New Arrivals · Suspense Fiction

August 24, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The jealous kind : a novel

August 23, 2016
Burke, James Lee, 1936-|4aut
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016.
383 pages ; 25 cm
On its surface, life in Houston is as you would expect: drive-in restaurants, souped-up cars, jukeboxes, teenagers discovering their sexuality. But beneath the glitz and superficial normalcy, a class war has begun, and it is nothing like the conventional portrayal of the decade. Against this backdrop Aaron Holland Broussard discovers the poignancy of first love and a world of violence he did not know existed. When Aaron spots the beautiful and gifted Valerie Epstein fighting with her boyfriend, Grady Harrelson, at a Galveston drive-in, he inadvertently challenges the power of the Mob and one of the richest families in Texas. He also discovers he must find the courage his father had found as an American soldier in the Great War.

The couple next door

August 23, 2016
Lapeña, Shari, 1960- author.
New York : Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, [2016]
308 pages ; 24 cm
""I read this novel at one sitting, absolutely riveted by the storyline. The suspense was beautifully rendered and unrelenting!"--Sue Grafton, New York Times bestselling author of X "Meticulously crafted and razor-sharp. THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR lingers long after you turn the final page."--Harlan Coben, #1New York Times bestselling author of Fool Me Once "Provocative and shocking."--Lisa Gardner, the New York Times bestselling author of Find Her How well do you know the couple next door? Or your husband? Or even--yourself? People are capable of almost anything. A domestic suspense debut about a young couple and their apparently friendly neighbors--a twisty, rollercoaster ride of lies, betrayal, and the secrets between husbands and wives. Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all--a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story. Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they've kept for years. What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family--a chilling tale of deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist"-- Provided by publisher.

The dollhouse : a novel

August 23, 2016
Davis, Fiona, 1966- author.
New York : Dutton 1852, [2016]
289 pages ; 24 cm
""The Dollhouse. That's what we boys like to call it. The Barbizon Hotel for Women, packed to the rafters with pretty little dolls. Just like you." Fiona Davis's stunning debut novel pulls readers into the lush world of New York City's glamorous Barbizon Hotel for Women, where a generation of aspiring models, secretaries, and editors lived side-by-side while attempting to claw their way to fairy-tale success in the 1950s, and where a present-day journalist becomes consumed with uncovering a dark secret buried deep within the Barbizon's glitzy past. When she arrives at the famed Barbizon Hotel in 1952, secretarial school enrollment in hand, Darby McLaughlin is everything her modeling agency hall mates aren't: plain, self-conscious, homesick, and utterly convinced she doesn't belong--a notion the models do nothing to disabuse. Yet when Darby befriends Esme, a Barbizon maid, she's introduced to an entirely new side of New York City: seedy downtown jazz clubs where the music is as addictive as the heroin that's used there, the startling sounds of bebop, and even the possibility of romance. Over half a century later, the Barbizon's gone condo and most of its long-ago guests are forgotten. But rumors of Darby's involvement in a deadly skirmish with a hotel maid back in 1952 haunt the halls of the building as surely as the melancholy music that floats from the elderly woman's rent-controlled apartment. It's a combination too intoxicating for journalist Rose Lewin, Darby's upstairs neighbor, to resist--not to mention the perfect distraction from her own imploding personal life. Yet as Rose's obsession deepens, the ethics of her investigation become increasingly murky, and neither woman will remain unchanged when the shocking truth is finally revealed"-- Provided by publisher.

