New Arrivals · Suspense Fiction

January 23, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The smiling man : a novel

January 22, 2019
Knox, Joseph, author.
New York : Crown, 2018. ©2018
389 pages ; 24 cm
Aidan Waits is back on the night shift, the Manchester PD dumping ground for those too screwed-up for more glamorous work. But the monotony of petty crimes and lonesome nights is shattered when he and his partner are called to investigate a break-in The Palace, an immense, empty hotel in the center of the city. There they find the body of a man. He is dead. The tags have been cut from his clothes, his teeth have been filed down, and even his fingertips have been replaced... And he is smiling. But as Waits begins to unravel the mystery of the smiling man, he becomes a target. Someone wants very badly to make this case disappear, and as their threats escalate, Aidan realizes that the answers may lie not only with the wealthy families and organized criminals connected to the Palace, but with a far greater evil from his own past. To discover the smiling man's identity, he must finally confront his own.


January 22, 2019
Ragnar Jónasson, 1976- author.
xxi, 244 pages : maps ; 22 cm
New evidence for a 50-year-old murder surfaces, leading young policeman Ari Thor to reopen the investigation. But even with the help of a news reporter in town to chase a mystery of her own, Siglufjördur is a small town that hangs onto its secrets--no matter the cost. -- adapted from publisher description.

The reckless

January 22, 2019
Putnam, David W., author.
Sarasota, Florida : Oceanview Publishing, [2019]
307 pages ; 24 cm.

The bone keeper

January 22, 2019
Veste, Luca, author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Landmark, [2019]
404 pages ; 21 cm
He'll slice your flesh. Your bones he'll keep. The Bone Keeper's coming. And he'll make you weep. What if the figure that haunted your nightmares as a child was real? Twenty years ago, four teenagers went exploring in the local woods, trying to find the supposed home of the Bone Keeper. Only three returned. Now, a woman is found wandering the streets, horrifically injured, claiming to have fled the evil urban myth. And then a body turns up.

The suspect

January 21, 2019
Barton, Fiona, author.
New York : Berkley, 2019.
404 pages ; 24 cm
"When two eighteen-year-old girls go missing in Thailand, their families are thrust into the international spotlight: desperate, bereft, and frantic with worry. What were the girls up to before they disappeared? Journalist Kate Waters always does everything she can to be first to the story, first with the exclusive, first to discover the truth--and this time is no exception. But she can't help but think of her own son, whom she hasn't seen in two years, since he left home to go traveling. As the case of the missing girls unfolds, they will all find that even this far away, danger can lie closer to home than you might think."--Inside dust jacket.

Secrets at Cedar Cabin

January 21, 2019
Coble, Colleen, author.
Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, [2019]
333 pages ; 22 cm.
"Her mother lied about her identity, and her husband wasn't who she thought he was - can Bailey even trust herself anymore? Running for her life in the wake of her mother's murder, Bailey Fleming escapes to the only place she can think of - a remote, dilapidated cabin in Lavender Tides. Intending to finally get to the truth behind the lies of her past, Bailey only finds more questions when bodies are discovered near her cabin hideout along with traces of a dangerous human trafficking ring. In an unlikely partnership with FBI agent Lance Phoenix, Bailey races to understand the mystery surrounding her life and circumstances before the murderer tracks her down. Meanwhile, Lance is determined to rescue his sister, Ava, who was abducted after running away from home as a teenager. An unexpected lead brings him to the remote cabin, and he wonders if Bailey - with her suspicious past and strange connections to his sister's case - is really who she claims to be and if she can somehow lead him to Ava. Filled with Colleen Coble's custom blend of suspense and romance, Secrets at Cedar Cabin takes us back to the evocative landscape of Washington's coast where nothing is quite as it seems"

