New Arrivals · Suspense Fiction

April 28, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Tracking the beast

April 27, 2016
Kisor, Henry, author.
©2016
249 pages ; 23 cm.
When the remains of three little girls turn up inside railroad hopper cars, Sheriff Steve Martinez faces a troublesome case, for the cars had sat for years on a siding deep inside his beloved Porcupine County. After Steve and his comrades do the spadework, the FBI moves in, thinking their Unsub is both rapist and murderer. But Steve believes the killer--or killers--instead hired someone to dispose of the bodies. With the help of lawmen of all kinds, including the Ontario Provincial Police, and even Detroit mobsters, Steve doggedly tracks "the Beast." This intricate police procedural, set in the wilds of Upper Michigan, features not only an exciting high-tech chase around Lake Superior but also the revival of a clever World War II deception.

City of the lost

April 27, 2016
Armstrong, Kelley, author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2016.
403 pages ; 25 cm.
"Casey Duncan is a homicide detective with a secret: when she was in college, she killed a man. She was never caught, but he was the grandson of a mobster and she knows this crime will catch up to her. Casey's best friend, Diana, is on the run from a violent, abusive ex-husband. When Diana's husband finds her, and Casey herself is attacked shortly after, Casey knows it's time for the two of them to disappear again. Diana has heard of a domestic violence support town made for people like her, a town that takes in people on the run who want to shed their old lives. You must apply to live in Rockton and if you're accepted, it means walking away entirely from your old life, living off the grid in the wilds of Canada: no cell phones, no Internet, no mail, no computers, very little electricity, and no way of getting in or out without the town council's approval. As a murderer, Casey isn't a good candidate, but she has something they want; she's a homicide detective, and Rockton has just had its first real murder. She and Diana are in. However, soon after arriving, Casey realizes that the identity of a murderer isn't the only secret Rockton is hiding - in fact, she starts to wonder if she and Diana might be in even more danger in Rockton than they were in their old lives. An edgy, gripping crime novel from a bestselling urban fantasy writer, City of the Lost boldly announces a major new player in the crime fiction world"--Provided by publisher.

Three minutes to midnight

April 27, 2016
Tata, A. J. (Anthony J.), 1959- author.
New York : Kensington Books, 2016.
345 pages ; 24 cm
It begins with the kidnapping of an Army Reserve officer on U.S. soil. Name: Captain Maeve Cassidy. Profession: Geologist specializing in natural gas drilling and fracturing. Mission: classified. Abducted less than twenty-four hours upon her return from Afghanistan, Cassidy's disappearance from a Fort Bragg compound is more than a security breach. It is the first stage of a large-scale domestic attack that few Americans could imagine--or survive… Enter Delta Force veteran Jake Mahegan. The seasoned operative is on a personal mission of vengeance, tracking down his mother's killer at a drilling site in North Carolina. When he's assigned the task of locating the geologist, he can't help but wonder if her abduction is connected to the fracking magnate he's pursuing. But when a nearby nuclear plant is attacked, and then another, in a matter of days, Mahegan knows it's no coincidence. It is a brilliantly conceived, ruthlessly orchestrated assault on our homeland that no intelligence analyst could ever foresee--or stop… When a third nuclear plant is targeted, Mahegan has no choice but to try. If he fails, our nation falls. The countdown is launched. The clock is ticking. Armageddon begins…

Over the plain houses

April 27, 2016
Franks, Julia, 1964- author.
©2016
271 pages ; 24 cm
A Depression-era Appalachian farm wife is branded as a witch by her fundamentalist husband when she bonds with a USDA agent who has traveled to the North Carolina mountains to instruct regional families on how to modernize their homes and farms.

Flash of fire

April 27, 2016
Buchman, M. L. (Matthew Lieber), author.
©2016.
347 pages ; 18 cm
When former Army National Guard helicopter pilot Robin Harrow joins Mount Hood Aviation, she expects to fight fires for only one season. Instead, she finds herself getting deeply entrenched with one of the most elite firefighting teams in the world. And that's before they send her on a mission that's seriously top secret, with a flight partner who's seriously hot.

