Tuesday, June 27, 2017

UNSUB :: Meg Gardiner

Today is publication day for one of the summer's most anticipated thrillers, Meg Gardiner's Unsub. Raves have been flying in from all fronts, most noticeably from other thrill masters such as Don Winslow and Stephen King. If you love serial killer stories (which sounds horrible, but y'all know what I mean) or are an aficionado of the Zodiac killer case, this one's for you.

Detective Mack Hendrix hunted prolific serial killer The Prophet for five years. The Prophet didn't literally take Mack's life, but did cost him his job, his marriage, his sense of self and the childhood of his daughter, Caitlin. Then The Prophet disappeared.

Twenty years later, Caitlin Hendrix has followed in her father's footsteps, working narcotics with the Alameda County Sheriff's Department. Following an intense raid, Caitlin is called back out to a murder scene. Why? Because it appears either The Prophet is back or a copy cat is taking over where he left off. 

Despite Caitlin's lack of time on the job, her experience with The Prophet is only topped by that of her father, and it will take both of them to get to the bottom of the new spate of horrific crimes.

Full of intense action sequences and a motivational puzzle that has eluded authorities for decades, Unsub is an intense ride down a twisted road full of pathology. Not for the faint of heart, but at least you've still got a heart. Plus, kickass cover: 

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About Malcolm Avenue Review

I was lucky enough to be born and raised in a nifty, oak-shaded ranch house on Malcolm Avenue, a wide-laned residential street with little through traffic, located amid the foothills of Northern California. It was on that street and in that house I learned most of my adolescent life lessons, and many grown-up ones to boot. Malcolm Avenue was "home" for more than thirty years.

It was on Malcolm Avenue, through and with my family and the other families that made up our neighborhood of characters, that I first learned about and gained an appreciation for the things I continue to love the most to this day: music, animals, photography, sports, television/movies and, of course, books.

I owe a debt of gratitude to that life on Malcolm Avenue. It gave me a sense of community and friendship, support and adventure. For better and worse, life on that street likely had the biggest impact on the person I've become. So this blog, and the things I write here, are all, at their base level, a little bit of a love letter to Malcolm Avenue.


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