New Arrivals · Suspense Fiction

January 31, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Motive : an Alex Delaware novel

January 30, 2015
Kellerman, Jonathan.
New York : Ballantine Books, [2015]
336 pages ; 24 cm
"The #1 New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman writes razor-sharp novels that cut to the quick. Now comes Motive, which pits psychologist Alex Delaware and homicide cop Milo Sturgis against a vicious criminal mind--the kind only Kellerman can bring to chilling life. Even having hundreds of closed cases to his credit can't keep LAPD police lieutenant Milo Sturgis from agonizing over the crimes that don't get solved--and the victims who go without justice. Victims like Katherine Hennepin, a young woman strangled and stabbed in her home. A single suspect with a solid alibi leads to a dead end--one even Alex Delaware's expert insight can't explain. The only thing to do is move on to the next murder case--because there's always a next one. This time the victim is Ursula Corey: a successful, attractive divorcee who's been gunned down--not a robbery but an execution, a crime that smacks of simple, savage revenge. And along with that theoretical motive come two strong contenders for the role of perp: the dead woman's business partner/ex-husband and her divorce lawyer/secret lover. But just as Alex and Milo think they're zeroing in on the most likely suspect, a bizarre new clue stirs up eerie echoes of the unsolved Hennepin murder. And the discovery of yet another crime scene bearing the same taunting signature raises the specter of a serial killer on a mission, whose twisted method is exceeded only by his manipulative and cunning madness. Praise for Jonathan Kellerman "Jonathan Kellerman's psychology skills and dark imagination are a potent literary mix."--Los Angeles Times "A master of the psychological thriller."--People "The combination of Alex Delaware [and] Detective Milo Sturgis. makes for the most original whodunit duo since Watson and Holmes."--Forbes"-- Provided by publisher.

Twelve days

January 30, 2015
Berenson, Alex.
New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, [2015]
422 pages ; 24 cm.
"A John Wells novel"--Cover.
"Twelve days. John Wells, with his former CIA bosses Ellis Shafer and Vinnie Duto, has uncovered a staggering plot, a false-flag operation to convince the President to attack Iran. But they have no hard evidence, and no one at Langley or the White House will listen. Now the President has set a deadline for Iran to give up its nuclear program, and the mullahs in Tehran-furious and frightened-have responded with a deadly terrorist attack. Wells, Shafer, and Duto know they have only twelve days to find the proof they need. They fan out, from Switzerland to Saudi Arabia, Israel to Russia, desperately trying to tease out the clues in their possession. Meanwhile, the United States is moving soldiers and Marines to Iran's border. And Iran has mobilized its own squad of suicide bombers. And as the days tick by and the obstacles mount, they realize that everything they do may not be enough..."-- Provided by publisher.

The kind worth killing

January 30, 2015
Swanson, Peter, 1968-
New York, NY : William Morrow, and imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
311 pages ; 24 cm
"A dark and devious literary suspense novel about a random encounter, sex, and a conversation that quickly turns to murder--a modern reimagining of Patricia Highsmith's classic Strangers on a Train--from the author of The Girl with a Clock for a Heart"-- Provided by publisher.

Better when he's bold

January 30, 2015
Crownover, Jay.
New York : William Morrow Paperbacks, 2015.
viii, 344 pages ; 21 cm.

Head of state : a political entertainment

January 30, 2015
Marr, Andrew, author.
New York, NY : The Overlook Press, 2015.
viii, 333 pages ; 24 cm
As the United Kingdom decides whether or not to remain a member of the European Union or go its own way in September of 2017, a group of ruthless killers will stop at nothing to keep a shocking secret at the very heart of the government that could change everything in an instant from being revealed.

Make them cry

December 1, 2015
O'Brien, Kevin, 1955-
New York : Pinnacle Books, [2013], c2002.
469 p. ; 20 cm.
Reprint. Originally published: c2002.
After the death of John Costello, seminary student of Our Lady of Sorrows, Father Murphy and the victims sister investigate John's death. They unearth clues not only to John's murder, but to other murders in the Seattle area.