The Hemingway thief

August 22, 2016
Harris, Shaun, 1980- author.
©2016
240 pages ; 21 cm
"Novelist Henry Coop Cooper is contemplating a new book between sipping rum and lounging on a Baja beach with hotel owner Grady Doyle. When Grady tries to save a drunk from two thugs, Coop tags along for the sake of a good story. The drunk is Ebbie Milch, a small-time thief on the run in Mexico because he has stolen the never-before-seen first draft of Ernest Hemingway's A Moveable Feast from a wealthy rare book dealer. The stolen manuscript is more than just a rare piece of literary history. It reveals clues to an even bigger prize: the location of a suitcase the young, unpublished Hemingway lost in Paris in 1922. A year's worth of his stories had vanished, never to be seen again. Until now. But Coop and Grady aren't the only ones with their eyes on this elusive literary prize, and what starts as a hunt for a legendary writer's lost works becomes a deadly adventure. For Coop this story could become the book of a lifetime . . . if he lives long enough to write it."-- Provided by publisher.

Face blind : a mystery

August 22, 2016
Hawvermale, Lance, 1972- author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2016.
312 pges ; 22 cm
"A Thomas Dunne book."
"A man with a neurological disorder that prevents him from recognizing human faces confronts an enigmatic killer in Chile's Atacama desert - the most lifeless place on earth Gabe Traylin is face-blind, unable to tell one person from the next. Content to earn his living well away from civilization, he works as an astronomer at an observatory in the earth's driest desert, where no rain has fallen in 400 years. But when he witnesses a murder that he's unable to stop or comprehend, Gabe finds himself drawn into an investigation with disastrous consequences. Unable to provide a description of the killer to the police or explain his own erratic actions, he becomes their suspect in a series of horrific and unexplained mutilations. To discover the truth before he's arrested for crimes he didn't commit, he must put his trust in three strangers: a young traveler with a purpose, a washed-up novelist who believes he's bulletproof, and an alluring woman with a face he'll never see. Together they unearth the secrets of Chile's fascist past, a time of kidnappings, torture, and political turmoil and venture further into the desert, discovering the secrets of revenge as well as the secrets of themselves."--Provided by publisher.

Guilty minds : a novel

August 19, 2016
Finder, Joseph, author.
©2016
386 pages ; 24 cm.
Summoned to investigate potentially explosive charges of corruption levied by a gossip website against the chief justice of the Supreme Court, private intelligence operative Nick Heller is given forty-eight hours to prove that the story is baseless.

Manhattan lockdown

August 19, 2016
Batista, Paul A.
©2016
323 pages ; 24 cm
After New York City is hit by a series of terror attacks, the police commissioner Gina Carbone risks throwing the city into even more chaos when she secretly pursues extreme tactics to take down the terrorists. --Publisher

The people's house

August 18, 2016
Pepper, David (David A.), author.
[Place of publication not identified] : St. Helena Press, [2016]
x, 417 pages ; 22 cm
Can someone heist the majority of the House of Representatives with no one noticing? That's the electoral coup that turns America upside down in The people's house...until one man notices. Youngstown reporter Jack Sharpe stumbles across an odd election result in the Ohio Congressional district he covers. The story takes him far beyond his corner of Ohio as he discovers an international plot--one that strikes at the heart of American democracy by taking advantage of weaknesses in today's political architecture. His reporting leads to a showdown with a philandering Presidential contender, and an eccentric but deadly Russian energy baron. In order to save himself and the country, Sharpe must rekindle his old fire to navigate a treacherous journey through danger, betrayal, and atonement.

Without warning

August 18, 2016
Eason, Lynette, author.
©2016
346 pages ; 22 cm.
Restaurant owner Daniel Matthews has become the target of someone who will go to any lengths to put him out of business. Another attack and his niece's urgings make him consider a bodyguard from the Elite Guardians Protection Agency, and they must figure out who's behind the intimidation and threats before the attacks turn deadly.

Flash point

August 18, 2016
Marshall, Colby, author.
©2016
viii, 280 pages ; 23 cm.
A band of ruthless assassins converges on a bank in Washington, D.C. They slaughter everyone inside and all escape without stealing a dime and leaving only a message for police warning that another attack is coming. The attackers are more than willing to communicate who they are and what they want. The problem is, they only do so through cryptic messages hidden in a labyrinth of classic literature references. With the clock ticking down the hours and minutes until another bloodbath, Jenna and the rest of the BAU team have a challenge profiling not one or two, but a dozen individual killers. But even if she is able to save the day, two enemies from her past are lurking right in her blind spot, ready to take advantage of her current preoccupation ...

