New Arrivals · Suspense Fiction

July 26, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Smooth operator : a Teddy Fay novel featuring Stone Barrington

July 25, 2016
Woods, Stuart, author.
©2016
339 pages ; 24 cm.
"When President Kate Lee calls Stone Barrington to Washington on an urgent matter, it's soon clear that a potentially disastrous situation requires the kind of help more delicate than even he can provide. and he knows just the right man for the job. Teddy Fay: ex-CIA, master of disguise, and a gentleman not known for abiding by legal niceties in the pursuit of his own brand of justice"-- Provided by publisher.

You'll miss me when I'm gone

July 25, 2016
O'Brien, Kevin, 1955- author.
©2016
viii, 536 pages ; 20 cm
"Andrea Boyle moved to Seattle to give her seventeen-year-old nephew, Spencer, a fresh start after the death of his parents. Andrea has found her own new beginning with Luke, a successful playwright and father of a teenage son, Damon. The boys appear to have little in common, but in truth they share a private torment. When a tragedy befalls Damon, it's just the beginning of a nightmare that unfolds. But the worst is yet to come once a dark secret from Spencer's past is exposed. And when Luke is brutally attacked, both of their futures are at stake. Now it's up to Andrea to prove Spencer's innocence to the police--and to herself. Because for reasons she has revealed to no one, even Andrea can't help questioning the truth--and fearing that she may be next to pay the ultimate price."--Page 4 of cover.

Dark matter : a novel

July 25, 2016
Crouch, Blake, author.
©2016
342 pages ; 25 cm
One night after an evening out, Jason Dessen, forty-year-old physics professor living with his wife and son in Chicago, is kidnapped at gunpoint by a masked man, driven to an abandoned industrial site and injected with a powerful drug. As he wakes, a man Jason's never met smiles down at him and says, "Welcome back, my friend." But this life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife; his son was never born; and he's not an ordinary college professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something impossible. Is it this world or the other that's the dream? How can he possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could have imagined--one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe. -- adapted from Fantastic Fiction website.

Let's play make-believe

July 22, 2016
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
New York : BookShots, Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
113, 15 pages ; 18 cm

Fatal odds : a novel

July 21, 2016
Dobbyn, John F.
©2016
344 pages ; 24 cm
"Danger escalates as Michael Knight and Lex Devlin enter into the defense of a Puerto Rican jockey charged with felony murder as a result of a fixed race at Boston's Suffolk Downs. As their investigation exposes the jockey's role, they become embroiled in a conflict between two Puerto Rican crime gangs. One of these gangs is aligned for the first time with Boston's Italian Mafia. They are tapping into almost limitless profits from the illicit trace of exotic and endangered wild animals captured in the Amazon rainforest of Brazil and smuggled through the shoreline of the Florida Keys. Working to free their client and to prevent the brutal abuse of these vulnerable animals, Michael and Lex find themselves squarely in the crossfire of rival organized crime gangs from the barrio of Jamaica Plain, Boston, to the gang-dominated streets of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico."--Page [4] of book jacket.

Bullseye

July 20, 2016
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
©2016
339, 15 pages ; 25 cm.
"Snow blankets the avenues of Manhattan's exclusive Upper West Side. The storm is the perfect cover for a fashionable, highly trained team of lethal assassins as they prowl the streets, hunting their prey. But their first hit is simply target practice. Their next mission may very well turn the Cold War red-hot once again. Stepping directly into the line of fire, the president of the United States is in New York for a summit at the United Nations with his Russian counterpart. Pulled away from his family and pressed into service, Detective Michael Bennett must trace the source of a threat that could rip the country apart-- and ignite a war the likes of which the world has never seen. With allegiances constantly in doubt and no one above suspicion, only Bennett can save the president-- and the country-- before the assassins' deadly kill shot hits its mark."--Provided by publisher.

