New Arrivals · Suspense Fiction

January 15, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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.

Tell her no lies

January 11, 2019
Irvin, Kelly, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2019.
455 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
Regular print version previously published by: Thomas Nelson.
Includes discussion questions.
"Combining romance and suspense, Tell Her No Lies is a high-stakes race for the truth set in San Antonio. When Nina's uncle is murdered and the detective assigned to the case accuses Nina of the crime, she knows she must act using her journalism background to find the real killer"-- Provided by publisher.

The burglar : a novel

January 10, 2019
Perry, Thomas, 1947- author.
288 pages ; 24 cm
"Elle Stowell is a young woman with an unconventional profession: burglary. But Elle is no petty thief--with just the right combination of smarts, looks, and skills, she can easily stroll through ritzy Bel Air neighborhoods and pick out the perfect home for plucking the most valuable items. This is how Elle has always gotten by. She is good at it, and she thrives on the thrill. But after stumbling upon a grisly triple homicide while stealing from the home of a wealthy art dealer, Elle discovers that she is no longer the only one sneaking around. Somebody is searching for her. As Elle realizes that her knowledge of the murder has made her a target, she races to solve the case before becoming the next casualty, using her breaking-and-entering skills to uncover the truth about exactly who the victims were and why someone might have wanted them dead. With high-stakes action and shocking revelations, The Burglar will keep readers on the edge of their seats as they barrel towards the heart-racing conclusion"-- Provided by publisher.

Schoolgirl missing

January 10, 2019
Fortin, Sue, author.
London : HarperCollinsPublishers, 2019.
423 pages ; 20 cm

Tear it down

January 10, 2019
Petrie, Nicholas, author.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2019]
373 pages ; 24 cm..
"A Peter Ash novel"--Cover.
"In the new edge-of-your-seat adventure from national bestselling author Nick Petrie, Peter Ash pursues one case--and stumbles into another--in the City of the Blues. Iraq war veteran Peter Ash is restless in the home he shares with June Cassidy in Washington State. June knows Peter needs to be on the move, so she sends him to Memphis to help her friend Wanda Wyatt, a photographer and war correspondent who's been receiving peculiar threats. When Peter arrives in Memphis, however, he finds the situation has gone downhill fast--someone has just driven a dump truck into Wanda's living room. But neither Wanda nor Peter can figure out why. At the same time, a young homeless street musician finds himself roped into a plan to rob a jewelry store. The heist doesn't go as planned, and the young man finds himself holding a sack full of Rolexes and running for his life. When his getaway car breaks down, he steals a new one at gunpoint--Peter's 1968 green Chevrolet pickup truck. Peter likes the skinny kid's smarts and attitude, but he soon discovers that the desperate musician is in far worse trouble than he knows. And Wanda's troubles are only beginning. Peter finds himself stuck between Memphis gangsters--looking for Rolexes and revenge--and a Mississippi ex-con and his hog-butcher brother looking for a valuable piece of family history that goes all the way back to the Civil War"-- Provided by publisher.

The liar's room

January 10, 2019
Lelic, Simon, author.
330 pages ; 21 cm
"A new spine-tingling thriller from the author of The New Neighbors--perfect for fans of Behind Closed Doors, The Perfect Girl, and The Couple Next Door--that takes place over the course of a therapy session, in which neither patient nor therapist are who they claim to be. Two liars. One room. No way out. Susanna Fenton has a secret. Fourteen years ago she left her identity behind, reinventing herself as a therapist and starting a new life. It was the only way to keep her daughter safe. But when a young man, Adam Geraghty, walks into her office, claiming he needs Susanna's help but asking unsettling questions, she begins to fear that her secret has been discovered. Who is Adam, really? What does he intend to do to Susanna? And what has he done to her daughter?"-- Provided by publisher.


January 10, 2019
Glynn, Alan, 1960- author.
New York : Picador, 2019.
258 pages ; 21 cm
From Alan Glynn--the author of Limitless-- comes Receptor, an irresistable thriller that reveals the origins of MDT-48 and the consequences of unlocking the human mind. On a Friday evening in 1953, Madison Avenue ad executive Ned Sweeney enjoys a cocktail in the apartment of a strange and charismatic man he met hours earlier. Ned doesn't know it, but he has just become a participant in Project MK-Ultra, a covert, CIA-run study of mind-control techniques. The experience transforms Ned, pulling him away from his wife and young son and into the inner circles of the richest and most powerful people of his day. In a matter of months, he is dead. It is a tragedy Ned's family struggles to understand, then tries to forget . . . but some skeletons refuse to stay buried. More than sixty years later, Ned's grandson Ray is introduced to a retired government official who claims to know the details of Ned's life and death. Ray is prepared to dismiss the encounter, until he discovers that the now-elderly man once worked for the CIA. Ray digs deeper, and begins to question everything as he uncovers rumors of a mysterious "smart drug"--a fabled black-market cognitive enhancer called MDT-48.

