New Arrivals · Suspense Fiction

March 30, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The cutaway : a novel

March 29, 2017
Kovac, Christina, author.
©2017
308 pages ; 24 cm
"There's something about the disappearance of a beautiful young attorney--she leaves a Georgetown restaurant after a dispute with her husband, and is never seen alive again--that grips television news producer Virginia Knightly from the moment the 'MISSING' notice lands on her desk. A brilliant producer, but also a tormented soul and an isolated workaholic, Virginia--the only woman of power at her station--has an instant and eerie sense of connection to, indeed becomes obsessed with, the haunting eyes of the unnamed woman in this grainy photo. Despite skepticism from her peers, Knightly suspects this ambitious young lawyer may be at the heart of something far more sinister, which prompts her to abandon-- only momentarily she tells herself-- her producer role to go back into the field to investigate just what happened to Evelyn Carney. Risking her career, her sanity, and perhaps even her own life, Knightly dives deep into the dark underbelly of Washington D.C. only to find it's a place where politics and business restfully, sometimes criminally, collide-- a place where ambition can be lethal") -- Provided by publisher.

Betrayed : the Nicole Jones series

March 29, 2017
Olson, Karen E., author.
©2016
217 pages ; 23 cm
"Framed for ordering a hit on mobster Tony DeMarco, Tina Adler is forced to re-enter the shadowy world of computer hacking she thought she'd left behind. In order to clear her name, she reluctantly joins an FBI team led by her old flame Zeke Chapman, tasked with scouring the deep web to unearth DeMarco's darkest secrets. The trail will lead Tina to the person who framed her - but it may also reveal other secrets, secrets she would rather not know. DeMarco may, in fact, be the least of her worries. Could her true enemy be someone much closer to home...?"--Book jacket.

Follow me down

March 28, 2017
Smith, Sherri (Sherri Lee), author.
©2017
352 pages ; 22 cm
"A novel"--Book jacket.
"A Forge Book."
"Mia Haas has built a life for herself far from the North Dakota town where she grew up, but when she receives word that her twin brother is missing, she's forced to return home. Once hailed as the golden boy of their small town, Lucas Haas disappeared the same day the body of one of his high school students is pulled from the river. Trying to wrap her head around the rumors of Lucas's affair with the teen, and unable to reconcile the media's portrayal of Lucas as a murderer with her own memories of him, Mia is desperate to find another suspect. All the while, she wonders, if he's innocent, why did he run? As Mia reevaluates their difficult, shared history and launches her own investigation into the grisly murder, she uncovers secrets that could exonerate Lucas -- or seal his fate. In a small town where everyone's history is intertwined, Mia will be forced to confront her own demons, placing her right in the killer's crosshairs. Follow Me Down is a rare find -- a gutsy, visceral, and beautifully crafted psychological thriller."-- Provided by publisher.

Lola : a novel

March 28, 2017
Love, Melissa Scrivner, author.
©2017
324 pages ; 25 cm
"The Crenshaw Six are a small but up-and-coming gang in South Central LA who have recently been drawn into an escalating war between rival drug cartels. To outsiders, the Crenshaw Six appear to be led by a man named Garcia, but what no one has figured out is that the gang's real leader (and secret weapon) is Garcia's girlfriend, a brilliant young woman named Lola. Lola has mastered playing the role of submissive girlfriend, and in the man's world she inhabits she is consistently underestimated. But in truth she is much, much smarter--and in many ways tougher and more ruthless--than any of the men around her, and as the gang is increasingly sucked into a world of high-stakes betrayal and brutal violence, her skills and leadership become their only hope of survival"-- Provided by publisher.

A simple favor : a novel

March 28, 2017
Bell, Darcey, author.
©2017
298 pages ; 24 cm
When her best friend asks Stephanie to pick up her son after school, she happily says yes. Her son, Miles, and Emily's Nick are classmates and best friends. A widow and stay-at-home mommy blogger living in woodsy suburban Connecticut, Stephanie knows that Emily, a PR executive, has a job in Manhattan that demands much of her time. But Emily doesn't come back. Stephanie reaches out to Emily's husband, the handsome, reticent Sean, offering emotional support. When they receive news that Emily is dead, Stephanie begins to see that nothing is as simple as it seems.