Blood infernal

January 29, 2015
Rollins, James, 1961-
New York, NY : William Morrow, [2015]
405 pages ; 24 cm.
"As an escalating scourge of grisly murders sweeps the globe, archaeologist Erin Granger must decipher the truth behind an immortal prophecy foretold in the Blood Gospel, a tome written by Christ and lost for centuries: The shackles of Lucifer have been loosened, and his Chalice remains lost. It will take the light of all three to forge the Chalice anew and banish him again to his eternal darkness. With the Apocalypse looming, Erin must again join forces with Army Sergeant Jordan Stone and Father Rhun Korza to search for a treasure lost for millennia. But the prize has already fallen into the hands of their enemy, a demon named Legion, before whom even the walls of the Vatican will fall. The search for the key to salvation will take Erin and the others across centuries and around the world, from the dusty shelves of the Vatican's secret archives to lost medieval laboratories, where ancient alchemies were employed to horrific ends. All the while, they are hunted, besieged by creatures of uncanny skill and talent. As clues are dug free from ancient underground chapels and found frozen in icy mountain caverns, Erin will discover that the only hope for victory lies in an impossible act--one that will destroy not only her, but all she loves. To protect the world, Erin must walk through the very gates of Hell and face the darkest of enemies: Lucifer himself. "-- Provided by publisher.

Fear the darkness

January 28, 2015
Masterman, Becky, author.
©2014
viii, 322 pages ; 25 cm
"A thriller"--Jacket.
"Retired FBI agent Brigid Quinn knows how difficult it can be to overcome one's past. But she is nothing if not a fighter. Even when the return of a serial killer from her past threatened to derail her new marriage, she managed to hold on to the life she's been trying to build in Tucson with her husband Carlo ... After her sister-in-law dies, Brigid's [seventeen]-year-old niece Gemma-Kate comes to live with her and Carlo ... Brigid doesn't exactly love the idea, especially since there's always been something unsettling about Gemma-Kate, but family is family. Meanwhile, Brigid agrees to help a local couple by investigating the death of their son--until dangerous things start to happen"-- Provided by publisher.

The jaguar's children

January 28, 2015
Vaillant, John.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.
280 pages ; 24 cm
"Hector is trapped. The water truck, sealed to hide its human cargo, has broken down. The coyotes have taken all the passenters' money for a mechanic and have not returned...." --inside front cover.

The hunger of the wolf : a novel

January 28, 2015
Marche, Stephen, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
253 pages ; 24 cm
A "body [found] in the snow is that of Ben Wylie, the heir to America's second-wealthiest business dynasty, and it is found in a remote patch of northern Canada. Far away, in post-crash New York, Jamie Cabot, the son of the Wylie family's housekeepers, must figure out how and why Ben died. He knows the answer lies in the tortured history of the Wylie family, who over three generations built up their massive holdings into several billion dollars' worth of real estate, oil, and information systems despite a terrible family secret they must keep from the world"-- Provided by publisher.

Among thieves

January 28, 2015
Clarkson, John, 1947-
New York : Minotaur Books, 2015.
418 pages ; 25 cm
"Olivia Sanchez--smart, driven, and beautiful--started at the bottom and worked her way up the ranks of a brokerage firm only to be unjustly, brutally fired, then blackballed. With no place else to go, she turns to her cousin, Manny Guzman, ex-con and ex-gang leader, for help. Manny's first instinct is to hit back. Hard. But his partner, James Beck knows that out in the real world, things aren't done that way. Beck, with a tight group of three other ex-cons, works out of a discreet base of operations in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook. To help Manny, he and his partners, along with a network of close "associates," offer to look into what happened to Olivia, and fix it. But nothing is as simple as it first appears, and Beck and his men end up going to war against a formidable list of enemies: the politically connected CEO of a Manhattan brokerage firm; a Russian arms dealer; a small army of Bosnian war criminals; a ruthless gang of Russian mobsters; and, last but not least, the NYPD. With too many foes coming at them from too many angles, Beck and his men are going to have to survive against impossible odds, avoid being sent back to prison, and in the process, steal $116 million dollars"-- Provided by publisher.

