New Arrivals · Suspense Fiction

May 21, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Hot shot

May 20, 2019
Michaels, Fern, author.
248 pages ; 22 cm
When lawyer Lizzie Fox's husband, Cosmo Cricket, is left critically injured after being shot by an unknown assailant, the men of BOLO Consultants head straight for Las Vegas to comfort Lizzie - and to uncover a dangerous enemy in the City of Sin.


May 20, 2019
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2019.
468 pages ; 24 cm

The confessions of Frannie Langton : a novel

May 20, 2019
Collins, Sara, author.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2019.
375 pages ; 24 cm
A servant and former slave is accused of murdering her employer and his wife in this astonishing historical thriller that moves from a Jamaican sugar plantation to the fetid streets of Georgian London.

White Peak

May 17, 2019
Frost, Ronan, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2019.
325 pages ; 22 cm
Greg Rask, a dying tech billionaire, has invested millions chasing miracle cures. None of them are worth a damn, but he refuses to give up. Now, he's gathering a team willing to go to the ends of the earth chasing life. Each of Rask's crew has beaten incredible odds to rise from the ashes of their old lives to where they are now. Together, their next task is to retrieve a painting that is believed to hide a map which, if genuine, marks it as a treasure of the Ahnenerbe, the occult wing of the SS, who had devoted dozens of expeditions in search of the three cintamani stones for their combined properties, and the lost city where they were rumored to lay hidden: Shambhala. But a mystical brotherhood sworn to protect the secrets of the ancients―the same secrets that allow its members to defy death―will stop at nothing to ensure that Rask's crew fail.

Cruel fate : a Cainsville novella

May 16, 2019
Armstrong, Kelley, author.
Burton, MI : Subterranean Press, 2019.
197 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 22 cm
When her father is released from jail over twenty years after being convicted of crimes he didn't commit, Olivia investigates who is aiming to send him back to prison.

Vanishing season

May 16, 2019
Hutchison, Dot, author.
310 pages ; 21 cm
A recent abduction becomes an unexpected link to a decades-long spree of unspeakable crimes. Eight-year-old Brooklyn Mercer has gone missing. And as accustomed as FBI agents Eliza Sterling and Brandon Eddison are to such harrowing cases, this one has struck a nerve. It marks the anniversary of the disappearance of Eddison's own little sister. Disturbing, too, is the girl's resemblance to Eliza - so uncanny they could be mother and daughter. With Eddison's unsettled past rising again with rage and pain, Eliza is determined to solve this case at any cost. But the closer she looks, the more reluctant she is to divulge to her increasingly shaken partner what she finds. Brooklyn isn't the only girl of her exact description to go missing. She's just the latest in a frightening pattern going back decades in cities throughout the entire country. In a race against time, Eliza's determined to bring Brooklyn home and somehow find the link to the cold case that has haunted Eddison - and the entire Crimes Against Children team - since its inception.

Tom Clancy's Op-Center. Sting of the wasp

May 16, 2019
Rovin, Jeff, author.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2019.
345 pages ; 21 cm
"Featuring new rapid crisis team"--Cover.
"After an intelligence failure at Op-Center results in a major terrorist attack, director Chase Williams radically transforms the agency into a ground-breaking new mobile strike force."-- Provided by publisher.

Night watch

May 16, 2019
Taylor, David C., 1944- author.
292 pages ; 23 cm.
In 1950s New York, Detective Michael Cassidy investigates a number of bizarre deaths while trying to avoid being assassinated himself. New York, 1956. A couple walking through Central Park on a fall evening are confronted by a hansom cab driver, only to kill him and casually walk away. Who are the couple and did they know the man? A man commits suicide by throwing himself through a hotel window. His colleagues claim he was depressed - but is there more to it than that? Before Detective Michael Cassidy even begins investigating these cases, he is threatened by an unknown man ... the reasons for which are unclear. Are all three incidents connected? If so, how, and will Cassidy live long enough to find out before his would-be assassin claims his life? -- Amazon.

