Meg Gardiner - Author

About the Author

Meg Gardiner is the author of ten thrillers, including the Evan Delaney novels and the Jo Beckett series. Born in Oklahoma, she grew up in Santa Barbara, California. She graduated from Stanford University and Stanford Law School, practiced law in Los Angeles and taught writing at the University of California Santa Barbara. She lives near London. Her novel China Lake won the 2009 Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original. The Nightmare Thief won the 2012 Audie Award for Thriller/Suspense audiobook of the year. Her next title, coming in 2013, is The Shadow Tracer.

Featured books by Meg Gardiner

The Liar's Lullaby

The Liar's Lullaby

Author: Meg Gardiner Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/06/2011

When a rock singer is killed onstage during a concert, Jo Beckett is called in to perform a psychological autopsy. But Tasia McFarland's death causes Jo all kinds of problems, because Tasia is the ex-wife of the President of the United States. The White House pressures Jo to declare Tasia's death an accident rather than a suicide. The media and conspiracy nuts rant that Tasia was knocked off to silence her, for unknown reasons. Fringe extremists seethe about taking direct action to save America from the president and his administration. Jo learns that an obsessed fan was apparently stalking Tasia. The stalker may have killed her and escaped in the panic at the concert. As the media and conspiracy frenzy grows, the White House leans harder on Jo to close the case. When she won't, Gabe Quintana finds his military orders suddenly changed, and he's called up to active duty in Afghanistan! in 72 hours. Jo discovers the identity of the stalker. It's someone who's obsessed with Tasia's new boyfriend, a famous country singer. Jo calls the police but she's too late. The stalker stabs the singer to death. The police kill the stalker. The case seems to have come to a spectacular conclusion. But Jo doesn't think the stalker murdered Tasia; the facts don't add up. She fears that Tasia was killed for other reasons. And she's nervous, because the President is coming to San Francisco to attend Tasia's memorial service!

Other books by Meg Gardiner

Into the Black Nowhere

Into the Black Nowhere

Author: Meg Gardiner Format: eBook Release Date: 30/01/2018

In this exhilarating thriller inspired by real-life serial killer Ted Bundy, FBI profiler Caitlin Hendrix faces off against a charming, merciless serial killer.In southern Texas, on Saturday nights, women 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.

Phantom Instinct

Phantom Instinct

Author: Meg Gardiner Format: eBook Release Date: 26/06/2014

In Edgar Award-winning author Meg Gardiner's new stand-alone thriller, an injured cop and an ex-thief hunt down a killer nobody else believes exists. When shots ring out in a crowded Los Angeles club, bartender Harper Flynn watches helplessly as her boyfriend, Drew, is gunned down in the cross fire. Then somebody throws a Molotov cocktail, and the club is quickly engulfed in flames. LA sheriff's deputy Aiden Garrison sees a gunman in a hoodie and gas mask taking aim at Harper, but before he can help her a wall collapses, bringing the building down and badly injuring him. A year later, Harper is trying to rebuild her life. She has quit her job and gone back to college. Meanwhile, the investigation into the shoot-out has been closed. The two gunmen were killed when the building collapsed. Certain that a third gunman escaped and is targeting the survivors, Harper enlists the help of Aiden Garrison, the only person willing to listen. But the traumatic brain injury he suffered has cut his career short and left him with Fregoli syndrome, a rare type of face blindness that causes the delusion that random people are actually a single person changing disguises. As Harper and Aiden delve into the case, Harper realizes that her presence during the attack was no coincidence-and that her only ally is unstable, mistrustful of her, and seeing the same enemy everywhere he looks.

Meg Gardiner 3-Book Thriller Collection

Meg Gardiner 3-Book Thriller Collection

Author: Meg Gardiner Format: eBook Release Date: 08/08/2013

Be thrilled by three pulse-pounding cases in the Jo Beckett thriller series, praised by Tess Gerritsen and Jeffery Deaver.THE MEMORY COLLECTOR: An aeroplane full of passengers displaying the symptoms of a high-tech poison attack. One man who holds the key to the perpetrators. Beckett will have to get deeper into the life of a patient than ever before to halt an even bigger attack on her beloved San Francisco.THE LIAR'S LULLABY: When the ex-wife of the President is killed on-stage during her comeback concert, Beckett is called in to decipher the clues and avert a political disaster. What will her death mean for the President?THE NIGHTMARE THIEF: Autumn Reiniger is given the dream birthday present: a "e;simulated crime experience"e; in the California wilderness. But when the game descends into a nightmare, will Beckett hear her screams and hunt down the killer?