Vicarious

August 17, 2016
Stokes, Paula, author.
New York : Tom Doherty Associates, 2016.
334 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tor Teen book"--Title page verso.
"Winter Kim and her sister, Rose, survived growing up in a Korean orphanage and being trafficked into the United States. But they've escaped the past and started over in a new place where no one knows who they used to be. Now they work as digital stunt girls for Rose's ex-boyfriend, Gideon, engaging in dangerous and enticing activities while recording their neural impulses for his Vicarious Sensory Experiences, or ViSEs. Whether it's bungee jumping, shark diving, or grinding up against celebrities in the city's hottest dance clubs, Gideon can make it happen for you--for a price. When Rose disappears and a ViSE recording of her murder is delivered to Gideon, Winter is devastated. She won't rest until she finds her sister's killer. But when the clues she uncovers conflict with the digital recordings her sister made, Winter isn't sure what to believe. To find out what happened to Rose, she'll have to untangle what's real from what only seems real, risking her own life in the process."--Dust jacket.

Addlands : a novel

August 17, 2016
Bullough, Tom, author.
New York : Dial Press, [2016]
319 pages : illustration ; 22 cm
A complex family with a tortured secret, the Hamers live on a large homestead in Radnorshire, Wales. Idris, the unbending patriarch and tyrant of the family, is a man suspicious of any change. Etty, his indomitable wife, is a woman born into a world unequipped to deal with her. Oliver, their only son, is a junior boxing champion turned hellraising local legend. A novel concerned both with the huge changes of 20th-century rural life, and that life in its eternal details.

[Killfile]

August 17, 2016
Farnsworth, Christopher, author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
326 pages ; 24 cm
"John Smith possesses a special gift that seems more like a curse: he can access other people's thoughts. He hears the songs stuck in their heads, knows their most private traumas and fears, and relives the painful memories they can't let go of. The CIA honed his skills until he was one of their most powerful operatives, but John fled the Agency and now works as a private consultant, trying to keep the dark potentials of his gift in check--and himself out of trouble. Unfortunately, John is unexpectedly plunged into dangerous waters when his latest client, billionaire software genius Everett Sloan, hires him to investigate a former employee"--Amazon.com.

Nothing short of dying : a Clyde Barr novel

August 17, 2016
Storey, Erik, author.
New York : Scribner, 2016.
312 pages ; 24 cm
Survivalist adventurer and soldier of fortune Clyde Barr, recently released from an unjust prison term, uses his lethal skills to rescue his abducted sister from a meth kingpin who would control the drug trade throughout the Western United States.

The last days of night : a novel

August 17, 2016
Moore, Graham, 1981- author.
New York : Random House, [2016]
368 pages ; 25 cm
When electric light innovator Thomas Edison sues his only remaining rival for patent infringement, George Westinghouse hires untested Columbia Law School graduate Paul Ravath for a case fraught with lies, betrayals, and deception.

Still mine

August 16, 2016
Stuart, Amy, 1975- author.
New York : Touchstone, 2016.
311 pages ; 22 cm
When Clare turns up alone in the remote mining town of Blackmore asking about a local girl named Shayna who disappeared, it turns out that everyone in this place is hiding something just as she does.

A game of inches

August 16, 2016
Hubbell, Webb, 1948-
[Place of publication not identified] : Beaufort Books, [2016]
xi, 385 pages ; 24 cm.
"A Jack Patterson thriller"--Cover.
Billy Hopper's life is pretty damn good. He's a wide receiver for the Los Angeles Lobos and he's just been named Rookie of the Year. But he's about to lose it all. On a frigid March morning at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., Billy wakes up to find that he's been sleeping with a dead girl. And now he's got her blood on his hands; literally. But he's also got Jack Patterson: a D.C. lawyer who's determined to get to the bottom of the murder and prove Billy's innocence. There's only one problem. They're at war with a powerful, sinister man, and the people closest to Jack are in the line of fire. Can Jack and his team solve this case before his family pays the ultimate price? This latest Jack Patterson thriller exposes the underbelly of the NFL and the role of big money in shady D.C. politics. Believe it or not, murder is just the tip of the iceberg

