“Unsub” by Meg Gardiner (Dutton). The Austin writer and California native’s 13th book was inspired by the Zodiac Killer, whose as-yet unsolved (and unlikely to be solved) reign of terror became the stuff of legend, inspiring films from the first Dirty Harry movie to David Fincher’s still-amazing “Zodiac,” not to mention a host of songs, TV episodes, true-crime books and probably nacho recipes at this point. Gardiner’s novel concerns an “unsub” (as in “unknown subject”) known as the Prophet.
Decades after the Prophet’s crimes drove Detective Mack Hendrix all but insane, Mack’s daughter, a young cop named Caitlin, decides to reopen the case as it becomes clear the Prophet may be active again. “Unsub” is also in development at CBS as a TV series. Gardiner speaks and signs “Unsub” at 7 p.m. Monday at BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.
— Joe Gross
Book events this week
Sarah McLean. 2 p.m. Sunday. The meditation teacher speaks and signs “The Power of Attention.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.
Liv Hadden. 3 p.m. Sunday. The local author speaks and signs “The Adventures of Juice Box and Shame.” Malvern Books, 613 W. 29th St.
Nicky Drayden. 7 p.m. Tuesday. The debut novelist speaks and signs “The Prey of Gods.” Barnes & Noble Arboretum, 10000 Research Blvd. #158.
Patricia Roberts-Miller. 7 p.m. Tuesday. The University of Texas professor speaks and signs “Demagoguery and Democracy.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.
Nina George. 7 p.m. Wednesday. The New York Times bestselling author speaks and signs “The Little French Bistro.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.
James Poulos. 7 p.m. Thursday. The social theorist speaks and signs “The Art of Being Free.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.
Erin Pringle. 7 p.m. Friday. The short story writer speaks and signs “The Whole World at Once.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.
Joe Giordano. 7 p.m. Friday. The novelist speaks and signs “Appointment with ISIL: An Anthony Provati Thriller.” Malvern Books, 613 W. 29th St.