New Arrivals · Suspense Fiction

July 18, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Lady in the lake : a novel

July 17, 2019
Lippman, Laura, 1959- author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, 2019.
340 pages ; 24 cm
"New York Times bestseller Laura Lippman returns with a new stand-alone novel about a middle aged housewife turned aspiring reporter Maddie Schwartz, who is determined to solve the murder of a forgotten young woman in order to make her own reputation"-- Provided by publisher.

Bark of night

July 17, 2019
Rosenfelt, David, author.
©2019
291 pages ; 24 cm
Sequel to: Deck the hounds.
"When defense lawyer Andy Carpenter's veterinarian asks to speak to him privately at the checkup of his golden retriever, Tara, the last thing Andy expects is Truman. Tiny, healthy, French bulldog Truman was dropped off days ago with instructions to be euthanized by a man everyone thought was his owner. But now the owner is nowhere to be found ... [and] it's discovered that the man wasn't Truman's owner at all ... Truman's real owner has been murdered. It's now up to Andy--with help from his loyal sidekick Tara, Truman and the rest of the gang--to solve this case."-- Provided by publisher.

The heart keeper

July 17, 2019
Dahl, Alex, author.
New York : Berkley, 2019.
x, 360 pages ; 21 cm
"Two mothers. Two daughters. One heart. When Alison's beloved daughter Amalie drowns, her world turns impenetrably dark. Alison tries to hold it together throughout the bleak fall, but in the darkest days of the Norwegian winter she completely falls apart. In another family, Amalie's passing is a new beginning. After years of severe health problems, young Kaia receives a new heart on the morning after Amalie drowns. Her mother Iselin has struggled to raise Kaia on her own and now things are finally looking up. She's even made an affluent new friend who's taken a special interest in her and her daughter. Alison knows she shouldn't interfere, but really, she's just trying to help Iselin and Kaia. She can give them the life they never had, and by staying close to them, she can still be with her daughter. Kaia is just like her, and surely, something of Amalie must live on in her. As her grief transforms into a terrifying obsession, Alison won't let anything stop her from getting back what she has lost"-- Provided by publisher.

Rules of war : a thriller

July 17, 2019
Betley, Matthew, author.
New York, N.Y. : Atria/Emily Bestler Books, 2019.
360 pages ; 24 cm.
"Following the events of the "fast, hard-hitting, and impossible to put down" (The Real Book Spy) Field of Valor, Logan West continues his mission to bring America's traitorous vice president to justice, even as the clandestine group pulling all the strings makes one last deadly bid to regain their power. The vice president of the United States is missing, the director of the National Security Agency has been assassinated, and the mysterious organization orchestrating global instability is in tatters. While John Quick recovers from a gunshot wound that nearly killed him, Logan West is on the hunt to bring the vice president back to the US to face justice for his treason. The final stakes have never been higher and Logan and his task force are left with little to no options. Will it be this warrior's end? "As a former Marine, Betley really knows his stuff" (#1 New York Times bestselling author Kyle Mills), and rules of Rules of War is filled with the gripping, nonstop action thriller fans crave"-- Provided by publisher.

The two Lila Bennetts

July 16, 2019
Fenton, Liz, author.
©2019
305 pages ; 21 cm
"Lila Bennett's bad choices have finally caught up with her. And one of those decisions has split her life in two. Literally. In one life, she's taken hostage by someone who appears to be a stranger but knows too much. As she's trapped in a concrete cell, her kidnapper forces her to face what she's done or be killed. In an alternate life, she eludes her captor but is hunted by someone who is dismantling her happiness, exposing one secret at a time. Lila's decorated career as a criminal defense attorney, her marriage, and her life are on the line. She must make a list of those she's wronged - both in and out of the courtroom - to determine who is out to get her before it's too late. But even if she can pinpoint her assailant, will she survive? And if she does, which parts of her life are worth saving, and which parts must die? Because one thing's for certain - life as Lila Bennett knew it is over." -- From publisher's description.