Once more unto the breach

May 16, 2019
Holloway, Meghan, author.
Hoboken, NJ : Polis Books, LLC, 2019
329 pages ; 22 cm
Rhys Gravenor, Great War veteran-turned-farmer, arrives in Paris in the midst of the city's liberation with a worn letter in his pocket that may have arrived years too late. As he follows the footsteps of his missing son across an unfamiliar, war-torn country, he struggles to come to terms with the incident that drove a wedge between the two of them. Joined by Charlotte Dubois, an American ambulance driver with secrets of her own. Rhys is haunted by memories of previous battles and hampered at every turn by danger and betrayal. In a race against time and the war, Rhys follows his son's trail from Paris to the perilous streets of Vichy to the starving mobs in Lyon to the treacherous Alps. But Rhys is not the only one searching for his son. A relentless enemy stalks him across the country and will stop at nothing to find the young man first. Rhys must unravel the mystery of his son's wartime actions in the desperate hope of finding him before it's too late to mend the frayed bond between them. Too late to beg his forgiveness. Too late to bring him home alive.


May 16, 2019
Bunn, T. Davis, 1952- author.
295 pages ; 21 cm
The waters off the West African coast are a menacing red, full of algae thick enough to stand on in places. In nearby villages, mysterious deaths start to occur--and the panic mounts. But before an alarm can be sounded, the sea currents shift, the algae vanishes, and the deaths stop. Everyone is relieved when things return to normal, and local government officials are happy to sweep the publicity nightmare under a rug. An American biological researcher, Avery Madison, is dispatched by his employer to piece together exactly what happened, having long feared an ecological disaster just like this could occur. He's had little evidence to go on before now, and what he finds in West Africa is rapidly disappearing. But Avery knows the danger hasn't disappeared--it has just moved on. When parts of the Caribbean start turning a familiar red right before hurricane season kicks into high gear, the implications are clear. If Avery and his colleagues can't convince the world of what's about to happen, toxic destruction could be loosed on American soil. Will their efforts prove too late?-- Publisher's description.

Traitor's codex.

May 16, 2019
Westerson, Jeri. author.
London, Severn house publishers Ltd., 2019.
198 pages; 23 cm
Crispin Guest, Tracker of London, is enjoying his ale in the Boar's Tusk tavern - until a stranger leaves a mysterious wrapped bundle on his table, telling him, "You'll know what to do." Inside is an ancient leather-bound book written in an unrecognizable language. Accompanied by his apprentice, Jack Tucker, Crispin takes the unknown codex to a hidden rabbi, where they make a shocking discovery: it is the Gospel of Judas from the Holy Land, and its contents challenge the very doctrine of Christianity itself. Crispin is soon drawn into a deadly maze involving murder, living saints, and lethal henchmen. Why was he given the blasphemous book, and what should he do with it? A series of horrific events confirm his fears that there are powerful men who want it - and who will stop at nothing to see it destroyed.

Cold fear

May 15, 2019
Sleeman, Susan, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : Edge of Your Seat Books, Inc., [2018].
288 pages ; 21 cm
"Riley Glen's former girlfriend, recording artist Leah Kent, is performing at a summer concert nearby and calls to tell him she's in danger and needs his help. After the concert, he discovers her bending over a woman's dead body, and the woman has Leah's name freshly tattooed on her wrist. Leah claims she just found the body and didn't have anything to do with the murder. When two other bodies are found, both boasting Leah's name in bright ink on their wrists, she comes under suspicion for the murders. Riley and Leah had once been a music team and deeply in love. But Riley's lifelong dream was to be a sniper, not a musician. He chose to follow his dream and has been successful in his career just as Leah has found success in hers. He still has feelings for Leah, but their lives are on vastly different courses. But when she begs for his help to clear her name and protect her, he agrees to do what he can. Riley soon discovers this killer is highly trained and vicious, and Leah won't survive another day unless Riley uses every skill he possesses to try to save her. "--Back cover.

The summoning

May 14, 2019
Graham, Heather, author.
Ontario, Canada : Mira, [2019]
319 pages ; 24 cm.
When Kristi Stewart inherits a property in the old part of Savannah, she knows it comes with stories of hauntings. But she doesn't believe in ghosts, even while she runs seances for the guests of McLane House Bed-and-Breakfast. Until the inexplicable midnight appearance of one of her infamous ancestors. Terrified, she flees into the night - and right into the arms of Dallas Wicker. Dallas is trying to uncover the truth about a colleague who died under suspicious circumstances. As strange happenings continue to plague Kristi's home, it is soon clear that there's a very living threat in the neighborhood - several people have disappeared without a trace. Dallas can't find any connection between the victims, but someone wanted them gone, and it might be linked to the history of McLane House. And that means Kristi should be very afraid.