Shadow Tracer

Shadow Tracer

Author: Meg Gardiner Format: eBook Release Date: 27/06/2013

An electrifying stand-alone thriller from the Edgar Awardwinning writer whom Stephen King called the next suspense superstarCan a person ever really disappear for good by going off the grid? And what happens when vanishing is no longer an option?Sarah Keller is a single mother to five-year-old Zoe, living quietly in Oklahoma. Shes also a skip tracer, an expert in tracking people whove gone on the lam to avoid arrest, prosecution, or debtpinpointing their location to bring them to justice.When a school bus accident sends Zoe to the ER, their quiet life explodes. Zoes medical tests reveal what Sarah has been hiding: Zoe is not her daughter. Zoes biological motherSarahs sister, Bethwas murdered shortly after the childs birth. And Zoes father is missing and presumed dead.With their cover blown, Sarah must abandon her carefully constructed life and go on the run. Chased by cops, federal agents, and the group responsible for Beths murder, Sarah embarks on a desperate journey. Can her knowledge as a skip tracer help her stay off the grid, remain one step ahead of her pursuers, and find a way to save her daughter?

Ransom River

Ransom River

Author: Meg Gardiner Format: eBook Release Date: 05/07/2012

Rory Mackenzie is juror number seven on a high-profile murder case in her hometown of Ransom River, California. Its a place she vowed never to visit again after leaving behind its surfeit of regret and misfortune and the specter of a troubled past that threatened to disturb the towns peaceful facade.Brilliant yet guarded, Rory has always felt like an outsider. She retreated into herself when both her career aspirations and her love affair with a childhood friend, undercover cop Seth Colder, were destroyed in a tragic accident.While most of the town is focused on the tense and shocking circumstances of the trial, Rorys return to Ransom River dredges up troubling memories from her childhood that she can no longer ignore. But in the wake of a desperate attack on the courthouse, Rory realizes that exposing these dark skeletons has connected her to an old case that was never solved, and bringing the truth to light just might destroy her.Departing from her popular series novels, Meg Gardiner has gone deeper than ever into the utterly convincing lives and compelling pasts of her characters. Ransom River is an intimate, atmospheric thriller with a dark mystery at its heartone that will keep listeners breathless until the very end.

The Nightmare Thief

The Nightmare Thief

Author: Meg Gardiner Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/10/2011

In the California wilderness no one can hear you scream.San Francisco Forensic Psychiatrist Jo Beckett doesn't dissect the body or the crime scene - she dissects a life and a mind, recreating the victim as a person, piecing together the story of their death to get to the truth. And then she goes after the killer.Autumn Reiniger wants something special for her twenty-first birthday. Daddy's bought her the car and the apartment, but now she wants excitement. And what Autumn desires, she gets.Her father signs-up her and five friends for an ultimate urban reality game. `Edge Adventures' alert the SF police that a `crime situation' is underway, so the authorities will ignore any squealing tyres or desperate cries for help.Then - when working on a case nearby - Jo Beckett encounters a group of men carting six sullen college kids to the woods for a wilderness adventure. Suspicious, she takes a closer look. And winds up with an invite to a birthday party she may never leave ...

Nightmare Thief

Nightmare Thief

Author: Meg Gardiner Format: eBook Release Date: 21/07/2011

Autumn Reiniger expects something special for her twenty-first birthday. Daddys already bought her the sports car, the apartment, and admission to the private college where she parties away her weekends. Now she wants excitement, and shes going to get it.Her father signs up Autumn and five friends for an ultimate urban reality game: a simulated drug deal, manhunt, and jailbreak. Its a high-priced version of cops and robbers, played with fake guns and fast cars on the streets of San Francisco. Edge Adventures alerts the SFPD ahead of time that a crime simulation is underway, so the authorities can ignore the squealing tires and desperate cries for help.Which is convenient for the gang of real kidnappers zeroing in on their target and a mammoth payday. Because Daddy doesnt know that someone has spotted his hedge funds bulging profits, and the path to those riches runs right through Daddys Little Girl.Working on a case nearby is forensic psychiatrist Jo Beckett and her partner, Gabe Quintana. When the pair encounters a suspicious group of men carting six sullen college kids to the woods for a supposed wilderness adventure, alarm bells ring. Jo takes a closer look and winds up with an invite to Autumn Reinigers twenty-first birthday partya party she may never leave.