A twist of the knife

March 28, 2017
Masterman, Becky, author.
©2017
308 pages ; 25 cm.
"Ex-FBI agent Brigid Quinn, now happily settled in Tucson, doesn't visit her family in Florida much. But her former partner on the force, Laura Coleman--a woman whose life she has saved and who has saved her life in turn--is living there now. So when Laura calls about a case that is not going well, Brigid doesn't hesitate to get on a plane. On leave from the Bureau, Laura has been volunteering for a legal group trying to prove the innocence of a man who is on death row for killing his family. Laura is firmly convinced that he didn't do it, while Brigid isn't so sure--but the date for his execution is coming up so quickly that they'll have to act fast to find any evidence that may absolve him before it's too late ..."-- Provided by publisher.

The bridge

March 28, 2017
Prebble, Stuart, author.
©2017
281 pages ; 24 cm
Michael Beaumont is head over heels in love with the woman of his dreams. The minute he and Alison saw each other across a crowded bar, there was a powerful, immediate connection. She's everything he could ever want in a woman--charismatic, beautiful, intelligent, compassionate, and so much more. But Alison is harboring a dangerous secret, one that threatens to break loose once Michael introduces her to his last remaining relative. Michael's grandmother Rose, who raised him from childhood, isn't quite the woman she used to be--her memory is failing her, and she's prone to fits of wild emotion. But something about Rose's outburst upon meeting Alison seems like more than just a simple delusion. And something about the string of murders terrorizing London, with incidents occurring just blocks from Michael, feels like more than just a coincidence. What is Rose not telling Michael? What is Alison hiding? Every relationship in Michael's life is a bridge, and he'll discover that there are some he shouldn't cross. --Amazon.com

Compass

March 28, 2017
Énard, Mathias, 1972- author.
©2015
447 pages ; 21 cm
Originally published in French as Boussole by Acres Sud in 2015.--t.p.verso.
"As night falls over Vienna, Franz Ritter, an insomniac musicologist, takes to his sickbed with an unspecified illness and spends a restless night drifting between dreams and memories, revisiting the important chapters of his life: his ongoing fascination with the Middle East and his numerous travels to Istanbul, Aleppo, Damascus, and Tehran, as well as the various writers, artists, musicians, academics, orientalists, and explorers who populate this vast dreamscape. At the center of these memories is his elusive, unrequited love, Sarah, a fiercely intelligent French scholar caught in the intricate tension between Europe and the Middle East" --Inside jacket.

The fire child

March 28, 2017
Tremayne, S. K., 1963- author.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2017.
391 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
When Rachel marries dark, handsome David, everything seems to fall into place. Swept from single life in London to the beautiful Carnhallow House in Cornwall, she gains wealth, love, and a stepson, Jamie. But then Jamie makes a chilling prediction, and Rachel's perfect life begins to unravel. Haunted by the spectre of David's late wife - Jamie's real mother - Rachel finds herself drawn to the deserted mines where she plunged to her death, three years prior. As Rachel starts digging into the past, she begins to grow suspicious of her husband. Why is he so reluctant to discuss Jamie's behaviour? And what exactly happened to cause his ex-wife's untimely suicide? With December looming, Rachel begins to fear there might be truth in Jamie's words: 'You will die at Christmas'.

Hearts of stone : a Carl Burns thriller

March 28, 2017
Smith, B. J. (Brad J.), author.
Sutton, England : Severn House Publishers Ltd, 2016.
219 pages ; 23 cm.
Happily ensconced at River Road Farm and planning to start their own maple syrup business, life is good for Carl Burns and his partner Frances, who also stars in her own TV show. But, unwittingly, Frances's TV exposure has attracted unwelcome attention. Targeted by a gang of small-time criminals who need to get their hands on a large amount of cash - fast, Carl and Frances's perfect lives are shattered in an instant. With clues as to the gang's identity thin on the ground, the cops' hands are tied. It's up to Carl to track down the perpetrators and bring them to justice - in whatever way he can.

Chameleon in a candy store

March 28, 2017
©2012
195 pages ; 21 cm
Sequel to Diary of an Oxygen Thief.
"Previously published as Chameleon on a Kaleidoscope"--Cover
"Picking up the story where it left off, the controversial protagonist of cult classic Diary of an Oxygen Thief retools his advertising skills to seduce women online. It's a pursuit that quickly becomes a dangerous fixation, often requiring even more creativity and deception than his award-winning ad campaigns. Dazzling, daunting, and darkly hilarious, this spellbinding sequel is a spectacular indictment of a modern love twisted beyond recognition" --Back cover.