Deception cove

May 14, 2019
Laukkanen, Owen, author.
New York : Mulholland Books, 2019.
372 pages ; 25 cm
A recently widowed marine suffering PTSD from her time in Afghanistan has her service dog kidnapped by a corrupt deputy sheriff who wants to blackmail her into delivering goods allegedly stolen by her husband before his death.

Necessary people : a novel

May 14, 2019
Pitoniak, Anna, author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2019.
346 pages ; 25 cm
Necessary People explores the limits of ambition, loyalty, and love in this chilling novel about crossing the dangerous fault lines of female friendships,

Disappearing Earth

May 13, 2019
Phillips, Julia, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2019.
255 pages : map ; 24 cm
Several chapters in this novel were originally published in a different form, in various publications.
"One August afternoon, on the shoreline of the Kamchatka peninsula at the northeastern edge of Russia, two girls -- sisters, eight and eleven -- go missing. In the ensuing weeks, then months, the police investigation turns up nothing. Echoes of the disappearance reverberate across a tightly woven community, with the fear and loss felt most deeply among its women. In a story as propulsive as it is emotionally engaging, this powerful novel brings us to a new understanding of the intricate bonds of family and community, in a Russia unlike any we have seen before." --Provided by publisher.

Not bad people : a novel

May 13, 2019
Scott, Brandy, author.
New York, NY : William Morrow Paperbacks, 2019.
555, 10 pages ; 21 cm
"A clever, compelling debut novel with a unique premise of what happens when three best friends engage in what seems to be a harmless act, but instead results in tragedy, leading the women to confront buried resentments, shattering secrets, dark lies, and the moral consequences that could alter their lives forever"-- Provided by publisher.

Rag and bone

May 13, 2019
Clifford, Joe, author.
238 pages ; 24 cm.
"Having spent ten months on the run after he was framed for the murder of an estate-clearing associate, handyman Jay Porter returns to his hometown of Ashton, New Hampshire. During his time as a fugitive, he searched for a hard drive--evidence that would put his longtime nemeses Adam and Michael Lombardi behind bars. But he came up empty handed. He has nothing. No hard drive, no hope. He hasn't spoken to his ex-wife and son in almost a year and he's broke. With his reputation tarnished and employment opportunities nonexistent, Jay takes a charity assignment from old friend/flame Alison Rodgers and learns of a fire at Alison's former rehab farm. Jay is convinced that the Lombardis started a fire as a scare tactic to pressure Alison to sell. As Jay begins to look into the origins of the fire, he hopes he will finally be able to put away his enemies. But he soon discovers that evil isn't so easy to define, and that sometimes we need to take the law into our own hands if we want justice."--Provided by publisher.

The Outlaw chronicles trilogy

May 13, 2019
Dekker, Ted, 1962- author.
864 pages ; 22 cm.
All titles previously released.
Eyes wide open -- Water walker -- Hacker.
"It all begins with Christy Snow in Eyes Wide Open: seventeen, buried alive in a coffin, and about to die. Is what she's experiencing real? Or is she suffering a delusional breakdown? In Water Walker, Alice Ringwald is a thirteen-year-old orphan suffering from amnesia. She is still adjusting to her new life when suddenly she is kidnapped by a strange man. Finally, in Hacker, skilled computer expert Nyah Parks is using her technical knowledge to get money for her mom's life-saving medical treatment. When Nyah cracks the wrong firewall, it's not just her mother's life that is in danger. Nyah is forced into one last hack that will either save her or kill her. Humming with intensity, The Outlaw Chronicles Trilogy is a raw adrenaline rush from the first page to the last from master of suspense Ted Dekker"--Page 4 of cover.


May 13, 2019
Hall, Bobby, author.
275 pages ; 21 cm
"A stunning debut novel from one of the most creative voices of our generation, Bobby Hall--a.k.a. Logic. Flynn is stuck--depressed, recently dumped, and living at his mom's house. The supermarket was supposed to change all that. An ordinary job, routine hours, a steady check. Work isn't work when it's saving you from yourself. But things aren't quite as they seem in these aisles. Arriving to work one day to a crime scene, Flynn's world begins to crumble as the secrets of his tortured mind are revealed. And Flynn doesn't want to go looking for answers at the supermarket, because something there seems to be looking for him. A darkly funny psychological thriller, Supermarket is a gripping exploration into madness and creativity. Who knew you could find sex, drugs, and murder all in aisle nine?"-- Provided by publisher.