The marauders : a novel

January 28, 2015
Cooper, Thomas.
New York : Crown Publishers, [2015]
304 pages ; 24 cm

Plague land

January 28, 2015
Sykes, S. D., author.
©2015
336 pages : illustration ; 24 cm.
"Oswald de Lacy was never meant to be the Lord of Somerhill Manor. Dispatched to a monastery at the age of seven, sent back at seventeen when his father and two older brothers are killed by the plague, Oswald has no experience of running an estate. He finds the years of pestilence and neglect have changed the old place dramatically, not to mention the attitude of the surviving peasants. Yet some things never change. Oswald's mother remains the powerful matriarch of the family, and his sister Clemence simmers in the background, dangerous and unmarried. Before he can do anything, Oswald is confronted by the shocking death of a young woman, Alison Starvecrow. The ambitious village priest claims that Alison was killed by a band of demonic dog-headed men. Oswald is certain this is nonsense, but proving it--by finding the real murderer--is quite a different matter. Every step he takes seems to lead Oswald deeper into a dark maze of political intrigue, family secrets, and violent strife. And then the body of another girl is found."--Front jacket flap.

Hero

January 28, 2015
Young, Samantha.
New York, New York : New Amercan Library, [2015]
401 pages ; 21 cm
"The emotional and unforgettable new romance from the New York Times bestselling author of the On Dublin Street series. Alexa Holland's father was her hero-until her shocking discovery that her mother and she weren't his only family. Ever since, Alexa has worked to turn her life in a different direction and forge her own identity outside of his terrible secrets. But when she meets a man who's as damaged by her father's mistakes as she is, Alexa must help him. Caine Carraway wants nothing to do with Alexa's efforts at redemption, but it's not so easy to push her away. Determined to make her hate him, he brings her to the edge of her patience and waits for her to walk away. But his actions only draw them together and, despite the odds, they begin an intense and explosive affair. Only Caine knows he can never be the white knight that Alexa has always longed for. And when they're on the precipice of danger, he finds he'll do anything to protect either one of them from being hurt again.... "-- Provided by publisher.

Filthy rich

January 28, 2015
Ryder, Dawn.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca, [2015]
285 pages ; 21 cm
"When Celeste Connor's abusive ex-husband is finally put in jail, she gets herself a black belt in martial arts. On the mat, she's in control, but she can't give up her ultra-feminine side. When Celeste meets Nartan Lupan, an ultra-wealthy restaurant owner, their intense attraction quickly takes them to the bedroom, where she discovers that Nartan loves the sexy, submissive woman she is. Still, Nartan's don't-take-no-for-an-answer attitude reminds her of her ex, and she refuses to get involved with another rich, controlling man. If only he weren't quite so exciting"--Publisher.

Give it all

January 28, 2015
McKenna, Cara, 1979- author.
New York, New York : Signet Eclipse, 2015.
341 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes an excerpt from: Drive it deep (pages [327]-341).
"A Signet Eclipse book."
"Keep your friends close--and your enemies closer... Bar owner Raina Harper can't say for sure what Duncan Welch is to her. With her small Nevada town under siege by a ruthless casino development and still reeling from a spate of murders, she knows that trusting the public face of the corporate invaders is risky to say the least. Though, damn, it's one fine-looking face. Duncan may be a mercenary when it comes to getting the job done, but he's no villain. In fact, the calculating fixer soon finds himself in the bad guys' crosshairs, framed and facing professional ruin. To clear his name, he'll need help from Raina and her roughneck motorcycle club, the Desert Dogs. Gaining their trust won't be easy, and the molten sexual tension between Raina and Duncan only makes things more complicated--especially since Miah Church, Raina's friend and ex-lover, would sooner strangle Duncan than shake his hand. One thing's certain, though: If they don't deal with their incendiary attraction soon, the whole damn town might go up in flames"--Page [4] of cover.

