How absolutely wonderful to see both UNSUB and Into the Black Nowhere on the list of Oklahoma’s Top Ten Best-sellers. Thanks once again to my home state for reading the heck out of my novels.
And thanks to Best of Books for the photo. They may still have some signed copies of my books in stock, if you’re itching to grab one, or a few.
I had a fabulous time at the inaugural Oklahoma Book Festival. It was great to get back to my hometown, and to share a sunny autumn day with thousands of people who wanted to hear authors talk about books. I’ll admit that before my panel, I got concerned when the front row filled up with little kids. I was there to talk about Into the Black Nowhere, which isn’t exactly a children’s book. Then a baffled mother asked, “Is this the Extreme Animals presentation?”
Well, the novel is a cat-and-mouse psychological thriller, but that wasn’t what she wanted to know. Eventually, the families all got directions to the correct tent.
One of the great things about any book festival is getting the chance to see other authors. I was lucky to catch up with Lou Berney, a fellow Oklahoman and Edgar winner, whose new novel November Road is one of the best things I’ve read all year.
As you can see from the top photo, I signed stacks of books. They were supplied by Best of Books, a fabulous local independent bookstore. Let me tell you, those booksellers worked for days to set up the festival book tent. On Saturday they were out before sunrise, hauling boxes of books onto the display tables. They deserve massive thanks and a huge round of applause.
And if you’d like to order any signed copies of my novels, Best of Books has them. And they ship. You can order online, by phone, or in person, of course. Support local independent bookstores!
Best of Books
1313 East Danforth Road
Edmond, OK 73034
(Photo with Lou Berney courtesy of Joe Hight)
Here’s a roundup of links and goings-on in my corner of the book world.
Apple Books asked major authors what they’re reading. Don Winslow had this to say: “UNSUB by Meg Gardiner is as smart and scary as The Silence of the Lambs and Red Dragon. This book is unputdownable. An amazing read.”
For which, I am thrilled and grateful.
On Sunday, October 7th, I’ll be at Book People in Austin to discuss this week’s episode of PBS’ The Great American Read, “Villains and Monsters.” Come on down to hear who my favorites are. Then vote for your favorite book.
And finally, I was startled and pleased to find myself in the Slate News Quiz. My name is one of the possible answers in a multiple choice question, and if you take the quiz, you’d better get Question 9 correct.
Hey, y’all: For a limited time, UNSUB is available as a promotion through BookBub. Right now you can get the ebook for $1.99.
Yes, this is the novel that just won the 2018 Barry Award for Best Thriller.
It’s available via Kindle, Nook, Apple Books, Kobo, and Google Books. Get ’em while they’re hot.
BookBub ebook deal: UNSUB by Meg Gardiner
I’m absolutely delighted that UNSUB has won the 2018 Barry Award for Best Thriller. I’m proud of this book, and so happy that I could attend Bouchercon, where it was awarded.
Thanks to my publisher, Dutton; Jessica Renheim, who edited the novel; my stellar publicist Jamie Knapp; my agent Shane Salerno; and of course to Paul Shreve, for being the Husband, and putting up with everything that goes along with writing a novel and living with a novelist.
It was especially gratifying to be chosen from among such a stellar list of nominees. All the nominated novels are amazing. In particular, I was truly honored to be on this list with Thomas Perry’s The Old Man. Tom and his future wife Jo Perry were the editors for the first short story I ever published, in the UC Santa Barbara literary magazine. To have UNSUB nominated alongside his book means more than I can express.
And many thanks to Catriona McPherson for capturing my surprise.
Here’s some news, and a cover reveal. The Spanish edition of UNSUB will be published in June.
I’m excited. And I love the cover, which is evocative and chilling. The title translates as Messages from Hell.
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Happy New Year! 2018 kicks off for me with the paperback edition of UNSUB, published today.
I’m delighted that the novel has been so well received by readers — thank you! You’re the reason I write. Without you, my career wouldn’t be possible.
And I’ve been thrilled that UNSUB landed on a bunch of year-end Best Of lists:
Literary Hub: The Best Crime Books of 2017
BookPage: The Ten Best Mysteries and Thrillers of 2017
LitReactor: LitReactor Staff Picks: The Best Books of 2017
The Real Book Spy: The Real Book Spy’s Best Books of 2017
KAZI Book Review with Hopeton Hay (KAZI 88.7 FM Austin): KAZI Book Review’s Favorite 14 Books of 2017
Crimespree Magazine: The publisher’s 2017 favorites
Murder by the Book: Sally’s Top Ten
I’m honored — and happy on behalf of the novel. It’s like seeing one of my kids bring home a science fair ribbon. I’m really grateful.
And, if you got gift cards or certificates for the holidays, you can start the new year by ordering UNSUB. I certainly won’t stop you.
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