Blood defense

April 27, 2016
Clark, Marcia, author.
Seattle : Thomas & Mercer, [2016]
389 pages ; 22 cm
Samantha Brinkman, an ambitious, hard-charging Los Angeles criminal defense attorney, is struggling to make a name for herself and to drag her fledgling practice into the big leagues. Sam lands a high-profile double-murder case in which one of the victims is a beloved TV star, and the defendant is a decorated veteran LAPD detective. It promises to be exactly the kind of media sensation that would establish her as a heavy hitter in the world of criminal law. Though Sam has doubts about his innocence, she and her two associates (her closest childhood friend and a brilliant ex-con) take the case. Notorious for living by her own rules and fearlessly breaking everyone else's, Samantha pulls out all the stops in her quest to uncover evidence that will clear the detective. But when a shocking secret at the core of the case shatters her personal world, Sam realizes that not only has her client been playing her, he might be one of the most dangerous sociopaths she's ever encountered.

That darkness

April 27, 2016
Black, Lisa, 1963- author.
New York, NY : Kensington Books, 2016.
308 pages ; 22 cm
Cleveland Police Department forensic investigator Maggie Gardiner investigates a female teenaged victim that no one has reported missing, and a killer with a unique sense of justice.

Redemption road

April 26, 2016
Hart, John, 1965- author.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2016.
417 pages ; 25 cm
"Imagine: A boy with a gun waits for the man who killed his mother. A troubled detective confronts her past in the aftermath of a brutal shooting. After thirteen years in prison, a good cop walks free. But for how long? And deep in the forest, on the altar of an abandoned church, the unthinkable has just happened... This is a town on the brink. This is a Redemption road."-- Provided by publisher.

Hard rain

April 26, 2016
Daniels, B. J., author.
©2016
377 pages ; 17 cm
When Brody McTavish sees Harper Hamilton's runaway horse galloping across the pastures, he does what any good cowboy would do --- gives chase and rescues her. Unfortunately for him, the woman he's secretly loved for years didn't need saving, and she's just reached her limit with people treating her as hopeless. But they soon have bigger problems when they make a gruesome discovery --- human remains revealed by a recent rainstorm. Remains that will dredge up old Hamilton family mysteries and bring about a scandal that could threaten all Harper's loved ones.

The other widow

April 25, 2016
Crawford, Susan (Fiction writer), author.
©2016
viii, 333 pages ; 24 cm
A woman whose lover died moments after ending their affair, the man's grief-stricken wife, and a suspicious insurance investigator collide in the face of deceptions that threaten all of their lives.

Out rider

April 25, 2016
McKenna, Lindsay, 1946-
Don Mills, Ontario : Hqn Books, [2016]
363 pages ; 17 cm.
A fresh start--that's all Devorah McGuire wants. As a former Marine and current Ranger with the US Forest Service, she's grown accustomed to keeping others safe. But when the unthinkable happens, she can only hope that a transfer to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, will allow her to put the past behind her for good. Dev's mentor at Grand Tetons National Park is fellow canine handler and horseman Sloan Rankin. He shows Dev the spectacular trails, never knowing the terror that stalks her every move. Despite her lingering fear, Dev feels an attraction for Sloan as wild as their surroundings. With Sloan, Dev can envision a new life--a real home. Unless a vengeful man fresh out of prison succeeds in finishing what he started..." --Backcover.

Silence in the dark : a novel

April 25, 2016
Bradley, Patricia (Educator), author.
Grand Rapids, MI : Published by Revell a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2016]
347 pages ; 22 cm.

Extreme prey

April 22, 2016
Sandford, John, 1944 February 23- author.
©2016
406 pages ; 24 cm
"After the events in Gathering Prey, Lucas Davenport finds himself in a very unusual situation--no longer employed by the Minnesota BCA. His friend the governor is just cranking up a presidential campaign, though, and he invites Lucas to come along as part of his campaign staff. "Should be fun!" he says, and it kind of is--until they find they have a shadow: an armed man intent on killing the governor... and anyone who gets in the way"--Provided by publisher.