Foretold by thunder : a thriller

August 16, 2016
Davey, E. M., author.
New York : Overlook Press, 2016.
320 pages ; 24 cm
A journalist and an archaeologist explore an ancient, esoteric Etruscan civilization that seems to have a series of deadly coincidences attached to anyone's interest in it while they are chased across Europe and Africa in pursuit of an ancient text.

In the barren ground

August 15, 2016
White, Loreth Anne, author.
©2016
383 pages ; 21 cm
"In the Barrens, a vast wilderness in northern Canada bordering the Arctic Circle, night consumes every hour of the winter. Humans are scarce; ferocious predators roam freely. Locals say spirits do, too. Rookie cop Tana Larsson doesn't mind the dark and quiet. Five months pregnant and hoping to escape the mistakes of her past, she takes a post in Twin Rivers, population 320. Maybe here she can find peace and community for her child. But with her superior out of commission, Tana becomes the sole police officer in 17,500 square miles. One bitter night, she gets a call about the fatal wolf mauling of two students, and the only way to reach the remote scene is to enlist the help of the arrogant, irritatingly handsome Cameron "Crash" O'Halloran, a local bush pilot with a shady reputation for smuggling and a past cloaked in shadow. When the macabre scene they uncover suggests violence much more sinister than animal, Tana must trust Crash if she wants to protect the town--and herself--from the evil that lurks in the frozen dark."--Amazon.com.

All the missing girls : a novel

August 15, 2016
Miranda, Megan, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016.
371 pages ; 24 cm
Ten years after leaving Cooley Ridge, Nicolette Farrell returns to care for her ailing father. A decade ago, she, her brother Daniel, her boyfriend Tyler, and Corinne's boyfriend Jackson were suspects when Corinne-- Nic's best friend-- disappeared without a trace. Within days of Nic's return, they are plunged into a shocking drama when Nic's neighbor Annaleise, who is dating Tyler and was the group's alibi ten years previously, goes missing. Told backwards from the time Annaleise disappears, the book follows Nic as she works to unravel the truth and, in the process, reveals shocking realities about her friends, her family, and what really happened to Corinne that night ten years ago.

Furious rush

August 12, 2016
Stephens, S. C., author.
New York : Forever, 2016.
x, 370 pages ; 20 cm
"Addicting and heart pounding--you won't be able to put it down until you've devoured every word." -- Christina Lauren, New York Times bestselling author on Untamed...The first in an emotion-fueled, New Adult series from the #1 bestselling author of the Thoughtless novels -- Too fast, too furious-and way too hot to handle, Mackenzie Cox has a lot to prove. Daughter of a racing legend, she is eager to show the world that she has inherited her father's talent in the male-dominated sport of professional motorcycle racing. The last thing Kenzie needs is to be antagonized by her rival team's newest rider, Hayden Hayes. Plucked from the world of illegal street racing, Hayden immediately gets under Kenzie's skin. His insinuations that Kenzie is a spoiled princess who was handed her career fuels her desire to win, and much to her surprise, Kenzie soon learns she performs better when she's racing against Hayden. As Kenzie and Hayden push each other on the track, the electric energy between them off the track shifts into an intense--and strictly forbidden--attraction. The only rule between their two ultra-competitive teams is zero contact. Kenzie always does her best to play by the rules, but when her team slips into a financial crisis, she has no choice but to turn to Hayden for help. The tension simmers during their secret, late-night rendezvous, but Kenzie has too much to lose to give in to her desires. Especially when she begins to doubt that Hayden has completely left his street life behind.."-- Provided by publisher.

