New Arrivals · Suspense Fiction

November 30, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Under the midnight sun

November 29, 2016
Higashino, Keigo, 1958- author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2016.
554 pages ; 25 cm
"Originally published in Japan in 1999 by Shueisha as Byakuyako"--Title page verso.
In an abandoned building in 1973 in Osaka, the body of a murdered man is found. Working quietly and methodically, Detective Sagasaki discovers two people who appear to have clear links to the crime -- Ryo, the uncommunicative son of the dead man, and Yukiho, the charming daughter of the man principally in the frame for the murder. Decades pass. The murder remains unsolved. Ryo and Yukiho continue with their lives, disappearing and reappearing through school, jobs, and marriage. But Sagasaki, who carries tenaciousness to the point of obsession, is prepared to spend as much time as it takes to solve an insoluble case. As the many strands of plot, coincidence, and rumor dovetail, Sagasaki zeroes in on the curious bond connecting Yukiho to Ryo.

Evelyn, after : a novel

November 28, 2016
Stone, Victoria Helen, author.
248 pages ; 21 cm
"Evelyn Tester is sleepwalking through her suburban life--until a late-night phone call startles her awake. Her husband, a prestigious psychiatrist, has been in an accident. And he isn't alone. Suddenly Evelyn's world isn't as tidy as she thought. And in the midst of it all is Juliette, not only her husband's secret lover but also his patient. If news of the affair were to get out, it would ruin more than just Evelyn's marriage. Although it's a bitter pill for Evelyn to swallow, protecting her family means staying silent--even if, as she begins to discover, the night of the accident has consequences far more dangerous than the unmasking of an affair. But the more Evelyn learns about Juliette's picture-perfect life--complete with a handsome, unsuspecting husband--the more she yearns for revenge ... and satisfaction. Her growing obsession fuels her rage, burning away her complacency. What will be left of her after it flames out?"-- Back cover.

Bronx requiem

November 23, 2016
Clarkson, John, 1947- author.
388 pages ; 24 cm
"The death of Paco "Packy" Johnson shouldn't have surprised anyone. Paco Johnson spent a lifetime in the system -- starting in juvie at age 10, then prison for most of his adult life. But he managed to make some real friends in prison, friends who helped him get parole, a place to stay, and plans to help him adjust to a life outside prison after seventeen years behind bars. But only seventeen hours after he was released, he was found dead -- murdered -- in the streets of the Bronx. James Beck can't save Packy any longer -- but he can try to find out what happened to Packy, and why, and exact a measure of justice. Beck, ringleader of a tight clique of ex-cons based in Brooklyn's Red Hook section, is determined to accord Packy at least some dignity and a measure of justice. But what drove Packy out onto the streets of the Bronx his first night back? Who did he run into that hated him enough to viciously beat him before executing him, and yet left behind his wallet full of cash? But what at first appears to be a simple, if tragic, street killing, quickly becomes something much more difficult and complex. And it will take all the skills, connections, and cunning of Beck and his team not only to learn the truth but to survive the forces they've unwittingly unleashed"-- Provided by publisher.

Heart attack and vine : a Crush novel

November 23, 2016
Sutton, Phoef, author.
257 pages ; 22 cm
"Praise for Crush: "As slick as a switchblade with a pearl handle."--Lee Child, New York Times best-selling author Los Angeles bodyguard/bouncer Caleb Rush (Crush) is back in this second Crush novel. When Rachel Fury, a con-artist friend who'd vanished for a couple of years after a big scam, reappears in Hollywood under a new name as a glitzy movie star, she hires Crush as a bodyguard, and he quickly gets drawn into a criminal mess that requires all his brawn, skill, and savvy to negotiate. It's rich with Hollywood lore, fast-paced action, and noir atmosphere. Phoef Sutton is a novelist, television writer, and playwright whose work has won two Emmys, a Peabody, a Writers Guild Award, a GLAAD Award, and a Television Academy Honors Award. The first novel in the Crush series, titled Crush, was a Kirkus Best Mystery of 2015 and a Los Angeles Times "Summer Reading Page-Turner." Sutton has been an executive producer of Cheers, a writer/producer for such shows as Boston Legal and NewsRadio, a writer for Terriers, and the creator of several TV shows, including the cult hit Thanks. He is also the co-author, with Janet Evanovich, of Wicked Charms, a New York Times bestseller; a second in that series is coming soon. His other novels include the romantic thriller 15 Minutes to Live. Sutton lives in South Pasadena, California"-- Provided by publisher.

