New Arrivals · Suspense Fiction

February 27, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The boatmaker : a novel

February 26, 2015
Benditt, John, author.
Portland, Oregon : Tin House Books, 2015.
453 pages ; 20 cm
"In John Benditt's debut novel, a fierce, complicated, silent man wakes from a fever dream compelled to build a boat and sail away from the small island where he was born. The boat carries him to the next, bigger, island, where he becomes locked in a drunken and violent affair whose explosion propels him all the way to the mainland. There he struggles to understand the intricacies of a larger society and its dark underworld. As he encounters greed, corruption, and racial and religious hatred, he uncovers truths that allow him to redirect the course of his destiny. The boatmaker's journey cannot be traced on any map, and yet it is located at the epicenter of European history." -- Provided by publisher.

The black widow

February 26, 2015
Staub, Wendy Corsi, author.
384 pages ; 18 cm.
Includes an excerpt from "Mundy's Landing."
"In the moonlight, a shovelfuls of earth fall on a wooden crate at the bottom of a deep pit. Soon the hole will be filled and covered over with leaves, erasing all trace of the victim below, waking to the horror of being buried alive... Newly divorced Gaby Duran isn't really expecting to find her soul mate on a dating site like InTune. She just needs a distraction from pining over her ex-husband, Ben, and the happy marriage they once had. And she's wise enough to know that online the truth doesn't always match the profile. Almost everyone lies a little--or a lot. But Gaby quickly discovers there is more at stake than her lonely heart. Local singles are going missing after making online connections. And a predator is searching again for the perfect match. One who will fulfill every twisted desire...or die trying,"--page [4] of cover.

Dark rooms

February 26, 2015
Peloquin, Lili, author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2015.
323 pages ; 24 cm
"Death sets the plot in motion: the murder of Nica Baker, beautiful, wild, enigmatic, and only sixteen. The crime is solved, and quickly--a lonely classmate, unrequited love, a suicide note confession--but memory and instinct won't allow Nica's older sister, Grace, to accept the case as closed. Dropping out of college and living at home, working at the moneyed and progressive private high school in Hartford, Connecticut, from which she recently graduated, Grace becomes increasingly obsessed with identifying and punishing the real killer"-- provided by publisher.

Season of fear

February 26, 2015
Freeman, Brian, 1963-
London : Quercus, [2014]
436 pages ; 24 cm
Politician Diane Fairmont is running for the Florida governorship, but a chill is cast over the campaign when she receives an anonymous note announcing the return of the assassin who killed her husband ten years earlier. Because of complicated ties between Fairmont and his mother, movie actress Tarla Bolton, Detective Cad Bolton is assigned to the case. A desperate race against the clock ensues as Bolton tries to unlock the secrets of a poisonous conspiracy before nature provides the perfect cover for a long-dormant killer to strike again.

The crow of Connemara

February 26, 2015
Leigh, Stephen, author.
x, 304 pages ; 24 cm
"The Crow of Connemara is a contemporary Celtic fantasy set primarily in Ireland. Picking up threads from ancient Irish mythology and folktales, this story is fantasy, drama, and tragic romance all at once, a tale caught in the dark places where the world of ancient myth intersects our own, where old ways and old beliefs struggle not to be overwhelmed by the modern world. Colin Doyle is young Irish-American musician from Chicago, whose interest is traditional Irish music. Maeve Gallagher is an Oileánach, an "Islander" from Ireland's west coast. Islanders are outcasts treated with suspicion by the locals, who think them responsible for wild and strange happenings in the area. Colin soon discovers that he's connected to Maeve in ways he never could have imagined."--Publisher's description.

The fifth gospel : a novel

February 26, 2015
Caldwell, Ian, 1976-
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
431 pages ; 25 cm
Map on lining papers.
A lost gospel, a contentious relic, and a dying pope's final wish converge to send two brothers--both Vatican priests--on an intellectual quest to untangle Christianity's greatest historical mystery.