No mercy

January 17, 2019
Schaffhausen, Joanna, author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2019.
viii, 305 pages ; 24 cm
Police officer Ellery Hathaway and FBI profiler Reed Markham take on two difficult new cases in this stunning follow-up to The Vanishing Season. "A gripping and powerful read. It is what we call an edge-of-your-seat, rollercoaster of a thriller. You will not be able to put it down before you finish it."--The Washington Book Review on The Vanishing Season No Mercy is award-winning author Joanna Schaffhausen's heart-pounding second novel. Police officer Ellery Hathaway is on involuntary leave from her job because she shot a murderer in cold blood and refuses to apologize for it. Forced into group therapy for victims of violent crime, Ellery immediately finds higher priorities than "getting in touch with her feelings." For one, she suspects a fellow group member may have helped to convict the wrong man for a deadly arson incident years ago. For another, Ellery finds herself in the desperate clutches of a woman who survived a brutal rape. He is still out there, this man with the Spider-Man-like ability to climb through bedroom windows, and his victim beseeches Ellery for help in capturing her attacker. Ellery seeks advice from her friend, FBI profiler Reed Markham, who liberated her from a killer's closet when she was a child. Reed remains drawn to this unpredictable woman, the one he rescued but couldn't quite save. The trouble is, Reed is up for a potential big promotion, and his boss has just one condition for the new job--stay away from Ellery. Ellery ignores all the warnings. Instead, she starts digging around in everyone's past but her own--a move that, at best, could put her out of work permanently, and at worst, could put her in the city morgue.

The perfect liar : a novel

January 17, 2019
Greene, Thomas Christopher, 1968- author.
279 pages ; 22 cm
"A seemingly perfect marriage is threatened by the deadly secrets husband and wife keep from each other. Susannah, a young widow and single mother, has remarried to Max, a charismatic artist and popular speaker whose career took her and her fifteen-year-old son out of New York City to a quiet Vermont university town. Strong-willed and attractive, Susannah expects that her life is perfectly in place again. But both Susannah and Max are keeping secrets from the world and from each other --secrets that could destroy their family and everything they have built."--Provided by publisher.

Hear our defeats

January 17, 2019
Gaudé, Laurent, author.
249 pages ; 21 cm
Original title: Écoutez nos défaites, ©2016, by Editions Actes Sud. Translated from the French by Alison Anderson ; translation copyright ©2019 by Europa Editions.
"A French intelligence officer is tasked with tracking down a former member of the U.S. Special Forces suspected of drug trafficking during the war in Afghanistan. On his way to Beirut he shares a night with Mariam, an Iraqi archaeologist, who is in a race against time to save ancient artifacts across the Middle East from the destruction wreaked by ISIS. Woven into these two forceful, gripping storylines are stylish meditations on humankind's bellicose history: Hannibal's failed march on Rome ; Grant's pursuit of the Confederates into rural Virginia; and Emperor Haile Selassie's swift retreat from Ethiopia. Each one a turning point in world history, each revealing a different facet of how nations and individuals face defeat"--inside flap of front cover.

In the shadow of the lighthouse

January 17, 2019
Cleverly, Pamela Ann, author.
340 pages ; 23 cm.
"Olivia Bentley is on a search for the true love her parents shared before a car accident tragically cut their lives short. For twenty years, Olivia has felt responsible for the accident, thanks to the selfishness of her youth. But here, in the shadow of a lighthouse in Marblehead, Ohio, she's ready to start over and cultivate the love she's found in Travis Tanner. She has lots of friends and will soon have the family she's so desperately wanted. She feels safe and secure inside the old captain's house and its stone walls-- until she suddenly realizes she's not alone. Despite locked doors and windows, an old friend now stands before her, pointing a gun and telling her tonight is the night she dies"--from Back Cover.

The night agent : a novel

January 16, 2019
Quirk, Matthew, author.
424 pages ; 24 cm
"A hot and very pacy new Washington, DC thriller--in the vein of favorite early novels from Grisham and Baldacci--about a young FBI agent's hunt for a Russian mole working in the highest levels of the U.S. government"-- Provided by publisher.

The woman inside : a novel

January 16, 2019
Scott, E. G., author.
New York, New York : Dutton, [2019]
329 pages ; 24 cm
Rebecca didn't know love was possible until she met Paul, a successful, charismatic, married man with a past as dark as her own. Their pain drew them together with an irresistible magnetism; they sensed that they were each other's ideal (and perhaps only) match. But twenty years later, Paul and Rebecca are drowning as the damage and secrets that ignited their love begin to consume their marriage. Paul is cheating on Rebecca, and his affair gets messy fast. His mistress is stalking them with growing audacity when Rebecca discovers Paul's elaborate plan to build a new life without her. And though Rebecca is spiraling into an opiate addiction, it doesn't stop her from coming up with a devious plot of her own, and this one could end absolutely everything.