Red metal

July 16, 2019
Greaney, Mark, author.
New York, NY : Berkley, 2019.
xiv, 638 pages : maps ; 24 cm
A desperate Kremlin takes advantage of a military crisis in Asia to simultaneously strike into Western Europe and invade east Africa in a bid to occupy three Rare Earth mineral mines that will give Russia unprecedented control for generations over the world's hi-tech sector. Pitted against the Russians are a Marine lieutenant colonel pulled out of a cushy job at the Pentagon and thrown into the fray in Africa, a French Special Forces captain and his intelligence operative father, a young Polish female partisan fighter, an A-10 Warthog pilot, and the commander of an American tank platoon who, along with his German counterpart, fight from behind enemy lines in Germany all the way into Russia.

The other Mrs. Miller

July 16, 2019
Dickson, Allison M., author.
©2019
343 pages ; 24 cm
"Two women are watching each other. Phoebe Miller isn't sure when the rusty car started showing up in the cul-de-sac she calls home, or why its driver would be spying on her. What could be interesting about an unhappy housewife who drowns her sorrows in ice cream and wine and barely leaves her house? When a new family moves in across the street--the exuberant Vicki, who just might become the gossipy best friend Phoebe's always wanted, and her handsome college-bound son, Jake, who offers companionship of a different variety--Phoebe finds her dull routine infused with the excitement she's been missing. But with her head turned, she's no longer focused on the woman in the car. And she really should be..."--Jacket.

Tell me everything : a novel

July 16, 2019
Brockman, Cambria, author.
New York : Ballantine Books, 2019.
354 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
In her first weeks at Hawthorne College, Malin is swept up into a tight-knit circle that will stick together through all four years. There's Gemma, an insecure theater major from London; John, a tall, handsome, and wealthy New Englander; Max, John's cousin and a shy pre-med major; Khaled, a wise-cracking prince from Abu Dhabi; and Ruby, a beautiful art history major. But Malin is an expert at hiding her troubling past, using her extraordinary insight to detect the deepest vulnerabilities and weaknesses of those around her. On the cusp of graduation, Malin's secrets-- and those of her friends-- are revealed, setting in motion a devastating chain of events that ends in a murder.--Provided by publisher.

Gretchen

July 16, 2019
Kirk, Shannon, author.
Seattle : Thomas & Mercer, [2019]
351 pages ; 21 cm
The new tenants have a terrible secret. So do the landlord and his daughter...Ever since Lucy was two, she's been on the run alongside her mother. She's never understood the reason for a lifetime of paranoia, aliases, and lies. All she understands are the rules: never lock eyes with strangers, never let down your guard, and always be ready to move on. Finally, after thirteen years and eleven states, their next hideaway seems perfect. An isolated, fortresslike place in the New Hampshire woods is the new home they share with its owner, a gentlemanly pianist, and his lonely daughter, Gretchen. She's Lucy's age and soon becomes Lucy's first real friend.But Gretchen and her father have secrets of their own--and an obsession with puzzles that draws Lucy into a terrifying new game of hide-and-seek. Lucy's dark past is about to come calling. And this time, for her and her mother in the house on the hill, it might be too late to run.

Shamed

July 15, 2019
Castillo, Linda, author.
©2019
294 pages ; 25 cm.
An Amish grandmother is murdered on an abandoned farm, her seven year old granddaughter abducted. Chief of Police Kate Burkholder plunges headlong into a case that quickly becomes a race against the clock. She knows the longer the girl is missing, the more likely a tragic outcome. The family of the missing girl is well thought of--a pillar of the Amish community. Their pain is palpable and they cooperate in every way, but Kate soon learns they're keeping secrets... The investigation takes Kate to an isolated Old Order Amish settlement along the river in southern Ohio. At first, the community seems upstanding and helpful. But when Kate starts asking questions, they stonewall her--and the situation soon becomes dangerous. What are they hiding and why?

