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.
At BookExpo America last week, my publisher, Blackstone, announced my upcoming novel in exciting fashion. That’s me, standing next to a banner at the entrance to the convention, at the Javits Center in New York City.
The Dark Corners of the Night is the third novel in the UNSUB series, featuring FBI agent Caitlin Hendrix. It will be published in early 2020. I’ll have plenty more to tell you about it in the coming months. For now, know that I’m thrilled you’ll be reading it next winter.
I had a great time on Saturday interviewing Harlan Coben at Murder by the Book in Houston. Despite Harlan having one flight canceled and a second delayed by severe weather across the region, readers waited, packing the bookstore, until he arrived. Harlan didn’t even have time to catch his breath before we launched into a discussion of his new novel, Run Away. But he’s a pro, and a champ, and a great person, and the evening was fantastic.
This week I’m heading North-Northwest to Vancouver, British Columbia, for Left Coast Crime 2019. This is a terrific conference, and I’m looking forward to seeing everybody who’s attending. I have a couple of official and semi-official events on the schedule:
Mystery Writers of America reception
Thursday, March 28
Following opening ceremonies — 7:15pm-ish.
Panel: Writing Villains
Friday, March 29
It should be fun. I hope I’ll see some of you there!
Every now and then, readers ask how many books I’ve written, and what the titles are. Here’s the list as of February 2019. Into the Black Nowhere is the most recent. Click on each cover to learn more about each title.
And if you want to know the order in which they’ve been published, here you go. From first to fourteenth:
Evan Delaney novels: China Lake Mission Canyon Jericho Point Crosscut Kill Chain
Jo Beckett novels: The Dirty Secrets Club The Memory Collector The Liar’s Lullaby The Nightmare Thief
Stand alone novels: Ransom River The Shadow Tracer Phantom Instinct
I’m absolutely delighted that The Real Book Spy has included Into the Black Nowhere on his list of the Best Thrillers of 2018: “Meg Gardiner continued her scary-good series (after last year’s UNSUB), a must-read for those craving nail-biting suspense.”
Click over to see the entire list, which is packed with great novels. The holidays are upon us, and you can never give, or receive, too many fantastic books.