Honor bound

November 22, 2016
Daniels, B. J., author.
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : HQN, 2016.
377 pages ; 17 cm.
Ainsley Hamilton has always been the responsible one in the family. As the oldest daughter of presidential candidate Buckmaster Hamilton, she's also a potential target. For months she's sensed someone following her. When an expedition to scout locations for a commercial takes a terrifying turn, she's rescued by a natural-born cowboy who tempts the good girl to finally let loose. Sawyer Nash knows just how reckless it is to fall for someone he's gone undercover to protect. Yet masquerading as an extra on set, he starts to see beneath Ainsley's controlled facade. And with the election--and a killer--drawing closer, Sawyer stands to lose not just his job and his life but the woman for whom he'd gladly risk both.

Brigands M.C.

November 22, 2016
Muchamore, Robert, author.
406 pages ; 22 cm.
Originally published in 2009.
Every CHERUB agent comes from somewhere. Dante Scott still has nightmares about the death of his family, brutally murdered by a biker gang. Dante is given the chance to become a member of CHERUB, a trained professional with one essential advantage: adults never suspect that children are spying on them. But when Dante joins James and Lauren Adams on a mission to infiltrate Brigands Motorcycle Club, he's ready to use everything he's learned to get revenge on the people who killed his family!

Unnatural deeds

November 21, 2016
Balog, Cyn, author.
274 pages ; 22 cm
Victoria Zell doesn't fit in, not that she cares what anyone thinks. She and her homeschooled boyfriend, Andrew, are inseparable. All they need is each other. That is, until Zachary Zimmerman joins her homeroom. Within an hour of meeting, he convinces good-girl Vic to cut class. And she can't get enough of that rush. Despite Vic's loyalty to Andrew, she finds her life slowly entwining with Z's. Soon she's lying to everyone she knows in an effort to unravel Z's secrets. Except Z's not the only one with a past. Victoria's hiding her own secrets -- secrets that will come back to haunt her, and destroy everything in her path.

The Jekyll revelation

November 21, 2016
Masello, Robert, 1952- author.
484 pages ; 21 cm
While on routine patrol in the tinder-dry Topanga Canyon, environmental scientist Rafael Salazar expects to find animal poachers, not a dilapidated antique steamer trunk. Inside the peculiar case, he discovers a journal, written by the renowned Robert Louis Stevenson, which divulges ominous particulars about his creation of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde . It also promises to reveal a terrible secret--the identity of Jack the Ripper. Unfortunately, the journal--whose macabre tale unfolds in an alternating narrative with Rafe's--isn't the only relic in the trunk, and Rafe isn't the only one to purloin a souvenir. A mysterious flask containing the last drops of the grisly potion that inspired Jekyll and Hyde and spawned London's most infamous killer has gone missing. And it has definitely fallen into the wrong hands.

A bloom of bones : a novel

November 21, 2016
Jones, Allen Morris, author.
New York, NY : Ig Publishing, [2016]
234 pages ; 21 cm
"Eli Singer, a rancher and poet in remote Eastern Montana, sees his life upended when a long-buried corpse-which turns out to be a murder victim from Eli's childhood-erodes out of a hillside on his property. This discovery forces Eli to turn inward to revisit the tragic events in his past that led to a life-changing moment of violence, while at the same time he must reach outside himself toward Chloe, a literary agent from New York whom he is falling in love with. In the tradition of such classic western writers as Thomas McGuane, James Lee Burke, Ivan Doig and Jim Harrison, A Bloom of Bones is a poignant and moving exploration of family, community, and the echoing ramifications of violence across generations, as well as a genre-subverting literary mystery"-- Provided by publisher.