The seekers

July 15, 2019
Graham, Heather, author.
Don Mills, Ontario : Mira Books, [2019]
297 pages ; 24 cm.
Kerri Wolf has joined the crew of The Seekers, a show that searches for paranormal phenomena, as they explore a supposedly haunted old inn on the road between Philadelphia and Harrisburg. The place is famous for its warm welcome - and infamous for being the site of an ax murder rampage in the 1920s. They've barely begun when a very real dead body is discovered in the basement. As a nonfiction author, Kerri is supposed to be the rational one, but she can't explain a terrifying apparition that seems to be both a threat and a warning. Former detective Joe Dunhill knows what she's going through - the strange gift of being able to see and talk to the dead is a struggle he shares. A new member of the FBI's Krewe of Hunters, he's on the team investigating the disturbing death. The town is steeped in old-fashioned superstition, and the deeper Joe and Kerri plunge into the dark secrets of the inn, the closer they get to a devastating truth. Will a bloody history be repeated? Or can the spirits of the past reach out to stop a killer?

Storm rising

July 15, 2019
Kendig, Ronie, author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, [2019]
381 pages ; 22 cm.
"Once lost, the Book of the Wars has resurfaced, holding ancient secrets--and dangers. Former Navy SEAL Leif Metcalfe is assigned to capture the text, but a Bulgarian operative snatches it, determined to secure her freedom. When a series of storms erupt, they must form an alliance to thwart disaster"-- Provided by publishers.

One good deed

July 11, 2019
Baldacci, David, author.
©2019
422 pages ; 24 cm
It's 1949. When war veteran Aloysius Archer is released from Carderock Prison, he is sent to Poca City on parole with a short list of do's and a much longer list of don'ts: do report regularly to his parole officer, don't go to bars, certainly don't drink alcohol, do get a job -- and don't ever associate with loose women. The small town quickly proves more complicated and dangerous than Archer's years serving in the war or his time in jail. Within a single night, his search for gainful employment -- and a stiff drink -- leads him to a local bar, where he is hired for what seems like a simple job: to collect a debt owed to a powerful local businessman, Hank Pittleman. Soon Archer discovers that recovering the debt won't be so easy. The indebted man has a furious grudge against Hank and refuses to pay; Hank's clever mistress has her own designs on Archer; and both Hank and Archer's stern parole officer, Miss Crabtree, are keeping a sharp eye on him. When a murder takes place right under Archer's nose, police suspicions rise against the ex-convict, and Archer realizes that the crime could send him right back to prison... if he doesn't use every skill in his arsenal to track down the real killer.

The substitution order

July 11, 2019
Clark, Martin, 1959- author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2019.
335 pages ; 25 cm
"A Borzoi Book" -title page verso.
"From Martin Clark--praised by Entertainment Weekly as "our best legal-thriller writer"--comes a wickedly clever, tenderhearted, and intricately plotted novel about a hard-luck lawyer's refusal to concede defeat, even as fate, the court system, and a gang of untouchable con artists conspire against him. Kevin Moore, once a high-flying Virginia attorney, hits rock bottom after an inexplicably tumultuous summer leaves him disbarred and separated from his wife. Short on cash and looking for work, he lands in the middle of nowhere with a job at SUBstitution, the world's saddest sandwich shop. His closest confidants: a rambunctious rescue puppy and the twenty-year-old computer whiz manning the restaurant counter beside him. He's determined to set his life right again, but the troubles keep coming. And when a bizarre, mysterious stranger wanders into the shop armed with a threatening "invitation" to join a multimillion-dollar scam, Kevin will need every bit of his legal savvy just to stay out of prison. A remarkable tour of the law's tricks and hidden trapdoors, The Substitution Order is both wise and ingenious, a wildly entertaining novel that will keep you guessing--and rooting for its tenacious hero--until the very last page"-- Provided by publisher.

The Ottoman secret

July 10, 2019
Khoury, Raymond, author.
[London] : Michael Joseph, an imprint of Penguin Books, 2019.
562 pages ; 24 cm
"As a respected special investigator for the state police, Kamal Agha is committed to keeping the empire safe from threats inside and out. But these are dangerous times. Under the sultan's autocratic regime, no one is beyond suspicion. When a naked man covered in tattoos appears on the banks of the Seine and murders a passerby, Kamal is tasked with tracking him down. But asking too many questions can be a highly risky endeavour - especially when the mysterious man's trail leads Kamal to a secret buried deep in the empire's past, a secret that goes to the very core of the empire's success. A secret the sultan and his security services will do anything to silence. Kamal is forced to question his own loyalty when his own family attracts unwelcome attention from the security services. Soon, he has no choice but to flee. But on the run from the all-seeing organisation where he built his reputation, can he save himself and his family? And, if he does, what might that mean for the existence of the Empire itself? Its past, its present and its future..."--Publisher description.