February 26, 2015
Buckingham, Royce, author.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2015.
294 pages ; 25 cm
"A novel"--Cover.
"In Royce Scott Buckingham's Impasse, a man is left to die in Alaska while on an "adventure vacation" and must somehow survive to get his revenge on those who betrayed him. Forty and facing a mid-life crisis, Stu Stark has lost his mojo. He simply gave up after being fired from his prestigious job as a prosecuting attorney for losing the biggest case of his career. So when Stu's best friend gifts him a one-week trip into the Alaskan wilderness to rediscover his manhood, Stu thinks it just might do him some good. But after a horrible week, Stu is crushed when he realizes that no one is coming back for him. Dying, Stu is found by a grizzled old hunter who informs that winter has set in, and they're not going anywhere for a while. So begins Stu's training to become the man he never was...and to get revenge on those who betrayed him. This adult debut by the internationally bestselling YA author is a modern day take on The Count of Monte Cristo"-- Provided by publisher.

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.

The buried life

February 25, 2015
Patel, Carrie, author.
Nottingham : Angry Robot, [2015]
361 pages ; 18 cm
"The gaslight and shadows of the underground city of Recoletta hide secrets and lies. When Inspector Liesl Malone investigates the murder of a renowned historian, she finds herself stonewalled by the all-powerful Directorate of Preservation - Recoletta's top-secret historical research facility. When a second high-profile murder threatens the very fabric of city society, Malone and her rookie partner Rafe Sundar must tread carefully, lest they fall victim to not only the criminals they seek, but the government which purports to protect them. Knowledge is power, and power must be preserved at all costs" -- from publisher's web site.

Leaving Berlin : a novel

February 25, 2015
Kanon, Joseph, author.
New York : Atria Books, 2015.
x, 371 pages : map ; 24 cm
Maps on lining papers.
Targeted by McCarthyism for his prewar politics, a young Jewish writer who fled the Nazis to America makes a desperate bargain with a fledgling CIA to work as a spy in a decimated Berlin.

Too bad to die

February 25, 2015
Mathews, Francine.
New York : Riverhead Books, 2015.
xvi, 348 pages ; 24 cm
"A novel"--Cover.
A tense and enthralling historical thriller in which British Naval Intelligence officer Ian Fleming attempts to foil a Nazi plot to assassinate FDR, Churchill, and Stalin.

The assassin

February 23, 2015
Cussler, Clive.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2015]
409 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
"The new thriller in the #1 New York Times-bestselling Isaac Bell series from grand master of adventure Clive Cussler. As Van Dorn private detective Isaac Bell strives to land a government contract to investigate John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil monopoly, the case takes a deadly turn. A sniper begins murdering opponents of Standard Oil, and soon the assassin-shooting with extraordinary accuracy at seemingly impossible long range-kills Bell's best witness, a brave and likable man. Then the shooter detonates a terrible explosion that sets the victim's independent refinery ablaze. Bell summons his best detectives to scour the site of the crime for evidence. Who is the assassin and for whom did he kill? But the murders-shootings, poisonings, staged accidents-have just begun as Bell tracks his phantom-like criminal adversary from the "oil fever" regions of Kansas and Texas to Washington, D.C., to the tycoons' enclave of New York, to Russia's war-torn Baku oil fields on the Caspian Sea, and back to America for a final, desperate confrontation. And this one will be the most explosive of all"-- Provided by publisher.

The Doomsday equation

February 20, 2015
Richtel, Matt.
New York, NY : William Morrow Paperbacks, 2015.
367 pages ; 21 cm
"Jeremy Stillwater is a computer genius who has invented a machine that can predict global conflict. Governments can use this machine to prevent war and ultimately acheive world peace. Unfortunately, there's someone out there who wants Jeremy's creation, and not for good. The mysterious organization has worked hard to discredit Jeremy and make it look like the machine doesn't work. That's when the machine starts beeping... There are 3 days left until World War III breaks out unless Jeremy can stop it. Unfortunately, no one believes him. And there is someone out there, someone very powerful, who will do just about anything to make sure that the world erupts in chaos, even if that means killing Jeremy. Will he be able to save the world and himself before it's too late?"-- Provided by publisher.

Finding Jake

February 20, 2015
Reardon, Bryan, author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
264 pages ; 24 cm
"A heart-wrenching but redemptive story of psychological suspense told from the point of view of the father of a boy who is unaccounted for during a school shooting, in the vein of Reconstructing Amelia and Defending Jacob"-- Provided by publisher.

