New Arrivals · Suspense Fiction

February 27, 2020
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Foul is fair

February 26, 2020
Capin, Hannah, author.
New York : Wednesday Books, 2020.
326 pages ; 22 cm
"Elle and her friends Mads, Jenny, and Summer rule their glittering LA circle. Untouchable, they have the kind of power other girls only dream of. Every party is theirs and the world is at their feet. Until the night of Elle's sweet sixteen, when they crash a St. Andrew's Prep party. The night the golden boys choose Elle as their next target. They picked the wrong girl. Sworn to vengeance, Elle transfers to St. Andrew's. She plots to destroy each boy, one by one. She'll take their power, their lives, and their control of the prep school's hierarchy. And she and her coven have the perfect way in: a boy named Mack, whose ambition could turn deadly."--Provided by publisher.

Lethal game

February 26, 2020
Feehan, Christine, author.
New York : Berkley, 2020.
429 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"When Malichai Fortunes attacks a problem, he does it full force -- a habit that earns the GhostWalker a painful injury and a forced vacation in San Diego, California. With nothing but physical therapy on the horizon, Malichai is starting to get restless... until a striking blue-eyed blonde makes all his senses come alive. Amaryllis is kind and warm and sees beyond Malichai's rough exterior, but he can tell there's something she's hiding. Her innate healing abilities indicate she might be a GhostWalker -- albeit an untrained one. Malichai doesn't think their crossing paths is anything more than coincidence, but he can sense that one wrong word could send Amaryllis running. When strange events at his temporary retreat put Malichai on high alert, he knows he won't be able to deal with the threat and keep his woman safe in his weakened state. But calling in his brothers means telling Amaryllis what he really is, and revealing that he knows the truth about her too..."-- Provided by publisher.

More than we remember

February 26, 2020
Nelson, Christina Suzann, author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2020]
345 pages ; 22 cm
"When Addison Killbourn's husband is involved in a car accident that leaves a woman dead, her perfectly constructed life crumbles apart. With her husband's memory of that night gone and the revelation of a potentially life-altering secret, Addison has to reevaluate all she thought she knew. Emilia Cruz is a deputy bearing a heavy burden far beyond the weight of her job. Her husband is no longer the man she married, and Emilia's determined to prevent others from facing the same hardship. When she's called to the scene of an accident pointing to everything she's fighting against, she's determined to see justice for those wronged.Brianne Demanno is hiding from reality. She was thriving as a counselor, but when tragedy struck a beloved client, she lost faith in herself and her purpose. When her neighbors, the Killbourns, are thrown into crisis, Brianne's solitary life is disrupted and she finds herself needed in a way she hasn't been in a while. As the lives of these women intersect, they can no longer dwell in the memory of who they've been. Can they rise from the wreck of the worst moments of their lives to become who they were meant to be?"--Provided by publisher.

The lucky one : a novel

February 25, 2020
Rader-Day, Lori, 1973- author.
375, 11 pages ; 24 cm
Includes P.S. insights, interviews & more...
"As a child, Alice was stolen from her backyard in a tiny Indiana community, but against the odds, her policeman father tracked her down within twenty-four hours and rescued her from harm. In the aftermath of the crime, her family decided to move to Chicago and close the door on that horrible day. Yet Alice hasn't forgotten. She devotes her spare time volunteering for a website called The Doe Pages scrolling through pages upon pages of unidentified people, searching for clues that could help reunite families with their missing loved ones. When a face appears on Alice's screen that she recognizes, she's stunned to realize it's the same man who kidnapped her decades ago. The post is deleted as quickly as it appeared, leaving Alice with more questions than answers. Embarking on a search for the truth, she enlists the help of friends from The Doe Pages to connect the dots and find her kidnapper before he hurts someone else. Then Alice crosses paths with Merrily Cruz, another woman who's been hunting for answers of her own. Together, they begin to unravel a dark, painful web of lies that will change what they thought they knew - and could cost them everything."--Publisher description.

No bad deed : a novel

February 25, 2020
Chavez, Heather, author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2020.
312 pages ; 24 cm
When veterinarian Cassie Larkin sees a man and woman fighting on the side of the road she calls 911. She then gets out of her minivan and chases after the violent man, trying to help his victim. He turns on her and spits out an ominous threat: 'Let her die, and I'll let you live' and then steals her car. Now he has her name, her address, and he knows about her children. The next day-- Halloween-- her husband disappears while trick-or-treating with their six-year-old daughter. Cassie will have to go to terrifying extremes to save her family. --Provided by publisher.

