New Arrivals · Suspense Fiction

April 18, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Jack of spades : a tale of suspense

April 17, 2015
Oates, Joyce Carol, 1938- author.
[New York] : Grove, [2015]
224 pages ; 22 cm
"Andrew J. Rush has achieved the kind of critical and commercial success most authors only dream about: he has a top agent and publisher in New York, and his twenty-eight mystery novels have sold millions of copies around the world. He also has a loving wife and three grown children and is a well-known philanthropist in his small New Jersey town. But Rush is hiding a dark secret. Under the pseudonym "Jack of Spades," he pens another string of novels-- dark potboilers that are violent, lurid, even masochistic. These are novels that the refined, upstanding Andrew Rush wouldn't be caught reading, let alone writing. But when one day his daughter comes across a Jack of Spades novel that he has carelessly left out, she begins to ask questions. Meanwhile, Rush receives a court summons in the mail explaining that a local woman has accused him of plagiarizing her own self-published fiction. Rush's reputation, career, and family life all come under threat--and unbidden, in the back of his mind, the Jack of Spades starts thinking ever more evil thoughts"--Provided by publisher.

Your next breath

April 16, 2015
Johansen, Iris.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
338 pages ; 24 cm
"Your Next Breath from New York Times best selling author Iris Johansen Catherine Ling is one of the CIA's most prized operatives. Raised on the streets of Hong Kong, she was pulled into the agency at the age of fourteen. If life has taught her anything, it is not to get attached, but there are two exceptions to that rule: her son Luke and her mentor Hu Chang. Luke was kidnapped at age two, and now, nine years later, he has astonishingly been returned to her. Catherine vows never to fail him again. Now, just as she is building a relationship with Luke, it seems that someone from Catherine's past is playing a deadly game with her, and using those she cares about as pawns. Three are dead already the former prostitute who helped Catherine when she was out on the street, a CIA agent with whom she worked closely, and the informant who helped her free Luke. Someone is picking off the people Catherine cares about one by one, with the circle narrowing closer and closer to those she loves the most. Catherine has made many enemies throughout her life, and she has no choice but to weed through her past to find out who is targeting her now, and then go after the vicious killer herself. "-- Provided by publisher.

Wilderness rising : church builder novel

April 16, 2015
Shields, A. L., 1954-
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Zondervan, [2015]
xi, 333 pages ; 24 cm

Minnow

April 16, 2015
McTeer, James E., II, 1983-
Spartanburg, South Carolina : Hub City Press, [2015]
227 pages ; 21 cm

The Inn at Ocean's Edge

April 15, 2015
Coble, Colleen, author.
Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, [2015].
x, 324 pages ; 22 cm.
"A vacation to Sunset Cove was her way of celebrating and thanking her parents. After all, Claire Dellamore's childhood was like a fairytale. But with the help of Luke Elwell, Claire discovers that fairytale was really an elaborate lie...The minute she steps inside the grand Inn at Ocean's Edge, Claire Dellamare knows something terrible happened there. She feels it in her bones. Her ensuing panic attack causes a scene, upsetting her parents. Claire attempts to quiet her nerves with a walk on the beach, to no avail. She's at too great a distance to make out details, but she believes she witnesses a murder on a nearby cliff. When local police find no evidence of foul play, they quickly write off the "nervous" woman's testimony as less than credible. But Luke Elwell, home on leave from the Coast Guard, has reason to believe Claire. Years ago when his mother went missing, Luke's father suspected she'd been murdered. He died never having convinced the police to investigate. So when an employee of the grand hotel doesn't show up for work, Luke steps in to help Claire track down the missing woman. As Claire and Luke put together the pieces of a decades-old mystery, they discover that some family secrets refuse to stay buried. And some passions are worth killing for"-- Provided by publisher.

The invention of fire

April 15, 2015
Holsinger, Bruce W., author.
New York : William Morrow, [2015]
426 pages : map ; 24 cm
"Though he is one of England's most acclaimed intellectuals, John Gower is no stranger to London's wretched slums and dark corners, and he knows how to trade on the secrets of the kingdom's most powerful men. When the bodies of sixteen unknown men are found in a privy, the Sheriff of London seeks Gower's help. The men's wounds--ragged holes created by an unknown object--are unlike anything the sheriff's men have ever seen. Tossed into the sewer, the bodies were meant to be found. Gower believes the men may have been used in an experiment--a test for a fearsome new war weapon his informants call the "handgonne," claiming it will be the "future of death" if its design can be perfected. Propelled by questions of his own, Gower turns to courtier and civil servant Geoffrey Chaucer, who is working on some poems about pilgrims that Gower finds rather vulgar. Chaucer thinks he just may know who commissioned this new weapon, an extremely valuable piece of information that some will pay a high price for--and others will kill to conceal" -- provided by publisher.

