Twitter: @EdgarAwards

Bay Area Book Festival Unbound
Queens of Mystery: Writer to Writer with Meg Gardiner and Rachel Howzell Hall
Moderated by Laurie R. King
Program will air Tuesday May 5th, 7:00 PM Pacific

Noir at the Bar Queens
Friday, May 8, 2020 7 PM Eastern
Watch via Crowdcast
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