The coming storm : a thriller

January 10, 2019
Alpert, Mark, 1961- author.
321 pages ; 24 cm
America is on the brink of collapse, devastated by a brutal government trying to silence its citizens, in the next action-packed thriller from Mark Alpert. New York City, 2023: Rising seas and superstorms have ravaged the land. Food and electricity are scarce. A dangerous Washington regime has terrorized the city, forcing the most vulnerable and defenseless people into the flood-ravaged neighborhoods. The new laws are enforced by an army of genetically enhanced soldiers, designed to be the fiercest and cruelest of killers. Genetic scientist Dr. Jenna Khan knows too much about how these super-soldiers were engineered: by altering the DNA sequence in ways that could change the fabric of humanity. Escaping arrest and on the run, Jenna joins forces with a genetically enhanced soldier gone rogue and a Brooklyn gang kingpin to resist the government's plan to manipulate the DNA of all Americans. The race is on to stop the evil experiment before it spreads the genetic changes...and transforms the human species forever.

The three secret cities : a thriller

January 9, 2019
Reilly, Matthew, author.
436 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
With the end of all things rapidly approaching, Jack must find the Three Secret Cities, three incredible lost cities of legend. Its an impossible task by any reckoning, but Jack must do it while he is being hunted by the greatest hunters in history.

Looker : a novel

January 9, 2019
Sims, Laura, 1973- author.`
New York : Scribner, 2019.
182 pages ; 22 cm
An unraveling woman, unhappily childless and recently separated, becomes fixated on her neighbor--the beautiful, famous actress. The unnamed narrator can't help noticing with wry irony that, though she and the actress live just a few doors apart, they are separated by a chasm of professional success and personal fulfillment. When an interaction with the actress at the annual block party takes a disastrous turn, what began as an innocent preoccupation spirals quickly, and lethally, into a frightening and irretrievable madness.


January 9, 2019
Hammer, Chris, 1960- author.
368 pages : map ; 24 cm
"In the vein of The Dry and Before the Fall, a town's dark secrets come to light in the aftermath of a young priest's unthinkable last act in this arresting and searing debut thriller. In Riversend, an isolated rural community afflicted by an endless drought, a young priest does the unthinkable, killing five parishioners before being taken down himself. A year later, accompanied by his own demons from war-time reporting, journalist Martin Scarsden arrives in Riversend. His assignment is simple: describe how the townspeople are coping as the anniversary of their tragedy approaches. But as Martin meets the locals and hears their version of events, he begins to realize that the accepted wisdom--that the priest was a pedophile whose imminent exposure was the catalyst for the shooting, a theory established through an award-winning investigation by Martin's own newspaper--may be wrong. Just as Martin believes he's making headway, a new development rocks the town. The bodies of two German backpackers--missing since the time of the church shootings--are discovered in a dam in the scrublands, deserted backwoods marked by forest fires. As the media flocks to the scene, Martin finds himself thrown into a whole new mystery. What was the real reason behind the priest's shooting spree? And how does it connect to the backpacker murders, if at all? Martin struggles to uncover the town's dark secrets, putting his job, his mental state, and his life at risk as more and more strange happenings escalate around him. For fans of James Lee Burke, Jane Harper, and Robert Crais, Scrublands is a compelling and original crime novel that marks Chris Hammer as a stunning new voice in the genre. A compulsively readable thriller of the highest order, Scrublands never loosens its grip, from its opening scene to the very last page"-- Provided by publisher.

Her one mistake

January 9, 2019
Perks, Heidi, 1973- author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2019.
313 pages ; 24 cm
Charlotte and Harriet are best friends, but when Harriet's daughter disappears while Charlotte is watching her, it seems like the two women will never speak again. As the circumstances of the girl's disappearance become clearer, though, Harriet finds that trusting Charlotte may be her only chance at saving her daughter.

The house next door : thrillers

January 8, 2019
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2019.
432 pages ; 22 cm
The house next door / James Patterson with Susan DiLallo -- The killer's wife / James Patterson with Max DiLallo -- We. Are. Not. Alone. / James Patterson with Tim Arnold.

