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Have a video! I talk about the Amazon TV deal

When I was at my publisher’s Oregon offices after The Dark Corners of the Night was published, I made some short videos. Have a look!

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.

Book tour highlights: Don Winslow reads from DARK CORNERS

I just spent two weeks on the road for the launch of The Dark Corners of the Night. One of the highlights of the book tour was being interviewed by Don Winslow — superstar author of The Force, The Border trilogy, and Savages — at Warwick’s Books in La Jolla, California. Near the start of the event, Don read a couple of paragraphs from my novel. Have a listen.

If you hurry, you might still be able to order a signed copy of the novel from Warwick’s.

And you can always order from these outlets:

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DARK CORNERS: AP Review

Wow, the Associated Press review of The Dark Corners of the Night has just come out, and I am insanely happy.

Gardiner weaves a suspenseful and horrifying tale that focuses on solving the crime rather than diving into gruesome and gratuitous details. Caitlin’s expertise and background bring a strong emotional hook to the story line. As the pursuit escalates, so do the surprises, right up to the shocking last page. Gardiner’s writing is lyrical and cinematic, and the final result is her best novel to date.

Review: Gardiner weaves horrifying tale in `Dark Corners’

Thank you!

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Out Today: THE DARK CORNERS OF THE NIGHT

The Dark Corners of the Night is is published today. I just want to thank you for your support. Readers are everything to a writer. With every novel, I’m eternally grateful that you take the leap of imagination and step across the threshold into the world of the story. 

Thanks to Blackstone Publishing, Shane Salerno and The Story Factory, and everyone who has helped make this the best novel it can be.

I hope you’ll love the latest entry in the UNSUB series, and that you’ll be gripped by the story of Caitlin Hendrix and her FBI team pursuing an insidious killer through the dark streets of Los Angeles. Hold on tight — it’s a rollercoaster ride.

Thanks for reading. Enjoy!

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DARK CORNERS: Q&A with Go Into the Story

This is the week, folks. The Dark Corners of the Night is published February 18. That’s twelve hours from the time I’m writing this.

I’m hitting the road for the book tour to launch the novel. I hope I’ll see some of you along the way… in Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Diego, New York, Virginia Beach, Austin, or Houston…

In the meantime, have a look at this Q&A I did with Scott Myers for Go Into the Story. It’s the official blog of the Black List, the hugely influential screenwriting organization that “connects writers, filmmakers, and cinephiles around the world.”

Let me lead with this because given your background in writing award-winning crime thrillers, I can think of no better person to ask than you. Books, both fiction and nonfiction, TV, movies, documentaries, podcasts, our culture seems to be absolutely steeped in crime stories. What do you think drives this seemingly insatiable thirst for these type of stories?

We thrill at stories of light versus darkness. We like a vicarious trip to the dark side. And we appreciate tales where right prevails and order is restored.

We like stories of transgression. Especially stories where the transgression is big and obvious — and breaking the law isn’t subtle. Crime stories are vivid, high-stakes, often told in a way that’s powerfully emotional. They also embrace the idea that morality exists. They assert that justice is worth pursuing. That wrongs should be righted, or at least reckoned with. People hunger for that.

There’s plenty more at the link — about writing, winning Jeopardy! three times, my escape from the practice of law, and The Dark Corners of the Night.

And don’t forget: Buy the book!

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Poisoned Pen blog, Writer Types podcast

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The Poisoned Pen bookstore put me In the Hot Seat ahead of my event in Phoenix on Monday, February 17 (with Tess Gerritsen!) where I’ll be launching my new novel, The Dark Corners of the Night. Take a look.

I’ve read this, but many readers may not have. Your UNSUB books are based on actual crimes. Would you tell us about that?

Every novel in the series takes a real crime as its starting point. The books are fiction, but grow from a kernel of fact. Partly that’s because UNSUB cases are some of the most difficult and fascinating investigations in law enforcement history. Partly it’s because I want to understand what motivates serial predators. And I want to explore what drives the people who take on the burden of stopping them. UNSUBwas sparked by the Zodiac—probably the most notorious unsolved serial murder case in America. The second novel was inspired by Ted Bundy. The Dark Corners of the Night was kindled by a killer who cast a pall of fear over Southern California: the Night Stalker.

I talk about The Dark Corners of the Night, Caitlin Hendrix, living in London, winning Jeopardy! and more.

And at the Writer Types podcast, I guest co-host with pod host Eric Beetner to interview Dana Hayes and Brad Taylor. Give it a listen.

And here’s your reminder that The Dark Corners of the Night drops February 18th, and you can preorder!

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DARK CORNERS tour schedule, now with a fancy graphic. Plus SWAG!

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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!

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So have at it!

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Amazon Studios buys THE DARK CORNERS OF THE NIGHT for television

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 UNSUBShane 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!

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DARK CORNERS: Billboard, Booklist, MysteryPeople pick

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.

— David Pitt, Booklist

February’s Pick of the Month: The Dark Corners of the Night

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.

Preorder!

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It’s a DARK CORNERS book trailer!

Check it out: a trailer for The Dark Corners of the Night.

You heard the man. The book will be published February 18th. Preorder:

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The Dark Corners of the Night: Tour Dates

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!

The Dark Corners of the Night 2020 book tour:

2/17 Scottsdale, AZ
The Poisoned Pen, 7 PM
In conversation with Tess Gerritsen

2/18 Pasadena, CA
Vroman’s, 7 PM
In conversation with Steph Cha

2/19 La Jolla, CA
Warwick’s, 7:30 PM
In conversation with Don Winslow

2/20 New York, NY
The Mysterious Bookshop, 6:30 PM
In conversation with Adrian McKinty

2/21 Virginia Beach, VA
Barnes & Noble Town Center, 6 PM
With Joe Kenda

2/22 Austin, TX
Book People, 5 PM
In conversation with Amy Gentry

2/24 Houston, TX
Murder by the Book, 6:30 PM
In conversation with S.C. Perkins

I hope to see some of you!

And don’t forget that you can preorder:

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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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