The countdown

July 20, 2016
Derting, Kimberly, author.
©2016
378 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to: The replaced.
"In the concluding book in the otherworldly Taking trilogy, Kyra struggles to understand who she is as she races to save the world from complete destruction. Ever since Kyra was abducted by aliens and then returned to earth, she has known there was something different about her. Now she knows the truth: she is an alien too. Her alien captors replaced all her human DNA with their own -- gifting her with supernatural powers like incredible healing, enhanced eyesight, and telekinesis. But when she’s captured by an unexpected enemy, Kyra begins to wonder if her abilities are also a curse. And is she, as her enemies believe, meant to play some key role in helping an impending alien invasion? Is it programmed into her, something inescapable? Or can she fight that destiny? No matter what the truth is, Kyra is sure of one thing: She just rescued the love of her life, Tyler, and she is not going to stand by and let anyone hurt him or her friends. Whatever it takes, Kyra will do everything in her power to save the world…even if it means making the ultimate sacrifice." -- Amazon.com.

Killer look

July 19, 2016
Fairstein, Linda A., author.
New York, New York : Dutton, [2016]
383 pages : map ; 24 cm.
"New York City is one of the fashion capitals of the world, well-known for its glamour and style. Nowhere is this more apparent than on the runway, where American haute couture continually astounds with its creativity, daring, and innovation in the name of beauty. Yet high fashion means high stakes, as Alex Cooper quickly discovers when businessman and designer Wolf Savage is found dead in an apparent suicide, mere days before the biggest show of his career."-- Provided by publisher.

Fall from grace

July 19, 2016
Weaver, Tim, 1977- author.
©2016
408 pages ; 24 cm.
"First published in Great Britain by Penguin Books Ltd."--Verso of title page.
"A David Raker mystery"--Cover.
International bestselling author Tim Weaver returns with his next David Raker mystery, a high-stakes search for a recently retired detective who vanishes from his own home.

Revolver

July 19, 2016
Swierczynski, Duane, author.
New York : Mulholland Books/Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
ix, 319 pages : maps ; 24 cm.
"Three generations torn apart--by bullets fired fifty years ago ... Philadelphia, 1965: Two street cops--one black, one white--are gunned down in a corner bar. One of the fallen officers, Stan Walczak, leaves behind a 12-year-old boy, Jimmy. Philadelphia, 1995: Homicide detective Jim Walczak learns that his father's alleged killer, Terrill Lee Stanton, has been sprung from prison. Jim stalks the ex-con, hoping to finally learn the truth. Philadelphia, 2015: Jim's daughter Audrey, a forensic science student, re-opens her grandfather's murder for a research paper. But as Audrey digs deeper, she comes to realize that Stanton probably didn't pull the trigger--and her father may have made a horrible mistake."-- Provided by publisher.

The monster's daughter : a novel

July 18, 2016
Pretorius, Michelle.
Brooklyn : Melville House, [2016]
455 pages ; 24 cm
"At once a shocking, unputdownable thriller and a brilliantly imagined journey through South Africa's troubled history, The Monster's Daughter is one of the most original and exciting debuts since Audrey Niffenegger's The Time Traveler's Wife. December 2010. A disgraced young constable named Alet Berg is reassigned to the sleepy provincial town of Unie, where she makes a terrifying discovery: the body of a young woman, burned beyond recognition. The crime soon leads Alet into her country's violent past--a past that includes her father, a high-ranking police official who may have played a sinister role during the long, brutal apartheid regime. A hundred years earlier, at the height of the Boer War, a doctor conducts a series of vicious experiments near a British concentration camp, where he intends to breed a new master race. His work ends in chaos, but two children survive: a boy named Benjamin, and a girl named Tessa. And they are not like other children. The horrors of South Africa's history and the tensions of its present converge in Michelle Pretorius's epic debut, which weaves present and past into a hugely suspenseful, masterfully plotted thriller with echoes of the fantastical. A novel that calls to mind Lauren Beukes's The Shining Girls and Tana French's The Secret Place, The Monster's Daughter will surprise and satisfy you all the way up to its explosive conclusion"-- Provided by publisher.

