New Arrivals · Suspense Fiction

September 20, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The baby doll murders ; Killer take all! ; Frenzy

September 19, 2018
Causey, James O., author.
Eureka, CA : Stark House Press, 2018.
333 pages ; 22 cm.
The baby doll murders : Originally published by Gold Medal Books, Greenwich [Connecticut], ©1957 by Fawcett Publications, Inc.
Frenzy : Originally published by Crest Books, Greenwich [Connecticut], ©1960 by Fawcett Publications, Inc.
Causey's fast, frenzied trio of killer novels / Nicholas Litchfield -- The baby doll murders / James O. Causey -- Killer take all! / James O. Causey -- Frenzy / James O. Causey.

I do not trust you

September 18, 2018
Burns, Laura J., author.
New York : Wednesday Books, 2018.
313 pages ; 22 cm
Memphis "M" Engel is stubborn, graced with an almost absurd knowledge of long lost languages and cultures, and a heck of an opponent in a fight. Ashwin "Ash" Sood is a little too posh, a little too good looking, and has way too many secrets. He desperately wants the ancient map M inherited from her archaeologist father, believing it will lead him to a relic with the power to destroy the world. The two form an uneasy partnership, crisscrossing the globe in their search. But through it all, M can never be sure: Is she traveling with a friend or enemy?


September 18, 2018
Logan, T. M., author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2018.
418 pages ; 25 cm
First published in the United Kingdom in 2017 by Twenty7.
"Six days ago, Joe Lynch was a happily married man, a devoted father, and a respected teacher living in a well-to-do London suburb. But that was before he spotted his wife's car entering a hotel parking garage. Before he saw her in a heated argument with her best friend's husband. Before Joe confronted the other man in an altercation where he left him for dead, bleeding and unconscious. Now, Joe's life is unraveling. His wife has lied to him. Her deception has put their entire family in jeopardy. The man she met at the hotel has vanished. And as the police investigate his disappearance, suspicion falls on Joe"--Provided by publisher.

Button man

September 18, 2018
Gross, Andrew, 1952- author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2018.
371 pages ; 24 cm
A stirring story of a Jewish family brought together in the dawn of the women's garment business and torn apart by the birth of organized crime in New York City in the 1930s.

The confession

September 18, 2018
Spain, Jo, author.
New York : Crooked Lane, 2018.
392 pages ; 24 cm
"Late one night a man walks into the luxurious home of disgraced banker Harry McNamara and his wife Julie. And when the man launches an unspeakably brutal attack on Harry, a horror-struck Julie, frozen by fear, watches her husband die. Just one hour later, the attacker, J. P. Carney hands himself into the police and confesses to beating Harry to death. Except he also claims that the assault was not premeditated and that he didn't know the identity of his victim. With a man as notorious as Harry McNamara, who was just found innocent in a highly sensationalized fraud trial, the detectives cannot help but wonder: Was this really a random act of violence? Was Julie really powerless to stop JP? When Harry's many sins are unveiled to include corruption, greed, and betrayal, nothing is for sure. This gripping psychological thriller will have you questioning, who--of Harry, Julie and JP--is really the guilty one? And is Carney's surrender driven by a guilty conscience or is his confession a calculated move in a deadly game?" -- publisher.


September 18, 2018
Swallow, James, author.
459 pages ; 25 cm

I will never leave you : a thriller

September 18, 2018
Thayer, S. M., author.
336 pages; 22 cm
"Banking heiress Trish and her husband, James, seem to have it all, from a lavish lifestyle to a historic mansion in the nation's capital. The only thing that's missing to make their family complete is a baby, so when Trish holds Anne Elise in her arms for the first time, it's no surprise that she falls deeply in love. There's just one problem: Trish isn't the mother. The baby belongs to Laurel, James's young mistress. And more than that, James and Laurel want to start a new life together--despite an ironclad prenup standing in their way. When Trish becomes dangerously obsessed with making Laurel's baby her own, the lovers' plan to break James's marriage quickly goes awry. How far is each of them willing to go for happiness?" --Provided by publisher.

Echoes of evil

September 17, 2018
Graham, Heather, author.
Toronto, Ontario : Mira, [2018]
329 pages ; 24 cm.
"Brodie McFadden is supposed to be on vacation, getting some sunshine and deciding if he wants to join his brothers and the Krewe of Hunters, a special paranormal investigation unit of the FBI. But a diving excursion with an old navy buddy to a historic shipwreck uncovers a crime scene - and the corpse is new. Museum curator Dakota "Kody" McCoy just wants her Key West culture festival to succeed. She's always had a deep connection to her home, including being regularly haunted by some of the resident ghosts. Then, in the middle of a performance, a beloved local musician drops dead. It seems accidental, but Kody isn't so sure. Brodie thinks the recent deaths are linked, and he needs help from Kody. Something about her festival is dangerous. And the threat is creeping ever closer. Has she uncovered a treasure from the past that someone will kill for?"--Jacket.

