New Arrivals · Suspense Fiction

August 23, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The room of white fire : a novel

August 22, 2017
Parker, T. Jefferson, author.
©2017
341 pages ; 24 cm
"A young soldier escaped from a mental institution. A P.I. hired to track that soldier down. A race against the clock to bring the soldier home before he reveals the secret that haunts him"--Dust jacket.

Shattered

August 22, 2017
Brennan, Allison, author.
©2017
390 pages ; 24 cm
"Over a span of twenty years, four boys have been kidnapped from their bedrooms, suffocated, and buried nearby in a shallow grave. Serial killer or coincidence? That's the question investigative reporter Maxine Revere sets out to answer when an old friend begs her to help exonerate his wife, who has been charged with their son's recent murder. But Max can do little to help because the police and D.A. won't talk to her--they think they have the right woman. Instead, Max turns her attention to three similar cold cases. If she can solve them, she might be able to help her friend. Justin Stanton was killed twenty years ago, and his father wants closure--so he is willing to help Max with her investigation on one condition: that she work with his former sister-in-law--Justin's aunt, FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid. Trouble is, Max works alone, and she's livid that her only access to the case files, lead detective and witnesses depends on her partnering with a federal agent on vacation. She wants the career-making story almost as much as the truth--but if she gets this wrong, she could lose everything. Haunted by Justin's death for years, Lucy yearns to give her family--and herself--the closure they need. More important, she wants to catch a killer. Lucy finds Max's theory on all three cases compelling--with Max's research added to Lucy's training and experience, Lucy believes they can find the killer so justice can finally be served"-- Provided by publisher.

Sleeping in the ground : an Inspector Banks novel

August 22, 2017
Robinson, Peter, 1950- author.
©2017
319 pages ; 24 cm.
At the doors of a charming country church, an unspeakable act destroys a wedding party. A huge manhunt ensues. The culprit is captured. The story is over. Except it isn't. For Alan Banks, there is something unresolved about this case. Reteaming with profiler Jenny Fuller, the detective digs deeper into the crime, deep enough to unearth long-buried secrets that reshape everything Banks though he knew about the events outside the chapel. When the last shocking truth becomes clear, it's almost too late.

Red Swan

August 22, 2017
Deutermann, Peter T., 1941- author.
©2017
vii, 294 pages ; 25 cm
A brilliant, provocative thriller about the contemporary war that no one sees, but which will shape the future of America and China.

Sulfur Springs : a novel

August 22, 2017
Krueger, William Kent, author.
©2017
306 pages ; 24 cm.
"Cork O'Connor's search for a missing man in the Arizona desert puts him at the center of a violent power struggle along the Mexican border, a struggle that might cost Cork everything and everyone he holds most dear"-- Provided by publisher.

Unraveling Oliver

August 22, 2017
Nugent, Liz, author.
©2014
260 pages ; 24 cm
Originally published in Ireland in 2014 by Penguin Ireland.
"Oliver Ryan, handsome, charismatic, and successful, has long been married to his devoted wife, Alice. Together they write and illustrate award-winning children’s books; their life together one of enviable privilege and ease—until, one evening after a delightful dinner, Oliver delivers a blow to Alice that renders her unconscious, and subsequently beats her into a coma. In the aftermath of such an unthinkable event, as Alice hovers between life and death, the couple’s friends, neighbors, and acquaintances try to understand what could have driven Oliver to commit such a horrific act. As his story unfolds, layers are peeled away to reveal a life of shame, envy, deception, and masterful manipulation.".--Provided by publisher.

Snap judgment : a Samantha Brinkman legal thriller

August 22, 2017
Clark, Marcia, author.
©2017
447 pages ; 22 cm.
When the daughter of prominent civil litigator Graham Hutchins is found with her throat slashed, the woman's spurned ex-boyfriend seems the likely suspect. But only days later, the young man dies in what appears to be a suicide. Or was it? Now authorities are faced with a possible new crime. And their person of interest is Hutchins. After all, avenging the death of his daughter is the perfect reason to kill. If he's as innocent as he claims, only one lawyer has what it takes to prove it: his friend and colleague Samantha Brinkman. It's Sam's obligation to trust her new client. Yet the deeper she digs on his behalf, the more entangled she becomes in a thicket of family secrets, past betrayals, and multiple motives for murder. To win her case, she's prepared to bend any law and cross any boundary that stands in her way. Sam has always played by her own rules, and it's always worked ... so far. But this case cuts so deep and so personal that one false move could cost her everything.

