MEG GARDINER – Into The Black Nowhere

She was born in Oklahoma, raised in Santa Barbara, California, and graduated from Stanford Law School. She practiced law in Los Angeles, taught writing at the University of California Santa Barbara, and is also a three-time Jeopardy! champion.

To date, she’s authored fourteen thrillers, including a 5 book series featuring Evan Delaney and the 4-book, Jo Beckett series. Her latest novel, Into the Black Nowhere, has been called, “a terrifying, brilliant read” It’s book #2 in the UnSub series featuring rookie FBI agent Caitlin Hendrix. The first book in the series, titled UNSUB, won the 2018 Barry Award for Best Thriller and is in development as a TV series by CBS.

She’s won a long list of awards, including The Edgar from Mystery Writers of America, the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Procedural, and her book, Phantom Instinct, was listed in O Magazine as one of Oprah’s “Best Books of the Summer” in 2014.

If you’re looking for something to keep you up at night, today’s guest has got plenty of great reads to choose from. Please welcome Meg Gardiner…

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An exhilarating thriller inspired by real-life serial killer Ted Bundy. FBI profiler Caitlin Hendrix squares off against a charming, merciless serial killer.

In south Texas, on Saturday nights, women are disappearing. One vanishes from a movie theater. Another, from her stopped car. A mother is taken from her home while attending 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’s unit discovers the first victim’s body in the woods. It’s laid out in a white, bloodstained babydoll nightgown. A second victim, also in a white nightgown, lies deeper in the forest’s darkness. Around the bodies, Polaroid photos are stuck in the earth like headstones, picturing other women with their wrists slashed. The women in the woods are not the killer’s first victims, nor are they likely to be his last.

To track the UNSUB, Caitlin must get inside his mind; he is a confident, meticulous killer, capable of charming his victims until their guard is down, snatching them in plain sight. He then plays out a twisted fantasy—turning them into 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 can they apprehend him before it’s too late? 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 his next victim.

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A riveting psychological thriller inspired by the legendary Zodiac Killer. A young detective is 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 1990’s 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?.

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A twisty thriller that has fans raving. The plot thickens, then takes a turn toward high-stakes, riveting outcome.

Evan Delaney learns that not only has her ex-sister-in-law joined a religious cult, but the unstable young mother plans to regain custody of her son and disappear with him into the fold of the fanatical group.

Murder ups the ante even more and Evan is dragged even deeper into the nightmare.

One reviewer said, “I read China Lake in a day, then proceeded to burn through the remaining four books in the Evan Delaney series in a couple of weeks.”

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The breakout novel that started the Meg Gardiner fan club growing…

A string of high-profile murder-suicides has San Francisco more rattled than the string of recent earthquakes.

Hired by the SFPD to shed light on the victims’ lives, forensic psychiatrist Jo Beckett makes a shocking discovery: all the suicides belonged to a group of A-listers with lots of money and plenty to hide.

Jo soon finds herself trapped in a nightmare from her past when she gets invited to join the club.

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What is a goal? It’s been defined in many ways, most of them so complex that things get fuzzy and complicated. Put simply, a goal is something you want to do. PUSH is designed to help readers think about things more simply. Identify your goals and put forth the simple, dedicated effort to achieve them. Having acheived one goal, it becomes easier to pursue others. We tend to make it complex. PUSH seeks to make it simple.

PUSH is designed to help each reader find their own personal pathway of identity and, having found it, pursue their dreams in a simple, attainable fashion that leads to achievement. Broken into a handful of easy-to-read essays, PUSH mixes humor, common sense, and thought-provoking insight in an effort to give each reader the opportunity to see for themselves why they have absolutely no shot at ever being ordinary.

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You’re being watched… You may not realize it, and the person watching you may never clue you in, but you’re being watched. It happens each day in the most undetectable way. Somewhere, someone is watching.

You touch more lives and topple more dominoes than you could ever imagine. For someone, you are the light in their darkness or the example to which they aspire. Completely disconnecting from the society in which we live is impossible. Even in death, our lives continue to touch others, both in the moment and as time slowly passes.

Don’t Forget Your Cape doesn’t dance off into the fancy world of who each person can be. I’ve always left that “think your way to wonderful” philosophy to other writers. It just doesn’t suit me and I’d bet that it doesn’t really suit you either. I’d rather be a part of a face-to-face journey that cuts through the fog and connects me with who I am. That’s where my value can be found and that’s where this journey takes each reader.

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“Sing like no one’s listening, love like you’ve never been hurt, dance like nobody’s watching, and live like it’s heaven on earth.” There’s a brilliant irony in that quote; no one claims authorship and no one seems to be able to identify its true origin. Although the world is very familiar with this song and dance, no one knows the singer or the dancer.

Why do you do what you do? It’s a useful question to ponder. If you knew that no one would hear your song, would you still sing? Knowing that the chairs in the auditorium will be empty, will you still take the stage and dance just as enthusiastically?

HELLO… Is This On? explores why we do what we do and speaks to our ability to develop self-trust and quiet confidence, even in the face of daunting circumstances or, in some cases, no measurable response at all.

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