Baghdad fixer

January 27, 2015
Prusher, Ilene.
London : Halban, 2012.
665 pages ; 22 cm
Nabil al Amari is an English teacher in Baghdad, in Saddam's Iraq, when a chance encounter with Samara Katchens, an American journalist covering the war, changes his life forever. It is April 2003 and American and British forces have recently invaded Iraq. Samara, or Sam for short, is ambitious, cynical and determined. Nabil is both fascinated and bewildered by her, and he's keen to show her things she doesn't notice in her rush to cover the news. She is pushed by her editor to seek concrete proof for a story concerning payments for false documents, a practice which breaks all journalistic codes of ethics, "as if truth were so hard in that way, like rocks and concrete". In Iraq it is rarely so. As Sam single mindedly pursues this story, she discovers a chasm between her editor's expectations and the reality she faces in a city torn apart by war and conflicting loyalties. And in her determination to uncover the truth, she takes one gamble too many, endangering herself, Nabil and his family.

Everybody goes to Jimmy's : a suspense novel

January 27, 2015
Mayo, Mike, 1948- author.
New York : MysteriousPress.com/Open Road Integrated Media, Inc., 2015.
232 pages ; 20 cm
Young Jimmy Quinn is delivering a bribe for the infamous racketeer Arnold Rothstein when a bomb goes off on Wall Street, killing thirty people and scaring every banker in the city right down to his spats. Twelve years later, Rothstein is dead, and Jimmy is doing his best to stay out of trouble, running a quiet little Manhattan speakeasy. At a particularly bad moment for him and his favorite waitress, a blast rocks the alley outside and draws him right back into the madness of a dozen years ago. That morning, a strange package came in with his liquor shipment: four plain books filled with cryptic numbers. It seems the motive behind this bombing may have been the same as that behind the explosion on Wall Street more than a decade ago: money. The incident sets Jimmy off on a mad race to stay out of the line of fire, taking him from the heights of the Chrysler Building to the depths of New York's underworld.

In his keeping

January 27, 2015
Banks, Maya, author.
New York, NY : Avon, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
423 pages ; 21 cm.
"Abandoned as a baby to a young wealthy couple and raised in a world of privilege, Arial has no hint of her past or who she belonged to. Her only link lies in the one thing that sets her apart from everyone else--telekinetic powers. Protected by her adoptive parents and hidden from the public to keep her gift secret, Ari is raised in the lap of luxury, and isolation. That is, until someone begins threatening her life"-- Provided by publisher.

Closer than you think

January 27, 2015
Rose, Karen, 1964-
New York : Penguin Books, 2015.
678 p. ; 18 cm.
Psychologist Faith Corcoran is desperate to escape the stalker who's made her life a nightmare for the past year - desperate enough to run to the one place that has been her nightmare far longer. Both boon and bane, her recent inheritance of her grandmother's old house in Cincinnati offers sanctuary in which she can start her life anew, but requires that she face the dark memories that still resonate to this day. But she has no idea how close to home her fears still are. Two college girls have gone missing in the area, and FBI Special Agent Deacon Novak is called to work on the case. When his inquiry unexpectedly leads him to Faith, he finds a beautiful and brave woman he can't help but fall for. Soon they'll discover that this seemingly simple investigation is anything but. Reaching back decades into Faith's own past, it will shatter everything she believes to be true and will give terrifying new meaning to flesh and blood.

