My new novel, UNSUB, will be published at the end of June. But you can pre-order it now from these booksellers:
Barnes & Noble
And from these wonderful independent bookstores:
Book People — my wonderful local Austin bookstore
Murder by the Book — Houston’s amazing mystery bookstore
Come on. Pay attention to Don Winslow and Stephen King. You know you should.
And yes, I’ve been whooping and hollering ever since I saw this on Twitter.
I had a wonderful time committing Murder and Mayhem along the sunny banks of Lake Michigan. Milwaukee was welcoming and full of cheese. The conference was a blast. Mostly because I had the privilege of interviewing the incomparable Sara Paretsky. Enjoy these photos.
This Saturday, November 5, I’ll be taking part in Murder and Mayhem in Milwaukee. Yes, murder and mayhem.
It’s a one-day conference on mystery, thriller, and suspense fiction, featuring author panels and interviews. Programming runs from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Doors open at 8:30 am.
Check out the terrific authors who are speaking, and the schedule:
9:00 – 10:00: FIRST BLOOD
10:00– 11:00: MURDER AS A FINE ART
11-12: LESSONS OF A LIFETIME
1-2: THE LEAGUE OF NIGHT AND FOG (THUNDERDOME)
2 – 3: CREEPERS
3 – 4: BLOOD OATH: Sara Paretsky and Meg Gardiner in conversation
4– 5: INSPECTOR OF THE DEAD
That’s right: I get the privilege of talking to Sara Paretsky for an hour. If you’re in the Milwaukee area, come listen in.
Murder and Mayhem in Milwaukee will be held at the Irish Cultural and Heritage Center: 2133 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53233-1910.
Finally, y’all: Here’s the cover of my new novel, UNSUB.
And here’s the story…
A riveting psychological thriller inspired by the never-caught Zodiac Killer, about a young detective determined to apprehend the serial murderer who destroyed her family and terrorized a city twenty years earlier.
Caitlin Hendrix has been a Narcotics detective for six months when the killer at the heart of all her childhood nightmares reemerges: the Prophet. An UNSUB—what the FBI calls an unknown subject—the Prophet terrorized the Bay Area in the 1990s and nearly destroyed her father, the lead investigator on the case.
The Prophet’s cryptic messages and mind games drove Detective Mack Hendrix to the brink of madness, and Mack’s failure to solve the series of ritualized murders—eleven seemingly unconnected victims left with the ancient sign for Mercury etched into their flesh—was the final nail in the coffin for a once promising career.
Twenty years later, two bodies are found bearing the haunting signature of the Prophet. Caitlin Hendrix has never escaped the shadow of her father’s failure to protect their city. But now the ruthless madman is killing again and has set his sights on her, threatening to undermine the fragile barrier she rigidly maintains for her own protection, between relentless pursuit and dangerous obsession.
Determined to decipher his twisted messages and stop the carnage, Caitlin ignores her father’s warnings as she draws closer to the killer with each new gruesome murder. Is it a copycat, or can this really be the same Prophet who haunted her childhood? Will Caitlin avoid repeating her father’s mistakes and redeem her family name, or will chasing the Prophet drag her and everyone she loves into the depths of the abyss?
The novel will be published in June 2017. I am so excited.
And you can preorder it.
I’m thrilled that Echoes of Sherlock Holmes is published today. This is the third volume in an award-winning series of short stories inspired by the Holmes canon. I’m honored that editors Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger asked me to contribute to this book, and that it includes my story “Irregular.”
Kirkus Reviews says: “‘Inspired’ is the key word here… every fan will find different reasons to cheer. And they’ll all marvel at the inventive range of this salute to the greatest of all fictional detectives.”
Publishers Weekly has named Echoes of Sherlock Holmes one of its Top 10 Mystery Books of Fall 2016.
And I’m absolutely stoked to see my name on the cover alongside authors like David Morrell, John Connolly, Cory Doctorow, and so many other amazing writers.
Jazz on the street
Bonjour, y’all. Hello from New Orleans, where I’m enjoying Bouchercon: Blood on the Bayou. I have not had my fill of authors, great novels, pralines, or jambalaya. I never will.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going in search of all of those.
Today I’m heading to New Orleans for Bouchercon 2016: Blood on the Bayou.
Here’s my schedule:
NOIR AT THE BAR – Welcome to Bouchercon
WEDNESDAY, 4:30-6PM LaGalleries 6
WALK A MILE IN MY SHOES – Diversity, Disorder and Detection
THURSDAY, 9:00AM-9:50AM LaGalleries 6
DOIN’ WHAT COMES NATUR’LLY – Writing believable characters
SATURDAY, 1:30PM-2:20PM LaGalleries 1
ECHOES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES — Author group signing
SATURDAY, 4PM Book Room
If you see me wandering the French Quarter with my face covered in powdered sugar, you’ll know I’ve raided Cafe DuMonde for their entire supply of beignets. Stop me and say hi.