New Arrivals · Suspense Fiction

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

The marriage lie

January 17, 2017
Belle, Kimberly, author.
©2017
334 pages ; 21 cm
"Iris and Will have been married for seven years, and life is as close to perfect as it can be. But on the morning Will flies out for a business trip to Florida, Iris's happy world comes to an abrupt halt: another plane headed for Seattle has crashed into a field, killing everyone on board and, according to the airline, Will was one of the passengers. Grief stricken and confused, Iris is convinced it all must be a huge misunderstanding. Why did Will lie about where he was going? And what else has he lied about? As Iris sets off on a desperate quest to uncover what her husband was keeping from her, the answers she finds shock her to her very core." -- From publisher's description.

Different class

January 17, 2017
Harris, Joanne, 1964- author.
©2016
407 pages ; 24 cm
"A dark, suspenseful tale in the tradition of Patricia Highsmith about a sociopathic young outcast at an antiquated prep school and the curmudgeonly Latin teacher who uncovers his dangerous secret."-- Provided by publisher.

Hope's Peak

January 17, 2017
Healey, Tony, author.
©2017
207 pages ; 21 cm.
Detective Jane Harper can't shake the image of the young woman discovered in a field-eyes closed, a crown of woven vines on her head. She expects macabre murders like this in her native San Francisco, not here. Jane and her partner, Stu, vow to catch the killer, but in this town, that's easier said than done. The police department is in the grips of a wide-reaching scandal that could topple the entire force, and Jane and Stu face a series of dead ends. Until they meet Ida Lane. Ida knows too well the evil that lurks in the cornfields. Tortured by her mother's murder years before, Ida is paralyzed by the fear that she could be next. As the killer grows bolder, Jane must persuade Ida to use her remarkable gifts to help in the investigation. It's a decision that brings them closer to the killer...maybe too close.

Two days gone : a Ryan DeMarco mystery

January 17, 2017
Silvis, Randall, 1950- author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Landmark, [2017]
394 pages ; 21 cm
The perfect family. The perfect house. The perfect life. All gone now. What could cause a man, when all the stars of fortune are shining upon him, to suddenly snap and destroy everything he has built? This is the question that haunts Sergeant Ryan DeMarco after the wife and children of beloved college professor and bestselling author Thomas Huston are found slaughtered in their home. Huston himself has disappeared and so is immediately cast as the prime suspect. DeMarco knows--or thinks he knows--that Huston couldn't have been capable of murdering his family. But if Huston is innocent, why is he on the run? And does the half-finished manuscript he left behind contain clues to the mystery of his family's killer?

Man on the run

January 12, 2017
Weber, Carl, 1964- author.
©2017
307 pages ; 24 cm
"New York Times bestselling author Carl Weber delivers a riveting, action-packed drama full of the twists and turns for which he's become known. It was the night before his wedding, fifteen years ago, that the nightmare began for Jay Crawford--locked up for a crime he never committed. Now, he's escaped prison and wants nothing more than to clear his name and protect his family. To get justice, he'll need the help of the three best friends who have always had his back--Wil, Kyle and Allan. But a man on the run requires absolute trust...and Jay may just be setting himself up for the ultimate betrayal"-- Provided by publisher.

The rising

January 12, 2017
Graham, Heather, author.
©2016
397 pages ; 24 cm
"Twenty-four hours. That's all it takes for the lives of two young people to be changed forever. Alex Chin has the world on a plate. A football hero and homecoming king with plenty of scholarship offers, his future looks bright. His tutor, Samantha Dixon, is preparing to graduate high school at the top of her class. She plans to turn her NASA internship into a career. When a football accident lands Alex in the hospital, his world is turned upside down. His doctor is murdered. Then, his parents. Death seems to follow him wherever he goes, and now it's after him. Alex flees. He tells Samantha not to follow, but she became involved the moment she walked through his door and found Mr. and Mrs. Chin as they lay dying in their home. She cannot abandon the young man she loves. The two race desperately to stay ahead of Alex's attackers long enough to figure out why they are hunting him in the first place. The answer lies with a secret buried deep in his past, a secret his parents died to protect. Alex always knew he was adopted, but he never knew the real reason his birth parents abandoned him. He never knew where he truly came from. Until now"--Amazon.com.