The proxima strain

February 25, 2020
Herzig, Marcus, author.
192 pages ; 21 cm
"Nathan Dehnicke didn't expect to end up staring down the barrel of a gun when he chased that cute guy down the street, but then again, who has the time to always think things through? Except in video games, sixteen-year-old Nathan doesn't usually play hero but what would you do if you caught a super cute guy stealing from your convenience store? How was he supposed to know Adrian had a gun? Or that he escaped from a secret military lab where he was being experimented on, for that matter? Now Nathan is driving his dad's stolen car, running from the government with his nagging best friend Kimiko and a super cute guy with a gun who is suffering from a mysterious disease that seems to be breaking out across the country. But apart from those minor snags, things are going great. Sometimes Adrian even speaks--making Nathan's heart beat faster-- even though he mostly just tells him to shut up. Nathan isn't sure if can believe Adrian's story. All he knows is that if he doesn't save him from the government, he will never see Adrian again, and that's just a non-starter. But first he has to save his life"--Back cover.

The Aosawa murders

February 24, 2020
Onda, Riku, 1964- author.
315 pages ; 20 cm
First published in Japanese in 2005 as Eugenia by Kadokawa Corporation, Tokyo.
"In the 1960s 17 people die of cyanide poisoning at a large party at the Aosawas, owners of a prominent clinic in an ancient castle city on the coast of the Sea of Japan. The only survivor is their teenage daughter Hisako, blind, beautiful, admired by all, but soon suspected of masterminding the crime."--Publisher.

The dark corners of the night

February 24, 2020
Gardiner, Meg, author.
Ashland, OR : Blackstone Publishing, 2020.
337 pages ; 24 cm.
"I am the legion of the night... He appears in the darkness like a ghost, made of shadows and fear--the Midnight Man. He comes for the parents but leaves the children alive, tiny witnesses to unspeakable horror. The bedroom communities of Los Angeles are gripped with dread, and the attacks are escalating. Still reeling from her best friend's close call in a bombing six months ago, FBI behavioral analyst Caitlin Hendrix has come to Los Angeles to assist in the Midnight Man investigation and do what she does best--hunt a serial killer. Her work is what keeps her going, but something about this UNSUB--unknown subject--doesn't sit right. She soon realizes that this case will test not only her skills but also her dedication, for within the heart of a killer lives a secret that mirrors Caitlin's own past. Hesitancy is not an option, but will she be able to do what must be done if the time comes?"--Provided by publisher.

Never forget

February 24, 2020
Michaud, Martin, 1970- author.
551 pages ; 22 cm
Translation of: Je me souviens.
"Editor: Allison Hirst"--Title page verso.
"Police detectives Victor Lessard and Jacinthe Taillon must race to track down a ruthless killer... When an eccentric homeless man jumps to his death in Old Montreal, the police discover two wallets in his possession; those of a retired psychiatrist who was recently murdered in a bizarre ritual and a powerful corporate lawyer who has vanished. As Montreal police detective Victor Lessard and his partner, Jacinthe Taillon, work to solve the separate mysteries, a shared past begins to emerge. While the pressure builds and the bodies accumulate, dark and disturbing secrets come to light about a pivotal moment in Quebec's history. But will Lessard and Taillon crack the case in time to prevent the killer from striking again?"-- Provided by publisher.

A cold trail

February 24, 2020
Dugoni, Robert, author.
339 pages ; 21 cm.
The last time homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite was in Cedar Grove, it was to see her sister's killer put behind bars. Now she's returned for a respite and the chance to put her life back in order for herself, her attorney husband, Dan, and their new daughter. But tragic memories soon prove impossible to escape. Dan is drawn into representing a local merchant whose business is jeopardized by the town's revitalization. And Tracy is urged by the local PD to put her own skills to work on a new case: the brutal murder of a police officer's wife and local reporter who was investigating a cold-case slaying of a young woman. As Tracy's and Dan's cases crisscross, Tracy's trail becomes dangerous. It's stirring up her own haunted past and a decades-old conspiracy in Cedar Grove that has erupted in murder. Getting to the truth is all that matters. But what's Tracy willing to risk as a killer gets closer to her and threatens everyone she loves?