Wicked leaks : a thriller

August 22, 2017
Bendoris, Matt, author.
New York, NY : Skyhorse Publishing, 2017.
301 pages ; 22 cm
"Originally published by Contraband in 2016."
"Assigned to care for a terminally-ill patient who claims to have killed Princess Diana, nurse Kelly Carter dismisses him as nothing more than a delusional fantasist. But Monahan has proof, and directs Kelly to an abandoned garage, where she discovers a beaten-up white Fiat Uno with French license plates matching the description of the vehicle that has eluded the British and French authorities for decades. When the garage goes up in flames minutes after her visit, Kelly realizes that she's involved in something more dangerous than just caring for a patient. Meanwhile, mismatched journalists April Lavender and Connor Presley are involved in the investigation of a shadowy website leaking nasty government secrets on a daily basis. When beastshamer.com threatens to reveal the truth about Diana's death, April and Connor begin to investigate in hopes of finding their next front-page story. After two deadly explosions lead them right to Kelly, all three set out to uncover the truth surrounding the death of the beloved princess--before Kelly becomes the next victim in a deadly cover-up that goes all the way up to England's MI5"-- Provided by publisher.

Y is for yesterday

August 18, 2017
Grafton, Sue, author.
©2017
483 pages ; 24 cm.
"Marian Wood Books."
In 1979, four teenage boys from an elite private school sexually assault a fourteen-year-old classmate, filming the rape. Not long after, the tape goes missing, and the classmate suspected to be the thief is murdered. In the investigation that follows, one boy turns state's evidence and two of his peers are convicted--but the ringleader escapes. A decade later, one of the assailants--moody, angry, unrepentant Fritz McCabe--has been released from prison, only to have a copy of the missing tape arrive at his home with a ransom demand. The McCabes call Kinsey Millhone for help; but even as she's drawn into their family's drama, Kinsey begins to suspect that a vicious sociopath with a grudge against her is leaving traces of himself for her to find....

Charlatans

August 18, 2017
Cook, Robin, 1940- author.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2017]
435 pages ; 24 cm
"Newly minted chief resident at Boston Memorial Hospital Noah Rothauser is swamped in his new position, from managing the surgical schedules to dealing with the fallouts from patient deaths. Known for its medical advances, the famed teaching hospital has fitted several ORs as "hybrid operating rooms of the future"--an improvement that seems positive until an anesthesia error during a routine procedure results in the death of an otherwise healthy man. Noah suspects Dr. William Mason, an egotistical, world-class surgeon, of an error during the operation and of tampering with the patient's record afterward. But Mason is quick to blame anesthesiologist, Dr. Ava London. When more anesthesia-related deaths start to occur, Noah is forced to question all of the residents on his staff, including Ava, and he quickly realizes there's more to her than what he sees. A social-media junkie, Ava has created multiple alternate personas for herself on the Internet. With his own job and credibility now in jeopardy, Noah must decide which doctor is at fault and who he can believe--before any more lives are lost"--Provided by publisher.

Deep black

August 16, 2017
McFate, Sean, author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2017.
322 pages : illustration, map ; 24 cm.
"A Tom Locke novel" --Cover.
"Hero Tom Locke must track a missing Saudi prince deep inside ISIS territory"--Provided by publisher.

The quiet child : a novel

August 16, 2017
Burley, John, 1971- author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2017.
291 pages ; 21 cm
"From the award-winning author of The Absence of Mercy, comes a gripping and darkly psychological novel about family, suspicion, and the price we are willing to pay to protect those we love the most. It's the summer of 1954 and the residents of Cottonwood, California are dying. At the center of it all is six-year-old Danny McCray, a strange and silent child the townspeople regard with fear and superstition, and who appears to bring ruin to those around him. Even his own mother is plagued by an illness that is slowly consuming her. Sheriff Jim Kent has stood by and watched the people of his town suffer, increasingly aware of the whispers and rumors surrounding the boy--and he worries someone might take drastic action to protect their loved ones. Then a stranger arrives and Danny and his ten-year-old brother Sean go missing. In the search that follows, everyone is a suspect--even their own parents--and the consequences of finding the two brothers may be worse than not finding them at all."-- Provided by publisher.

A promise to kill : a Clyde Barr novel

August 16, 2017
Storey, Erik, author.
New York : Scribner, 2017.
269 pages ; 24 cm.
Clyde Barr, the drifter with lethal skills, is alone again, wandering the highways of the American West in search of something to believe in. As summer turns to autumn, he trades his car for a horse and heads for the mountains, planning to clear his head and regain his edge with some hunting. But when he runs across an elderly sick man-- a Ute Indian from a nearby reservation-- Clyde's dream of solitude is quickly dashed. On the reservation, Clyde finds the old man's daughter, Lawana, and grandson, Taylor, as well as a group of menacing bikers called Reapers running wild in the economically depressed, half-abandoned village. Gripped by the desire to do good in a hard world, Clyde offers to stay on Lawana's ranch to help out until her father is released from the hospital. He controls himself around the bikers, even when he sees them harass a few Native American women but when the Reapers attack a local boy Clyde has to do something. As tensions rise between the locals and the Reapers, Clyde's efforts to protect the reservation become a fight for his, Lawana's, and Taylor's lives.