Outfoxed

July 18, 2016
Rosenfelt, David, author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2016.
326 pages ; 25 cm.
An Andy Carpenter mystery
"Defense lawyer Andy Carpenter spends as much time as he can working on his true passion, the Tara Foundation, the dog rescue organization he runs. Lately, Andy has been especially involved in a county prison program where inmates help train dogs the Tara Foundation has rescued to make them more adoptable, benefiting both the dogs and the prisoners. One of the prisoners Andy has been working with is Brian Atkins, who has 18 months left on a 5-year term for fraud. Brian has been helping to train Boomer, an adorable fox terrier the Tara Foundation rescued from a neglectful owner. Brian and Boomer are clearly a terrific match. In fact, Andy hopes that Brian will adopt Boomer himself, once his sentence is up. But one day, Andy arrives at the prison to discover that Brian has used Boomer to make an ingenious escape, and man and dog are both in the wind. The next day, the man on whose testimony Brian was convicted is found murdered. Brian is caught and arrested for the crime, though he forcefully protests his innocence. Suddenly, Andy finds himself with a new client in Brian and a new dog in Boomer. And as he starts to dig deeper into the murder and the events leading up to it, Andy realizes he might be putting them all in far more danger than anyone had realized"-- Provided by publisher.

The woman in cabin 10

July 18, 2016
Ware, Ruth, author.
New York : Scout Press, 2016.
340 pages ; 24 cm
"In this tightly wound, enthralling story reminiscent of Agatha Christie's works, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. The sky is clear, the waters calm, and the veneered, select guests jovial as the exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, begins her voyage in the picturesque North Sea. At first, Lo's stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a dark and terrifying nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for--and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo's desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong"--Provided by publisher.

You will know me : a novel

July 18, 2016
Abbott, Megan E., 1971- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
345 pages ; 22 cm
How far will you go to achieve a dream? That's the question a celebrated coach poses to Katie and Eric Knox after he sees their daughter Devon, a gymnastics prodigy and Olympic hopeful, compete. For the Knoxes there are no limits--until a violent death rocks their close-knit gymnastics community and everything they have worked so hard for is suddenly at risk. As rumors swirl among the other parents, Katie tries frantically to hold her family together while also finding herself irresistibly drawn to the crime itself. What she uncovers--about her daughter's fears, her own marriage, and herself--forces Katie to consider whether there's any price she isn't willing to pay to achieve Devon's dream.

After the storm

July 18, 2016
Lythell, Jane, author.
©2014
310 pages ; 20 cm
Originally published: 2014.
Relationships shift and suppressed secrets are stirred up when two young couples spend ten days at sea.

White bone

July 14, 2016
Pearson, Ridley, author.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2016]
383 pages ; 24 cm.
When partner Grace Chu's cover is blown while on a dangerous assignment, ex-military contractor John Knox races to assist while struggling to convince her handlers of the threat, trace the theft of a high-value AIDS vaccine, and elude violent ivory poachers.

Dreamon

July 14, 2016
Murphy, Michael, 1951- author.
©2015
189 pages ; 23 cm
"What does the prescription drug Dreamon have to do with millions of people vanishing, a trillionaire's plot to cull the human race and become King, a ruthless eco-terrorist's road to redemption, and a psychic government agent's quest for the truth? Dreamon amplifies and reflects upon trends, appetites, turmoils, and conspiracies of our present day in a future world of ten billion people."--Page [4] of cover.

Darkroom : a novel

July 14, 2016
Maddox, Mary, author.
©2016
277 pages ; 23 cm
Talented but unstable photographer Day Randall has been living rent-free in Kelly Durrell's Colorado condo for eight months. Both women need the other for different reasons, and the arrangement works for both of them. But when Day turns up missing, under suspicious circumstances, Kelly knows something is wrong. Alone, Kelly traces Day's last steps through the shadowy back rooms of Boulder nightclubs and to a remote mountain estate, where the wealthy protect themselves behind electric fences and armed guards. Along the way, she uncovers a sinister underworld and a group of powerful people who will do anything to protect the secrets hidden in Day's enigmatic photographs. If she trusts the wrong person, Kelly herself will be the next to disappear.