The Liar's Lullaby

The Liar's Lullaby

Author: Meg Gardiner Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/06/2011

When a rock singer is killed onstage during a concert, Jo Beckett is called in to perform a psychological autopsy. But Tasia McFarland's death causes Jo all kinds of problems, because Tasia is the ex-wife of the President of the United States. The White House pressures Jo to declare Tasia's death an accident rather than a suicide. The media and conspiracy nuts rant that Tasia was knocked off to silence her, for unknown reasons. Fringe extremists seethe about taking direct action to save America from the president and his administration. Jo learns that an obsessed fan was apparently stalking Tasia. The stalker may have killed her and escaped in the panic at the concert. As the media and conspiracy frenzy grows, the White House leans harder on Jo to close the case. When she won't, Gabe Quintana finds his military orders suddenly changed, and he's called up to active duty in Afghanistan! in 72 hours. Jo discovers the identity of the stalker. It's someone who's obsessed with Tasia's new boyfriend, a famous country singer. Jo calls the police but she's too late. The stalker stabs the singer to death. The police kill the stalker. The case seems to have come to a spectacular conclusion. But Jo doesn't think the stalker murdered Tasia; the facts don't add up. She fears that Tasia was killed for other reasons. And she's nervous, because the President is coming to San Francisco to attend Tasia's memorial service!

Liar's Lullaby

Liar's Lullaby

Author: Meg Gardiner Format: eBook Release Date: 24/06/2010

Tasia McFarland is a washed-up country-pop singer desperate for the break that will get her topping the charts again. The tabloids have raked over every part of Tasias rocky life, following every high and lowher addictions, her breakdowns, her increasingly erratic behaviorand every broken relationship. The highlight of this lowlight reel: Tasia McFarland is the ex-wife of the president of the United States.So when Tasia writes a song with politically charged lyrics, people take note and her star begins to rise anew. In the opener of her comeback tour, she is lowered into a stadium on a zip line, and as helicopters fly overhead, she fires her prop Colt .45 at the fireworks-filled stage. Tasia is riding high.Until shes killed by a bullet to the neck before the shocked crowd of forty thousand.When video cant prove that the shot came from Tasias own Colt .45, and the ballistics report comes up empty, the authorities call on forensic psychiatrist Jo Beckett to do a psychological autopsy and clean up the potential political disaster. But as Jo sifts through the facts, she only finds more questions: Was Tasias gun loaded? Did she kill herself in one last cry for attention? Were her politically charged lyrics the rantings of a paranoid woman losing her grip, or warnings from a woman afraid and in danger? For Jo, pouring over Tasias past becomes a race to extinguish the conspiracy rumor mill before it incites a level of violence that reaches Americas highest corridors of powerand tears apart the very fabric of our nation.

The Memory Collector

The Memory Collector

Author: Meg Gardiner Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/04/2010

A pulse-pounding, race-against-time thriller featuring forensic psychiatrist Jo Beckett. Forensic psychiatrist Jo Beckett's speciality is the psychological autopsy - an investigation into a person's life to determine whether a death was natural, accidental, suicide, or homicide. When Jo is asked to do a psychological autopsy on a living person - one with a suspect memory who can't be trusted to participate in his own medical care - she knows all her skills will be put to the test. Jo is called to the scene of an aircraft inbound from London to help deal with a passenger who is behaving erratically. She figures out that Ian Kanan has got anterograde amnesia, and can't form new memories. Jo finds herself racing to save a patient who can walk and talk and yet can't help Jo figure out just what happened to him. Suddenly a string of clues arises, something to do with a super deadly biological agent code-named Slick , a kidnapping, and a secret partnership gone horribly wrong. Jo realises Kanan's addled mind may hold the key to preventing something terrible from happening in her beloved San Francisco. With time running out, she will have to get deeper into the life of a patient than she ever has before, hoping the truth emerges from the fog of his mind in time to save her city - and herself.

Memory Collector

Memory Collector

Author: Meg Gardiner Format: eBook Release Date: 11/06/2009

Forensic psychiatrist Jo Becketts specialty is the psychological autopsyan investigation into a persons life to determine whether a death was natural, accidental, suicide, or homicide. She calls herself a deadshrinker instead of a headshrinker: The silence of her patients is a key part of the jobs attraction. When Jo is asked to do a psychological autopsy on a living personone with a suspect memory who cant be trusted to participate in his own medical careshe knows all her skills will be put to the test.Jo is called to the scene of an aircraft inbound from London to help deal with a passenger who is behaving erratically. She figures out that hes got anteretrograde amnesia, and cant form new memories. As his thoughts drift away like tendrils of smoke, Jo finds herself racing to save a patient who can walk and talk yet cant help her figure out just what happened to him. For every cryptic clue he is able to drag up from his memory, Jo has to sift through a dozen nonsensical statements. Suddenly a string of clues arisessomething to do with a superdeadly biological agent code-named Slick, missing people, and a secret partnership gone horribly wrong. Jo realizes her patients addled mind may hold the key to preventing something terrible from happening in her beloved San Francisco. In order to prevent it, she will have to get deeper into the life of a patient than she ever has before, hoping the truth emerges from the fog of his mind in time to save her cityand herself.