Blood and bone

January 12, 2017
Giambanco, V. M., author.
New York : Quercus, 2017.
"After two years in the Seattle Police Department, homicide detective Alice Madison has finally found a measure of peace she has never known before--a sense of belonging. When a local burglary escalates into a gruesome murder, Madison takes charge of the investigation, only to discover that this is no ordinary killing. She finds herself tracking a serial assassin who has haunted the city for years--and whose brutality is the stuff of legend among the super-max prisons of the Pacific Northwest. As she delves deeper into the case, Madison learns that the widow of one of the victims is being stalked--is the killer poised to strike again? As pressures mount, Madison will stop at nothing to save the next innocent victim. even if it means playing a killer's endgame by presenting herself as the bait"--Provided by publisher.

The house husband

January 12, 2017
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
New York : Little Brown and Company, 2017.
118 pages ; 18 cm.
Harry Posehn is the best dad, the best husband...well, maybe not. Detective Teaghan Beaumont is getting closer and closer to discovering the truth about Harry Posehn. But there's a twist that she will never see coming.

Never never

January 11, 2017
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
©2016
363, 17 pages ; 24 cm
Detective Harriet Blue of the Sydney Police Department prides herself on an uncanny ability to catch the most deviant of criminals. So when her brother is charged with a brutal string of murders, it rocks her world. Shocked, in denial, and facing uncomfortable questions about how much she knew, Harry is transferred to avoid the media circus. Investigating the disappearance of a worker in an isolated mine deep inside the desolate Australian outback--the never never--she uncovers an insular society that has sprung up around the mine. It's a world full of easy money, plenty of immoral ways to spend it, and no shortage of suspects. Still reeling from her investigative failures back home, Harry must get to the bottom of the mine's mysteries before she vanishes into the wilds of the never never for good.

The twilight wife

January 11, 2017
Banner, A. J., author.
©2016
275 pages ; 21 cm
Includes reading group guide and "A conversation with A.J. Banner".
"Thirty-four-year-old marine biologist Kyra Winthrop remembers nothing about the diving accident that left her with a complex form of memory loss. With only brief flashes of the last few years of her life, her world has narrowed to a few close friendships on the island where she lives with her devoted husband, Jacob. But all is not what it seems. Kyra begins to have visions--or are they memories?--of a rocky marriage, broken promises, and cryptic relationships with the island residents, whom she believes to be her friends. As Kyra races to uncover her past, the truth becomes a terrifying nightmare."--Provided by publisher.

The old man

January 11, 2017
Perry, Thomas, 1947- author.
©2017
337 pages ; 24 cm
To all appearances, Dan Chase is a harmless retiree in Vermont with two big mutts and a grown daughter he keeps in touch with by phone. But most sixty-year-old widowers don't have multiple driver's licenses, savings stockpiled in banks across the country, and a bugout kit with two Beretta Nanos stashed in the spare bedroom closet. Most have not spent decades on the run. Thirty-five years ago, as a young hotshot in army intelligence, Chase was sent to Libya to covertly assist a rebel army. When the plan turned sour, Chase reacted according to his own ideas of right and wrong, triggering consequences he could never have anticipated. And someone still wants him dead because of them. Just as he had begun to think himself finally safe, Chase must reawaken his survival instincts to contend with the history he has spent his adult life trying to escape.

Rum runner : a Jack Daniels thriller

January 11, 2017
Konrath, Joe, 1970- author.
[United States] : [Publisher not identified], 2016.
311 pages ; 23 cm.
"Twenty years ago, a young cop named Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels arrested one of the most sadistic killers she'd ever encountered. She has since retired from the Chicago Police Department in order to raise her toddler daughter. But old grudges never die. They fester until the right opportunity comes along. While on vacation in the Wisconsin north woods, Jack learns--too late--that her old adversary is out of prison. He has revenge on his mind. And he's bringing an army with him. Outnumbered, outgunned, and cut off from the outside world, Jack Daniels is about to learn the meaning of last stand."--back cover.

The beautiful dead

January 10, 2017
Bauer, Belinda, 1962- author.
©2016
341 pages ; 24 cm
A television crime reporter desperate to recharge her flagging career becomes an unwitting accomplice to an attention-hungry serial killer at the center of the decade's biggest murder investigation.

Idaho : a novel

January 10, 2017
Ruskovich, Emily, author.
©2017
308 pages ; 25 cm
A tale told from multiple perspectives traces the complicated relationship between Ann and Wade on a rugged landscape and how they came together in the aftermath of his first wife's imprisonment for a violent murder.