Crucible : a thriller

January 15, 2019
Rollins, James, 1961- author.
New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2019]
xiv, 461 pages : maps, illustrations ; 24 cm
"Sigma Force series"--Jacket.
Arriving home, Commander Gray Pierce discovers his house ransacked, his pregnant lover missing, and his best friend's wife, Kat, unconscious on the kitchen floor. His one hope to find the woman he loves and his unborn child is Kat, the only witness to what happened. But the injured woman is in a semi-comatose state and cannot speak.

Last woman standing

January 15, 2019
Gentry, Amy, author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019.
312 pages ; 24 cm
"Two assaulted women make a pact to kill each other's tormentor. But in the fallout, their paranoia grows until neither is sure whom she can trust. At what cost will their vengeance come?"--Provided by publisher.

The patricide of George Benjamin Hill : a novel

January 15, 2019
Charlesworth, James, 1977- author.
354 pages ; 24 cm
"From a powerful new literary voice, a sweeping epic of one family and the destructive power of the American Dream All their lives, the children of George Benjamin Hill have fought to escape the shadow of their father, a dust-bowl orphan, self-made millionaire in bedrock American capitalism (fast food and oil), and destroyer of two families on his way to financial success. Now, they are approaching middle age and ruin: A failed ex-minor league ballplayer, divorced and mourning the death of his daughter in Miami; a self-proclaimed CIA veteran, off his meds and deciphering conspiracies in Manhattan; a Las Vegas showgirl turned old maid of The Strip, trying to stay clean; and an Alaskan bush pilot, twice un-indicted for manslaughter and recently thrown off his land by the federal government. While their father takes his place at the center of a national scandal, these estranged siblings find themselves drawn from their four corners of the country, compelled along crowded interstates by resentment and confusion, converging on a 300-acre horse ranch outside Omaha for a final confrontation with the father they never had. Migrating from the suburban anonymity of 1950s San Bernardino, to the frozen end of the world (Alaska circa 1976), and concluding in the background of one of the most horrifying moments in American history, The Patricide of George Benjamin Hill spans seventy years of life in America, from the Great Depression to the age of corporate greed and terrorism. It is a literary suspense novel about the decline and consequence of patriarchal society. It is also an intricate family saga of aspiration and betrayal"-- Provided by publisher.


January 15, 2019
Harrod-Eagles, Cynthia, author.
220 pages ; 23 cm
"When one of London's best-known literary agents is found dead in strange circumstances, having fallen headlong from his office window, DCI Slider is under pressure from the Borough Commander to confirm a case of accidental death. But when the evidence points to murder, Slider and his team find themselves uncovering some decidedly scandalous secrets in the suave and successful Ed Wiseman's past. An embittered ex-wife. A discarded mistress. A frustrated would-be author. A disgruntled former employee. Many had reason to hold a grudge against the late lamented literary agent. But who would feel strongly enough to kill him? Any leads in the investigation seem only to result in more questions - not least of which is the identity of the elusive Calliope Hunt. Who is she - and what is her connection to the train of events?"--Publisher's description.

The ghostwriter

January 15, 2019
Torre, Alessandra, author.
307 pages ; 23 cm
"Sticks and stones may break my bones ... but words will be what kills me"--Book cover.
Four years ago, Helena Ross lied. She stood in front of the police, her friends and family, and made up a story, her best one yet. And all of them believed her. She wasn't surprised. Telling stories is what made her famous. Fifteen bestsellers. Millions of fans. Fame and fortune. Now, Helena has one last story to write. It'll be her best one yet, with a jaw-dropping twist that will leave them stunned and gasping for breath. They say that sticks and stones will break your bones, but this story? It will be the one that kills her.

The rule of law : a novel

January 14, 2019
Lescroart, John T., author.
New York : Atria Books, 2019.
324 pages ; 24 cm
"Dismas Hardy is called to defend the least likely suspect of his career: his longtime, trusted assistant who is suddenly being charged as an accessory to murder. Dismas Hardy knows something is amiss with his trusted secretary, Phyllis. Her out-of-character behavior and sudden disappearances concern Hardy, especially when he learns that her convict brother--a man who had served twenty-five years in prison for armed robbery and attempted murder--has just been released. Things take a shocking turn with Phyllis is suddenly arrested at work for allegedly being an accessory to the murder of Hector Valdez, a coyote who'd been smuggling women into this country from El Salvador and Mexico. That is, until recently, when he was shot to death--on the very same day that Phyllis first disappeared from work. The connection between Phyllis, her brother, and Hector's murder is not something Dismas can easily understand, but if his cherished colleague has any chance of going free, he needs to put all the pieces together--and fast."-- Provided by publisher.