Hard justice

March 28, 2017
Foster, Lori, 1958- author.
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : HQN, [2017]
315 pages ; 24 cm.
Playing it safe has never felt so dangerous... Justice Wallington knows how to harness his strength and intimidating size--skills he put to good use first in the MMA cage, and now as a bodyguard at the Body Armor agency. But no opponent has ever left him feeling as off balance as his new client, heiress Fallon Wade. Far from a spoiled princess, she's sweet and intriguingly innocent. It's a risk-free assignment, until he's required to fake a relationship with her in order to blend in. Sheltered from the world after a family tragedy, Fallon longs to experience life--going to bars, dancing, talking to strangers. Not easy with a huge, lethal-looking bodyguard shadowing her every move. Justice seems like her polar opposite, but pretending to be a couple stirs undeniable heat. And when danger strikes again, it's not just her safety in jeopardy, but a passion that's real, raw and absolutely against the rules...

One by one

March 27, 2017
Cain, Sarah, author.
©2017
328 pages ; 25 cm.
Two and a half years after losing his family, Philadelphia journalist Danny Ryan has moved to a new house, started working again, and even began getting close to fellow reporter Alex Burton. When an old high school acquaintance asks for help. He's been getting threatening text messages. Other members of their high school class have gotten the same messages, and now they're dead. Greg Moss had plenty to hide, but if it was an incident from his youth that led to his death, Danny must put together the lost memories from one fateful high school party all those years ago... before he receives a text of his own.

The outsider

March 27, 2017
Franze, Anthony J., author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2017.
309 pages ; 24 cm
"A Thomas Dunne Book."
"Things aren't going well for Grayson Hernandez. He just graduated from a fourth-tier law school, he's drowning in student debt. The only job he can find is as a messenger at the Supreme Court, where he's forced to watch the best and the brightest from the outside--the elite group of lawyers who serve as the justices' law clerks. When Gray intervenes in a violent mugging, he finds himself in the good graces of the victim: the Chief Justice of the United States. Gray soon finds himself the newest--and unlikeliest--law clerk at the Supreme Court. It's another world: highbrow debates over justice and the law in the inner sanctum of the nation's highest court; upscale dinners with his new friends; attention from Lauren, the lead clerk whom he can't stop thinking about. But just as Gray begins to settle in to his new life, FBI Special Agent Emma Milstein approaches him with an offer. Convinced that a murderer is on the loose, the FBI wants Gray to be their eyes and ears on the inside. Gray begins looking into the private lives of his fellow law clerks and justices. Just when he thinks he's uncovered a link between all the killings, the authorities turn their sights on him. Helped by Samantha and his boyhood-friend-turned-criminal, Arturo, Gray must uncover the murderer before they strike again in this thrilling high-stakes story of power and revenge by Washington, D.C. lawyer-turned-author Anthony Franze"-- Provided by publisher.

If I'm found

March 24, 2017
Blackstock, Terri, 1957- author.
©2017
359 pages ; 21 cm.
"Is Dylan hunting Casey to prosecute her or protect her? Casey Cox is still on the run, fleeing prosecution for a murder she didn't commit. Dylan Roberts--her most relentless pursuer--is still on her trail, but his secret emails insist that he knows the truth and wants to help her. He's let her escape before when he had her in his grasp, but trust doesn't come easily. As Casey works to collect evidence about the real murderers, she stumbles on another unbearable injustice: an abused child and a suicidal man who's also been falsely accused. Casey risks her own safety to right this wrong and protect the little girl from her tormenters. But doing so is risky and just may result in her capture--and if she's captured, she has no doubt she'll be murdered before she ever steps foot in a jail."--Jacket.

Whirlwind

March 24, 2017
Norman, Hilary, author.
©2016
250 pages ; 23 cm
A ruthless psychopath with a long-held grudge unleashes a terrifying scheme of revenge on a small New England town in this tautly-paced, compelling thriller. Liza Plain, a Boston-based journalist hoping for her big break, is dreading spending Christmas in Shiloh, Rhode Island, with her difficult grandfather - until news of the disappearance of a retired local priest triggers her realization that this could be linked to a series of unsolved, church-linked missing persons cases. Michael Rider used to be a decent man with a good life, but a past traumatic event with far-reaching consequences has left him dangerously close to breaking point. Now he is receiving strange emails from an organisation calling itself Whirlwind, offering him the chance to avenge himself on those who've done him wrong. Liza and Michael will both be in Shiloh on Christmas Eve. The night a raging blizzard seals off the town from the outside world. The night an outrage is perpetrated - and Liza will find herself at the heart of a major news story, caught in an abyss of nightmarish discovery and life-threatening danger.