Moral defense : a Samantha Brinkman legal thriller

November 21, 2016
Clark, Marcia, author.
416 pages ; 22 cm.
Samantha Brickman is hired as the legal advocate for Cassie Sonnenberg after a brutal stabbing left the teenager's father and brother dead. It's a tabloid-ready case that has the nation in an uproar--and Sam facing her biggest challenge yet. As Sam digs to find answers, she becomes more personally entangled in the case, and ends up facing a choice she never dreamed she'd have to make, -- adapted from book jacket.

Say no more

November 21, 2016
Ryan, Hank Phillippi, author.
382 pages ; 24 cm.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Discovering that she has witnessed the collapse of an alibi after reporting a hit and run, Boston reporter Jane Ryland convinces a date rape victim to come forward as part of an exposé on college campus sexual assaults, an assignment that is complicated by an ominous threat.

The stranger game

November 18, 2016
Busby, Cylin, author.
281 pages ; 22 cm
When Nico Morris's older sister mysteriously disappears, her parents, family, and friends are devastated. But Nico can never admit what she herself feels: relief at finally being free of Sarah's daily cruelties. Then the best and worst thing happens: four years later, after dozens of false leads, Sarah is found. But this girl is much changed from the one Nico knew. She's thin and drawn, when Sarah had been golden and athletic; timid and unsure, instead of brash and competitive; and strangest of all, sweet and kind, when she had once been mean and abusive. Sarah's retrograde amnesia has caused her to forget almost everything about her life, from small things like the plots of her favorite books and her tennis game to the more critical -- where she's been the last four years and what happened at the park on the fateful day she vanished. Despite the happy ending, the dark details of that day continue to haunt Nico, and it becomes clear that more than one person knows the true story of what happened to Sarah.

When all the girls have gone

November 18, 2016
Krentz, Jayne Ann, author.
341 pages ; 24 cm
"Jayne Ann Krentz, the New York Times bestselling author of Secret Sisters, delivers a thrilling novel of the deceptions we hide behind, the passions we surrender to, and the lengths we'll go to for the truth ... When Charlotte Sawyer is unable to contact her step-sister, Jocelyn, to tell her that one her closest friends was found dead, she discovers that Jocelyn has vanished. Beautiful, brilliant--and reckless--Jocelyn has gone off the grid before, but never like this. In a desperate effort to find her, Charlotte joins forces with Max Cutler, a struggling PI who recently moved to Seattle after his previous career as a criminal profiler went down in flames--literally. Burned out, divorced and almost broke, Max needs the job. After surviving a near-fatal attack, Charlotte and Max turn to Jocelyn's closest friends, women in a Seattle-based online investment club, for answers. But what they find is chilling ... When her uneasy alliance with Max turns into a full-blown affair, Charlotte has no choice but to trust him with her life. For the shadows of Jocelyn's past are threatening to consume her--and anyone else who gets in their way ..."-- Provided by publisher.

Family sins

November 18, 2016
Sala, Sharon, author.
349 pages ; 24 cm.
"Felled by a cowardly shot to the back, Stanton Youngblood has just enough time before he dies to leave a single clue to his killer's identity: the word Wayne, scrawled in his own blood. That word means everything to his widow. Leigh Youngblood was once Leigh Wayne, but she left her wealthy family behind thirty years ago when she fell in love with Stanton, a betrayal the Waynes have never forgiven. Now she publicly vows to discover which of her siblings thinks money and power are enough to cover up a murder. Back in town to find his father's killer, prodigal son Brody finds his search for justice comes with an unexpected ray of light. He's loved Talia Champion forever, but when she said she couldn't marry him, he left town and never looked back. This time it's Talia who needs him, and it isn't in him to deny her anything. But the killer still has a score to settle, and if that means spilling more blood?so much the better" -- Adapted from Amazon.