All is not forgotten

July 12, 2016
Walker, Wendy, 1967- author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2016.
310 pages ; 25 cm
"In the small, affluent town of Fairview, Connecticut, everything seems picture perfect. Until one night when young Jenny Kramer is attacked at a local party. In the hours immediately after, she is given a controversial drug to medically erase her memory of the violent assault. But, in the weeks and months that follow, as she heals from her physical wounds, and with no factual recall of the attack, Jenny struggles with her raging emotional memory. Her father, Tom, becomes obsessed with his inability to find her attacker and seek justice while her mother, Charlotte, prefers to pretend this horrific event did not touch her perfect country club world. As they seek help for their daughter, the fault lines within their marriage and their close-knit community emerge from the shadows where they have been hidden for years, and the relentless quest to find the monster who invaded their town - or perhaps lives among them - drive this psychological thriller to a shocking and unexpected conclusion"-- Provided by publisher.

Among the wicked : a Kate Burkholder novel

July 12, 2016
Castillo, Linda, author.
©2016
306 pages ; 25 cm
"Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called upon by the sheriff's department in rural, upstate New York to assist on a developing situation that involves a reclusive Amish settlement and the death of a young girl. Unable to penetrate the wall of silence between the Amish and "English" communities, the sheriff asks Kate to travel to New York, pose as an Amish woman, and infiltrate the community. Kate's long time love interest, State Agent John Tomasetti, is dead set against her taking on such an unorthodox assignment, knowing she'll have limited communication - and even less in the way of backup. But Kate can't turn her back, especially when the rumor mill boils with disturbing accounts of children in danger. She travels to New York where she's briefed and assumes her new identity as a lone widow seeking a new life. Kate infiltrates the community and goes deep under cover. In the coming days, she unearths a world built on secrets, a series of shocking crimes, and herself, alone ... trapped in a fight for her life"-- Provided by publisher.

The asset : a thriller

July 12, 2016
Kuhn, Shane, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016.
271 pages ; 24 cm
"In the exciting new thriller from the author of the internationally bestselling Intern's Handbook, a private airport security contractor becomes a counterterrorism operative and must stop an attack that will destabilize the US and cause global chaos. Kennedy--a private airport security contractor--knows more about airports than the head of the TSA, and he feels more comfortable in his British Airways Club World flatbed seat than in his own home. Haunted by the memory of his sister's death on 9/11, Kennedy takes his job and the protection of the American people very seriously. So when he's kidnapped and recruited into a CIA ghost operation known as Red Carpet, he jumps at the opportunity to become a civilian asset working with a team of some of the CIA's best counterterrorism analysts and spec ops soldiers as they race against the clock to stop the greatest terrorist threat the United States will ever face. Shane Kuhn's bold, darkly comic voice has earned him rave reviews for his previous series, starting with the Intern's Handbook, which was called, "a serious guilty pleasure" by The Seattle Times and, "explosively violent and psychologically wily the way a good thriller should be" by the New York Post. Shane brings that same intense voice and gripping storytelling to The Asset--an edge-of-your seat read you won't be able to put down"-- Provided by publisher.

Dancing with the tiger

July 12, 2016
Wright, Lili, 1963- author.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, an imprint of Penguin Random House, [2016]
456 pages ; 24 cm
"A Marian Wood book."
When Anna Ramsey learns that a meth-addicted looter has dug up what might be the funerary mask of Montezuma, she books the next flight to Oaxaca. Determined to redeem her father, a discredited art collector, and to one-up her unfaithful fiancé, Anna hurls herself headlong into Mexico's underground art world. But others are chasing the treasure as well. Anna soon realizes that everyone is masked-- some literally, others metaphorically.

