Book review: Gardiner’s new FBI profiler gets a workout

‘Into the Black Nowhere’ By Meg Gardiner. Dutton, 384 pages, $26

Meg Gardiner’s second novel in her new “Unsub” series continues the robust character study mixed with an engrossing police procedural. The aptly named “Into the Black Nowhere” plunges new agent Caitlin Hendrix into the worst of human nature as part of the FBI’s elite Behavioral Analysis Unit.

Caitlin’s skills as a new FBI profiler get a workout in her latest assignment. Five women have disappeared on Saturday nights during the past six months near Austin, Texas. The women seem to have little in common except that each was in a supposedly safe place when they vanished. Caitlin and the FBI team must find the connection. The clues seem to suggest the kidnapper — or unsub — charmed his victims into leaving with him. While the criminal is identified fairly quickly, making the case and uncovering vital evidence makes for a tense

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