A stranger in the house

August 16, 2017
Lapeña, Shari, 1960- author.
New York, New York : Pamela Dorman Books, Viking, [2017]
305 pages ; 24 cm
"A novel"--Cover.
"From the New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door, a new thriller featuring a suspicious accident, a wife who can't account for herself, and unsettling questions that threaten to tear the couple apart You're home making dinner for your husband. You expect him any second. The phone rings--it's the call you hoped you'd never get. You jump in your car and race to a neighborhood you thought you'd never visit. You peer into the dark, deserted building. You brace yourself for the worst. And then, you remember nothing else. They tell your husband you've been in an accident. You lost control of your car as you sped through the worst side of town. The police suspect you were up to no good. But your husband refuses to believe it. Your best friend is not so sure. And even you don't know what to believe.."-- Provided by publisher.

Ferocious

August 16, 2017
Stokes, Paula, author.
New York : Tor Teen, 2017.
352 pages ; 22 cm.
When Winter Kim finds out that her sister is dead and that she has a brother she never knew about, only two things matter - finding what's left of her family and killing the man who destroyed her life. Her mission leads her from St. Louis to Los Angeles back to South Korea, where she grew up. Things get increasingly dangerous once Winter arrives in Seoul. Aided by her friends Jesse and Sebastian, Winter attempts to infiltrate an international corporation to get close to her target, a nefarious businessman named Kyung. But keeping her last remaining loved ones out of the line of fire proves difficult, and when all seems to be lost, Winter must face one last devestating decision: is revenge worth sacrificing everything for? Or can she find a spark of hope in the darkness that threatens to engulf her?

Crossing the lines

August 16, 2017
Gentill, Sulari, author.
Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2017.
268 pages ; 23 cm
A successful writer, Madeleine, creates a character, Edward, and begins to imagine his life. He, too, is an author. Edward is in love with a woman, Willow, who's married to a man Edward loathes, and who loathes him, but he and Willow stay close friends. She's an artist. As Madeleine develops the plot, Edward attends a gallery show where a scummy critic is flung down a flight of fire stairs...murdered. Madeleine, still stressed from her miscarriages and grieving her inability to have a child, grows more and more enamored of Edward, spending more and more time with him and the progress of the investigation and less with her physician husband, Hugh, who in turn may be developing secrets of his own. As Madeline engages more with Edward, he begins to engage back. A crisis comes when Madeleine chooses the killer in Edward's story and Hugh begins to question her immersion in her novel.

Portrait of vengeance : a Gwen Marcey novel

August 16, 2017
Parks, Carrie Stuart, author.
©2017
311 pages : map ; 22 cm
Includes discussion questions (page 299).
Includes an excerpt from the author's A cry from the dust (pages 303-309).
"Gwen Marcey has done a good job keeping the pain of her past boxed up. But as she investigates the case of a missing child in Lapwai, Idaho, details keep surfacing that are eerily similar to her childhood traumas. She doesn't believe in coincidences. So what's going on here? No one knows more about the impact of the past than the Nez Perce people of Lapwai. Gwen finds herself an unwelcome visitor to some, making her investigation even more difficult. The questions keep piling up, but answers are slow in coming-- and the clock is ticking for a missing little girl. Meanwhile, Gwen's ex-husband is threatening to take sole custody of their daughter. As Gwen's past and present collide, she's in a desperate race for the truth. Because only truth will ensure she still has a future."--Amazon.com.

The Savior's Game

August 15, 2017
Chercover, Sean, author.
©2017.
272 pages ; 22 cm.
"Daniel Byrne is haunted by the future. Literally. It happened to his uncle. It happened to the woman he loves. And now it's happening to him. It started as a voice only he could hear. Then he found himself visiting another world. A world both familiar and strange. A world inextricably linked to our own. And the things he sees there, come true-- here. It's a power others are willing to kill for. There's no one Daniel can trust. Nowhere to hid. Chased across the globe by mysterious assassins, he struggles to decipher the visions plaguing him. Visions of miracles and massacres, conspiracy and catastrophe. And behind it all, a powerful adversary the likes of which we've never seen before. One thing that's clear-- the universe is warning him of a cataclysmic change, an event that is either a bloody Armageddon or a shining new beginning. Daniel thinks he can see the answer-- and maybe even change the outcome, before it's too late. But there is a fine line between messiah and madman."--Amazon.com

The doll funeral : a novel

August 11, 2017
Hamer, Kate, author.
Brooklyn : Melville House, 2017.
312 pages ; 24 cm
"On Ruby's thirteenth birthday, a wish she didn't even know she had suddenly comes true: the couple who raised her aren't her parents at all. Her real mother and father are out there somewhere, and Ruby becomes determined to find them. Venturing into the forest with nothing but a suitcase and the company of her only true friend--the imaginary Shadow Boy--Ruby discovers a group of siblings who live alone in the woods. The children take her in, and while they offer the closest Ruby's ever had to a family, Ruby begins to suspect that they might need her even more than she needs them. And it's not always clear what's real and what's not--or who's trying to help her and who might be a threat."--Provided by publisher.