Experimental film

May 13, 2019
Files, Gemma, 1968-, author.
Toronto, Canada : ChiZine Publications, [2015]
305 pages ; 23 cm.
This is a contemporary ghost story in which former Canadian film history teacher Lois Cairns - jobless and depressed in the wake of her son's autism diagnosis - accidentally discovers the existence of lost early 20th century Ontario filmmaker Mrs. A. Macalla Whitcomb. By deciding to investigate how Mrs. Whitcomb's obsessions might have led to her mysterious disappearance, Lois unwittingly invites the forces which literally haunt Mrs. Whitcomb's films into her life, eventually putting her son, her husband and herself in danger.

Cari Mora

May 10, 2019
Harris, Thomas, 1940- author.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2019.
311 pages ; 24 cm
"Twenty-five million dollars in cartel gold lies hidden beneath a mansion on the Miami Beach waterfront. Ruthless men have tracked it for years. Leading the pack is Hans-Peter Schneider. Driven by unspeakable appetites, he makes a living fleshing out the violent fantasies of other, richer men. Cari Mora, caretaker of the house, has escaped from the violence in her native country. She stays in Miami on a wobbly Temporary Protected Status, subject to the iron whim of ICE. She works at many jobs to survive. Beautiful, marked by war, Cari catches the eye of Hans-Peter as he closes in on the treasure. But Cari Mora has surprising skills, and her will to survive has been tested before. Monsters lurk in the crevices between male desire and female survival."-- Publisher's description.

The night before

May 10, 2019
Walker, Wendy, 1967- author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2019.
viii, 310 pages ; 24 cm
"The night before ... and the nightmare after. "Ferociously smart."--AJ Finn "Riveting." --Riley Sager "Addictive." --Liv Constantine "Wonderfully tense." --Aimee Molloy "Irresistible." --Mary Kubica "Impossible to put down." --Megan Miranda Rosie and Laura are as different as two sisters can be. One is stable and has the perfect family. The other struggles to break free from her troubled past. When Laura disappears after going on a blind date, Rosie takes matters into her own hands. But as Rosie begins to search for her sister, her greatest fears come to the surface. Could Laura be more of a danger than the stranger she meets, or is the night before her last night alive? Told in dual timelines--the night before and the day after--The Night Before is a riveting thriller about family loyalty, obsession, and what happens when the desire for love spins out of control" -- Provided by publisher.

Deep past

May 9, 2019
Linden, Eugene, author.
330 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
If nature could invent intelligence of our scale in a blink of geologic time, who's to say it hasn't been done before... A routine dig in Kazakhstan takes a radical turn for thirty-two-year-old anthropologist Claire Knowland when a stranger turns up at the site with a bizarre find from a remote section of the desolate Kazakh Steppe. Her initial skepticism of this mysterious discovery gives way to a realization that the find will shake the very foundations of our understanding of evolution and intelligence. Corrupt politics of Kazakhstan force Claire to take reckless chances with the discovery. Among the allies she gathers in her fight to save herself and bring the discovery to light is Sergei Anachev, a brilliant but enigmatic Russian geologist who becomes her unlikely protector even as he deals with his own unknown crisis. Ultimately, Claire finds herself fighting not just for the discovery and her academic reputation, but for her very life as great power conflict engulfs the unstable region and an unscrupulous oligarch attempts to take advantage of the chaos. Drawing on Eugene Linden's celebrated non-fiction investigations into what makes humans different from other species, this international thriller mixes fact and the fantastical, the realities of academic politics, and high stakes geopolitics--engaging the reader every step of the way.

The east end : a novel

May 8, 2019
Allen, Jason, 1975- author.
300 pages ; 24 cm
A Hamptons poolside accident that ends the life of a billionaire CEO's illicit lover is complicated by a lavish weekend vacation and a thrill-seeking hired boy who breaks in and witnesses everything in secret. A first novel. 40,000 first printing.

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