First light

November 18, 2016
Rancic, Bill, author.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2016]
308 pages ; 24 cm
"A father from Chicago takes a road trip to the city of Whitehorse, in Yukon Territory, with his wife and son. During the car ride, they reveal to the boy their harrowing experience surviving a horrific plane crash in the wilderness ten years before, which is how the boy, in fact, came to be born. Set amid the deep, wild woods of the Yukon, First Light tells the story of Daniel Albrechtand Kerry Egan, young lovers leaving a work trip in Alaska to plan their wedding back home in Chicago. Not long into their trip, both engines of their plane catch fire and send them careening into a mountainside in the middle of a terrible snowstorm. Kerry is seriously injured in the accident, and it soon becomes clear that search-and-rescue teams aren't going to find the survivors in time to save her. Daniel--the one person with survival experience amid the passengers--makes the courageous decision to find help and bring it back to the rest of the passengers, hoping against hope he might save the woman he loves...As the parents' story draws to a close, the truth about the boy's life, and the identity of his father, will at last be revealed."-- Provided by publisher.

Spirit mission : a novel

November 18, 2016
Russ, Ted.
326 pages ; 24 cm
"To honor bonds forged twenty-five-years ago at West Point, Lieutenant Colonel Sam Avery leads an illegal mission deep into ISIS-held territory. Flying across Iraq in a stolen helicopter, Army Lieutenant Colonel Sam Avery knows that tonight will be his last mission. He and his crew will either be shot down by ISIS, or court martialed when they return. Sam doesn't care. He can't care. There is too much at stake. As the chopper flies through the night towards their objective, Sam reflects on his time in the crucible of the United States Military Academy. West Point made Sam the man--and the leader--that he is. It taught him not only about Duty, Honor, and Country, but also about brotherhood, loyalty, and sacrifice. These values motivate him and his team as they undertake their final and most audacious Spirit Mission"-- Provided by publisher.

Inherit the bones

November 18, 2016
Littlejohn, Emily, author.
321 pages ; 25 cm.
"Secrets and lies can't stay buried forever in Cedar Valley. In the summer, hikers and campers pack the small Colorado town's meadows and fields. And in the winter, skiers and snowboarders take over the mountains. Season by season, year after year, time passes and the lies, like the aspens and evergreens that surround the town, take root and spread deep. Now, someone has uncovered the lies, and it is his murder that continues a chain of events that began almost forty years ago. Detective Gemma Monroe's investigation takes her from the seedy grounds of a traveling circus to the powerful homes of those who would control Cedar Valley's future. Six-months pregnant, with a partner she can't trust and colleagues who know more than they're saying, Gemma tracks a killer who will stop at nothing to keep those secrets buried."-- Provided by publisher.

The long room

November 18, 2016
Kay, Francesca, 1957- author.
320 pages ; 20 cm
"What happens to a man who has his ear pressed to the lives of others but not much life of his own? When Stephen Donaldson joins the Institute, he anticipates excitement, romance and new status. Instead he gets the tape-recorded conversations of ancient communists and ineffectual revolutionaries, until the day he is assigned a new case: the ultra-secret PHOENIX. Is PHOENIX really working for a foreign power? Stephen hardly cares; it is the voice of the target's wife that mesmerizes him." -- Provided by publisher.

A taste of blood and ashes : a Jared McKean mystery

November 17, 2016
Terrell, Jaden, 1960- author.
296 pages ; 22 cm.
When Nashville private investigator and horse whisperer Jared McKean is hired to look into a suspicious barn fire, he finds evidence of soring, the practice of using painful shoeing or caustic chemicals to affect the gait of a Tennessee Walking Horse. But the owners, Zane and Carlin Underwood, are known antisoring activists. Carlin's distress seems genuine, and Zane is confined to a wheelchair, paralyzed from the chest down from an attack by a frenzied stallion. Jared believes someone else is behind the arson.