China Lake

China Lake

Author: Meg Gardiner Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/10/2008

Evan Delaney is a heroine of our times: a woman with a big heart, a quick tongue and a hot temper that gets her into trouble. She is shocked to discover that Tabitha, her ex-sister-in-law, has joined the Remnant - the Reverend Pete Wyoming's fanatical band of disciples. And that Tabitha is trying to regain custody of her six-year-old son, Luke, currently in Evan's care while his father is posted to the Naval Air Warfare Center. Then one of the Remnant is killed, and Evan's brother is the prime suspect. With her boyfriend, lawyer Jesse Blackburn, Evan tries to clear her brother's name and rescue her nephew. In doing so, she finds herself caught up in a wild plan to steal weapons, and a blazing inferno on a Santa Barbara hillside.

Kill Chain

Kill Chain

Author: Meg Gardiner Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2008

When Evan Delaneys father disappears, the cops think hes fled the country to avoid prosecution. But Evan is sure that Phil has been abducted or killed for reasons associated with his work for Naval Intelligence.As Evan hunts for clues, she is attacked by an armed man. The attacker ends up deadand turns out to be a federal agent. Now Evan is on the run, implicated in his murder. Then she is contacted by a sinister duoa Madam and gigolo mother-and-son-team who claim that Phil was mixed up in their very dirty business.Can Evan save her fathers reputationand his life? And can Jesse save Evan? Time is running out....

Crosscut

Crosscut

Author: Meg Gardiner Format: eBook Release Date: 02/09/2008

It makes Silence of the Lambs look like Mary had a little oneit never lets up. Adrienne Dines, author of The Jigsaw MakerEvan Delaney knew China Lake was a tough place to grow up. She never knew how tough until she returns to the desert military base for her high school reunion and learns that several of her classmates have died young. Then, on the first night of the reunion, another one diesthis one savagely butchered. And shes just the first. Someone has an ax to grind. And Evans graduating class has something to fear.One of the best thrills I've read this year. Miss Gardiner has written a cracker. Caroline Carver, CWA Dagger-winning author of Blood JunctionA tense and exciting thriller where almost anything seems possible. Independent on Sunday

Jericho Point

Jericho Point

Author: Meg Gardiner Format: eBook Release Date: 05/08/2008

When the body of a young woman washes up on the black sands of the California beach Jericho Point, its identified as Evan Delaneys. But Evan is very much aliveapparently the victim of an identity thief who was playing the Hollywood rich for everything theyre worth. The crook may be dead, but the crimes she was murdered forcrimes committed in Evans nameare turning Evans life into a nightmare. Now, in the shadow of a dead womans lies, its all Evan can do to survive.[A] gripping plot...Youll find it impossible to find a resting point. Evening Times (Glasgow)A relentless, claustrophobic examination of mistaken identity and the terror of being accused of a crime for which you are not responsible. SherlockFast-paced, witty, and brutal. The Independent (London)

Mission Canyon

Mission Canyon

Author: Meg Gardiner Format: eBook Release Date: 01/07/2008

While bicycling in the foothills of Santa Barbara, Jesse Blackburn and his friend Isaac are struck down by a hit-and-run driver. Isaac is killed, but Jesse survives. Now he wants revenge, and his fiance, Evan Delaney, wants justice. Neither is simple. Evan and Jesse underestimate the power of the person with whom theyre dealing, and of the dark places where retribution will take them. As witnesses to the crime start dying one by one, it is apparent that no one can stop the killerleast of all Evan, whos next on his list.A harrowing (and all too timely) story of corporate greed and evildoing in quirky Southern California. Jeffery DeaverA rattling good read with an unexpected twist. The Sunday Telegraph