Pleasantville

April 15, 2015
Locke, Attica.
New York, NY : Harper, 2015.
420 pages ; 24 cm
"Acclaimed author Attica Locke reintroduces us to environmental lawyer Jay Porter (her Black Water Rising protagonist), who takes one last case on the behalf of the community of Pleasantville in this new thriller--only to become embroiled in its shadowy politics, a disturbing education in how far those in power are willing to go to win"-- Provided by publisher.

The necessary death of Lewis Winter

April 14, 2015
Mackay, Malcolm, 1982- author.
New York : Little, Brown, 2015.
316 pages ; 21 cm
Includes reading group guide.
"A novel"--Cover.
"A twenty-nine-year-old man lives alone in his Glasgow flat. The telephone rings; a casual conversation, but behind this a job offer. The clues are there if you know to look for them. He is an expert. A loner. Freelance. Another job is another job, but what if this organization wants more? A meeting at a club. An offer. A target: Lewis Winter, a necessary sacrifice that will be only the first step in an all-out war between crime syndicates the likes of which hasn't been seen for decades. It's easy to kill a man. It's hard to kill a man well. People who do it well know this. People who do it badly find out the hard way. The hard way has consequences" -- provided by publisher.

The sudden arrival of violence

April 14, 2015
Mackay, Malcolm, 1982- author.
[New York] : Little, Brown, 2015.
391 pages ; 21 cm
Includes reading group guide.
"A novel"--Cover.
"It begins with two deaths: a money-man and a police informant. Deaths that offer a unique opportunity to a man like Calum MacLean. A hit man who has finally had enough of killing. Calum plans an unprecedented escape just as his employers need him the most. Glasgow's biggest criminal organizations are gearing up for a final, fatal confrontation. The panic over Calum's abrupt disappearance may finally give Detective Michael Fisher the chance he need to close the case of a lifetime. But first, he must track down a man who has become a master of disappearance. A man who has staked his life on staying in the shadows" -- provided by publisher.

The bone tree

April 13, 2015
Iles, Greg.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
804 pages ; 24 cm
A follow-up to Natchez Burning finds Southern lawyer Penn Cage desperately struggling to protect his father from false charges and corrupt officers by confronting the puppet master behind the Double Eagles terrorist group.

One mile under : a Ty Hauck novel

April 13, 2015
Gross, Andrew, 1952- author.
©2015
396 pages ; 24 cm
Leading a tour down the rapids outside Aspen, Colorado, whitewater guide Dani Whalen comes upon the dead body of a close friend. Trey Watkins's death is ruled an accident. Finding evidence that seems to back up her suspicions that it wasn't, she takes her case to Wade Dunn, the local police chief and her ex-stepfather, with whom she shares some unresolved history. Wade insists the case is closed, but Rooster, a hot air balloon operator in town, claims he saw something from the air she should know. When he suddenly dies in a fiery crash, Dani threatens to take her suspicions public, goading Wade into tossing her in jail. When an old friend contacts Ty Hauck and says his daughter is in trouble, he doesn't hesitate to get involved. Together, the two step into a sinister scheme running deep beneath the surface of a quiet, Colorado town that has made a deal with the devil to survive. But in the square off between giant energy companies and beaten-down ranchers and farmers, one resource is even more valuable in this drought-stricken region than oil. They both will kill for it—water.

The missing piece

April 13, 2015
Egan, Kevin (Lawyer), author.
©2015
352 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book"--Title page.
The mysterious disappearance of a piece of the Salvus Treasure--a collection of ancient Roman silver worth seventy million dollars--brings a halt to the legal arguments over the Treasure's ownership in Lower Manhattan's New York County Courthouse. Will the missing silver urn be recovered before more lives are lost?

Borderline : an Annika Bengtzon thriller

April 13, 2015
Marklund, Liza, 1962- author.
©2011
379 pages ; 21 cm
Translation of: Du gamla, du fria.
"Annika Bengtzon is back at Kvällspressen's Stockholm offices after three years as the newspaper's Washington, DC correspondent. One afternoon, a young woman is found dead behind a nursery school in a Stockholm suburb. She is the fourth victim with the same characteristics: a young mother, stabbed from behind. In the editorial offices of Kvällspressen they sense a serial killer, but Annika dismisses it as a wild fantasy. Meanwhile, her husband Thomas is attending an international conference in Nairobi, Kenya. During a reconnaissance trip to the Somali border the entire delegation of seven European envoys is kidnapped. As the murder spree in Stockholm continues, Annika is dragged into a violent hostage situation that shakes both Europe and East Africa. When their unreasonable demands are rejected, the kidnappers begin to execute the hostages, one by one"-- Provided by publisher.

