New Arrivals · Suspense Fiction

September 27, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Missing : a private novel

September 26, 2016
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2016.
358 pages ; 24 cm.
Craig Gisto has promised Eliza Moss that his elite team at Private Sydney will investigate the disappearance of her father. After all, as CEO of a high-profile research company, Eric Moss shouldn't be difficult to find--except it's not just the man who's gone missing. Despite the most advanced technology at their disposal, they find every trace of him has vanished, too. And they aren't the only ones on the hunt.

Bounty : a novel

September 23, 2016
Byrnes, Michael (Michael J.), author.
New York : Ballantine Books, 2016.
415 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
When a website begins putting lucrative bounties on the heads of global criminals who have evaded justice--including Wall Street power brokers, politicians, and unethical businesspeople--a group of elite U.S. government operatives, led by FBI special agent Roman Novak, seeks to shut down the site. But its creators remain elusive as the body count rises, and many people start to embrace the site's simple credo: "If the law should fail, let justice prevail". Novak and the government's most talented cryptanalysts struggle to find a way to bring down the site before it irrevocably changes the world. --adapted from Publishers Weekly.

The boy in the shadows

September 23, 2016
Vallgren, Carl-Johan
©2015
296 pages ; 24 cm
"1970: In an overcrowded Stockholm subway station, a harried father and his two boys are late for their train. Joel, the youngest, is howling in his stroller and his seven-year-old brother, Kristoffer, refuses to take the elevator. A woman approaches and helpfully offers to lead Kristoffer up the stairs. Reluctantly his father agrees, but when he arrives on the platform Kristoffer and the woman have vanished without a trace. The kidnapping becomes a national sensation, but the boy is never found. Today: Joel, now an adult, goes missing in suspicious circumstances. His frantic wife turns to Danny Katz--an old friend with a troubled past--for help. A brilliant computer programmer and recovering heroin addict, Katz is also the divorced father of two young girls. Katz begins to dig behind the digital veil in search of Joel, even though the investigation quickly interferes with his duties as a parent. Before long, Katz discovers he isn't the only one trying to find Joel. The deeper Katz digs, the more upsetting the secrets he uncovers about the wealthy and powerful family at the heart of the investigation. Chillingly, the case takes a violent turn that reveals a disorienting connection to Katz's own troubled childhood--soon there will be no backing out of his unofficial investigation"--Provided by publisher.

The perfect girl

September 23, 2016
Macmillan, Gilly, author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2016.
439, 12 pages ; 21 cm
To everyone who knows her now, Zoe Maisey - child genius, musical sensation - is perfect. Yet several years ago, Zoe caused the death of three teenagers. She served her time, and now she's free. Her story begins with her giving the performance of her life. By midnight, her mother is dead. The Perfect Girl is an intricate exploration into the mind of a teenager burdened by brilliance, and a past that she cannot leave behind.

Blood crime

September 23, 2016
Alzamora, Sebastià, 1972- author.
©2016
288 pages ; 22 cm
"First published in Catalan by Raval Edicions, SLU, Proa, 2012" -- Title page verso.
"It is 1936, and Barcelona burns as the Spanish Civil War takes over. The city is a bloodbath. Yet in all this death, the murders of a Marist monk and a young boy, drained of their blood, are strange enough to catch a police inspector's attention. His quest for justice is complicated by the politics, dangers, and espionage of daily life in a war zone. The Marist brothers of the murdered monk are being persecuted; meanwhile, a convent of Capuchin nuns hides in plain sight, trading favors with the military police to stay alive. In their midst is a thirteen-year-old novice who stumbles into the clutches of the murderer. Can she escape in this city of no happy endings? Narrated by a vampire who thrives in the havoc of the war, this stunning novel, inspired by the true story of a massacre in the early days of the Spanish Civil War, is a gothic reflection on the nature of monsters, in all their human forms."--Provided by publisher.

The Empress of Tempera

September 23, 2016
Dolan, Alex.
New York, New York : Diversion Books, 2016.
281 p. ; 22 cm.
"The feud began forty years ago. On one side: one of the wealthiest families in America. On the other: an artist known as Qi, heralded as the next Andy Warhol. After an acrimonious falling out, a Cold War began between these two families, and very few people remember the artist at all. Until a piece by Qi appears in New York. Outside the Fern Gallery, a man stabs himself in the heart while staring at the last Qi, a painting of a young Chinese empress. Paire Anjou, a young art student fresh to the city, stands so close, her dress is freckled with blood. The resurgence of Qi's art stirs up widespread curiosity and attention. Much like Michelangelo's David, the portrait evokes powerful reactions from people. Patrons pass out, write love letters, and try to vandalize it. Since the day she saw it, Paire can't stop ruminating about the painting. The descendants of both families converge, and Paire, who covets the Empress, is woven into an escalating blood feud. Paire Anjou is herself a descendent of criminal parents with a predilection for theft. And she has decided that she needs to possess the Qi for herself." --Amazon.