Bring on the dusk

February 20, 2015
Buchman, M. L. (Matthew Lieber), author.
411 pages ; 18 cm.
Includes an excerpt from: Hot point (pages [384]-411).
"Name: Claudia Jean Casperson. Rank: Captain, SOAR - 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne). Motto: Night Stalkers Don't Quit. Name: Michael Gibson. Rank: Colonel, Delta Force -- Special Forces Operational Detachment -- Delta (The Unit). Motto: Without Equal. Mission: To go together where no one else can, and to get out alive with no one the wiser. Five nations surround the Caspian Sea, five nations desperate for the vast resources there, and willing to go to war. It will take all of Claudia and Michael's ingenuity to avert disaster. As they discover how right they are for each other, it will take even more to breach the walls they've so carefully built around their hearts"--Page [4] of cover.

The outsiders

February 19, 2015
Seymour, Gerald, author.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2015.
390 pages ; 24 cm
Originally published: Great Britain : Hodder & Stoughton, 2012.
"A thriller"--Jacket.
"MI5 officer Winnie Monks has never forgotten--or forgiven--the death of a young agent on her team at the hands of a former Russian Army major turned gangster. Now, ten years later, she learns that the Major is travelling to a villa on the popular Spanish holiday destination Costa del Sol, and she asks permission to send in a surveillance unit. They find an empty property near the Major's: the Villa Paraiso. It's perfect to spy from--and as a base for Winnie's darker, less official, plans. But it turns out the villa isn't deserted"-- Provided by publisher.

Devils and dust : a Jack Keller novel

February 19, 2015
Rhoades, J. D., 1962- author.
New York : Polis Books, 2015.
299 pages ; 24 cm
"Keller's been in exile, living a quiet life in the desert. Now his old friend and former employer Angela has tracked him down and needs his help. Oscar Sanchez, Angela's husband and Keller's best friend, has disappeared while investigating what happened to the sons he was trying to bring to America. If anyone can find Oscar, Keller can, but along the way, he has to confront his own demons and his unresolved feelings for Angela--now his best friend's wife. Keller's quest takes him from a corrupt Mexican border town to a prison camp in the swamps of South Carolina and pits him against human traffickers, violent drug lords, and a vicious group of white supremacists perpetuating an evil as old as civilization itself in the name of God" -- provided by publisher.

Taking fire

February 19, 2015
McKenna, Lindsay, 1946- author.
Don Mills, Ontario : HQN Books, [2015]
378 pages ; 17 cm.
"Marine Corp Sergeant Khat Shinwari lives among the shadows of the rocky Afghani hills, a Shadow Warrior by name and by nature. She works alone, undercover and undetected--until a small team of US Navy SEALs are set upon by the Taliban...and Khat is forced to disobey orders to save their lives. Now, hidden deep in the hills with injured SEAL Michael Tarik in her care, Khat learns that he's more than just a sailor. In him, she sees something of herself and of what she could be."--Back cover.

The life I left behind

February 19, 2015
McBeth, Colette, author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2015.
343 pages ; 25 cm
Originally published: Great Britain : Headline Publishing, 2015.
"Six years ago, Melody Pieterson was attacked and left for dead. Only a chance encounter with a dog walker saved her life. Melody's neighbor and close friend David Alden was found guilty of the crime and imprisoned, and the attack and David's betrayal of her friendship left Melody a different person. She no longer trusts her own judgment, she no longer trusts her friends ... Soon after David is released from prison, Eve Elliot is murdered in an attack almost identical to Melody's. With the start of a new police investigation, Melody is suddenly pulled from her ordered, secluded life and back into the messy world around her"-- Provided by publisher.

