New Arrivals · Suspense Fiction

February 16, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Sunburn : a novel

February 15, 2018
Lippman, Laura, 1959- author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
292 pages ; 24 cm
"One is playing a long game. But which one? They meet at a local tavern in the small town of Belleville, Delaware. Polly is set on heading west. Adam says he's also passing through. Yet she stays and he stays—drawn to this mysterious redhead whose quiet stillness both unnerves and excites him. Over the course of a punishing summer, Polly and Adam abandon themselves to a steamy, inexorable affair. Still, each holds something back from the other—dangerous, even lethal, secrets. Then someone dies. Was it an accident, or part of a plan? By now, Adam and Polly are so ensnared in each other's lives and lies that neither one knows how to get away—or even if they want to. Is their love strong enough to withstand the truth, or will it ultimately destroy them? Something—or someone—has to give. Which one will it be?"--Inside dust jacket.

Head wounds

February 15, 2018
Palumbo, Dennis, 1951- author.
©2018
330 pages ; 23 cm.
Dr. Daniel Rinaldi, psychologist and consultant to the Pittsburgh police, becomes a participant in a domestic drama that blows up right outside his front door, saved from a bullet to the brain by pure chance. In the chaos that follows, Rinaldi learns his bad-girl, wealthy neighbor has told her hair-triggered boyfriend that Rinaldi is her lover. As things heat up, Rinaldi becomes a murder suspect.

Dry bones

February 15, 2018
Spencer, Sally, author.
2017
203 pages ; 23 cm.
"When human bones are discovered in the cellars beneath St Luke's College - two bodies, buried thirty years apart - the bursar, Charlie Swift, hires Jennie Redhead to investigate. As she uncovers a series of scandals stretching back sixty years, Jennie wonders how well she really knows her old friend Charlie - and whether she can trust him."--Publisher's description.

A death in Live Oak

February 14, 2018
Grippando, James, 1958- author.
©2018
371 pages ; 24 cm.
"When the body of Jamal Cousin, president of the preeminent black fraternity at Florida's flagship university, is discovered hogtied in the stygian swamps of the Suwanee River, his death sets off a firestorm. And when a fellow student, Mark Towson, the president of a prominent white fraternity, is accused of the crime, the fire threatens to rage out of control. Contending with rising political tensions, racial unrest, and a sensational media, Towson's defense attorney, Jack Swyteck, knows that the stakes could not be higher--inside or outside the old Suwanee County Courthouse. The evidence against his client, which includes a threatening text message referencing "strange fruit" on the river, seems overwhelming. Then Jack gets a break that could turn the case. Jamal's gruesome murder bears disturbing similarities to another lynching that occurred back in the Jim Crow days of 1944. Are the chilling parallels purely coincidental? With a community in chaos and a young man's life in jeopardy, Jack will use every resource to find out."--Dust jacket.

The Kremlin's candidate : a novel

February 14, 2018
Matthews, Jason, 1951- author.
©2018
434 pages ; 24 cm.
"In the final, thrilling installment of the Red Sparrow Trilogy, Russian counterintelligence chief Dominika Egorova and her lover, CIA agent Nate Nash, must find a Russian agent about to be appointed to a very high office in the US government."--From the publisher.

Beautiful days : stories

February 14, 2018
Oates, Joyce Carol, 1938- author.
©2018
334 pages ; 24 cm
Fleuve bleu -- Big burnt -- Owl eyes -- Except you bless me -- The quiet car -- The bereaved -- Les beaux jours -- Fractal -- Undocumented alien -- Donald Barthelme saved from oblivion -- The memorial field at Hazard, Minnesota.
In the diverse stories of Beautiful Days, Joyce Carol Oates explores the most secret, intimate, and unacknowledged interior lives of characters not unlike ourselves, who assert their independence in acts of bold and often irrevocable defiance. --Provided by publisher.

Perish

February 13, 2018
Black, Lisa, 1963- author.
2018
320 pages ; 22 cm.
The scene of the crime is lavish but gruesome. In a luxurious mansion on the outskirts of Cleveland, a woman's body lies gutted in a pool of blood on the marble floor. The victim is Joanna Moorehouse, founder of Sterling Financial. The killer could be any one of her associates. Only Maggie recognizes the blood-soaked handiwork of a killer who has committed the most heinous of crimes--and will continue killing until he is stopped. Burdened with unbearable secrets, Maggie must make an agonizing choice, while her conscience keeps telling her: she's next.--Provided by Publisher.