Origami man

February 24, 2020
FitzSimmons, Matthew, author.
309 pages ; 23 cm
Sequal to: Debris line.
"Former Marine, brilliant hacker, and wanted fugitive Gibson Vaughn is off the grid in the Caymans. Until the ice-cold assassin Tinsley draws him out of the shadows. Complying with the man who murdered his father and left Gibson for dead? In the war against terror, never say never. Especially when half a million lives are at stake. Tinsley's in possession of a heavily encrypted thumb drive. But the details of the plot - the motive, the targets, and the day of execution - are a mystery. The one certainty is that a tenuous truce must be made. After joining forces with Tinsley, Gibson and his team have their mission: access the drive and abort a massacre in the making. How far can Gibson really trust Tinsley? Time will tell. Right now they're both running out of it as they race across Europe to find an elusive cyber-psycho behind the mother of all malware. Whoever said to keep your friends close but your enemies closer never meant it like this."--Publisher.

In search of truth

February 24, 2020
Wray, Sharon, author.
433 pages : illustration ; 18 cm
"Anthropologist Allison Pinckney is stunned when she inherits the key to a seventeenth century pirate cipher that makes her the target of two brutal arms dealers. Now, to save those she loves, she must solve the cipher. With this perilous mission growing ever more dangerous, she reluctantly seeks help from ex-Green Beret Zack Tremaine, the one man she's been avoiding. Because if she gives into her long-buried feelings for him, it could cost them their lives. Zack Tremaine is haunted by regrets. Years ago, he betrayed his men and lost the only woman he ever loved. Now that his men are caught in a fierce rivalry between two deadly enemies, his only hope is to team up with Allison. She holds the secret to a pirate treasure, and he must take the chance to save his men and redeem his honor. Even if she breaks his heart...again."--Back cover.

Ghosts of the missing

February 21, 2020
Donohoe, Kathleen, author.
Boston : Mariner Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2020.
312 pages ; 21 cm
"On Saturday, October 28, 1995, a girl vanished. She was not a child particularly prized in town...When questioned by reporters, those who'd known Rowan described her as 'quiet' and 'loner' and 'shy' and even 'awkward.' Words for pity. Culleton, New York has a long history - of writers, of artists, and of unsolved mysteries. It's where Adair grew up before she moved to Brooklyn to try to make it as an artist. But after years away from her hometown and little to show for it, Adair decides to return. She moves back in to Moye House, the old mansion, and current writer's retreat, imbued with her family's legacy. Ciaran is a writer staying at Moye House in the hopes of finally solving the mystery of what happened to Rowan Kinnane - his sister, and Adair's childhood best friend. As the two begin investigating, secrets long buried rise to the surface, complicating their sense of themselves and their understanding of what happened on that fateful day."--Publisher description.

A SEAL always wins

February 21, 2020
Castillo, Holly, author.
343 pages ; 18 cm.
"Elite Navy SEAL Enrique "Phantom" Ramirez is trained to expect the unexpected, but his growing feelings for brilliant horse trainer Elena Garcia catch him completely off guard. Phantom needs Elena's help to maintain his SEAL team's cover--more critical than ever now that they've identified a conspiracy of mysterious power brokers in both Mexico and the U.S. But how can he get her to train the ranch's quarter horses without revealing who he really is? And without revealing his need for this woman whose indomitable spirit has captured his heart..." --

The only child : a novel

February 21, 2020
Sŏ, Mi-ae, author.
New York : Ecco, 2019.
292 pages ; 22 cm
Translated from the Korean.
Originally published in Korean by Woongjin Thinkbig Co., 2010
"Criminal psychologist Seonkyeong receives an unexpected call one day. Yi Byeongdo, a serial killer whose gruesome murders shook the world, wants to be interviewed. Yi Byeongdo, who has refused to speak to anyone until now, asks specifically for her. Seonkyeong agrees out of curiosity. That same day Hayeong, her husband's eleven-year-old daughter from a previous marriage, shows up at their door after her grandparents, with whom she lived after her mother passed away, die in a sudden fire. Seonkyeong wants her to feel at home, but is gradually unnerved as the young girl says very little and acts strangely. At work and at home, Seonkyeong starts to unravel the pasts of the two new arrivals in her life and begins to see startling similarities. Hayeong looks at her the same way Yi Byeongdo does when he recounts the abuse he experienced as a child; Hayeong's serene expression masks a temper that she can't control. Plus, the story she tells about her grandparents' death, and her mother's before that, deeply troubles Seonkyeong. So much so that Yi Byeongdo picks up on it and starts giving her advice."--Publisher.

