New Arrivals · Suspense Fiction

February 18, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The possessions : a novel

February 17, 2017
Murphy, Sara Flannery, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
354 pages ; 24 cm
"In an unnamed city, Edie works for the Elysian Society, a private service that allows grieving clients to reconnect with lost loved ones. She and her fellow workers, known as "bodies", wear the discarded belongings of the dead and swallow pills called lotuses to summon their spirits--numbing their own minds and losing themselves in the process. Edie has been with the company for five years, an unusual record. Her success is the result of careful detachment: she seeks refuge in the lotuses' anesthetic effects and avoids personal contact with her clients. But when Edie channels Sylvia, the deceased wife of Patrick Braddock, she becomes obsessed with the glamorous couple..."--Provided by publisher.

Dare to lie

February 17, 2017
McLaughlin, Jen, author.
New York : Berkley Sensation, 2017.
x, 323 pages ; 17 cm.
As an undercover DEA agent in the most powerful gang in Boston, Scott Donahue accepts the risks of living a double life. But when Tate Donovan, leader of the Sons of Steel Row, appoints Scotty to take his place in a bachelor's auction sponsored by his sister's sorority, he's exposed to a whole new level of danger. Even though Tate makes it very clear Skylar is off limits, when Scotty sees her, the attraction is instant. But how does he tell Skylar she's falling for a man who doesn't exist?

Jack of Hearts

February 17, 2017
Owens, Sandra, author.
©2017
276 pages ; 21 cm.
Alex Gentry doesn't scare easily. Working as an undercover FBI agent in the biker bar he and his brothers co-own, he hangs with deadly criminals in order to gather information. Danger is just part of the family business. But one thing has him terrified -- his attraction to Madison Parker, the cousin of Ramon Alonzo, son and second-in-command to a notorious drug lord.

The good daughter

February 16, 2017
Burt, Alexandra, author.
New York : Berkley, 2017.
388 pages ; 21 cm.
"What if you were the worst crime your mother ever committed? Dahlia Waller's childhood memories consist of stuffy cars, seedy motels, and a rootless existence traveling the country with her eccentric mother. Now grown, she desperately wants to distance herself from that life. Yet, one thing is stopping her from moving forward: she has questions. In order to understand her past, Dahlia must go back. Back to her mother in the stifling town of Aurora, Texas. Back to a woman on the brink of madness. But after she discovers three grave-like mounds on a neighboring farm, she'll learn that in her mother's world of secrets, not all questions are meant to be answered.."-- Provided by publisher.

In the shadow of Lakecrest

February 16, 2017
Blackwell, Elizabeth Canning, author.
Seattle, Washington : Lake Union Press, 2017.
274 pages ; 21 cm
"The year is 1928. Kate Moore is looking for a way out of the poverty and violence of her childhood. When a chance encounter on a transatlantic ocean liner brings her face-to-face with the handsome heir to a Chicago fortune, she thinks she may have found her escape--as long as she can keep her past concealed."--Cover, p. [4]

The white city

February 16, 2017
Ramqvist, Karolina, 1976- author.
©2017
161 pages ; 21 cm
First published as Vita Staden by Norstedts in 2015.
"Karin knew what she was getting herself into when she fell for John, the high-flying criminal and love of her life. But she never imagined things would turn out like this: John is now gone and the coke-filled parties, seemingly endless flow of money, and high social status she previously enjoyed have been replaced by cut telephone lines, cut heat, and cut cash. All that remains of Karin's former life is the big house he bought for her--and his daughter, the child Karin once swore she would never bring into their dangerous world. Now Karin is alone with baby Dream, and the old promise of "the family" has proved alarmingly empty. With the authorities zeroing in on organized crime, John's shady legacy is catching up with her, and the house is about to be seized. Over the course of a few nerve-wracking days, Karin is forced to take drastic measures in order to claim what she considers rightfully hers. A slow-burning psychological thriller with a sophisticated, dreamlike atmosphere, The White City is both the portrayal of one woman's struggle to pull herself up from the paralyzing depths of despair, and an unflinching examination of what it means to lose control--over your body, your life, and your fate"-- Provided by publisher.

