New Arrivals · Suspense Fiction

September 19, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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September 18, 2019
Logan, T. M., author.
©2018
360 pages ; 25 cm
"First published in Great Britain by Zaffre Publishing in 2018"--Title page verso.
When Sarah Haywood rescues a young girl in trouble, she expects nothing in return. But her instinctive act of bravery puts her in the debt of a powerful and dangerous man, and he has other ideas. He lives by his own brutal code, and all debts must be repaid - in the only way he knows how. He offers Sarah a way to solve an impossible situation with her intolerable boss. A once-in-a-lifetime deal that could turn her life around and make all her problems disappear. No consequences. No comeback. No chance of being found out. All it takes is a 29-second phone call ... Because everyone has a name to give. Don't they?

Clear my name

September 18, 2019
Daly, Paula, author.
©2019
292 pages ; 24 cm
"When Carrie was accused of brutally murdering her husband's lover, she denied it. She denied it again when they found her blood inside the victim's house, again when they put her in front of a jury, and again when they sent her to prison. Now three years into her fifteen-year sentence, gradually losing hope and separated from her pregnant daughter, she is still maintaining her innocence. Tess is the only employee of Innocence UK, a charity that helps clear the wrongfully convicted, and which accepts Carrie's case. But can she trust Carrie? Meanwhile, in order to find the truth, Tess must face her own past lies, all the while managing the naïve junior investigator assigned to be her shadow. An innovative spin on the crime novel full of wicked twists readers won't see coming, Paula Daly's Clear My Name raises the stakes in a grave miscarriage of justice and proves that even in a cold case, things still run hot"-- Provided by publisher.

Mother knows best : a novel of suspense

September 17, 2019
Peikoff, Kira, author.
New York : Crooked Lane, 2019.
280 pages ; 25 cm
"Claire Abrams's dreams became a nightmare when she passed on a genetic mutation that killed her little boy. Now she wants a second chance to be a mother, and finds it in Robert Nash, a maverick fertility doctor who works under the radar with Jillian Hendricks, a cunning young scientist bent on making her mark--and seducing her boss. Claire, Robert, and Jillian work together to create the world's first baby with three genetic parents--an unprecedented feat that could eliminate inherited disease. But when word of their illegal experiment leaks to the wrong person, Robert escapes into hiding with the now-pregnant Claire, leaving Jillian to serve out a prison sentence that destroys her future. Ten years later, a spunky girl named Abigail begins to understand that all is not right with the reclusive man and woman she knows as her parents. But the family's problems are only beginning. Jillian, hardened by a decade of jealousy and loss, has returned--and nothing will stop her from reuniting with the man and daughter who should have been hers" -- Amazon.com

The liar's daughter

September 17, 2019
Peterson, Megan Cooley, author.
New York : Holiday House, 2019.
284 pages ; 22 cm
Father is a prophet. Infallible. The Chosen One. Seventeen-year-old Piper will do anything for Father... until the day the government raids the compound and separates her from her siblings, from all of Father's followers-- even Caspian, the boy she loves. Desperate to escape deprogramming after being rescued from the cult, Piper wants to rejoin her family. She's living with a woman They claim is her real mother-- and Piper plans to escape. -- adapted from jacket

What she never said : a thriller

September 16, 2019
Riggs, Catharine, author.
©2019
349 pages ; 21 cm
"Santa Barbara Suspense Series Book 2"--Goodreads.
"Ruth Mosby is the VP of operations at Serenity Acres, where the privileged elite go to die. For a hefty fee, wealthy retirees can live the good life in this posh Santa Barbara community - even after they outlive their money. Ruth thinks this is a fine arrangement, but the savvy new boss has a new rule: if you can't pay, you can't stay"--From publisher.

The girl behind the red rope

September 16, 2019
Dekker, Ted, 1962- author.
©2019
330 pages ; 24 cm
Ten years ago, Grace saw something that would forever change the course of history. When evil in its purest form is unleashed on the world, she and others from their religious community are already hidden deep in the hills of Tennessee, abiding by every rule that will keep them safe, pure--and alive. As long as they stay there, behind the red perimeter.

The stalking

September 13, 2019
Graham, Heather.
©2019
297 pages ; 23 cm.
"With the execution of a serial killer known as the Artiste, Cheyenne Donegal thinks a grim part of her past is finally put to rest. Her cousin had been the twisted killer's final victim, and then-teenage Cheyenne was integral in bringing him to justice. That tragedy drove her to become an FBI agent. And now she's back in Louisiana because someone is murdering young women in the same manner as the Artiste. Krewe of Hunters agent Andre Broussard has deep ties in New Orleans and Cajun country beyond. He knows that more than one monster has stalked the bayou. Has a deadly threat been resurrected, or does someone have a dark inspiration? With the life of a missing woman on the line, Cheyenne and Andre have to set aside their doubts about each other and work to discover the truth. The case is too close and too personal--but they can't let it go, especially now that a ruthless killer has turned the tables and is hunting them." -- Amazon.

