Book Page has named its 13 most anticipated books of the summer, and I’m delighted that my upcoming thriller UNSUB is on the list.
Book Page 2017 Summer Reading Preview
“Gardiner shines, as usual, with character development, building her grisly psychological thriller around detective Caitlin Hendrix, whose father failed to catch the killer decades earlier. Suspense fans should grab the opportunity to meet Caitlin on her first outing, since she’ll likely make many return appearances in print and on the small screen (CBS has announced plans to adapt Unsub as a TV series).”
I’m thrilled that my novel joins books by Stephen King, John Grisham, Dean Koontz, David Sedaris, and other amazing writers on the list.
So, yeah. Check it out. Preorder. ‘Scuse me while I run around whooping for a few minutes.
Barnes & Noble | Indiebound | Amazon | iBooks
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.
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.
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.
Next week at Bouchercon New Orleans, I’m taking part in Noir at the Bar. A bunch of authors will read — for just one minute apiece, so you know we’re going to dive straight into the juiciest, hardest-hitting, noir-iest, crazy wild bits of our writing — and give away a copy of one of our books.
If you’re attending the convention, come on by. It should be a blast.
Saturday and Sunday I’ll be taking part in the first Pflugerville Book Pfestival. It’s sponsored by KAZI FM and yes, it’s spelled Pfestival. Or pspelled, maybe. It’s a Pflugerville thing.
The festival is free and open to the public. Take a look at the great authors coming, and the great topics we’ll be discussing. Come on down!
Pflugerville Book Festival
April 16-17, 2016
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
1008 W. Pfluger St.
Pflugerville, TX 78660
Contact: (512) 990-6375