I know a secret : a novel

August 10, 2017
Gerritsen, Tess, author.
New York : Ballantine Books, [2017]
318 pages ; 24 cm
"The crime scene is unlike any that Detective Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles have ever before encountered. The woman lies in apparently peaceful repose on her bed, and Maura finds no apparent cause of death, but there is no doubt the woman is indeed dead. The victim's eyes have been removed and placed in the palm of her hand, a gesture that echoes the terrifying films she produces. Is a crazed movie fan reenacting scenes from those disturbing films? When another victim is found, again with no apparent cause of death, again with a grotesquely staged crime scene, Jane and Maura realize the killer has widened his circle of targets. He's chosen one particular woman for his next victim, and she knows he's coming for her next. She's the only one who can help Jane and Maura catch the killer. But she knows a secret. And it's a secret she'll never tell"-- Provided by publisher.

Without fear or favor : a novel

August 9, 2017
Tanenbaum, Robert, author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2017.
viii, 373 pages ; 24 cm
When a cop shoots down the son of a respected inner-city Baptist preacher, the community rises up in anger and demands to have the officer prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. But there's something more than a call for justice at work here: a plot to bring down the city's police force through a conspiracy so vast and malicious only Butch Karp and his band of truth-seekers can untangle it. Now Karp and his wife Marlene Ciampi must stop a radical organization of armed militants bent on the cold-blooded murder of uniformed on-duty police officers.

Rituals

August 9, 2017
Armstrong, Kelley, author.
Toronto : Random House Canada, [2017]
471 pages ; 24 cm.
"When Olivia Taylor-Jones found out she was not actually the adopted child of a privileged Chicago family but of a notorious pair of convicted serial killers, her life exploded. Running from the fall-out, she found a refuge in the secluded but oddly welcoming town of Cainsville, Illinois, but she couldn't resist trying to dig out the truth about her birth parents' crimes. She began working with Gabriel Walsh, a fiendishly successful criminal lawyer who also had links to the town; their investigation soon revealed Celtic mysteries at work in Cainsville, and also entangled Olivia in a tense love triangle with the calculating Gabriel and her charming biker boyfriend, Ricky. Worse, troubling visions revealed to Olivia that the three of them were reenacting an ancient drama pitting the elders of Cainsville against the mysterious Huntsmen with Olivia as the prize. In the series' fifth and final novel, not only does Gabriel's drug addict mother, who he thought was dead, make a surprise reappearance, but Kelley Armstrong delivers a final scary and surprising knock-out twist. It turns out a third supernatural force has been at work all along, a dark and malevolent entity that has had its eye on Olivia since she was a baby and wants to win at any cost."-- Provided by publisher.

Dead on arrival : a novel

August 9, 2017
Richtel, Matt, author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
357 pages ; 24 cm
The bizarre deaths of everyone in a remote Colorado ski town thrusts world-class virologist Lyle Martin into a mystery involving a deadly syndrome that causes him to wonder if the world might be better left unsaved.

Fatal trust

August 9, 2017
Johnson, Todd M. (Todd Maurice), 1953- author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2017]
343 pages ; 22 cm
"Defense Attorney Ian Wells is struggling to build a law practice while caring for his sick mother. When a new client offers a huge sum to take on a simple trust fund case, he can't afford to say no. But when the investigation leads to a decades-old mystery linking the trust to dangerous criminals, he realizes this case could cost him his career"-- Provided by publisher.

City of saviors

August 9, 2017
Hall, Rachel Howzell, author.
New York : Forge, 2017.
301 pages ; 25 cm.
"After a long Labor Day weekend, seventy-three-year-old Eugene Washington is found dead in his Leimert Park home. At first blush, his death seems unremarkable; heatwave combined with food poisoning from a holiday barbecue. But something in the way Washington died doesn't make sense. LAPD Homicide Detective Elouise "Lou" Norton is called to investigate the death and learns that the only family Washington had was the 6,000-member congregation of Blessed Mission Ministries, led by Bishop Solomon Tate. But something is lurking among the congregants of this church. Lou's partner, Detective Colin Taggert, thinks her focus on the congregation comes from her distrust of organized religion. But Lou is convinced that the murderer is sitting in one of those red velvet pews and that Bishop Tate may be protecting the wolf in the flock. Lou must force the truth into the light and confront her own demons in order to save another soul before it's too late"--Amazon.

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