Secrets of Nanreath Hall

August 11, 2016
Rickloff, Alix, author.
New York, NY : William Morrow Paperbacks, 2016.
391 pages, 10 pages ; 21 cm
"This incredible debut historical novel--in the tradition of Beatriz Williams and Jennifer Robson--tells the fascinating story of a young mother who flees her home on the rocky cliffs of Cornwall and the daughter who finds her way back, seeking answers. Cornwall, 1940. Back in England after the harrowing evacuation at Dunkirk, WWII Red Cross nurse Anna Trenowyth is shocked to learn her adoptive parents Graham and Prue Handley have been killed in an air raid. She desperately needs their advice as she's been assigned to the military hospital that has set up camp inside her biological mother's childhood home--Nanreath Hall. Anna was just six-years-old when her mother, Lady Katherine Trenowyth, died. All she has left are vague memories that tease her with clues she can't unravel. Anna's assignment to Nanreath Hall could be the chance for her to finally become acquainted with the family she's never known--and to unbury the truth and secrets surrounding her past. Cornwall, 1913. In the luxury of pre-WWI England, Lady Katherine Trenowyth is expected to do nothing more than make a smart marriage and have a respectable life. When Simon Halliday, a bohemian painter, enters her world, Katherine begins to question the future that was so carefully laid out for her. Her choices begin to lead her away from the stability of her home and family toward a wild existence of life, art, and love. But as everything begins to fall apart, Katherine finds herself destitute and alone. As Anna is drawn into her newfound family's lives and their tangled loyalties, she discovers herself at the center of old heartbreaks and unbearable tragedies, leaving her to decide if the secrets of the past are too dangerous to unearth

The Damascus threat : an ICE thriller

August 11, 2016
Rees, Matt, 1967- author.
New York, NY : Crooked Lane Books, 2016.
295 pages ; 25 cm
ICE Special Agent Dominic Verrazzano's investigation leads him to plans for a chemical attack on New York City, then on to Syria to try to locate the plot's intended weapon before it is too late.

When death draws near : a Gwen Marcey novel

August 11, 2016
Parks, Carrie Stuart, author.
©2016
330 pages ; 22 cm.
"Gwen Marcey takes death in stride. Until she's faced with her own mortality. Forensic artist Gwen Marcey is between jobs when she accepts temporary work in Pikeville, Kentucky--a small town facing big-city crime. But before Gwen can finish her first drawing of the serial rapist who is on the loose, the latest witness vanishes. Just like all the others. Gwen suspects a connection between the rapist and the "accidental" deaths that are happening around town, but the local sheriff has little interest in her theories. When her digitally-obsessed teenage daughter joins her there, Gwen turn her attention to a second assignment: going undercover in a serpent-handling church. She could get a handsome reward for uncovering illegal activity there--a reward she desperately needs, as it seems her breast cancer has returned. But snakes aren't the only ones ready to kill. Can Gwen uncover the truth--and convince anyone to believe her--before she becomes a victim herself? In a thrilling race against time, When Death Draws Near plunges us into cold-case murders, shady politics, and a den of venomous suspects"-- Provided by publisher.

The widower's wife : a thriller

August 11, 2016
Holahan, Cate, author.
New York, NY : Crooked Lane Books, 2016.
296 pages ; 24 cm
Ana Bacon, a beautiful young wife and mother, tumbled off a cruise ship into dark and deadly waters. Ana is gone--leaving behind her wealthy husband and adorable daughter--but not everything about her disappearance adds up. What secrets did she leave behind? Investigator Ryan Monahan is a numbers man. So when his company sends him the Bacon case, which could net a ten-million-dollar payout, Monahan doubts that her death is just a tragic accident. But the husband has a substantial alibi and a number of witnesses claim to have seen Ana fall, and the official ruling seems to hold up. Still, the more Monahan uncovers about Ana's life, the more he realizes how many people would kill to keep her secrets hidden. And the closer he gets to the truth, the greater the odds grow that he, too, will take a fatal fall.

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