Wake the devil : a thriller

September 22, 2016
Daniels, Robert, author.
New York : Crooked Lane Books, 2016.
339 pages ; 24 cm
Seven months after their last encounter, retired FBI agent Jack Kale and Atlanta Police Detective Beth Sturgis are reunited by a new case that pits them against the Sandman, a nearly perfect assassin who leaves no clues, can change his appearance seemingly at will, and has eluded police on four continents for years. Now, it's a race against time to protect the Sandman's next targets--two witnesses scheduled to testify before a grand jury by the end of the week. With the clock ticking down, Kale and Sturgis dive headfirst into a desperate chase to catch the killer before he strikes and disappears again. Just as he thought he was finally safe, Kale must one again battle the demons lurking in the corners of his mind to take on an all-too-real new nightmare in Wake the Devil, the second in Robert Daniels's thrilling series. --Amazon

The soul of the matter : a novel

September 22, 2016
Buff, Bruce, author.
Nashville, TN : Howard Books, 2016.
420 pages ; 24 cm
"A scientist's claim that he's found the secrets of the universe's origin encoded in DNA sparks a race against time to uncover the truth in this fast-paced thriller of science and faith, power and murder, loss and redemption. Dan Lawson, a former government cyber-intelligence analyst, is surprised to be contacted by his estranged friend Stephen Bishop, a renowned geneticist. Stephen says that he's discovered amazing information within DNA, including evidence of a creator, and needs Dan's help to protect his findings. Dan is skeptical and wonders whether he is being manipulated, or if the recent illness of Stephen's only child, Ava, has caused his childhood friend to fall back on religion for answers to questions best left to science. Spurred by his desire for proof that life has meaning, however, Dan puts aside his doubts and agrees to help. When an experiment goes terribly awry, Dan realizes he must get to the bottom of Stephen's discoveries. With the help of Trish Alighieri, a pediatric oncologist trying to save Ava's life, Dan desperately searches for answers--including whether the human soul can survive science's conquest of nature"-- Provided by publisher.

As I descended

September 21, 2016
Talley, Robin, author.
©2016
370 pages ; 22 cm
Maria Lyon and Lily Boiten are Acheron Academy's power couple. Only one thing stands between them and their perfect future: campus superstar Delilah Dufrey. And Lily and Maria are willing to do anything to keep Delilah from winning the distinguished Cawdor Kingsley Prize. Together, Maria and Lily harness the dark power long rumored to be present on the former plantation that houses their school. When feuds turn to fatalities, and madness begins to blur the distinction between what's real and what's imagined, the girls must find a way to stop what they started.

Black water : a novel

September 21, 2016
Doughty, Louise, 1963- author.
New York : Sarah Crichton Books / Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.
344 pages ; 24 cm.
"A literary thriller set in Indonesia about a former mercenary dealing with the consequences of his dark past, and with the real secret of what he did during the massacres of the Communists and ethnic Chinese in 1965"-- Provided by publisher.

Ascension

September 21, 2016
Dowling, Gregory, author.
©2015
298 pages ; 22 cm
"Thomas Dunne books."
"First published in Great Britain by Polygon, an imprint of Birlinn Ltd in 2015"--Title page verso.
When a young tour guide, Alvise Marangon, offers to help an English Grand Tourist, little does he know that it will lead to his being embroiled in blackmail and conspiracy. To add to his woes, he is then forcibly recruited into the city's powerful secret service to investigate a murder case. A reluctant spy he may be, but he is a gifted one. Amidst the world of gambling dens and courtesans, something momentous is being planned for the Feast of the Ascension, Venice's most important and spectacular holiday, and it seems that only Alvise can prevent the day turning into bloody mayhem.

