unsub, a mash-up of unknown and subject, and a term about to be added to your lexicon of police jargon learned from books and TV. In Gardiner’s latest book, a serial killer called the Prophet appears to have unretired two decades after terrorizing the Bay Area and taking the lives of 11 people. Detective Caitlin Hendrix is put on the case, and though she may be new to Homicide, she knows the Prophet, who eluded her own father years before. Inspired by one of the best examples of an unsub, the Zodiac Killer, Publishers Weekly says “[t]aut pacing and sympathetic characters play against a terrifying villain, who will crawl beneath your skin and trouble your sleep.” And, not for nothing, CBS has already bought the rights for TV.
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