The shameless

July 10, 2019
Atkins, Ace, author.
©2019
446 pages ; 24 cm
"Twenty years ago, Brandon Taylor was thought to be just another teen boy who ended his life too soon. That's what almost everyone in Tibbehah County, Mississippi, said after his body and hunting rifle were found in the Big Woods. Now two New York-based reporters show up asking Sheriff Quinn Colson questions about the Taylor case. What happened to the evidence? Where are the missing files? Who really killed Brandon? Quinn wants to help. After all, his wife Maggie was a close friend of Brandon Taylor. But Quinn was just a kid himself in 1997, and these days he's got more on his plate than twenty-year-old suspicious death. He's trying to shut down the criminal syndicate that's had a stranglehold on Tibbehah for years, trafficking drugs, stolen goods, and young women through the MidSouth. Truck stop madam Fannie Hathcock runs most of that action, and has her eyes on taking over the whole show. And then there's Senator Jimmy Vardaman, who's cut out the old political establishment, riding the Syndicate's money and power -- plus a hefty helping of racism and ignorance -- straight to the governor's office. If he manages to get elected, the Syndicate will be untouchable. Tibbehah will be lawless. Quinn's been fighting evil and corruption since he was a kid, at home or as a U.S. Army Ranger in Afghanistan and Iraq. This time, evil may win out."--Page [4] of cover.

Stone cold heart : a novel

July 10, 2019
Frear, Caz, author.
©2019
328 pages ; 24 cm
Sequel to: Sweet little lies.
"After a brief stint in the Mayor's Office, DC Cat Kinsella is back at the London Metropolitan Police, wisecracking with her partner Luigi Parnell and trying to avoid the wrath of the boss, DI Kate Steele. But for Cat and Parnell, it's serious business when a young Australian woman turns up dead after a party thrown by her new boss. The initial investigation of Naomi Lockhart's murder points to Joseph Madden, the owner of a coffee shop around the corner from police headquarters. Madden insists he's innocent, that he was home with his wife Rachel at the time of the murder. When police question her, Rachel contradicts his alibi, swearing that she was home alone. While the team builds its case against Joseph, Cat is tasked with getting to the heart of the Maddens' marriage. Cat knows that one of them is lying, but the question of which one, and why, is far more complicated than she could have expected. As she tries to balance the demands of the investigation with a budding romance and unresolved family drama, Cat has to decide how far she'll go to keep her own past mistakes buried"--Jacket

The need : a novel

July 10, 2019
Phillips, Helen, 1981- author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2019.
261 pages ; 22 cm
"When Molly, home alone with her two young children, hears footsteps in the living room, she tries to convince herself it's the sleep deprivation. She's been hearing things these days. Startling at loud noises. Imagining the worst-case scenario. It's what mothers do, she knows. But then the footsteps come again, and she catches a glimpse of movement. Suddenly Molly finds herself face-to-face with an intruder who knows far too much about her and her family. As she attempts to protect those she loves most, Molly must also acknowledge her own frailty. Molly slips down an existential rabbit hole where she must confront the dualities of motherhood: the ecstasy and the dread; the languor and the ferocity; the banality and the transcendence as the book hurtles toward a mind-bending conclusion. In The Need, Helen Phillips has created a subversive, speculative thriller that comes to life through blazing, arresting prose and gorgeous, haunting imagery. Helen Phillips has been anointed as one of the most exciting fiction writers working today, and The Need is a glorious celebration of the bizarre and beautiful nature of our everyday lives"--FantasticFiction.com.

The new girl : a novel

July 9, 2019
Silva, Daniel, 1960- author.
New York : HarperCollins, 2019.
479 pages ; 24 cm
At an exclusive private school in Switzerland, mystery surrounds the identity of the beautiful girl who arrives each morning and leaves each afternoon in a heavily protected motorcade fit for a head of state. She is said to be the daughter of a wealthy international businessman. She is not. And when she is brutally kidnapped across the border in the Haute-Savoie region of France, Gabriel Allon, the legendary chief of Israeli intelligence, is thrust into a deadly secret war with an old enemy that will determine the future of the Middle East --and perhaps the world . . .