The last lie

January 7, 2019
Lake, Alex, author.
London : HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 2018.
355 pages ; 20 cm.
Alfie and Claire Daniels have the perfect marriage. The perfect life, even. So when Claire disappears, Alfie is devastated. And when he finds evidence that Claire arranged to meet a man for an illicit affair, he is even more heartbroken. Then Claire returns. Escaped from a caravan in Wales where the man - who the police are now hunting - had kept her. She is traumatized, but ok. Alfie is relieved. But also confused. Because he knows the man never existed. Claire was not having an affair. Alfie set the whole thing up to get at Claire's money. Claire says she still loves him. But he can't even be sure of that. And he shouldn't be, because Claire has plans of her own. Plans which will soon leave Alfie utterly destroyed...

The Paragon Hotel

January 7, 2019
Faye, Lyndsay, author.
New York : G. P. Putnams Sons, [2019]
422 pages ; 24 cm
Fleeing to Oregon from New York City in 1921, Alice James takes refuge in the city's only black hotel and helps new friends search for a missing child, hide from KKK violence, and navigate painful secrets.

The New Iberia blues : a Dave Robicheaux novel

January 3, 2019
Burke, James Lee, 1936- author.
447 pages ; 25 cm
Detective Dave Robicheaux's world isn't filled with too many happy stories, but Desmond Cormier's rags-to-riches tale is certainly one of them. Robicheaux first met Cormier on the streets of New Orleans, when the young, undersized boy had foolish dreams of becoming a Hollywood director. Twenty-five years later, when Robicheaux knocks on Cormier's door, it isn't to congratulate him on his Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations. Robicheaux has discovered the body of a young woman who's been crucified, wearing only a small chain on her ankle. She disappeared near Cormier's Cyrpemort Point estate, and Robicheaux, along with young deputy, Sean McClain, are looking for answers. Neither Cormier nor his enigmatic actor friend Antoine Butterworth are saying much, but Robicheaux knows better. As always, Clete Purcel and Davie's daughter, Alafair, have Robicheaux's back. Clete witnesses the escape of Texas inmate, Hugo Tillinger, who may hold the key to Robicheaux's case. As they wade further into the investigation, they end up in the crosshairs of the mob, the deranged Chester Wimple, and the dark ghosts Robicheaux has been running from for years. Ultimately, it's up to Robicheaux to stop them all, but he'll have to summon a light he's never seen or felt to save himself, and those he loves.


January 3, 2019
Krentz, Jayne Ann, author.
New York : Berkley, 2019.
308 pages ; 24 cm
"Quinton Zane is back. Jack Lancaster, consultant to the FBI, has always been drawn to the coldest of cold cases, the kind that law enforcement either considers unsolvable or else has chalked up to accidents or suicides. As a survivor of a fire, he finds himself uniquely compelled by arson cases. His almost preternatural ability to get inside the killer's head has garnered him a reputation in some circles--and complicated his personal life. The more cases Jack solves, the closer he slips into the darkness. His only solace is Winter Meadows, a meditation guide. After particularly grisly cases, Winter can lead Jack back to peace. But as long as Quinton Zane is alive, Jack will not be at peace for long. Having solidified his position as the power behind the throne of his biological family's hedge fund, Zane sets out to get rid of Anson Salinas's foster sons, starting with Jack"-- Provided by publisher.

Daughter of war

January 3, 2019
Taylor, Brad, 1965- author.
New York] : Dutton, [2019]
388 pages ; 24 cm
"Former Special Forces Officer and New York Times bestselling author Brad Taylor delivers a heart-pounding thriller featuring Taskforce operators Pike Logan and Jennifer Cahill as they come face to face with a conspiracy where nothing is as it seems. Hot on the trail of a North Korean looking to sell sensitive US intelligence to the Syrian regime, Pike Logan and the Taskforce stumble upon something much graver: the sale of a lethal substance called Red Mercury. Unbeknownst to the Taskforce, the Syrians plan to use the weapon of mass destruction against American and Kurdish forces, and blame the attack on terrorists, causing western nations to reassess their participation in the murky cauldron of the Syrian civil war. Meanwhile, North Korea has its own devastating agenda: a double-cross that will dwarf the attack in Syria even as it lays the blame on the Syrian government. Leveraging Switzerland's fame for secrecy and its vast network of military bunkers, now repurposed by private investors for the clandestine storage of wealth, North Korea will use Red Mercury to devastate the West's ability to deliver further sanctions against the rogue regime. As the Taskforce begins to unravel the plot, a young refugee unwittingly holds the key to the conspiracy. Hunted across Europe for reasons she cannot fathom, she is the one person who can stop the attack--if she can live long enough for Pike and Jennifer to find her"-- Provided by publisher.

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