Wake me up

September 21, 2016
Bog, Justin, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : The Author's Advocate, [2016].
413 pages ; 22 cm
"A small college town's populace is tied, with complicity, to the brutal, bullying, attack of a teenage boy by four of his classmates. Soon, heated rumors of a possible hate crime surface. Injustice is a hungry beast. An adulterous father is haunted by his past; his wife lives her life in a rigid shell; their son, untethered, discovers the secret they share with Deepika, a visitor to their town from Northern India. I see all of these people. They're living and breathing and acting on their basest impulses. I lay in a coma. They live. I hover over all of them, all at once. I can see my body, motionless, wired up, adrift. And I can find out why this happened. This is my story and I won't remember any of it when, if, I wake up. But I'll try to remember, I'll try damn hard. Middleton, Montana, October 2004, an election year. While Chris Bullet remains unresponsive in a coma, his skull shattered, he floats above dire circumstance. In this phantom state, compelled to witness his past once more, the family's darkest secrets, hidden over generations, will be aired."--Page [4] of cover.

Nutshell : a novel

September 20, 2016
McEwan, Ian, author.
New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, [2016]
197 pages ; 22 cm
"Trudy has betrayed her husband, John. She's still in the marital home--a dilapidated, priceless London townhouse--but John's not here. Instead, she's with his brother, the profoundly banal Claude, and the two of them have a plan. But there is a witness to their plot: the inquisitive, nine-month-old resident of Trudy's womb. Told from a perspective unlike any other, Nutshell is a classic tale of murder and deceit from one of the world's master storytellers"-- Provided by publisher.

Robert B. Parker's Debt to pay : a Jesse Stone novel

September 20, 2016
Coleman, Reed Farrel, 1956- author.
©2016
338 pages ; 24 cm
"All is quiet in Paradise, except for a spate of innocuous vandalism. Good thing, too, because Jesse Stone is preoccupied with the women in his life, both past and present."--Provided by publisher.

Missing : a novel

September 20, 2016
Harris, Lisa, 1969- author.
©2016
316 pages ; 22 cm.
A case of two murdered and two missing homeowners on a quiet suburban street. The first clues lead to the boat of Nikki's friend Tyler Grant and another dead body. What ties Tyler to the homeowners. Clues lead to counterfeit drugs. Is Nikki's life in danger?

Woman of god

September 19, 2016
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
362, 17 pages ; 25 cm
"The world is watching as historic crowds gather in Rome, waiting for news of a new Pope, one who promises to be unlike any other in the Church's history. Some followers are ecstatic, but the leading candidate has made a legion of powerful enemies. From a difficult childhood with drug addled parents, to a career as a doctor on the front lines in Sudan, to a series of trials that test her faith at every turn, Brigid Fitzgerald's convictions and callings have made her the target of all those who fear that the Church has lost its way-- dangerous adversaries who abhor challenges to tradition. Locked in a deadly, high-stakes battle with forces determined to undermine everything she believes in, Brigid must convert her enemies to her cause before she loses her faith and her life."-- Provided by publisher.

The sister

September 19, 2016
Jensen, Louise, author.
©2016
333 pages ; 20 cm.
'I did something terrible Grace. I hope you can forgive me ...' Grace hasn't been the same since the death of her best friend Charlie. She is haunted by Charlie's words the last time she saw her, and in a bid for answers, opens an old memory box of Charlie's. It soon becomes clear that there was a lot she didn't know about her best friend. When Grace starts a campaign to find Charlie's father, Anna, a girl claiming to be Charlie's sister steps forward. For Grace, finding Anna is like finding a new family and soon Anna has made herself very comfortable in Grace and boyfriend Dan's home. But something isn't right. Things disappear, Dan's acting strangely and Grace is sure that someone is following her. Is it all in Grace's mind? Or as she gets closer to discovering the truth about both Charlie and Anna, is Grace in terrible danger? "There was nothing she could have done to save Charlie ... Or was there?" A compelling, gripping psychological thriller perfect for fans of "The Girl on the Train, I Let You Go" and "The Girl With No Past."

Salem's cipher

September 16, 2016
Lourey, Jess, 1970- author.
©2016
462 pages ; 21 cm
"Salem Wiley is a genius cryptanalyst, courted by the world's top security agencies ever since making a breakthrough discovery in her field of quantum computing. She's also an agoraphobe, shackled to a narrow routine by her fear of public places. When her mother's disappearance is linked to a plot to assassinate the country's first viable female presidential candidate, Salem finds herself both target and detective in a modern-day witch hunt. Drawn into a labyrinth of messages encrypted by Emily Dickinson and centuries-old codes tucked inside the Beale Cipher, Salem begins to uncover the truth: an ancient and ruthless group is hell-bent on ruling the world, and only a select group of women stands in its way." -- Amazon.com.