First communions

March 24, 2017
Girard, Geoffrey, author.
©2016
257 pages ; 22 cm
"A collection of dark fiction"--Cover.
Translatio -- Collecting James -- For restful death I cry -- Dark harvest -- Not fade away -- Unto the Lord a new song -- Release me -- Psychomachia -- Universal adaptor -- Misdirection -- What you know -- H.E. double hockey sticks -- Where the shadow ended -- Dead in the water -- Crawl -- First communions -- Story notes.

Never trust a stranger

March 23, 2017
Monroe, Mary, author.
©2017
306 pages ; 24 cm
Includes reading group guide.
Taking incrementally greater risks to pursue the love and excitement they have always craved, best friends Lola Poole and Joan Proctor-Riley are drawn in by the fantasy life of seemingly kind and responsible trucker Calvin, whose talented sexual healing leads to the revelation of a deadly secret.

Perfect obsession

March 23, 2017
Graham, Heather, author.
©2017
333 pages ; 24 cm
Someone is murdering beautiful young women in the New York area and displaying them in mausoleums and underground tombs. The FBI is handling the case, with Special Agent Craig Frasier as lead. Kieran Finnegan, forensic psychologist and part owner of Finnegan's, her family's pub, is consulting on the case. Craig and Kieran are a couple who've worked together on more than one occasion. On this occasion, though, Craig fears for the safety of the woman he loves. Because the killer is too close. The body of a young model is found in a catacomb under a two-hundred-year-old church, now deconsecrated and turned into a nightclub. As more women are murdered, their bodies discovered in underground locations in New York, it's clear that the police and the FBI are dealing with a serial killer. Craig and Kieran are desperate to track down the murderer, a man obsessed with female perfection. Obsessed enough to want to "preserve" that beauty by destroying the women who embody it.

Dead man switch

March 23, 2017
Quirk, Matthew, author.
©2017
312 pages ; 25 cm
Sequel to: Cold barrel zero.
The suspicious deaths of two members of an elite undercover military team are investigated by Special Ops legend Captain John Hayes, who is horrified to discover that his protégé, a brilliant assassin, is the prime suspect.

The loving husband

March 23, 2017
Kent, Christobel, author.
©2016
408 pages ; 24 cm
"Originally published in 2016 by Sphere, Great Britain"--title page verso.
"Fran Hall and her husband, Nathan, live in a run-down farmhouse on the edge of the Fens, where they recently moved from London with their two young children. One February night, Fran awakes to an empty bed and goes searching for her husband. She finds Nathan behind their house, lying facedown in a ditch. The ensuing police investigation soon singles Fran out as the primary suspect, and suspicions mount on the force that she may be hiding something that gives her a motive for murder. But Fran isn't the only one with something to hide; as her isolation and paranoia increase, the claustrophobic town where her mysterious husband grew up begins to disgorge its secrets, and it becomes increasingly clear that Nathan wasn't very honest with her about who he was. As police scrutiny intensifies, Fran must delve deep into her husband's shadowy past in the hopes of clearing her name, and she doesn't much like what she finds."--Provided by publisher.

The angel : an Isabella Rose thriller

March 23, 2017
Dawson, Mark, 1973- author.
©2015
311 pages ; 21 cm
White light. Heat. A drawn-out moment of complete silence. And then the screaming starts. An Underground carriage in London is destroyed by a suicide bomber. The injured and the dead litter the platform. But as a crowd forms at street level, Michael Pope knows that this is only the beginning. Pope, head of top-secret Group Fifteen, is tasked with finding the perpetrators of this atrocity and bringing them to justice, any way he can. He knows that the answers to many of his questions will lie at the end of the money trail, but he also knows that whoever funded and organised the attack will kill again for their freedom. This is an operation that requires a very special kind of agent. Pope needs someone who exists outside of normality. Someone who floats above it, treading softly through a fractured life. He needs the Angel.

The ones we trust

March 23, 2017
Belle, Kimberly, author.
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : Mira Books, 2015.
288 pages ; 21 cm.
When former DC journalist Abigail stumbles across a military cover-up that has emotional consequences for one family, she finds that she can trust no one and winds up facing a difficult decision.

Enemy exposure

March 22, 2017
Rogers, Meghan, author.
©2017
312 pages ; 22 cm.
"Jocelyn's cover is blown, and now she's focused on taking down KATO. But in order to do that, she needs to turn some of their own against them"--Provided by publisher.

Find me

March 22, 2017
Monroe, J. S., author.
©2017
393 pages ; 25 cm
Haunted by sightings of his girlfriend who has committed suicide, Jarlath Costello is drawn into a dark underworld when her aunt gives him a hard drive containing a diary that reveals information about her suspicious death.

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