Field of fire

January 10, 2017
Cameron, Marc, author.
New York, NY : Pinnacle Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2017]
458 pages ; 19 cm.
"A Jericho Quinn thriller"--Cover.
The first target is Dallas, Texas. A deadly nerve gas called New Archangel is unleashed upon the City of Angels, claiming innocent lives, spreading nationwide panic, and fueling global fears of another attack. In the icy reaches of rural Alaska, special agent Jericho Quinn is enlisted to hunt down the man who created the bioweapon--a brilliant Russian scientist who is trying to defect and hiding in the Alaskan wilderness. But time is running out. The scientist is beginning to lose his mind to dementia. If Quinn doesn't find him before the Russians do, the entire western seaboard and beyond will feel the wrath of New Archangel--and darkness will fall upon the earth.

The midnight bell

January 9, 2017
Higgins, Jack, 1929- author.
©2016
310 pages ; 24 cm
"In Washington, D.C., on a night full of rain, a woman is struck down and killed by a hit-and-run driver. But she is not just any woman, she is the assistant to the head of the secret White House department known only as the Basement. And she had secrets of her own. In the Virgin Islands, former president Jake Cazalet receives a warning. He is recuperating on a diving trip after successfully helping Sean Dillon and the rest of the "Prime Minister's private army" defeat an Al Qaeda operation in London. But though AQ may be weakened and facing competition from other terrorist upstarts, it is far from dead, and it intends to prove it. Soon the ripples from these two events will spread and overlap, not only in Washington but around the world. Everyone involved will find themselves in the most desperate battle of their lives."-- Provided by publisher.

The edit : a novel

January 6, 2017
Jones, J. Sydney, author.
New York : MysteriousPress.com/Open Road Integrated Media, Inc., 2016.
309 pages ; 21 cm
"On the coast of Central America, an aging man sits down to pen his memoirs. He begins with his childhood in Vienna, just after World War I, when his family lived in respectable poverty and his greatest pleasure was being rocked to sleep in the lap of his beloved babysitter. It would be a sweet tale if the author could withhold what comes later . . . but he intends to tell every horrifying detail of the truth. He's a war criminal, a veteran of the elite Nazi brigade known as the SS, and he'll write proudly of every atrocity he can recall. Distracting him from his work is inquisitive American journalist Kate O'Brien, who has come in search of a story. When Kate accidentally stumbles upon the old man's pages, he has no choice but to act, kidnapping her and locking her in his basement. His latest crime threatening to expose him, the proud Nazi will come face to face with the horrors of his past and the blackness of his soul."--Page [4] of cover.

The hollow men

January 6, 2017
McCarthy, Rob, author.
©2016
352 pages ; 24 cm.
Immersing himself in his work as a surgeon for the London Metropolitan Police to ward off memories of his time as an army medic, Dr. Harry Kent is sent to treat a mentally ill teen who has taken hostages in a fast-food restaurant. When Solomon's life is put in danger again at a critical care ward, it becomes clear he knows something people will kill to protect. Determined to uncover the secret that drove the boy to such desperate action, Harry soon realizes that someone in the medical world, someone he may even know, has broken the doctors' commandment to "do no harm" many times over.

Conspiracy of silence

January 6, 2017
Kendig, Ronie, author.
©2016
413 pages ; 22 cm.
Four years after a tragic mission decimated his career and his team, Cole "Tox" Russell is persona non grata to the United States. And that's fine --he just wants to be left alone. But when a dormant, centuries-old disease is unleashed, Tox is lured back into action. Partnered with FBI agent Kasey Cortes, Tox has to pull together a team to begin a globe-spanning search for answers --and a cure. As their quest leads them from continent to continent, it slowly becomes clear they're not just fighting a plague --but battling against an ancient secret society whose true goals remain hidden. With time running out and opposition growing on every side, the key to everything may rest in an antique codex, the Crown of Jerusalem --but will Tox and his team be able to trust each other enough to break this century-spanning conspiracy of silence?

The agent runner : a novel

January 6, 2017
Conway, Simon, 1967- author.
©2014
299 pages ; 22 cm
"British by birth, foreign by descent, and agnostic by conviction, Edward Henry Malik is an MI6 handler--an agent runner. For four years he has been running an agent codenamed Nightingale inside Pakistan's notorious ISI, keeping watch on its links to Al Qaeda and the Taliban and its machinations in neighboring Afghanistan, but mostly monitoring for threats to the British homeland. Then, in the aftermath of Osama bin Laden's killing, Nightingale is exposed and Ed's world falls apart. Dismissed from MI6 and with his reputation in tatters, Ed returns to his roots in the immigrant enclave of Whitechapel in London's East End. He takes a job at a freight forwarding office and unexpectedly falls in love with the proprietor's daughter. It seems as if he has finally found respite from his demons. But you can't escape your past. Ed knows too much, and he has come to the attention of Major General Javid Aslam Khan--Pakistan's legendary spymaster, known as the Hidden Hand"-- Provided by publisher.