Weregirl : everyone has an animal inside : a novel

November 17, 2016
Bell, C. D. (Cathleen Davitt), author.
383 pages ; 24 cm.
On a nighttime run, high school junior and cross-country runner Nessa Kurland is badly bitten by a trapped wolf that she tries to free. Nessa's quick recovery is followed by improved running times and all her senses are heightened. She has transformed into a werewolf.

Dial em for murder : she wanted to write a mystery, not live it

November 17, 2016
Bates, Marni, author.
288 pages ; 23 cm
When a strange man dies literally on top of her, 16-year-old Emmy is thrust into a mystery much more horrifying than the one in the novel she's writing.

The Twenty-three : a Promise Falls novel

November 17, 2016
Barclay, Linwood, author.
453 pages ; 24 cm
Series numeration from
Sequel to: Far from true.
"Saturday, Memorial Day weekend, May 23rd. In the small town of Promise Falls, New York, hundreds of people are going to the hospital with similar flu-like symptoms, dozens have died. Investigators quickly zero in on the water supply. Cal Weaver wonders: who would benefit from poisoning the town? Meanwhile, Detective Barry Duckworth recognizes the killer's handiwork in the murder of a college student. All the strange things that have happened in the last month start to add up... the motive for harming the people of Promise Falls points to the number 23."--Provided by publisher.

City of strangers : a novel

November 17, 2016
Millar, Louise, author.
[New York] : Emily Bestler Books/Atria Books, 2016. ©2015
386 pages ; 21 cm
"Originally published in the UK in 2015 by Macmillan."--T.p. verso.
Grace Scott returns from honeymoon with her new husband, Mac, to find a man lying dead in their new Edinburgh flat. They don't know who he is or where he's come from. The mystery of his identity remains unsolved. Then, three months later, Grace finds a note tucked inside one of the wedding gifts which sends her on a journey to discover what really happened in her flat. A journey that becomes more dangerous the closer she comes to the truth ... What she discovers will change her life. Set in Edinburgh and travelling to Amsterdam, Paris and Copenhagen, City of Strangers is a gripping story of deception, lies and corruption.

The Hanging Club

November 16, 2016
Parsons, Tony, 1953- author.
368 pages ; 24 cm
"A band of vigilante executioners roam the hot summer nights, abducting evil men who they judge unworthy of living and hanging them by the neck until dead. Sentenced to death is the gang member who abused dozens of vulnerable girls, the wealthy drunk driver who mowed down a child, the drug addict who put a pensioner in a coma and the hate preacher calling for the murder of British troops. But do these rogue hangmen crave true justice--or just blood? As the bodies pile up and violence explodes all over the sweltering city, DC Max Wolfe--dog lover, single parent, defender of the weak--embarks on his most dangerous investigation yet, hunting a righteous gang of vigilante killers who many believe to be heroes. The search will take Max from squalid backstreets, where religious fanaticism breeds, to mansions in mourning and all the way to the secret rooms of power where decisions are weighed about life and death. But before The Hanging Club is confronted, Max Wolfe must learn some painful truths about the fragile line between good and evil, innocence and guilt, justice and retribution. And discover that the lust for revenge starts very close to home"-- Provided by publisher.

Monsters in Appalachia : a collection of stories

November 16, 2016
Monks, Sheryl, 1967- author.
Morgantown : Vandalia Press, 2016.
169 pages ; 22 cm.
Burning slag -- Robbing pillars -- The immortal Jesse James -- Barry Gibb is the cutest Bee Gee -- Black shuck -- Rasputin's remarkable sleight of hand -- Run, little girl -- Clinch -- Little Miss Bobcat -- Merope -- Crazy checks -- Nympho -- This low land of sorrow -- Justice boys -- Monsters in Appalachia.

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