Girl unknown : a novel

February 13, 2018
Perry, Karen, 1974- author.
2018
289 pages ; 24 cm
David Connolly is up for an important promotion at the university; his wife Caroline has recently returned to work after years away while the children were little. The recent stresses of home renovation and of a brief romantic betrayal (Caroline's) are behind them. When a student appears in David's university office and says, "I think you might be my father" the fact of a youthful passion that David had tried to forget comes rushing back. Is the girl an opportunity or a threat to their hard-won family happiness?

The Storm King : a novel

February 13, 2018
Duffy, Brendan, author.
New York : Ballantine Books, 2018.
390 pages : maps ; 25 cm
"Nate McHale has assembled the kind of life most people would envy. After a tumultuous youth marked by his inexplicable survival of a devastating tragedy, Nate left his Adirondack hometown of Greystone Lake and never looked back. Fourteen years later, he's become a respected New York City surgeon, devoted husband, and loving father. Then a body is discovered deep in the forests that surround Greystone Lake. This disturbing news finally draws Nate home. While navigating a tense landscape of secrets and suspicion, resentments and guilt, Nate reconnects with estranged friends and old enemies, and encounters strangers who seem to know impossible things about him. Haunting every moment is the Lake's sinister history and the memory of wild, beautiful Lucy Bennett, with whom Nate is forever linked by shattering loss and youthful passion. As a massive hurricane bears down on the Northeast, the air becomes electric, the clouds grow dark, and escalating acts of violence echo events from Nate's own past. Without a doubt, a reckoning is coming--one that will lay bare the lies that lifelong friends have told themselves and unleash a vengeance that may consume them all."--Inside dust jacket.

The unforgotten : a novel

February 13, 2018
Powell, Laura (Writer and editor), author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2018.
291 pages ; 24 cm
"Originally published in Scotland in 2016." -- Title page verso.
"It is the summer of 1956, and fifteen-year-old Betty Broadbent has never left the Cornish fishing village of St. Steele or ventured far beyond the walls of the Hotel Eden, the slightly ramshackle boarding house run by her moody, unpredictable mother. But Betty's world is upended when a string of brutal murders brings London's press corps flooding into the village, many of whom find lodging at the Hotel Eden. She is instantly transfixed by one of the reporters, the mysterious and strangely aloof Mr. Gallagher--and he, fully twice her age, seems equally transfixed by her. The unlikely relationship that blooms between Betty and Mr. Gallagher is as overlaid with longing and desire as it is with impropriety and even menace. And as the shocking death toll rises, both Betty and Mr. Gallagher are forced to make a devastating choice, one that will shape their own lives--and the life of an innocent man--forever."-- Provided by publisher.

Pretty girls dancing

February 13, 2018
Brant, Kylie, author.
©2018
356 pages ; 22 cm.
Years ago, in the town of Saxon Falls, young Kelsey Willard disappeared and was presumed dead. The tragedy left her family with a fractured life. Now another teenage girl has gone missing, ripping open old wounds for the Willards. Bureau of Criminal Investigation agent Mark Foster has stumbled on uncanny parallels in the lives of the two missing girls that could unlock clues to a serial killer's identity. That means breaking down the walls of the Willards' long-guarded secrets and getting to a truth that is darker than he bargained for. Now, to rescue one missing girl, he must first solve the riddles that disappeared with another.

Glimpse of death

February 13, 2018
Wolfe, Leslie, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : Italics Publishing Inc., [2017]
233 pages ; 23 cm
Includes an excerpt from: Stories untold.
"FBI Special Agent Tess Winnett joins the local detectives assigned to the case and searches for answers in the intriguing investigation that offers a plethora of forensic evidence, yet no viable leads. When another body is found, the search intensifies, and details about the killer's unusual signature emerge. He likes to stalk his victims before abducting them. He likes to show them a flash of what's coming, a foreboding warning of their grim future."--Page [4] of cover.