The last one : a novel

July 12, 2016
Oliva, Alexandra, author.
New York : Ballantine Books, [2016]
294 pages ; 25 cm
"For readers of Station Eleven and The Passage comes a dazzling and unsettling novel of psychological suspense. In Alexandra Oliva's thrilling fiction debut, survival is the name of the game, as the line blurs between reality TV and reality itself--and one woman's mind and body are pushed to the limit. She wanted an adventure. She never imagined it would go this far. It begins with a reality TV show.Twelve contestants are sent into the woods to face challenges that will test the limits of their endurance. While they are out there, something terrible happens--but how widespread is the destruction, and has it occurred naturally or is it man-made? Cut off from society, the contestants know nothing of it. When one of them--a young woman the show's producers call Zoo--stumbles across the devastation, she can imagine only that it is part of the game. Alone and disoriented, Zoo is heavy with doubt regarding the life--and husband--she left behind, but she refuses to quit. Staggering countless miles across unfamiliar territory, Zoo must summon all her survival skills--and learn new ones as she goes. But as her emotional and physical reserves dwindle, she grasps that the real world might have been altered in terrifying ways--and her ability to parse the charade will be either her triumph or her undoing. Sophisticated and provocative, The Last One is a novel that forces us to confront the role that media plays in our perception of what is real: how readily we cast our judgments, how easily we are manipulated. Advance praise for The Last One: "The Last One seamlessly melds two of our contemporary obsessions--the threat of global catastrophe and the staged drama of reality TV--into a fiercely imagined tale of the human psyche under stress. This is an uncompromising, thought-provoking debut."--Justin Cronin. "Haunting, moving, and remarkable, Alexandra Oliva's debut novel is clever in its concept and gripping in its delivery. This propulsive book is for everyone who ever thought reality television signaled the end of the world."--Karen Joy Fowler. "Taut, tense, and at times almost unbearably real, The Last One is both a compelling read, and a terrifyingly believable evocation of survival against the odds."--Ruth Ware, New York Times bestselling author of In a Dark, Dark Wood. "Page-turning and deeply unsettling."--Rosamund Lupton, internationally bestselling author of Sister"-- Provided by publisher.

Ghost sniper

July 12, 2016
McEwen, Scott, author.
New York : Touchstone, 2016.
405 pages ; 25 cm.
"In the next thrilling installment of the non-stop action Sniper Elite series from the coauthor of the #1 New York Times bestseller American Sniper, a top secret band of elite warriors are forced to take a side in the Mexican narco wars. Bob Pope, the director of an American secret intelligence anti-terrorist program, loses contact with his most trusted operative, Navy Master Chief Gil Shannon, fearing him dead when a mission to take out a Swiss banker who is channeling funds to Muslim extremists goes awry. But when an American politician and her convoy are assassinated in Mexico City by the Ghost Sniper--an American ex-military gunman for hire employed by Mexico's most ruthless drug cartel-- Pope must turn to retired Navy SEAL Daniel Crosswhite and the newest Sniper Elite hero, ex-Green Beret Chance Vaught, to track down the assassin and expose the corrupt officials behind the murderous plot. The newest heart-pounding Sniper Elite thriller takes you on an action-packed adventure to both sides of the Atlantic, filled with the intrigue and movie-worthy warfare fans of the series have come to know and love"-- Provided by publisher.

The kingdom

July 12, 2016
Nakamura, Fuminori, 1977- author.
©2016
217 pages ; 22 cm
"First published in Japanese in 2011 by Kawadeshobo-Shinsha" -- copyright page
"Yurika is a freelancer in the Tokyo underworld. She poses as a prostitute, carefully targeting potential Johns, selecting powerful and high-profile men. When she is alone with them, she drugs them and takes incriminating photos to sell for blackmail purposes. She knows very little about the organization she's working for, and is perfectly satisfied with the arrangement, as long as it means she doesn't have to reveal anything about her identity, either. She operates alone, doing her best to lock away painful memories. But when a figure from Yurika's past emerges, she realizes there is someone out there who knows all her secrets: her losses, her motivations, her every move. There are whispers of a crime lord named Kizaki--"a monster," she is told--and Yurika finds herself trapped in a game of cat and mouse. Is she wily enough to escape one of the most feared men in Tokyo?"-- Provided by publisher.

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