The recipe for revolution : a novel

February 21, 2020
Chute, Carolyn, author.
New York : Grove Press, 2020.
xiv, 745 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"It's September 1999 and the world is on the cusp of a new millennium. In rural Maine, Gordon St. Onge, known as "The Prophet," presides over his controversial Settlement, a place rumored to be a cult, where his many wives and children live off the grid and off the land. Out in greater America, Bruce Hummer, the aging CEO of multinational corporation Duotron Lindsey, lays off workers by the thousands. Meanwhile, the newest member of the Settlement, fifteen-year-old Brianna Vandermast, is fired up and ready for change. Disillusioned with the covert local militia, she and other Settlement teens form the True Maine Militia. Putting her visionary ideas into practice, Bree pens "The Recipe," an incendiary revolutionary document that winds up in the hands of wealthy elites, including Bruce Hummer. When a chance drinking session during an airport layover brings Bruce and Gordon together, Hummer-in a confounding moment-gives Gordon a mysterious brass key, one turn of which has the potential to make heads roll and spark the unrest that is stirring in Egypt, Maine. As word of "The Recipe" spreads, myriad factions of anti-corporate revolt from across the country arrive at The Settlement wanting to make Gordon their poster boy. Gordon soon finds himself at the center of an uprising, the effects of which ripple beyond Settlement life"--Provided by publisher.

The Sun Down Motel

February 21, 2020
St. James, Simone, author.
327 pages ; 24 cm
"The secrets lurking in a rundown roadside motel ensnare a young woman, just as they did her aunt thirty-five years before. Upstate NY, 1982. Every small town like Fell, New York, has a place like the Sun Down Motel. Some customers are from out of town, passing through on their way to someplace better. Some are locals, trying to hide their secrets. Viv Delaney works as the night clerk to pay for her move to New York City. But something isn't right at the Sun Down, and before long she's determined to uncover all of the secrets hidden there. Upstate NY, 2017. Carly Kirk has always been fascinated by her aunt Viv who disappeared from the Sun Down before Carly was born. Using a small inheritance from when her mom dies, Carly leaves college to go to Fell to figure out what happened to her aunt thirty-five years ago. Soon, Carly is mirroring her aunt's life, working as the night clerk at the motel, which hasn't changed since 1982. The guest book is still handwritten, the rooms still have actual keys, and a haunting presence still lingers. Carly discovers that Viv had been trying to unravel mysteries of her own--including a possible serial killer working in Fell. If Carly can find the answers Viv was searching for, she might be able to solve the mystery that has haunted her family for years"-- Provided by publisher.

One minute out

February 21, 2020
Greaney, Mark, author.
xiv, 493 pages ; 24 cm.
Sequel to: Mission critical.
"Is it ever the wrong time to do the right thing? I am Court Gentry. In my time, I've seen plenty of bad stuff. Some things worse than others, but nothing that can match this horror show. I was on a simple mission in Bosnia. A bad guy needed to be put down; in and out, no problem. But then I stumbled across a nightmare--a room full of women and children who were being trafficked to rich scum. Since then, I've been tracking their smuggling ring around the globe, and I'm finally near the top. I've got the sociopathic ringleaders in my sights, ready for a takedown, but my CIA handlers have different plans for me. Now I've got to make a decision: duty or honor. They all think they have me boxed in, but there's one thing they're forgetting: I am the Gray Man."--Provided by publisher.

No true believers

February 20, 2020
Lumbard, Rabiah York, author.
294 pages ; 22 cm
High school senior Salma Bakkioui, who has a connective tissue disorder, faces prejudice and hidden danger, especially after being framed for a Muslim terrorist act she did not commit.

Eden mine

February 20, 2020
Hulse, S. M., author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2020.
259 pages ; 22 cm
"Author of Black River"--Dust jacket.
For generations the Fabers have lived near Eden Mine, but Jo and Samuel will be the last: their family home has been seized by the state through eminent domain. Samuel said he was going to find work, but he is last seen by a security camera near the district courthouse at Elk Fork-- just before the bombing. And a nine-year-old girl, the daughter of a pastor of a storefront church, is in critical condition. After violence took their mother and Jo lost her ability to walk, Samuel fell in with a separatist group. Jo thought he had finished with all that-- and now she must choose between loyalty and justice. -- adapted from jacket

The absolution

February 20, 2020
Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, author.
362 pages ; 24 cm
"Originally published in Iceland as Aflausn by Vërold Publishing, ©2016."--Title page verso.
"The police find out about the crime the way everyone does: on Snapchat. The video shows a terrified young woman begging for forgiveness. When her body is found, it is marked with a number "2". Detective Huldar joins the investigation, bringing child psychologist Freyja on board to help question the murdered teenager's friends. Soon, they uncover that Stella was far from the angel people claim, but who could have hated her enough to kill? Then another teenager goes missing, more clips are sent to social media, and the body with a "3" is found."--Provided by publisher.