The Jäger journal

February 19, 2015
Anderson, John A., III, author.
xvii, 287 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm.
"A novel"--Cover.
"A secret, a dark secret, buried in the journal of a World War II paratrooper. Nerve agent GB a.k.a. Zarinm a.k.a. Sarin--a highly lethal colorless, odorless gas. Two kilograms, properly vaporized, kills every man, woman, and child in a major American city in a mere ten minutes. How are these two intertwined? Jim Harrison is about to find out. As a journalism student in Barcelona, he's intrigued by the recent discovery an attractive Austrian friend reveals one evening in her apartment. Within days, however, she disappears without a trace, and 'thieves' ransack his apartment. A maelstrom of kidnapping, murder, and cyber warfare ensnare Jim and his family in a race to stop an international plot hurtling to decapitate the U.S. government. A resort hotel in the mountains of central Italy, a snow covered forest in Belgium, the red light district of Amsterdam, a cabin in rural Georgia, a chemical refinery outside Houston. The Jäger Journal connects these geographical dots stretching one family's faith to its very limit."--Back cover.

Enzan : the far mountain

February 19, 2015
Donohue, John J., 1956- author.
vii, 285 pages ; 20 cm
"A Connor Burke martial arts thriller"--Cover.
Chie Miyazaki is wild and spoiled-- the pampered child of a cadet line of the Imperial House of Japan. When she disappears in the US accompanied by a slick Korean boyfriend, the Japanese seek out Connor Burke, student of renowed sensei Yamashita, for a quiet solution. Burke is swept along in a covert search and rescue operation that turns into a deadly confrontation with a North Korean sleeper cell. He experiences the power of his sensei's decades old connections, and the secret that drove Yamashita from Japan now pulls him back into the service of the Imperial family.--Publisher.

In plain sight

February 18, 2015
Michaels, Fern. author.
New York, NY : Kensington Publishing Corp., 2015.
264 pages ; 22 cm.
For years Myra Rutledge and Annie de Silva, founding members of the Sisterhood, have funded an underground network run by former Supreme Court Justice Pearl Barnes to help women escape abusive relationships. When two of Pearl's clients fail to report for their weekly check-in, the Sisterhood and their allies begin a search for French model Amalie Laurent and her one-time maid, Rosalee Muno. Amalie's estranged husband, Lincoln Moss, is a distant cousin of the President of the United States and one of his closest advisers. Moss's power is matched by the violent streak he hides from the world, and he beat Amalie viciously until she finally escaped with her maid's help. Moss is accustomed to doing exactly what he wants without fear of consequence. But Moss has never faced an adversary like the Sisterhood.


February 18, 2015
Alten, Steve.
Las Vegas, NV : Next Century Publishing, [2015]
416 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
East Antarctica: The coldest, most desolate location on Earth. Two-and-a-half miles below the ice cap is Vostok, a six thousand square mile liquid lake, over a thousand feet deep, left untouched for more than 15 million years. Now, marine biologist Zachary Wallace and two other scientists aboard a submersible tethered to a laser will journey 13,000 feet beneath the ice into this unexplored realm to discover Mesozoic life forms long believed extinct - and an object of immense power responsible for the evolution of modern man.

In the woods : a Harper Jennings mystery

February 18, 2015
Jones, Merry Bloch, author.
Sutton : Severn House, 2014.
216 p. ; 23 cm.
"A relaxing camping break for Iraqi war vet Harper Jennings and her husband takes an unpleasant turn when Harper stumbles across a dead body"--provided by publisher.

The winter foundlings : a novel

February 18, 2015
Rhodes, Kate, author.
340 pages ; 25 cm.
"Psychologist Alice Quentin has been looking forward to a break from her hectic London life. She has vowed to stay clear of police work. The previous cases she helped the police with have left her scarred. So, when Alice is given the rare opportunity to study treatment methods at Northwood high-security hospital outside of London, she is eager to get to work. But then a young girl is discovered, dressed all in white, on the steps of the Foundling Museum. Four girls have recently gone missing in North London--this is the third to be found, dead. The fourth may still be alive, and Alice Quentin may be able to help. Britain's most prolific child killer, Louis Kinsella, has been locked up in Northwood for over a decade. Yet, these recent kidnappings and murders are clearly connected to Kinsella's earlier crimes. It seems that someone is continuing where he left off. So, when Detective Don Burns comes asking for Alice's help, how can she refuse? Alice will do anything to help save a child--even if that means forming a relationship with a charismatic, ruthless murderer. But Kinsella is slow to give away his secrets, and time is running out for the latest kidnap victim, who is simply trying to survive. In her quest to save a life, Alice finds she has put her own life on the line"-- Provided by publisher.

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