Genome

February 13, 2018
Riddle, A. G., author.
©2017
494 pages ; 23 cm.
"In 2003, the first human genome was sequenced. But the secrets it held were never revealed. The truth was discovered thirty years ago, almost by accident. Dr. Paul Kraus had spent his entire career searching for what he called humanity's lost tribes--human ancestors who had gone extinct. When Kraus compared the DNA samples of the lost tribes with our own, he found a pattern of changes: a code. At the time, the technology didn't exist to unravel what it meant. To protect the secret, Kraus hid his work and disappeared. Now the technology exists to finally understand the mysterious code buried in the human genome, but finding the pieces of Kraus's research is more dangerous than anyone imagined. Dr. Peyton Shaw and her mother have obtained part of Kraus's research--and a cryptic message that could lead to the remaining pieces. They believe his work is the key to stopping a global conspiracy--and an event that will change humanity forever. The ultimate secret, buried in the human genome, will change our very understanding of what it means to be human. For Peyton, finding it may come at an incredible price. She must weigh the lives of strangers against those she loves: Desmond Hughes and her mother. With time running out, Peyton makes a fateful choice--one that can never be undone."--Amazon.com.

Pandemic

February 13, 2018
Riddle, A. G., author.
©2017
681 pages ; 23 cm.
In Africa, a mysterious outbreak spreads quickly. Teams from the Center for Disease Control and World Health Organization respond, but they soon learn that there is more to the epidemic than they believed. It may be the beginning of a global experiment--an event that will change the human race forever.

It should have been you

February 12, 2018
Slaughter, Lynn, author.
Salem, MA : Page Street Publishing Co., 2018.
313 pages ; 22 cm
Seventeen-year-old Clara is just starting to recover from her piano prodigy twin's unsolved murder, for which she herself was a suspect. Her lifeline has become the advice column she writes for her high school newspaper. But then threatening e-mails begin arriving in her staff inbox. Convinced that her e-mail stalker blames her for her sister's death and is out for revenge, Clara undertakes her own investigation. But as she draws closer to the truth about her sister's life, she puts her own in grave danger. In the meantime, she falls hard for Ben, a new boy in school, who turns out to have a secret of his own. She also tries to help a reader involved in an abusive relationship, only to find herself a little too involved for her own good.

Down the river unto the sea

February 12, 2018
Mosley, Walter, author.
New York : Mullholland Books, Little, Brown and Company, 2018.
322 pages ; 25 cm
After serving time in Rikers Island solitary for assault, Joe King Oliver, who is an ex-NYPD investigator working as a private detective, receives a note from a woman who admits she was paid to frame him, compelling him to investigate.

Blood Sisters.

February 12, 2018
Corry, Jane.
New York : Viking 2018.
340 pages ; 24 cm.
Three little girls set off to school one sunny morning. Within an hour, one of them is dead. Fifteen years later, Kitty can't speak and has no memory of the accident that's to blame. She lives in an institution, unlikely ever to leave. But that doesn't keep her from being frightened when she encounters an eerily familiar face. Art teacher Alison looks fine on the surface. But the surface is a lie. She's struggling to make ends meet and to forget the past. When a teaching job at a prison opens up, she takes it, despite her fears. Maybe this is her chance to set things right. Then she starts to receive alarming notes; next, her classroom erupts in violence. Meanwhile, someone is watching both Kitty and Alison. Someone who never forgot what happened that day. Someone who wants revenge. And only another life will do. . .

Here we lie

February 12, 2018
DeBoard, Paula Treick, author.
©2018
346 pages ; 21 cm
Although they have different backgrounds, Midwesterner Megan Mazeros and Lauren Mabrey, the daughter of a Senator, are close college friends, but their relationship becomes complicated when Megan is the victim of sexual assault at Lauren's summer vacation home.

This is what happened

February 12, 2018
Herron, Mick, author.
©2018
261 pages ; 22 cm
Twenty-six-year-old Maggie Barnes is someone you would never look at twice. Living alone in a month-to-month sublet in the huge city of London, with no family but an estranged sister, no boyfriend or partner, and not much in the way of friends, Maggie is just the kind of person who could vanish from the face of the earth without anyone taking notice. Or just the kind of person MI5 needs to infiltrate the establishment and thwart an international plot that puts all of Britain at risk.

Force of nature

February 12, 2018
Harper, Jane (Jane Elizabeth), author.
©2017
326 pages ; 25 cm
Sequel to: The dry.
Originally published by Pan Macmillan Australia.
When five colleagues are forced to go on a corporate retreat in the wilderness, they reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking down the muddy path. But one of the women doesn't come out of the woods. And each of her companions tells a slightly different story about what happened. Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing hiker. In an investigation that takes him deep into isolated forest, Falk discovers secrets lurking in the mountains, and a tangled web of personal and professional friendship, suspicion, and betrayal among the hikers. But did that lead to murder?