Long time lost

February 16, 2017
Ewan, Chris, 1976- author.
©2016
455 pages ; 22 cm
"Nick Miller and his team provide a unique and highly illegal service, relocating at-risk individuals across Europe with new identities and lives. Nick excels at what he does for a reason: he himself has spent years living in the shadows under an assumed name. But when Nick steps in to prevent the attempted murder of Kate Sutherland, a witness in hiding on the Isle of Man, he triggers a chain of events with devastating consequences for everyone he protects. Nick and Kate share a common enemy in Connor Lane, a man who will stop at nothing to get what he wants, even if it means tearing Nick's entire network apart"--Provided by publisher.

Under the knife

February 16, 2017
Parsons, Kelly, author.
©2017
342 pages ; 25 cm
"Morgan Finney, a biotechnology tycoon, is a shy, highly intelligent but socially awkward and emotionally fragile man. When his wife, Jenny dies of complications during a surgery led by Dr. Rita Wu, Finney's grief turns to rage. He vows to kill Rita just as he believes she killed his wife. But first he will systematically destroy her life. Aided by a mysterious man named Sebastian, Finney uses advanced medical technology to brainwash Rita. He tricks her into ruining her reputation and brings her to the brink of madness. Alone, fighting for her sanity and life, Rita reaches out to ex-lover Dr. Spencer Cameron. Together they uncover Finney's horrific intentions and race to stop him"--Provided by publisher.

What you don't know : a novel

February 16, 2017
Chaney, JoAnn, author.
New York, New York : Flatiron Books, 2017.
310 pages ; 25 cm
He didn't take their lives -- but he ruined them. The final victims of an infamous serial killer may be the ones he didn't kill. Hoskins cracked the case of one of the most infamous serial killers -- and then it cracked him. He's in cold cases, as is his career. Sammie was the lead reporter who broke the story, but now she's selling makeup at the mall. She wants back on page 1. Gloria claims she was the unsuspecting wife. She didn't know a thing. And as new murders shake Denver, this is a final chance to get their lives back. "--Provided by publisher.

Holding on tighter

February 16, 2017
Black, Shayla, author.
New York : Berkley Sensation, 2017.
340 pages ; 21 cm
Sequel to: Falling in deeper.
"In this seductive new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Falling in Deeper, mixing business with pleasure can be a dangerous proposition... Jolie Quinn is a woman in charge. Her no-nonsense attitude has made her a rising star in the fashion world and her brand a household name among the Dallas elite. Nothing will stop her from achieving her goals--not even the gorgeous British security contractor who seems just as interested in seeing her personal assets as he is in protecting her professional ones. After a tragedy left him broken, Heath Powell made a rule of staying unattached. But Jolie challenges him in a way he can't ignore, and he isn't used to backing down from a confrontation--especially when the reward for winning could feel so good. As passion blazes between them, the stubborn, confident beauty arouses more than his desire. She touches his heart. When a mysterious enemy threatens Jolie and her company, Heath is the only person Jolie can trust to help. But working with him to save her business might put her dangerously at risk of falling in love... MATURE CONTENT"-- Provided by publisher.

Fate of the union

February 16, 2017
Collins, Max Allan.
Seattle : Thomas & Mercer, [2015]
305 pages ; 21 cm
"When a retired colleague dies of an apparent suicide, ex-Secret Service agent Joe Reeder knows there must be far more to the story. Why did the man leave a desperate message for Reeder moments before dying? And what could possibly make such a seasoned veteran fear for his life? FBI Special Agent Patti Rogers has a mystery of her own to solve: she's leading a task force investigating a brutal series of similar but seemingly unconnected murders across the DC area. Are they serial killings or something even more sinister? Could Reeder and Rogers be tracking down different facets of the same conspiracy? And how do the continued assassination attempts on a presidential hopeful figure into an unprecedented attack on the heart of government?"--Publisher's description.

Robert Ludlum's The Bourne enigma : a new Jason Bourne novel

February 15, 2017
Lustbader, Eric, author.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2016.
420 pages ; 24 cm.
On the eve of Russian General Boris Karpov's wedding, Jason Bourne receives an enigmatic message from his old friend and fellow spymaster. In Moscow, what should be a joyous occasion turns bloody and lethal. Now Bourne is the only one who can decipher Karpov's cryptogram. He discovers that Karpov was willing to betray his Sovereign to warn Bourne of a crippling disaster about to be visited on the world. Bourne has only four days to discover the nature of the disaster and stop it. The trail Karpov has been following leads Bourne to Cairo and the doorstep of Ivan Borz, the elusive international arms dealer infamous for hiding behind a never-ending series of false identities, a man Bourne has been hunting ever since he abducted former Treadstone director Soraya Moore and her two-year-old daughter, and brutally murdered her husband.