Backlash : an Eric Steele novel

September 14, 2018
Parnell, Sean, 1981- author.
356 pages ; 24 cm
"The first in a new military thriller series from the NYT bestselling author of Outlaw Platoon."-- Provided by publisher.

Fortunate son

September 14, 2018
Rhoades, J. D., 1962- author.
Hoboken, NJ : Polis Books, 2018.
300 pages ; 23 cm
"Years ago, the Jakes brothers were found alone, hungry, and freezing, in a trailer where they'd been left by their mother. One found a happy home. The older son never did, but he always dreamed of the day when they would be together again. Thirteen years later, big brother appears, and he's determined to reunite the family, even if he has to do it by kidnapping his younger brother. The mother they haven't seen in years is in New Orleans, and she's in trouble. Her sons are coming to the rescue, even if one of them is doing it at gunpoint. But things are rapidly spinning out of control in New Orleans. The Jakes boys, the disgraced former sheriff trying to chase them down, and an ambitious Louisiana deputy investigating the mother are in for far more danger than any of them bargained for. As they're caught between two sides in a vicious drug war, everyone's fighting to survive, no one knows who to trust and it's anyone's guess who'll be left standing at the end"--Jacket flap.

Born scared

September 14, 2018
Brooks, Kevin, author.
244 pages ; 22 cm
First published by Electric Monkey, an imprint of Egmont U.K. Limited, 2016.
From the moment he was born, his life has been governed by acute fear. The only thing that keeps his terrors in check are the pills that he takes every day. It's Christmas Eve, there's a snowstorm and Elliot's medication is almost gone. His mum nips out to collect his prescription. She'll only be 10 minutes, but when she doesn't come back, Elliot must face his fears and try to find her. She should only be 482 metres away. It might as well be 482 miles ...

The boy at the keyhole : a novel

September 13, 2018
Giles, Stephen M., author.
Toronto, Ontario : Hanover Square Press, 2018.
294 pages ; 22 cm
Nine-year-old Samuel lives alone in a once-great estate in Surrey with the family's housekeeper, Ruth. His father is dead and his mother has been abroad for months, purportedly tending to her late husband's faltering business. She left in a hurry one night while Samuel was sleeping and did not say goodbye. Beyond her sporadic postcards, Samuel hears nothing from his mother. He misses her dearly and maps her journey in an atlas he finds in her study. Samuel's life is otherwise regulated by Ruth, who runs the house with an iron fist. Only she and Samuel know how brutally she enforces order. As rumors in town begin to swirl, Samuel wonders whether something more sinister is afoot. Perhaps his mother did not leave but was murdered by Ruth.

The blood road

September 13, 2018
MacBride, Stuart, author.
London : HarperCollins Publishers, 2018.
488 pages ; 25 cm.
"Logan McRae's personal history is hardly squeaky clean, but now that he works for Professional Standards he's policing his fellow officers. When Detective Inspector Bell turns up dead in the driver's seat of a crashed car it's a shock to everyone. Because Bell died two years ago, they buried him. Or they thought they did. As an investigation is launched into Bell's stabbing, Logan digs into his past. Where has be been all this time? Why did he dsappear? and What's so important that he felt the need to come back from the dead? But the deeper Logan digs, the more bones he uncovers, and there are people out there who'll kill to keep those skeletons buried. If Logan can't stop them, DI Bell won't be the only one to die." --Jacket.

Her name was Rose

September 13, 2018
Allan, Claire, 1976- author.
London : Avon, 2018.
336 pages ; 20 cm
When Emily lets a stranger step out in front of her, she never imagines that split second will change her life. But after Emily watches a car plough into the young mother - killing her instantly - she finds herself unable to move on. And then she makes a decision she can never take back. Because Rose had everything Emily had ever dreamed of. A beautiful, loving family, a great job and a stunning home. And now Rose's husband misses his wife, and their son needs a mother. Why couldn't Emily fill that space? But as Emily is about to discover, no one's life is perfect ... and not everything is as it seems.