All the best lies

February 20, 2020
Schaffhausen, Joanna, author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2020.
viii, 322 pages ; 25 cm
"Camilla was brutally stabbed to death more than forty years ago while baby Reed lay in his crib mere steps away. The trail went so cold that the Las Vegas Police Department has given up hope of solving the case. But then a shattering family secret changes everything Reed knows about his origins, his murdered mother, and his powerful adoptive father, state senator Angus Markham. Now Reed has to wonder if his mother's killer is uncomfortably close to home. Unable to trust his family with the details of his personal investigation, Reed enlists his friend, suspended cop Ellery Hathaway, to join his quest in Vegas. Ellery has experience with both troubled families and diabolical murderers, having narrowly escaped from each of them. She's eager to skip town, too, because her own father, who abandoned her years ago, is suddenly desperate to get back in contact. He also has a secret that could change her life forever, if Ellery will let him close enough to hear it. Far from home and relying only on each other, Reed and Ellery discover young Camilla had snared the attention of dangerous men, any of whom might have wanted to shut her up for good. They start tracing his twisted family history, knowing the path leads back to a vicious killer - one who has been hiding in plain sight for forty years and isn't about to give up now"-- Provided by publisher.

Been there, married that

February 20, 2020
Grazer, Gigi Levangie, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2020.
324 pages ; 25 cm
"Agnes Murphy Nash is the perfect Hollywood wife - she has the right friends, the right clothes, and even a side career of her own as a writer. Her husband Trevor is a bigshot producer, and from the outside it looks like they're living a picture-perfect celebrity life, complete with tennis tournaments and lavish parties. But the job description of a Hollywood wife doesn't cover divorce, which is the way Agnes' life is headed after she comes home one day to find her credit cards cancelled and the security passwords to get into her enormous LA home changed. Oh, and there's a guy there whose job it is to tase her if she tries to enter...which she does. Needless to say, Agnes' husband is dead set on making sure she loses big time, but Agnes isn't the type to just lie down and take it. In a world of fremenies and hot nannies, personal psychics and "skinny" jello shots, Agnes may be losing her husband, but could that mean getting her own life back?"--Provided by publisher.

Robert Ludlum's The Treadstone resurrection

February 18, 2020
Hood, Joshua, author.
375 pages ; 24 cm
"Operation Treadstone has nearly ruined Adam Hayes. The top-secret CIA Black Ops program trained him to be an all but invincible assassin, but it also cost him his family and any chance at a normal life. Which is why he was determined to get out. Working as a carpenter in rural Washington state, Adam thinks he has left Treadstone in the past, until he receives a mysterious email from a former colleague, and soon after is attacked by an unknown hit team at his job site. Adam must regain the skills that Treadstone taught him--lightning reflexes and a cold conscience--in order to discover who the would-be killers are and why they have come after him now. Are his pursuers enemies from a long-ago mission? Rival intelligence agents? Or, perhaps, forces inside Treadstone? His search will unearth secrets in the highest levels of government and pull him back into the shadowy world he worked so hard to forget."--Inside dust jacket.

Trouble is what I do

February 18, 2020
Mosley, Walter.
New York, NY: Mulholland Books, 2020.
166 pages ; 19 cm.
"Leonid McGill's spent a lifetime building up his reputation in the New York investigative scene. His seemingly infallible instinct and inside knowledge of the crime world make him the ideal man to help when Phillip Worry comes knocking. Phillip 'Catfish' Worry is a 92-year-old Mississippi bluesman who needs Leonid's help with a simple task: deliver a letter revealing the black lineage of a wealthy heiress and her corrupt father. Unsurprisingly, the opportunity to do a simple favor while shocking the prevailing elite is too much for Leonid to resist. But when a famed and feared assassin puts a hit on Catfish, Leonid has no choice but to confront the ghost of his own felonious past. Working to protect his client, and his own family, Leonid must reach the heiress on the eve of her wedding before her powerful father kills those who hold their family's secret. Joined by a team of young and tough aspiring investigators, Leonid must gain the trust of wary socialites, outsmart vengeful thugs, and, above all, serve the truth-- no matter the cost." --Provided by publisher.

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