Fast and loose

April 22, 2016
Michaels, Fern, author.
New York : Kensington Publishing Corp., 2016.
277 pages ; 22 cm.
With the women of the Sisterhood away on a covert assignment, their significant others could be expected to kick back and enjoy a little drama-free downtime. But that's not the way Jack, Ted, Harry, Charles, and the rest of their comrades roll. An urgent call has come to the headquarters of their organization, BOLO Consultants. Bert Navarro, head of security for Countess Anna de Silva, suspects that Annie's deluxe casino, Babylon, is being stealthily and expertly robbed. The scheme is so ingenious that Bert can't be sure how it works ... which is why the crew is soon bound for the bright lights of Vegas to investigate. Figuring out who's hacking into Babylon's security system proves more difficult than expected ... and may have implications for one of BOLO's own. The security expert working for them has unlocked one hard fact ... that there are more than enough suspects to investigate. But the men of BOLO will do what it takes to prove that, even in Vegas, there's no gambling with justice.

Down with the shine

April 22, 2016
Quinn, Kate Karyus, author.
New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2016.
355 pages ; 22 cm
After the death of her best friend, Lennie takes some of her family's moonshine to a party where the wishes everyone makes before drinking seem to come true.

Kill switch

April 22, 2016
Maberry, Jonathan, author.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2016.
536 pages ; 21 cm
"What do you do when the power goes off? A terrorist group has acquired one hundred E-bombs. Each bomb's electromagnetic pulse is powerful enough to blow out all power and all technology from a major city. The terrorists plan to hit one hundred American cities in a campaign of destruction. Word has gotten out about the coming blackout and gangs, criminals and terrorist strike teams are poised to attack when the lights go out. Joe Ledger knows how to stop them. He has the names, locations, abort codes. But a targeted EMP weapon kills the electronics aboard his plane. Joe crashes in the deepest and most remote part of the vast rainforests of the Pacific Northwest. Joe and his combat dog, Ghost, survive the crash -but they are lost in the wilderness with no weapons and no way to get the information to the authorities. Time is running out. And Joe is being hunted by a terrifying new kind of assassin. A team of remote viewers have the ability to take over any person and turn ordinary citizens into killers. Joe and Ghost may have to kill the innocent in order to save the entire country from falling during a night of darkness and mass murder"--Provided by publisher.

City of secrets

April 22, 2016
O'Nan, Stewart, 1961- author.
©2016
194 pages : illustration ; 24 cm
"In 1945, Jewish refugees by the thousands set out for Palestine. Those who made it relied on the underground to shelter them; taking false names, they blended with the population, joining the wildly different factions fighting for independence. "City of Secrets" follows one survivor, Brand, as he tries to regain himself after losing everyone he's ever loved. Now driving a taxi provided--like his new identity--by the underground, he navigates the twisting streets of Jerusalem as well as the overlapping, sometimes deadly loyalties of the resistance. Alone, haunted by memories, Brand tries to become again the man he was before the war--honest, strong, capable of moral choice. He falls in love with Eva, a fellow survivor and member of his cell, and commits himself to the revolution, accepting missions that grow more and more dangerous even as he suspects he's being used by his cell's dashing leader, Asher. By the time Brand understands the truth, it's too late." -- Jacket.

15th affair

April 20, 2016
Patterson, James, 1947-
New York ; Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
351, 16 pages ; 25 cm

Covered deep

April 20, 2016
Taylor, Aja, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : [CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform], [2015]
251 pages ; 22 cm
Cover title.
"Dex had it all. A wife, family, and best friend. Not to mention all the luxuries that the street life puts forth. And in the blink of an eye, it was all on the line. Facing at least fifteen years to life, Dex is struggling from behind bars to find out who set him up. While at the same time trying to keep his business maintained. With his crew doubting each others loyalty, they have to make sure that their respect on the streets remains intact. Is it a long time rival, an upcoming hustler hungry for all that the streets have to offer, or was Dex set up by someone who has been there all along?"--Page [4] of cover.

A man's love

April 20, 2016
Taylor, Aja, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : [CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform], [2016]
300 pages ; 22 cm
Cover title.
"To what lengths would you go to save your family if it was falling apart? Meet Peter, a highly respected businessman, whom takes his career very serious. A devoted family man consumed by his job, Peter's life at home is in jeopardy as he notices the love between him and his wife, Robin, starts to dwindle. Like any king, Peter will go to great extremes to make sure his kingdom remains unscathed. Will he succeed? Or is it too late for Peter to save a love that has already been dismantled?"--Page [4] of cover.