Red right hand

September 15, 2016
Holm, Chris F., author.
New York : Mulholland Books, 2016.
341 pages ; 25 cm
Sequel to: The killing kind.
When viral video of an explosive terrorist attack on San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge reveals that a federal witness long thought dead is still alive, the organization he'd agreed to testify against will stop at nothing to put him in the ground.

The dread line

September 14, 2016
DeSilva, Bruce, author.
©2016
316 pages ; 25 cm.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"Since he got fired in spectacular fashion from his newspaper job last year, former investigative reporter Liam Mulligan has been piecing together a new life--one that straddles both sides of the law. He's getting some part-time work with his friend McCracken's detective agency. He's picking up beer money by freelancing for a local news website. And he's looking after his semi-retired mobster-friend's bookmaking business. But Mulligan still manages to find trouble. He's feuding with a cat that keeps leaving its kills on his porch. He's obsessed with a baffling jewelry heist. And he's enraged that someone in town is torturing animals. All this keeps distracting him from a big case that needs his full attention. The New England Patriots, shaken by a series of murder charges against a star player, have hired Mulligan and McCracken to investigate the background of a college athlete they're thinking of drafting. At first, the job seems routine, but as soon as they begin asking questions, they get push-back. The player, it seems, has something to hide--and someone is willing to kill to make sure it remains secret" -- Amazon.com

End game

September 14, 2016
Hagberg, David, author.
New York : Forge, 2016.
318 pages ; 25 cm.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"A Kirk McGarvey novel"--Jacket.
"Langley is experiencing a series of gruesome murders. The CIA's own headquarters should be the safest spot on the planet, but a highly professional, violently psychopathic assassin, who hideously disfigures his victims, strikes without mercy. The murders spread from Langley to a prison outside of Athens, where the first clue to what will become the End Game surfaces. A code carved into four copper panels of the legendary statue in a courtyard at CIA headquarters, known as Kryptos, predicts the means and the terrible necessity for the serial killings"--Amazon.com.

The winemakers

September 14, 2016
Moran, Jan, author.
©2016
567 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.

The amok runners

September 14, 2016
Cotterill, Colin, author.
Bangkok, Thailand DCO Books, 2016.
263 pages ; 21 cm.
A Jimm Juree Mystery Prequel--Back cover.
This is a prequel to the three published books with our intrepid lady journalist and her rather unique family still living in Chiang Mai. Becoming an extra along with her two brothers, Arny and Sissy, on an American movie with Hollywood stars being shot in the north of Thailand, she stumbles upon murder and mayhem while at the same time being part of an ancient treasure hunt. As usual it would be wrong for the bad guys to underestimate Jimm.

Her darkest nightmare

September 13, 2016
Novak, Brenda, author.
New York, NY : St Martin's Paperbacks, 2016.
426 pages ; 18 cm
Evelyn Talbot knows that a psychopath can look perfectly normal. She was only sixteen when her own boyfriend Jasper imprisoned and tortured her--and left her for dead. Now an eminent psychiatrist who specializes in the criminal mind, Evelyn is the force behind Hanover House, a maximum-security facility located in a small Alaskan town. Her job puts her at odds with Sergeant Amarok, who is convinced that Hanover is a threat to his community...even as his attraction to beautiful Evelyn contradicts everything he believes.

Shadow falling

September 13, 2016
Zanetti, Rebecca. author.
©2016
359 pages ; 17 cm.
Before the Scorpius Syndrome tore through North America and nearly wiped out the population, Vivienne Wellington was the FBI's best profiler. The bacteria got her anyway. But she survived. She recovered. And when she woke up from a drug-nightmare of captivity, her trust in her fellow man had gone from shaky at best to nonexistent. Her mysterious rescuer wants to convince her he's the exception. But no matter how tempting he is, with his angel's eyes and devil's tongue, Vinnie knows she shouldn't trust him. If the FBI were still around they would rate Raze Shadow as one of the bad guys. His military training can't wipe out his association with the Mercenaries, the most feared gang in a thousand miles. His loyalties are compromised. He won't even tell Vinnie his real name. But there's no FBI in the new America of fear and firepower, only instinct and risk. And the way his arms wrap around her tells its own story. Whatever else Raze is concealing, he can't hide his desire...

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