How a gunman says goodbye

April 13, 2015
Mackay, Malcolm, 1982- author.
New York : Little, Brown, 2015.
360, 10,8 pages ; 21 cm
"How does a gunman retire? Frank MacLeod was the best at what he does. Thoughtful. Efficient. Ruthless. But with his health failing him, how long before he's no longer of use to his employers? A new job. A target. But something is about to go horribly wrong. And up-and-coming hitman Calum MacLean will be called upon to pick up the pieces. Most gunmen say goodbye to the world with a bang. Frank's still here. No longer in his prime, certainly. But with decades of experience at the top of his profession. Underestimating such a man could prove to be deadly" -- provided by publisher.

The mysteries of Soldiers Grove

April 10, 2015
Zimmer, Paul.
©2015
191 pages ; 23 cm
"The town of Soldiers Grove is nestled amongst the driftless hills of southwestern Wisconsin. Its winters are long, its warmer seasons bright and challenging. The population is fewer than 600, including those residing in the senior citizens home. Two of these seniors, Cyril and Louise, have come to live there. Unlikely as it may seem, for they come from very diverse backgrounds, they form a close friendship, and their growing attachment sparks them to adventures and unlikely locations. Ultimately they face frightening circumstances which test them to their limits, while binding and nurturing their growing love for one another. Instead of slipping gracefully away into old age, Cyril and Louise are compelled to protect themselves against a vicious threat when Balaclava, an out-of-town armed sociopath, relentlessly attempts to rob Cyril not only of his life savings but, if necessary, take his life as well. How they ultimately cope with this threat and resolve this crisis has the makings of a first-class thriller. This thoughtful, bitter-sweet love story represents and chronicles much about our world and the passage of time in this accomplished work by a prize-winning writer" -- Publisher.

Memory man

April 9, 2015
Baldacci, David, author.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2015.
405 pages ; 24 cm
"Amos Decker's life changed forever--twice. The first time was on the gridiron. A big, towering athlete, he was the only person from his hometown of Burlington ever to go pro. But his career ended before it had a chance to begin. On his very first play, a violent helmet-to-helmet collision knocked him off the field for good, and left him with an improbable side effect--he can never forget anything. The second time was at home nearly two decades later. Now a police detective, Decker returned from a stakeout one evening and entered a nightmare--his wife, young daughter, and brother-in-law had been murdered. His family destroyed, their killer's identity as mysterious as the motive behind the crime, and unable to forget a single detail from that horrible night, Decker finds his world collapsing around him. He leaves the police force, loses his home, and winds up on the street, taking piecemeal jobs as a private investigator when he can. But over a year later, a man turns himself in to the police and confesses to the murders. At the same time a horrific event nearly brings Burlington to its knees, and Decker is called back in to help with this investigation. Decker also seizes his chance to learn what really happened to his family that night. To uncover the stunning truth, he must use his remarkable gifts and confront the burdens that go along with them. He must endure the memories he would much rather forget. And he may have to make the ultimate sacrifice"-- provided by publisher.

House of echoes : a novel

April 9, 2015
Duffy, Brendan, author.
©2015
384 pages : genealogical table ; 25 cm
"A young New York City couple with a boy and a baby in tow, Ben and Caroline Tierney had it all, until Ben's second novel missed the mark, Caroline lost her lucrative banking job, and something went wrong with 8-year-old Charlie. When Ben inherits land way upstate from his grandmother, the two of them began to believe in second chances. But upon arriving in Swannhaven, a town that seems to have been forgotten by time, they're beset by strange sights and disconcerting developments and they begin to realize they might have made their worst mistake yet. But what dark secret is buried in this odd place? And will Ben and Caroline figure it out soon enough to save their young family?"-- Provided by publisher.

What you left behind : a novel

April 9, 2015
Hayes, Samantha, author.
New York : Crown Publishers, [2014]
309 pages ; 25 cm
Two years after a terrifying spate of teenage suicides, the remote village of Radcote has just begun to heal. Then a young man is killed in a freak motorcycle accident and a suicide note is found among his belongings. When a second boy is found dead shortly thereafter, the nightmare of repeat suicides once again threatens the community. Desperate for a vacation, Detective Inspector Lorraine Fisher has just come to Radcote for a stay with her sister, Jo, but the atmosphere of the country house is unusually tense. Freddie, Jo's son, seems troubled and uncommunicative, and Jo is struggling to reach out to him. Meanwhile, Lorraine becomes determined to discover the truth behind these deaths. Are they suicides, or is there something more sinister at work?