Almost midnight

July 8, 2019
Doiron, Paul, author.
©2019
310 pages ; 25 cm
Sequel to: Stay hidden.
While on vacation, Warden Investigator Mike Bowditch receives a strange summons from Billy Cronk, one of his oldest friends and a man he had to reluctantly put behind bars for murder. Billy wants him to investigate a new female prison guard with a mysterious past, and Mike feels honor-bound to help his friend. But when the guard becomes the victim in a brutal attack at the prison, he realizes there may be a darker cover-up at play--and that Billy and his family might be at risk. Then Mike receives a second call for help, this time from a distant mountain valley where Shadow, a wolf-hybrid he once cared for, has been found shot by an arrow and clinging to life. He searches for the identity of the bowman, but his investigation is blocked at every turn by the increasingly hostile community. And when Billy's wife and children are threatened, Mike finds himself tested like never before. How can he possibly keep the family safe when he has enemies of his own on his trail? Torn between loyalties, Mike Bowditch must respond in the only way he knows how: by bending every law and breaking every rule to keep his loved ones safe and the true predators at bay.

The me I used to be : a novel

July 8, 2019
Ryan, Jennifer, 1973- author.
©2019
355, 8 pages ; 21 cm
"P.S. Insights, Interviews & More..."--Cover.
After serving time for a crime she didn't commit, Evangeline returns home to a cold welcome. Her mother blames her for her father's death, and her brothers want her out of their way. When Evangeline learns she's solely responsible for their failing ranch, putting her family's future squarely on her shoulders, she'll have to find a creative way to save their home before they lose it all. Her only ally: the cop who sent her away. Chris Chambers is positive she went to prison to protect someone else. He strikes a deal: help him track down the real criminals in exchange for clearing her name. But the closer Evangeline and Chris get to exposing the truth, and to each other, the deeper Evangeline is drawn into a dangerous sting that could finally bring her justice, or put her dreams on hold permanently.

Bad Axe County : a novel

July 8, 2019
Galligan, John, author.
New York : Atria Books, 2019.
326 pages ; 24 cm
In this atmospheric thriller, the first female sheriff in rural Bad Axe County, Wisconsin, searches for a missing girl, battles local drug dealers, and seeks the truth about the death of her parents.

Never look back

July 8, 2019
Gaylin, Alison, author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
339, 13 pages ; 24 cm
"P.S. insights, interviews & more..."--Dust jacket.
More than four decades after a 1976 killing spree by two teens, a young podcaster blames his troubled upbringing on the murders before receiving a terrifying message that one of the killers may still be alive.

Mr. Miller

July 8, 2019
Tex, Charles den, 1952- author.
©2015
389 pages ; 22 cm
First published as De macht van meneer Miller in the Netherlands in 2005.
Michael Bellicher is working for a successful consultancy agency and has everything going for him. During a night spent at work, he witnesses something he should never have seen. Attempting to flee the tightening stranglehold of the conspirators, Michael finds himself tailed by the mysterious Mr. Miller, who seems to know almost everything about him. Den Tex, in his exhilarating fast-paced style, creates a scarily timely universe ruled by espionage-like computer techniques--full of managers, mergers, and opaque negotiations--and with that a new genre: the corporate thriller -- from Amazon.

Murderabilia

July 5, 2019
Vonderau, Carl, 1953- author.
Woodbury, Minnesota : Midnight Ink, [2019]
371 pages ; 21 cm
William MacNary was eight years old when his father went to prison. Since then, he's carefully built a life as a family man and a private banker for the wealthy. He tries to forget that his father dismembered and photographed thirteen women. And he tries to forget those exquisitely composed photos of severed hands, heads, and feet that launched the "murderabilia" art market. William has not spoken to his father for thirty-one years. No one at his tony bank knows whose son he is. Not until his wife's colleague is murdered and carved up in the same way his father would have done it. All the evidence points to William. And only one person can understand the copycat killer, the monster William hasn't seen since he was a child.

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