Child's play : an Elle Harrison novel

January 6, 2017
Jones, Merry Bloch.
Longboat Key, Florida : Oceanview Publishing, [2017]
293 pages ; 23 cm.
"Since her husband's murder two years earlier, life hasn&#x;t been easy for Elle Harrison. Now, at the start of a new school year, the second grade teacher is determined to move on. She's selling her house and delving into new experiences--like learning trapeze. Just before the first day of school, Elle learns that a former student, Ty Evans, has been released from juvenile detention where he served time for killing his abusive father. Within days of his release, Elle's school principal, who'd tormented Ty as a child, is brutally murdered. So is a teacher at the school. And Ty's former girlfriend. All the victims have links to Ty. Ty's younger brother, Seth, is in Elle's class. When Seth shows up at school beaten and bruised, Elle reports the abuse, and authorities remove Seth and his older sister, Katie, from their home. Is Ty the abuser? Ty seeks Elle out, confiding that she's the only adult he's ever trusted. She tries to be open-minded, even wonders if he's been wrongly condemned. But when she's assaulted in the night, she suspects that Ty is her attacker. Is he a serial killer? Is she his next intended victim? Before Elle discovers the truth, she's caught in a deadly trap that challenges her deepest convictions about guilt and innocence, childhood and family. Pushed to her limits, she's forced to face her fears and apply new skills in a deadly fight to survive."--Publisher website.

Killer dolls. Part three

January 5, 2017
Santiago, Nisa.
Bellport, NY : Melodrama Publishing, 2016.
240 pages ; 22 cm
"Years have passed since Aoki was ambushed by the cartel and left for dead. Now, she's older, wiser, and even more sinister. When the Commission gives her an assignment to kill one of their most wanted and most elusive, Aoki is forced to go up against an opponent just as skilled as she is. The Cristál Clique was dismantled years ago, and now all Cristal has to show for her life choices is a heart filled with regrets and loss. Keeping her head low and staying off the grid, she soon finds out that she's being hunted by someone she once aspired to be: the Killer Doll."-- Page [4] of cover.

Curtain of death

January 4, 2017
Griffin, W. E. B., author.
©2016
467 pages ; 24 cm.
January 1946: Two WACs leave an officers' club in Munich, and four Soviet NKGB agents kidnap them at knifepoint in the parking lot and shove them in the back of an ambulance. That is the agents' first mistake, and their last. One of the WACs, a blond woman improbably named Claudette Colbert, works for the new Directorate of Central Intelligence, and three of the men end up dead and the fourth wounded. The "incident," however, will send shock waves rippling up and down the line and have major repercussions not only for her, but for her boss, James Cronley, Chief DCI-Europe, and for everybody involved in their still-evolving enterprise. For, though the Germans may have been defeated, Cronley and his company are on the front lines of an entirely different kind of war now. The enemy has changed, the rules have changed - and the stakes have never been higher.

In plain view : a novel

January 3, 2017
Shigekuni, Julie, author.
Los Angeles, CA : The Unnamed Press, [2016]
290 pages ; 22 cm
A thriller that delves into the scenarios of marriage and friendship and explores the fine line between love and betrayal.

Below the belt : a Stone Barrington novel

December 29, 2016
Woods, Stuart, author.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2017]
325 pages ; 24 cm.
Subtitle taken from jacket.
"Newly ensconced in his Santa Fe abode with a lovely female companion, Stone Barrington receives a call from an old friend requesting a delicate favor. A situation has arisen that could escalate into an explosive quagmire, and only someone with Stone's stealth and subtlety can contain the damage. At the center of these events is an impressive gentleman whose star is on the rise, and who'd like to get Stone in his corner. He's charming and ambitious and has friends in high places; the kind of man who seems to be a sure bet. But in the fickle circles of power, fortunes rise and fall on the turn of a dime, and it may turn out that Stone holds the key not just to one man's fate, but to the fate of the nation."--Amazon.com

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