The guilt we carry : a novel

January 14, 2019
Gailey, Samuel W.
Sarasota, Florida : Oceanview Publishing, [2019]
288 pages ; 24 cm
Since the tragic accident that brutally ended her childhood, Alice O'Farrell has been haunted by her past. Unable to bear the guilt of negligence that led to the death of her younger brother, fifteen-year-old Alice runs away from home. She lives on the streets, makes one bad decision after another, and drowns her guilt in alcohol. But everything changes when she stumbles upon a startling scene: a dead drug dealer and a duffel bag full of ninety-one thousand dollars in cash. Recognizing this as an opportunity for a fresh start, Alice takes the money and runs. However, she soon finds herself fleeing from more than her own past: the dead dealer's drug supplier wants his money back and will destroy her to get it.

The drowning : a novel

January 14, 2019
Smith, J. P., 1949- author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Landmark, [2019]
328 pages ; 21 cm
Includes a reading group guide and conversation with the author.
Every seven years, a boy disappears from Camp Waukeelo. Who will be next? It doesn't take long for a little boy to disappear. Joey Proctor can't swim, but that doesn't stop camp counselor Alex Mason from leaving him out on a raft in the middle of the lake in a fit of rage. Alex only meant to scare the kid, teach him a lesson. He didn't mean to forget about him. But now Joey is gone... and his body is never found. More than twenty years later, Alex is a success. The proof is there for anyone to see, in the millions of dollars he makes, his lavish house, his beautiful wife and daughters. And no one knows what happened that summer at camp. At least, no one should know. But it looks like Joey Proctor may be back to take his revenge...

Liar liar

January 11, 2019
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2019.
365, 18 pages ; 25 cm
Detective Harriet Blue is a very good cop, gone very bad. In the space of a week, she has committed theft and fraud, resisted arrest, assaulted a police officer, and is considered a dangerous fugitive from the law. It's all because of one man, Regan Banks. He viciously killed the only person in the world who matters to Harriet--and he plans to kill her next. As she recklessly speeds toward the dark side--and finally crosses it--Harriet won't stop until Regan pays for the many lives he has taken.

Freefall : a novel

January 11, 2019
Barry, Jessica (Novelist), author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2019.
348 pages ; 24 cm
After surviving the crash of a private jet that killed her fiancé, Allison struggles across the Colorado Rockies to make it home while, in Maine, her estranged mother tries to locate her.

The void protocol

January 11, 2019
Wilson, F. Paul (Francis Paul), author.
New York, NY : Forge/Tom Doherty Associates, 2019.
333 pages ; 24 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates Book."
"Something sits in a bunker lab buried fifty feet below the grounds of Lakehurst Naval Air Station. The product of technology confiscated from the Germans after WWII occupies a chamber of steel-reinforced ballistic glass. Despite experimentation for nearly three-quarters of a century, no one knows what it is, but illegal human research reveals what it can do. Humans with special abilities--abilities that can only have come from whatever occupies the underground bunker in Lakehurst--have been secretly collected. And so it sits, sequestered on the edge of the New Jersey Pine Barrens, slowly changing the world" --Provided by publisher.

She lies in wait : a novel

January 11, 2019
Lodge, Gytha, author.
New York : Random House, 2019.
354 pages ; 25 cm
"One night during the scorching summer of 1983, a group of teenagers go camping in the forest. The evening starts like any other--they drink, they dance, they fight, they kiss. Some of them slip off into the woods in pairs, others are left jealous and heartbroken. But in the morning, the youngest in the group, Aurora, has disappeared. Her friends claim that she was safe the last time they saw her, right before she went to sleep. An exhaustive investigation is launched but no trace of the teenager is found. The search is eventually called off. Thirty years later Aurora's body is unearthed and Jonah Sheens is the detective put in charge of solving the long-cold case."--Provided by publisher.

Shadow captain

January 11, 2019
Reynolds, Alastair, 1966- author.
426 pages ; 24 cm.
"A desperate tale of cursed ships, vengeful corporations, alien artifacts, and wealth beyond imagining... and of betrayal."--Back cover.

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