Hard light : a Cass Neary crime novel

April 19, 2016
Hand, Elizabeth, author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2016.
359 pages ; 21 cm.
"A Thomas Dunne book."
"Fleeing Reykjavik and a cluster of cult murders, Cass lands in London to rendezvous with her longtime lover Quinn, a person of interest to both Interpol and the Russian mob. Only Quinn doesn’t show up. Alone in London and fearing the worst, Cass hooks up with a singer-songwriter with her own dark past, who brings her to the wrong party. Cass becomes entangled with the party’s host, Mallo Tierney, an eccentric gangster with a penchant for cigar cutters and neatly-wrapped packages, and a trio of dissolute groupies connected to a notorious underground filmmaker. Forced to run Mallo's contraband, Cass is suddenly enmeshed in a web of murder, betrayal, and artistic and sexual obsession that extends from London to the stark beauty of England’s Land’s End Peninsula, where she uncovers an archeological enigma that could change our view of human history, if she survives."-- Provided by publisher.

Drawing dead

April 19, 2016
Vachss, Andrew H.
New York : Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, Vintage Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, 2016.
296 pages ; 21 cm
"Chicago the reigning number one city in homicides has no shortage of deadly gangs. They all know the Cross Crew occupies a cinderblock bunker called Red 71, and it's the last place you'll ever want to go, unless you're willing to risk it being the last place you do go. The Crew is notorious for its deadly efficiency and its disinterest in anything but money. Why, then, would anyone be foolhardy enough to threaten them and more importantly their loved ones? As Cross catches the scent of a far-reaching conspiracy in the making, he realizes that it all connects to an unexplained event from the past, a massacre in which he emerged inexplicably unscathed, except for the blue mark on his face that pulses when danger is near. And if he's reading the signs right, he might find himself again facing a terrible danger that is not altogether human"-- Provided by publisher.

The letter writer : a novel

April 19, 2016
Fesperman, Dan, 1955- author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2016].
371 pages ; 25 cm
"February 1942: Woodrow Cain arrives in New York City from a small North Carolina town having left behind a wife (who'd abandoned him), a daughter, and a career as a police officer marred by questions about his possible complicity in his partner's murder. A job in the NYPD gives him what he hopes will be a new beginning, and it's on the job that he meets a man called Danzinger. Dressed like a "strange old mystic," Danzinger nonetheless has the manners of a man of means and education and speaks five languages. And he can help Cain identify the body just found floating in the Hudson River. But who exactly is Danzinger? A writer of letters for illiterate immigrants on Manhattan's Lower East Side, he has seemingly boundless knowledge of the city and its denizens. And he seems to know much more than he's telling Cain: not just about the identity of the dead man, but about the how and why of his death, and how it puts Cain--and perhaps his daughter and the woman he's fallen in love with--in harm's way. But even Danzinger can't see that the more he and Cain investigate, the nearer they are to the center of a web of corruption, abject cynicism, and possibly traitorous activities from which they may never be able to extricate themselves"-- Provided by publisher.

Impure blood

April 19, 2016
Morfoot, Peter, author.
London : Titan Books, 2016.
539 pages ; 21 cm.
Called in to investigate the death of a man who was found in the midst of a Muslim prayer group, Captain Paul Darac must unravel the complex knot of racial hatred and revenge that ties the murder to a terrorist plot threatening the Nice leg of the Tour de France.

Dirtiest secret

April 19, 2016
Kenner, Julie, author.
New York : Bantam Book, 2016.
viii, 304 pages ; 21 cm.
"It was wrong for us to be together, but it was even harder to be apart. The memory of Dallas Sykes burns inside of me. Everyone knows him as a notorious playboy, a man for whom women and money are no object. But to me, he's still the one man I desperately crave--yet the one I can never have. Dallas knows me better than anyone else. We bear the same scars, the same darkness in our past. I thought I could move on by staying away, but now that we're drawn together once more, I can't fight the force of our attraction or the temptation to make him mine. We've tried to maintain control, not letting ourselves give in to desire. And for so long we've told ourselves no--but now it's finally time to say yes."-- Provided by publisher.

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