Meg Gardiner is originally from Southern California, where she practiced law and taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the author of five Evan Delaney novels as well as the Jo Beckett thrillers, The Memory Collector, The Liar's Lullaby and The Nightmare Thief. She lives with her family near London.
'Gardiner depicts an America corrupted by the cult of celebrity, deranged mass media and a toxic blogosphere. Zesty, smart.' THE SUNDAY TIMES
'Jo Beckett may remind readers of Nancy Drew in her prime.' WASHINGTON POST
'Breathless suspense, slick plotting and a cast of compelling characters make this a solid addition to Edgar-winner Gardiner's dossier of superlative thrillers with appeal both for pure suspense fans and those who favour well-delineated characters.' BOOKLIST
Praise for THE MEMORY COLLECTOR:
'The next suspense superstar.' STEPHEN KING
'Meg Gardiner is an astonishing writer.' TESS GERRITSEN
'Riveting...a book you just can't put down...The Memory Collector is a first-class thriller with non-stop action.' CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
Bringing her two series leads together for the first time, Gardiner pits forensic psychiatrist Jo Beckett (The Dirty Secrets Club) and reporter Evan Delaney (Kill Chain) against a kidnapping team that's out for something more than ransom in this strong thriller. When Evan contacts Jo in San Francisco for help with a story on the suspicious death of attorney Phelps Wylie, whose body was found in a mine in the Sierras, Jo agrees to conduct a psychological autopsy on Wylie, including poking around the mine with her pararescueman boyfriend, Gabe Quintana. Back in San Francisco, Autumn Reiniger embarks on an urban reality game run by Edge Adventures, a 21st birthday present from her father, the director of a hedge fund, Reiniger Capital, but is soon kidnapped, along with her friends, by a group impersonating the Edge crew, raising the stakes. In the Sierras, Jo and Gabe run into Autumn and her kidnappers, who are demanding $20 million for her safe return-and Gardiner really gets the adrenaline pumping. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.