The glass forest : a novel

February 12, 2018
Swanson, Cynthia, 1965- author.
©2018
340 pages ; 24 cm
"In the autumn of 1960, Angie Glass is living an idyllic life in her Wisconsin hometown. At twenty-one, she's married to charming, handsome Paul, and has just given birth to a baby boy. But one phone call changes her life forever. When Paul's niece, Ruby, reports that her father, Henry, has committed suicide, and that her mother, Silja, is missing, Angie and Paul drop everything and fly to the small upstate town of Stonekill, New York to be by Ruby's side. Angie thinks they're coming to the rescue of Paul's grief-stricken young niece, but Ruby is a composed and enigmatic seventeen-year-old who resists Angie's attempts to nurture her. As Angie learns more about the complicated Glass family, staying in Henry and Silja's eerie and ultra-modern house on the edge of the woods, she begins to question the very fabric of her own marriage. Through Silja's flashbacks, Angie's discovery of astonishing truths, and Ruby's strategic dissection of her parents' state of affairs, a story of love, secrets, and ultimate betrayal is revealed"--Provided by publisher.

Beyond danger

February 12, 2018
Martin, Kat, author.
©2018
377 pages ; 18 cm.
Accused of murdering his former state senator father, Beau Reese must place his trust in private investigator Cassidy Jones, who believes in his innocence and sets out to find the truth, while trying to deny her attraction to him.

Ultimate power

February 12, 2018
Frey, Stephen W., author.
ò018
292 pages ; 21 cm
Andrew Falcon Jr. is the youngest hedge-fund manager to make partner at a powerful investment bank on Wall Street. His career is soaring, and his financial future is secured. But with fortune comes a high price. Just as Falcon thought life couldn't get better, his niece Claire is kidnapped--yet her abductors have no interest in money. They want information. In exchange for Claire's safe return, Falcon must dig deep into his firm's affairs, uncovering secrets worse than he could ever imagine. He discovers a conspiracy tied to the US government--a rogue faction is manipulating the American people to establish a new order. Now facing impossible odds and a plot that goes all the way up to the nation's leaders, Falcon must find a way to save not only his family but also his country.

Fifty fifty

February 9, 2018
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
New York : Little, Brown & Company, 2018.
370, 13 pages ; 24 cm.
"Sam Blue stands accused of the brutal murders of three young students, their bodies dumped near the Georges River. Only one person believes he is innocent: his sister, Detective Harriet Blue. And she's determined to prove it. But Harry's outburst at her brother's trial earns her a reassignment -- to the Outback. With no choice but to leave Sam's case alone, she relocates to Last Chance Valley, population 75, where a diary found on the roadside outlines a shocking plan: the massacre of the entire town. And the first killing, shortly after Harry's arrival, suggests the clock is already ticking. Meanwhile, back in Sydney, a young woman holds the key to crack Sam's case wide open. If only she could escape the madman holding her hostage..." -- From publisher's description.

Night moves : an Alex Delaware novel

February 8, 2018
Kellerman, Jonathan, author.
©2018
395 pages ; 25 cm.
"Even with all his years of experience, LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis knows there are crimes his skill and savvy cannot solve alone. That's when he calls on brilliant psychologist Alex Delaware to read between the lines, where the darkest motives lurk. And if ever the good doctor's insight is needed, it's at the scene of a murder as baffling as it is brutal. There's no spilled blood, no evidence of a struggle, and, thanks to the victim's missing face and hands, no immediate means of identification. And no telling why the disfigured corpse of a stranger has appeared in an upscale L.A. family's home. Chet Corvin, his wife, and their two teenage children are certain the John Doe is unknown to them. And yet their cooperation seems oddly guarded. But even the Corvins' thin response is more than Milo and Alex can elicit from their creepy next-door neighbor--a notorious cartoonist with a warped sense of humor and a seriously antisocial attitude. As the investigation ensues, it becomes clear that this well-to-do suburban enclave has its share of curious eyes, suspicious minds, and loose lips. And as Milo tightens the screws on potential persons of interest--and Alex tries to breach the barriers that guard their deepest secrets--a strangling web of corrupted love, cold-blooded greed, and shattered trust is exposed. Though the grass may be greener on these privileged streets, there's enough dirt below the surface to bury a multitude of sins. Including the deadliest. -- Provided by publisher.

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