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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Here’s an update on plans to develop UNSUB into a CBS television series. From Deadline Hollywood:
EXCLUSIVE: CBS has bought Edgar-winning author Meg Gardiner’s novel UNSUB. The project was picked up by CBS Television Studios earlier this year, ahead of auction. The book was published in June by Dutton. The network has ordered a pilot script to be written by Liz Friedman, who will be executive producer and show runner, and who co-created ABC’s Conviction and co-wrote the pilot to Orange Is The New Black. Latter got her an Emmy nomination. Friedman was also an executive producer on Marvel’s Jessica Jones, and writer and senior producer for almost the entire run of both House and Elementary.
The project will be developed by Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman, who’ll serve as executive producers through their studio-based Timberman-Beverly Productions banner, and Shane Salerno through The Story Factory.
To say I’m excited is an understatement.
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Who wants a sneak peek at my next novel?
Into the Black Nowhere — the sequel to UNSUB — will be published on January 30, 2018. I can’t wait. Here’s a teaser:
On Saturday nights, women in Texas are disappearing. One vanishes from a movie theater. Another is ripped from her car at a stoplight. Another vanishes from her home while checking on her baby. Rookie FBI agent Caitlin Hendrix, newly assigned to the FBI’s elite Behavioral Analysis Unit, fears that a serial killer is roaming the dark roads outside Austin.
Caitlin and the FBI’s serial crime unit discover the first victim’s body in the woods. She’s laid out in a bloodstained, white baby-doll nightgown. A second victim in a white nightie lies deeper in the forest’s darkness. Both bodies are surrounded by Polaroid photos, stuck in the earth like headstones. Each photo pictures a woman in a white negligee, wrists slashed, suicide-style — posed like Snow White awaiting her prince’s kiss.
To track the UNSUB, Caitlin must get inside his mind. How is he selecting these women? Working with a legendary FBI profiler, Caitlin searches for a homology–that elusive point where character and action come together. She profiles a confident, meticulous killer who convinces his victims to lower their guard until he can overpower and take them in plain sight. He then reduces them to objects in a twisted fantasy–dolls for him to possess, control, and ultimately destroy. Caitlin’s profile leads the FBI to focus on one man: a charismatic, successful professional who easily gains people’s trust. But with only circumstantial evidence linking him to the murders, the police allow him to escape. As Saturday night approaches, Caitlin and the FBI enter a desperate game of cat and mouse, racing to capture the cunning predator before he claims more victims.
I’ll be talking more about the book as we get closer to publication. But for the moment, you can pre-order.
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