Still life

February 15, 2017
Pettrey, Dani, author.
©2017
347 pages ; 22 cm.
Sequel to: Cold shot.
"Blacklisted in the photography business over a controversial shot, Avery Tate answered an ad for a crime scene photographer. She expected to be laughed at, but crime scene analyst Parker Mitchell hired her outright--and changed her life. But six months ago, when her feelings for Parker became too strong, she left his employ to sort out her heart. Now, for the first time, Avery is facing the world that rejected her to attend the gallery opening of a photography exhibit and support her best friend, who modeled for the show. But the only image of her friend is a chilling photo of her posing as if dead--and the photographer insists he didn't take the shot. Worse, her friend can't be found. She immediately calls Parker for help. As Avery, Parker, and his friends in law enforcement dig into the mystery, they find themselves face-to-face with a relentless and deadly threat."--Amazon.com

The devil crept in

February 14, 2017
Ahlborn, Ania, author.
©2017
374 pages ; 21 cm
"--a small-town boy investigates the mysterious disappearance of his cousin and uncovers a terrifying secret kept hidden for years. Young Jude Brighton has been missing for three days, and while the search for him is in full swing in the small town of Deer Valley, Oregon, the locals are starting to lose hope. They're well aware that the first forty-eight hours are critical and after that, the odds usually point to a worst-case scenario. And despite Stevie Clark's youth, he knows that, too; he's seen the cop shows. He knows what each ticking moment may mean for Jude, his cousin and best friend. That, and there was that boy, Max Larsen...the one from years ago, found dead after also disappearing under mysterious circumstances. And then there were the animals: pets gone missing out of yards. For years, the residents of Deer Valley have murmured about these unsolved crimes...and that a killer may still be lurking around their quiet town. Now, fear is reborn--and for Stevie, who is determined to find out what really happened to Jude, the awful truth may be too horrifying to imagine"-- Provided by publisher.

What you break

February 14, 2017
Coleman, Reed Farrel, 1956- author.
©2017
357 pages ; 24 cm.
"Gus Murphy series."
"Former Suffolk County cop Gus Murphy returns to prowl the meaner streets of Long Island's darkest precincts with a Russian mercenary at his back in the stunning second installment of Reed Farrel Coleman's critically acclaimed series. Gus Murphy and his girlfriend, Magdalena, are put in harm's way when Gus is caught up in the distant aftershocks of heinous crimes committed decades ago in Vietnam and Russia. Gus's ex-priest pal, Bill Kilkenny, introduces him to a wealthy businessman anxious to have someone look more deeply into the brutal murder of his granddaughter. Though the police already have the girl's murderer in custody, they have been unable to provide a reason for the killing. The businessman, Spears, offers big incentives if Gus can supply him with what the cops cannot--a motive. Later that same day, Gus witnesses the execution of a man who has just met with his friend Slava. As Gus looks into the girl's murder and tries to protect Slava from the executioner's bullet, he must navigate a minefield populated by hostile cops, street gangs, and a Russian mercenary who will stop at nothing to do his master's bidding. But in trying to solve the girl's murder and save his friend, Gus may be opening a door into a past that was best left forgotten. Can he fix the damage done, or is it true that what you break you own. forever?"-- Provided by publisher.

To catch a killer

February 13, 2017
Scarborough, Sheryl, 1951- author.
New York : Tor Teen, 2017.
320 pages ; 22 cm
"A novel" -- Dust jacket.
When Erin discovers the body of her biology teacher, she begins her own investigation into the murder of her mother when Erin was just a toddler.

Murdergram. Part 2

February 13, 2017
Santiago, Nisa, author.
Bellport, NY : Melodrama Publishing, 2017.
285 pages ; 18 cm
Tamar plans to rise in the underworld as a hired gun. The person she's hunting is actually hunting her.

Kindred : a Jefferson Tayte genealogical mystery

February 13, 2017
Robinson, Steve (Novelist)
Seattle : Thomas & Mercer, [2016]
342 pages ; 21 cm.
American genealogist Jefferson Tayte is good at finding people who don't want to be found, but he is unable to uncover his own family history- until now. Clues left to him by his late mentor takes him deep into the sinister secrets of World War II Germany, and to those who wish to keep those secrets buried.