Cross her heart : a novel

September 12, 2018
Pinborough, Sarah, 1972- author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
340 pages ; 24 cm
Lisa lives for her daughter Ava, her job and her best friend Marilyn. When a handsome client shows an interest in her, Lisa starts daydreaming about sharing her life with him, too. Maybe she can trust again... and let her terrifying secret past go. When Ava rescues a boy from drowning and their pictures are all over the news for everyone to see, Lisa's world explodes. Now everything she has built is threatened, and Lisa doesn't know who she can trust. Long ago Lisa broke a promise-- and now someone is determined that both Lisa and Ava must suffer.-- Adapted from jacket

When the lights go out

September 12, 2018
Kubica, Mary, author.
330 pages ; 24 cm
"A novel"--Jacket.
"Jessie Sloane is on the path to rebuilding her life after years of caring for her ailing mother. She rents a new apartment and applies for college. But when the college informs her that her social security number has raised a red flag, Jessie discovers a shocking detail that causes her to doubt everything she's ever known. Finding herself suddenly at the center of a bizarre mystery, Jessie tumbles down a rabbit hole, which is only exacerbated by grief and a relentless lack of sleep. As days pass and the insomnia worsens, it plays with Jessie's mind. Her judgment is blurred, her thoughts are hampered by fatigue. Jessie begins to see things until she can no longer tell the difference between what's real and what she's only imagined. Meanwhile, twenty years earlier and two hundred and fifty miles away, another woman's split-second decision may hold the key to Jessie's secret past. Has Jessie's whole life been a lie or have her delusions gotten the best of her?"--Provided by publisher.

#fashionvictim : a novel

September 12, 2018
Akhtar, Amina, author.
314 pages ; 22 cm
"Fashion editor Anya St. Clair is on the verge of greatness. Her wardrobe is to die for. Her social media is killer. And her career path is littered with the bodies of anyone who got in her way. She's worked hard to get where she is, but she doesn't have everything. Not like Sarah Taft. Anya's obsession sits one desk away. Beautiful, stylish, and rich, she was born to be a fashion world icon. From her beach-wave blonde hair to her on-trend nail art, she's a walking editorial spread. And Anya wants to be her friend. Her best friend. Her only friend. But when Sarah becomes her top competition for a promotion, Anya's plan to win her friendship goes into overdrive. In order to beat Sarah...she'll have to become her. Friendly competition may turn fatal, but as they say in fashion: One day you're in, and the next day you're dead." -- publisher.

The guilty dead: a monkeewrench novel

September 12, 2018
Tracy, P. J., author.
New York : Crooked Lane Books, [2018]
325 pages ; 24 cm
"Originally published in Great Britain by Penguin Random House UK, August 2018."
Gregory Norwood is Minnesota's most beloved philanthropist, and the story of his son's overdose was splashed across the front page of all the papers. When a photojournalist sets out to get a candid shot of the highly successful businessman on the one year anniversary of his son's death, he's shocked to find Norwood dead with a smoking gun in his hand. The city is devastated, and Minneapolis detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth are called in to handle the delicate case. It should be open and shut, but something is not right. Norwood's death is no suicide. With no suspects and an increasing tangle of digital evidence that confounds the Minneapolis Police Department's most seasoned cops, Magozzi calls on Grace MacBride, Monkeewrench Software's founder and chief computer genius and the soon to be mother of their child together. She and her motley crew of partners begin to unravel connections between Norwood's death and an even larger plot. Norwood wasn't the first, won't be the last, and by the end, may be just one of many to die.

In her bones : a novel

September 11, 2018
Moretti, Kate, author.
New York : Atria Books, 2018.
xii, 302 pages ; 24 cm
Includes reader's club guide.
"Fifteen years ago, Lilith Wade was arrested for the brutal murder of six women. After a death row conviction, media frenzy, and the release of an unauthorized biography, her thirty-year-old daughter Edie Beckett is just trying to survive out of the spotlight. She's a recovering alcoholic with a dead-end city job and an unhealthy codependent relationship with her brother. Edie also has a disturbing secret: a growing obsession with the families of Lilith's victims. She's desperate to see how they've managed--or failed--to move on. While her escalating fixation is a problem, she's careful to keep her distance. That is, until she crosses a line and a man is found murdered. Edie quickly becomes the prime suspect--and while she can't remember everything that happened the night of the murder, she'd surely remember killing someone. With the detective who arrested her mother hot on her trail, Edie goes into hiding. She's must get to the truth of what happened that night before the police--or the real killer--find her. Unless, of course, she has more in common with her mother than she's willing to admit..."-- Provided by publisher.