Monday's lie

January 27, 2015
Mason, Jamie, author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2015.
287 pages ; 24 cm
"Dee Aldrich rebelled against her off-center upbringing when she married the most conventional man she could imagine: Patrick, her college sweetheart. But now, years later, her marriage is falling apart and she’s starting to believe that her husband has his eye on a new life...a life without her, one way or another. Haunted by memories of her late mother Annette, a former covert operations asset, Dee reaches back into her childhood to resurrect her mother’s lessons and the “spy games” they played together, in which Dee learned memory tricks and, most importantly, how and when to lie. But just as she begins determining the course of the future, she makes a discovery that will change her life: her mother left her a lot of money and her own husband seems to know more about it than Dee does. Now, before it’s too late, she must investigate her suspicions and untangle conspiracy from coincidence, using her mother’s advice to steer her through the blind spots. The trick, in the end, will be in deciding if a “normal life” is really what she wants at all."-- Provided by publisher.

City of savages

January 27, 2015
Kelly, Lee, author.
New York : Saga Press, 2015.
410 pages ; 22 cm
"After the Red Allies turn New York City into a POW camp, two sisters must decipher the past in order to protect the future in this ... thriller with a dual narrative"--Amazon.com.

Allure of deceit : a novel

January 27, 2015
Froetschel, Susan.
Amherst, NY : Seventh Street Books, an imprint of Prometheus Books, 2015.
271 pages ; 21 cm
"A young inventor and his wife die in a car bombing - leaving behind a will that surprises friends and parents by directing a vast fortune toward charities in the developing world. On the ground in Afghanistan, international charities rapidly search for Afghan partners to compete for the attention of the new foundation - including an orphanage and a health team supporting reproductive rights. As part of their strategy to win the new funds the two groups try to focus attention on two particular women in the village of Laashekoh: a young mother imprisoned for murdering the village leader's oldest son and a woman who has a reputation for providing reproductive health care, including abortions. When they discover that the first woman abandoned her infant daughter, and the second has no actual patients, aid workers and lawyers scramble to enhance the stories. Meanwhile, most Laashekoh villagers do not want Western charity and are astounded to be regarded as potential recipients. Then a group of orphanage workers visiting the village goes missing, and foul play is immediately suspected. The stakes are high, the sums of money are huge, and cultures clash. All these are motivations for fraud and murder in Allure of Deceit"-- Provided by publisher.

Viper game

January 27, 2015
Feehan, Christine, author.
New York : Jove Books, 2015.
433 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm.
GhostWalker Wyatt Fontenot, the subject of a secret military experiment that gave him special catlike abilities, returns home to the bayou and helps the mysterious Le Poivre de Cayenne protect three girls from a deadly enemy.

The poison secret : a Lang Reilly thriller

January 26, 2015
Loomis, Gregg, author.
Nashville, Tennessee : Turner Publishing Company, [2015]
xiii, 280 pages ; 23 cm
"A Lang Reilly thriller"--cover.
In the year 88 BC, King Mithradates of Anatolia died suddenly after an apparent poisoning. His son, Prince Mithradates, then disappeared for seven years into the woods where he collected hemlock plants and other deadly poisons. Upon his return, he shared a fatal meal with his mother and brother. Mithradates, who ultimately became King, somehow left the meal unharmed. In modern-day Turkey, a young boy endures a bite from a venomous viper. His doctor reports that the child experienced no ill effects and suggests the existence of a universal immunity in his blood, possibly as a descendant of Mithradates. And then the battle over his blood sample begins, attracting vigilantes who will stop at nothing to get their hands on the immunity. They even go so far as to steal young boy's hematology reports--and then murder the doctor who made the discovery. Word of the discovery made in his Holt Foundation children's hospital quickly spreads across continents to Lang Reilly. Lang decides he and his wife, Gurt, must travel to Turkey to get to the bottom of these tragic events. Soon after arriving in Trabzon, Turkey, Lang's house is burglarized, his rental car is attacked by phony police officers, and his wife is abducted from their hotel room by members of the Turkish mafia. Lang's life is not the only one in danger, and he must work fast to gain possession of the immunity before it is too late.

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