The freedom broker

February 10, 2017
Howe, K. J. (Novelist), author.
©2017
367 pages ; 24 cm
"A kidnap-and-ransom thriller"--Cover.
Kidnap negotiator Thea Paris has spent her entire life with survivor's guilt, following an unspeakable childhood tragedy. At eight years old, she watched, frozen in fear, as her twelve-year-old brother, Nikos, was abducted from their home in Kanzi, Africa. Although he was recovered nine months later, he was never the same after that; worse, Thea discovers that she was supposed to have been the target. This defining experience drives Thea to become one of the top operatives in the field of kidnap-and-ransom consultancy. Nicknamed "Liberata" because she once secured the release of a captive from the Sicilian mob without her client paying a cent, she travels the globe trying to bring hostages home--mostly through negotiation, but occasionally through more forceful means. She is very good at her job.

Love and fat-free cheese

February 9, 2017
Sharp, Crissy, 1985- author.
©2016
296 pages ; 21 cm
Juliet Easton helps her sister's fiancé go into hiding in order to protect him from a corrupt pharmaceutical company he's trying to expose.

Taking the Titanic

February 9, 2017
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
New York : BookShots/Little Brown and Company, 2016.
146 pages ; 18 cm.
The greatest story in modern history has a new chapter.... Posing as newlyweds, two ruthless thieves board the Titanic to rob its well-heeled passengers. But an even more shocking plan is afoot-a sensational scheme that could alter the fate of the world's most famous ship.

Heartbreak Hotel : an Alex Delaware novel

February 8, 2017
Kellerman, Jonathan, author.
New York : Ballantine Books, [2017]
351 pages ; 25 cm.
"At nearly one hundred years old, Thalia Mars is a far cry from the patients that child psychologist Alex Delaware normally treats. But the charming, witty woman convinces Alex to meet with her in a suite at the Aventura, a luxury hotel with a checkered history. What Thalia wants from Alex are answers to unsettling questions--about guilt, patterns of criminal behavior, victim selection. When Alex asks the reason for her morbid fascination, Thalia promises to tell all during their next session. But when he shows up the following morning, he is met with silence: Thalia is dead in her room. When questions arise about how Thalia perished, Alex and homicide detective Milo Sturgis must peel back the layers of a fascinating but elusive woman's life and embark on one of the most baffling investigations either of them has ever experienced. For Thalia Mars is a victim like no other, an enigma who harbored nearly a century of secrets and whose life and death draw those around her into a vortex of violence."-- Provided by publisher.

Behind her eyes

February 8, 2017
Pinborough, Sarah, 1972- author.
New York : Flatiron Books, 2017.
306 pages ; 25 cm
"Only two can keep a secret if one of them is dead. David and Adele seem like the ideal pair. He's a successful psychiatrist, she is his picture-perfect wife who adores him. But why is he so controlling? And why is she keeping things hidden? As Louise, David's new secretary, is drawn into their orbit, she uncovers more puzzling questions than answers. The only thing that is crystal clear is that something in this marriage is very, very wrong. But Louise can't guess how wrong--and how far a person might go to protect their marriage's secrets. "--Provided by publisher.

My husband's wife : a novel

February 8, 2017
Corry, Jane, author.
©2016
viii, 373 pages ; 24 cm
When young lawyer Lily marries Ed, she's determined to make a fresh start. To leave the secrets of the past behind. But then she takes on her first murder case and meets Joe: a convicted murderer whom Lily is strangely drawn to and for whom she will soon be willing to risk almost anything. But Lily is not the only one with secrets. Her next-door neighbor Carla may be only nine, but she has already learned that secrets are powerful things and that they can get her whatever she wants. When Lily finds Carla on her doorstep years later, a chain of events is set in motion that can end only one way.-- Adapted from dust jacket.

The prisoner

February 8, 2017
Berenson, Alex, author.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2017]
420 pages ; 24 cm.
"To unmask a CIA mole, John Wells must resume his old undercover identity as an al Qaeda jihadi--and hope he can survive it. It is the most dangerous mission of John Wells's career. Evidence is mounting that someone high up in the CIA is doing the unthinkable--passing messages to ISIS, alerting them to planned operations. Finding out the mole's identity without alerting him, however, will be very hard, and to accomplish it, Wells will have to do something he thought he'd left behind forever. He will have to reassume his former identity as an al Qaeda jihadi, get captured, and go undercover to befriend an ISIS prisoner in a secret Bulgarian prison."--Provided by publisher.

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