Through the fire

September 11, 2018
Ruggle, Katie, author.
399 pages ; 18 cm.
Includes a preview of the next book in the Rocky Mountain K9 Unit series, Cowboy Christmas (pages [369]-399).
Kit Jernigan despairs of ever fitting in with her new tight-knit K9 unit they've been through too much to welcome a stranger. So when a killer strikes, it's a fight to convince her fellow officers to trust her long enough to catch the woman she knows is responsible. She can't do it on her own. What she needs most is a partner: local fire spotter Wesley March. Wes knows in his heart that Kit is right, and he''s willing to leave his lonely tower to help her prove it. But the more time they spend together, the hotter the fire smolders...and the more danger they're in. A member of the K9 unit's inner circle is determined to have her revenge no matter who gets burned in the process. This time, it's personal.

Blood highway : a novel

September 10, 2018
Wohlsdorf, Gina, author.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2018.
310 pages ; 20 cm
"When seventeen-year-old Rainy comes home late one evening and finds her mother dead of a suicide, she has no reason to suspect that her death is directly tied to the fact that her father, the notorious Sam Cain, has escaped from prison and is coming for her because he is convinced that both Rainy and her mother know where the stolen money is hidden"-- Publisher description.

The exes' revenge

September 10, 2018
Jakeman, Jo, author.
New York : Berkley, 2018.
342 pages ; 24 cm
Also published as a Harvill Secker (Penguin Random House UK) hardcover edition / July 2018.
"A wickedly dark debut thriller about three women who've all been involved with the same man and realize the one thing they have in common is that they all want revenge against him... Divorces are often messy, and Imogen's is no exception. Phillip Rochester is controlling, abusive, and determined to make things as difficult as possible. When he shows up without warning demanding that Imogen move out of their house by the end of the month or he'll sue for sole custody of their young son, Imogen is ready to snap. In a moment of madness, Imogen does something unthinkable--something that puts her in control for the first time in years. She's desperate to protect her son and to claim authority over her own life. But she wasn't expecting both Phillip's ex-wife and new girlfriend to get tangled up in her plans. These three very different women--and unlikely allies--reluctantly team up to take revenge against a man who has wronged them all"-- Provided by publisher.

Robert B. Parker's Colorblind : a Jesse Stone novel

September 7, 2018
Coleman, Reed Farrel, 1956- author.
356 pages ; 24 cm.
Jesse Stone is back on the job after a stint in rehab, and the road to recovery is immediately made bumpy by a series of disturbing and apparently racially motivated crimes, beginning with the murder of an African American woman. Then, Jesse's own deputy Alisha--the first black woman hired by the Paradise police force--becomes the target of a sophisticated frame-up. As he and his team work tirelessly to unravel the truth, he has to wonder if this is just one part of an even grander plot, one with an end game more destructive than any of them can imagine. At the same time, a mysterious young man named Cole Slayton rolls into town with a chip on his shoulder and a problem with authority--namely, Jesse. Yet, something about the angry twenty-something appeals to Jesse, and he takes Cole under his wing. But there's more to him than meets the eye, and his secrets might change Jesse's life forever.-- Publisher's description.

The piranhas : the boy bosses of Naples

September 6, 2018
Saviano, Roberto, 1979- author.
xii, 345 pages ; 24 cm
Originally published in Italian by Feltrinelli Editore, Italy, as La paranza dei bambini.
Nicolas Fiorillo is a brilliant and ambitious fifteen-year-old from the slums of Naples, eager to make his mark and to acquire power and the money that comes with it. With nine friends, he sets out to create a new paranza, or gang. Together they roam the streets on their motorscooters, learning how to break into the network of small-time hoodlums that controls drug-dealing and petty crime in the city. They learn to cheat and to steal, to shoot semiautomatic pistols and AK-47s. Slowly they begin to wrest control of the neighborhoods from enemy gangs while making alliances with failing old bosses. Nicolas's strategic brilliance is prodigious, and his cohorts' rapid rise and envelopment in the ensuing maelstrom of violence and death is riveting and impossible to turn away from.--Publisher's description.

Foe : a novel

September 6, 2018
Reid, Iain, 1981- author.
261 pages ; 22 cm
"In Iain Reid's second haunting, philosophical puzzle of a novel, set in the near-future, Junior and Henrietta live a comfortable, solitary life on their farm, far from the city lights, but in close quarters with each other. One day, a stranger from the city arrives with alarming news: Junior has been randomly selected to travel far away from the farm ... very far away. The most unusual part? Arrangements have already been made so that when he leaves, Henrietta won't have a chance to miss him, because she won't be left alone--not even for a moment. Henrietta will have company. Familiar company. Told in Reid's sharp and evocative style, Foe examines the nature of domestic relationships, self-determination, and what it means to be (or not to be) a person."-- Provided by publisher.

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