Dirty Secrets Club

Dirty Secrets Club

Author: Meg Gardiner Format: eBook Release Date: 12/06/2008

An ongoing string of high-profile and very public murder-suicides has San Francisco even more rattled than a string of recent earthquakes: A flamboyant fashion designer burns to death, clutching the body of his murdered lover. A superstar 49er jumps off the Golden Gate Bridge. And most shocking of all, a U.S. attorney launches her BMW off a highway overpass, killing herself and three others.Enter forensic psychiatrist Jo Beckett, hired by the SFPD to cut open not the victims body, but the victims life. Jos job is to complete the psychological autopsy, shedding light on the circumstances of any equivocal death. Soon she makes a shocking discovery: All the suicides belonged to something called the Dirty Secrets Club, a group of A-listers with nothing but money and plenty to hide. As the deaths continue, Jo delves into the disturbing motives behind this shadowy groupuntil she receives a letter that contains a dark secret Jo thought shed left deep in her past, a secret that ends with the most chilling words of all: Welcome to the Dirty Secrets Club.Praise for Meg Gardiner:If you read Sue Grafton, Lee Child, Janet Evanovich, Michael Connelly, or Nelson DeMille, youre going to think Meg Gardiner is a gift from heaven. Stephen KingA winner in every way. The Dirty Secrets Club is nuanced and layeredand a harrowing thriller. Meg Gardiner makes every one of her characters leap alive off the page. Jeffery DeaverMeg Gardiner is an astonishing writer, and The Dirty Secrets Club is a humdinger of a thriller, with shocks and twists galore. I couldnt turn the pages fast enough. Tess Gerritsen

China Lake

China Lake

Author: Meg Gardiner Format: eBook Release Date: 03/06/2008

Evan Delaney is shocked to learn that her ex-sister-in-law, Tabitha, has joined the Remnant, a religion with a dangerous and fanatical following. What is more alarming is that the unstable young mother plans to regain custody of her son and disappear with him into the fold of the church. She has the Remnant on her side, and theyll do anything it takesincluding murderto get what they want. But its another member of the Remnant whos killed, and when Evans brother becomes a suspect, Evan is dragged even deeper into the nightmare.From beginning to end, China Lake is a book no reader of thrillers will be able to put down. Great characters, dynamic plot, nail-biting actionMeg Gardiner gives us everything. Elizabeth George

Kill Chain

Kill Chain

Author: Meg Gardiner Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/05/2007

When Evan Delaney's father disappears, the cops think he's fled the country to avoid prosecution. But Evan is sure that Phil has been abducted or killed for reasons associated with his work for Naval Intelligence. As Evan hunts for clues, she is attacked by an armed man. The attacker ends up dead - and turns out to be a federal agent. Now Evan is on the run, implicated in his murder. Then she is contacted by a sinister duo - a Madam and gigolo mother-and-son-team who claim that Phil was mixed up in their very dirty business. Can Evan save her father's reputation - and his life? And can Jesse save Evan? Time is running out ...

Crosscut

Crosscut

Author: Meg Gardiner Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/09/2005

For Evan, China Lake was a tough place to grow up. But she didn't realise just how tough until, returning to the desert military base for her high school reunion, she discovers that a disturbing number of her classmates have died young. The morning after the reunion another is found, savagely butchered. She is just the first. Someone in China Lake has a major axe to grind with the class of '91. And that includes Evan . . .

Jericho Point

Jericho Point

Author: Meg Gardiner Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/01/2005

When a young woman tumbles dead onto the beach, the police identify the body. It's Evan Delaney. Except that Evan is very much alive. It's her identity that has been stolen. And the thief has compromised more than just Evan's bank account. She has been scamming money from rich Hollywood wannabes - including a vicious drug boss. He wants his money back. From Evan. Soon she finds herself harassed by drug runners and suspected of murder. She must save herself - but to do that must escape a web of deceit that threatens to destroy not just her, but her boyfriend Jesse.

Mission Canyon

Mission Canyon

Author: Meg Gardiner Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/02/2004

Evan Delaney, novelist and legal go-fer, is dressed as Diana Ross in order to crash a fancy-dress party and serve a summons, when she hears that Franklin Brand is back in town. Brand is the hit-and-run driver who sentenced Evan's lover Jesse to life in a wheelchair, and killed his best friend. Since the accident, Brand has been avoiding justice overseas; but if he's back, Evan and Jesse are determined to get him, helped by the dead boy's brother Adam. Brand had been a high-flier in Mako Technologies, a cyber-security firm, and this is where Evan starts looking. She quickly uncovers evidence that Brand was embezzling funds, and that Adam's brother knew all about it. So maybe that hit-and-run wasn't an accident at all?Then the policeman investigating is killed, and Adam and Jesse both come under suspicion. The plot has more twists, thrills and spills than a white-knuckle ride, and is complicated by the confused emotions of the main parties involved: Jesse feels a survivor's guilt; Adam resents the fact that Jesse is alive while his brother died. But there are more corpses - including a near miss for Evan herself - to come before the bad guys are finally brought to book.

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