Losing faith : a thriller

April 9, 2015
Mitzner, Adam.
New York : Gallery Books, 2015.
357 pages ; 24 cm
"From the acclaimed author Publishers Weekly called "a gifted writer" comes this nail-biting legal thriller in the bestselling tradition of John Grisham and Scott Turow. Aaron Littmann, the chairman of one of the country's most prestigious law firms, has just been contacted by a high-profile defense attorney, whose client is Nikolai Garkov, a Russian businessman arraigned on terrorism charges for pulling the financial strings behind recent treasonous acts. The attorney informs Aaron that Garkov is looking to switch representation and will pay one hundred thousand dollars just to take the meeting. But Aaron doesn't have any choice, as Garkov is ready to go public with the damning evidence that Aaron and the judge in the high-profile case--Faith Nichols--had a torrid affair during another recent case. Filled with suspense, twists, and turns, Losing Faith will captivate legal thriller fans everywhere"-- Provided by publisher.

Duet in Beirut

April 9, 2015
Ben-Daṿid, Mishḳah, 1952- author.
New York : Overlook Press, 2015.
272 pages ; 24 cm
"A thriller"--Cover.
When Ronen, an expelled Mossad agent, vanishes after a failed assassination attempt against a Hezbollah operative responsible for suicide bombings in Israel, Gadi, his former commander, must find Ronen before he harms both himself and his country.

Where they found her : a novel

April 8, 2015
McCreight, Kimberly.
New York, NY : Harper, [2015]
326 pages ; 24 cm
"At the end of a long winter in well-to-do Ridgedale, New Jersey, the body of an infant is discovered in the woods near the town's prestigious university campus. No one knows who the baby is, or how her body ended up out there. But there is no shortage of opinions. When freelance journalist, and recent Ridgedale transplant, Molly Anderson is unexpectedly called upon to cover the story for the Ridgedale Reader, it's a risk, given the severe depression that followed the loss of her own baby. But the bigger threat comes when Molly unearths some of Ridgedale's darkest secrets, including a string of unreported sexual assaults going back twenty years. Meanwhile, Sandy, a high school dropout, searches for her volatile and now missing mother, and PTA president Barbara struggles to help her young son, who's suddenly having disturbing outbursts. Told from the perspectives of Molly, Barbara, and Sandy, Kimberly McCreight's taut and profoundly moving novel unwinds the tangled truth about the baby's death, revealing that these three women have far more in common than they realized. That the very worst crimes are committed against those we love. And that--sooner or later--the past catches up to all of us"-- Provided by publisher.

You can trust me

April 8, 2015
McKenzie, Sophie, author.
©2014
326 pages ; 25 cm
"A novel"--Jacket.
The suspicious circumstances of her best friend's apparent suicide drive a young woman to the possibility that it was murder, and might involve the same man who killed her sister eighteen years ago.

The liar

April 7, 2015
Roberts, Nora.
New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, [2015]
501 pages ; 24 cm
Devastated to learn that her unfaithful husband had actually married her using an alias, Shelby returns with her young daughter to her Tennessee hometown and pursues a new relationship before her husband's past poses dangerous threats.

Double cross

April 7, 2015
Mills, DiAnn, author.
Carol Stream, Illinois : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., [2015]
xii, 387 pages ; 21 cm.
Includes discussion questions and an excerpt from Deadlock.
"A novel"--Cover.
"FBI agent Laurel Evertson's investigation into a scam targeting the elderly takes an unexpected twist when key evidence leads her to Morton Wilmington, a felon she arrested five years ago on her first undercover assignment. That case has haunted her since, and though she's vowed to forget Wilmington--and what she sacrificed to put him away--he is now her best lead. Houston Police Officer Daniel Hilton fears his grandparents may be the scammers' next targets, and he'll do anything to protect his family--even force interagency cooperation"--Amazon.com.

Blush

April 6, 2015
Adair, Cherry, 1951- author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2015.
387 pages ; 21 cm
"Adair delivers [an] ... erotic romance about a sexy [millionaire] who's on the run and the hit-man-turned-handyman who's supposed to kill her. Sex with a stranger. Learn to drive. Learn to cook. Learn to pole dance. Sex under the stars. Buy a truck. These are just a few of the things on Amelia Wentworth's bucket list, but as the CEO and face of a multi-billion-dollar cosmetic empire, she's never quite found the time to do them. Until, after a series of accidents, Amelia discovers that someone wants her dead. But who? And why?"-- Provided by publisher.

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