I know, I know… I’m blogging up a storm. Almost like the days before Instatwitterface. But I’m getting ready for the publication of The Dark Corners of the Night, and that means putting the spurs to it and getting the word out.
I hope I’ll see some of you at these bookstore events. And I hope you’ll consider preordering. Even if you can’t make it to an event, you can preorder a signed copy that I can personalize and the store can ship to you.
If you preorder from The Poisoned Pen, you’ll also get swag!
Here’s some news I’m genuinely thrilled to announce: Amazon Studios has bought my upcoming novel The Dark Corners of the Night for development as a television series.
EXCLUSIVE: Amazon Studios has acquired to develop for a one-hour drama The Dark Corners of the Night, based on the third novel in Edgar-winning author Meg Gardiner’s UNSUB series. The book will be released February 18 by Blackstone Publishing. The series features a young FBI agent pursuing other UNSUBs. That’s short for Unknown Subjects, the FBI’s name for an unknown serial killer.
Larry Trilling, executive producer and showrunner of Amazon’s Billy Bob Thorton TV series Goliath will serve as executive producer and showrunner of UNSUB. Shane Salerno (Avatar sequels, James Comey mini-series) will executive produce through The Story Factory.
Long story short: UNSUB is moving to Amazon TV. I’m delighted and excited.
The novel drops February 18. You can make a big difference — seriously! To me, my publisher, and the novel’s success — by preordering it today!
What can I tell you? It’s a sign. A sign that you should preorder my upcoming novel. An actual sign. That is, a billboard, on the west end of Times Square. New York City, y’all.
And if the GIANT SIGN isn’t enough to convince you, here are reviews from Booklist and MysteryPeople.
The Dark Corners of the Night
In the third Caitlin Hendrix thriller, following the terrific UNSUB (2017) and Into the Black Nowhere (2018), a killer targets families. The Midnight Man (a sobriquet he gives himself) murders the parents but spares the children. Why? How does he select his victims? Hendrix, still learning the ropes as a rookie member of the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit, continues to battle demons from her past, left over from tragedies that both haunt her and give her the strength and determination to be a killer-hunter. As the Midnight Man proves to be her most elusive prey yet, Caitlin becomes ever more determined to catch him, no matter the cost to herself. Readers of the first two Hendrix novels won’t be surprised to hear that the story in this suspenseful thriller is exquisitely constructed. No by-the-numbers thriller here; this one definitely lives up to its predecessors. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Gardiner is on a roll with this series, gathering fans with each installment like a snowball gathering mass as it rumbles down a hill.
Meg Gardiner has proven to be a writer who delivers. She gives thriller fans everything they want, in character, pace, and world building, presenting it all in a fresh way. This is especially true of her latest, The Dark Corners Of Night.
It is the third book in her UNSUB series, featuring FBI profiler Caitlin Hendrix. Her latest case takes her to L.A., putting her up against a chilling adversary dubbed The Midnight Man. The killer attacks families in their homes, murdering the parents and leaving the children to tell the tale. With the help of a girl who thwarted the Midnight Man from breaking in, Caitlin and team begin their hunt.
Gardiner builds the suspense and chills, chapter by chapter. She delves into criminal profiling, portraying it as much art as science when Caitlin goes against the grain of the standard theory, believing it is not the usual suspect. The book gives a great reveal in the identity of The Midnight Man, then cranks up the tension for an intense showdown.
The Dark Corners Of The Night is Meg Gardiner at her finest. She gives us a flawed heroine you can’t help but root for, a villain both complex and undeniably evil, and a plot that constantly puts you on the edge. If she ups her game any more, we might not be able to survive.
The book tour for The Dark Corners of the Night is taking shape.I’ll be on the road in February, signing and talking — and this time, at my events I’ll be joined in conversation by some wonderful authors and well-known figures. It should be fun. If you’re in the neighborhood, please come!
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 time, a 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.
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:
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
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.
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.
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
Hey, I have news! My next novel is now available for preorder. The Dark Corners of the Night comes out February 18, 2020. Here’s a taster:
I am the legion of the night.
He appears in the darkness like a ghost, made of shadows and fear — the Midnight Man. He comes for the parents but leaves the children alive, tiny witnesses to unspeakable horror. The bedroom communities of Los Angeles are gripped with dread, and the attacks are escalating.
Still reeling from her best friend’s close call in a bombing six months ago, FBI behavioral analyst Caitlin Hendrix has come to Los Angeles to assist in the Midnight Man investigation and do what she does best — hunt a serial killer. Her work is what keeps her going, but something about this UNSUB — unknown subject — doesn’t sit right. She soon realizes that this case will test not only her skills but also her dedication, for within the heart of a killer lives a secret that mirrors Caitlin’s own past. Hesitancy is not an option, but will she be able to do what must be done if the time comes?
Why you should be excited about it: Meg Gardiner’s scary-good new series is one of the best in crime fiction today, and after switching publishers—a move that resulted in delaying its publication to 2020—absence has surely made hearts grow fonder, making her next UNSUB book one of next year’s most anticipated new releases.