The missing piece

September 13, 2019
Sala, Sharon, author.
©2019
379 pages ; 17 cm
"PI Charlie Dodge knows what it's like to have something important disappear. His wife, Annie, suffers from early-onset Alzheimer's, causing her to remember little of the life she shared with her husband. Charlie has devoted his career to saving what he can--missing people, threatened lives. But when prominent Denver multimillionaire Carter Dunleavy vanishes without a trace, Charlie and his assistant, Wyrick, discover missing doesn't always mean gone. It turns out Carter didn't vanish after all--he's gone into hiding. Someone in his inner circle wants him dead and now Carter needs Charlie to expose the culprit before the Dunleavy empire spirals into ruin. But with a tangled web of suspects looking to silence Charlie's investigation, he'll have to find Carter's would-be killer and fast, before the traitor can finish the job."-- Page 4 of cover.

The gryphon heist

September 12, 2019
Hannibal, James R., author.
Grand Rapids, MI : Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2019]
396 pages ; 22 cm
"A rookie CIA officer makes a reluctant agreement to work with a former assassin and an elite team of thieves to breach a high-altitude data vault hovering in the mesosphere in the most daring heist ever conceived."--Provided by publisher.

Ice cold heart

September 12, 2019
Tracy, P. J, author.
©2019
326 pages ; 24 cm
It's a bitter winter in Minnesota--too cold to kill. There hasn't been a murder for a month, but the lull quickly comes to an end for Detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth, when they're called to the gruesome homicide of Kelly Ramage. Found in a friend's vacant house, this was no random attack, and clues reveal that she was living a very dangerous secret life. Magozzi and Gino trace her steps back to an art gallery where she was last seen alive. The gallery seems like a dead end, but the art is disturbing and exploitative. It may very well be inspiring a sadistic killer, because in this instance, art doesn't imitate life, it imitates death. Tipped off about a year-old murder that is a mirror-image of Kelly's crime scene, Gino and Magozzi enlist the aid of Grace MacBride and her eccentric, tech genius partners in Monkeewrench Software to help them decipher the digital trail that might connect the cases. As coincidences emerge, Magozzi, Gino, and the team have to work around the clock at breakneck pace to unravel a series of clues that form the framework of a larger, more sweeping, and insidious conspiracy than any of them could have imagined. Is Kelly the last person to die or just the most recent? And is there any way to stop it?

Here to stay

September 12, 2019
Edwards, Mark (Fiction writer), author.
©2019
367 pages ; 21 cm
Gemma Robinson comes into Elliot's life like a whirlwind, and they marry and settle into his home. When she asks him if her parents can come to stay for a couple of weeks, he is keen to oblige; he just doesn't quite know what he';s signing up for. The Robinsons arrive with Gemma's sister, Chloe, a mysterious young woman who refuses to speak or leave her room. Elliot starts to suspect that the Robinsons are hiding a dark secret. And then there are the scars on his wife's body that she won't talk about . . . As Elliot's in-laws become more comfortable in his home, encroaching on all aspects of his life, it becomes clear that they have no intention of moving out. To protect Gemma, and their marriage, Elliot delves into the Robinsons' past. But is he prepared for the truth?

Capturing the devil

September 12, 2019
Maniscalco, Kerri, author.
©2019
452 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Sequel to: Escaping from Houdini.
"James Patterson presents"
The city of Chicago hides its dark secrets well. When Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell attend the spectacular World's Fair, they find the once-in-a-lifetime event tainted with reports of missing people and unsolved murders. Determined to help they begin an investigation, only to find themselves facing a serial killer unlike any they've heard of before. Identifying him is one thing, but capturing him-- and getting dangerously lost in the infamous Murder Hotel he constructed as a terrifying torture device-- is another. -- adapted from jacket

Beneath the attic

September 12, 2019
Andrews, V. C. (Virginia C.), author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2019.
357 pages ; 23 cm
"Long before Garden of Shadows, the prequel to Flowers in the Attic, a young girl named Corrine Dixon met Garland Foxworth and, after a short, passionate rendezvous, the two shared a forbidden and complicated relationship. Now, in this evocative and thrilling tale from New York Times bestselling author V.C. Andrews, discover the fascinating family history of the Dollanganger clan and how they came to be as a result of a fast and passionate seduction"-- Provided by publisher.

The extinction agenda

September 12, 2019
Laurence, Michael, 1973- author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2019.
388 pages ; 24 cm
The discovery of a deadly virus being smuggled across the border pits FBI Special Agent James Mason and his strike force against an unknown adversary hell-bent on humanity's destruction. In a desperate effort to contain the pathogen, they launch a predawn raid, only to find that their enemy knows they're coming...and it's not about to be taken alive. An explosion rips through the building, killing the majority of Mason's team, including his partner and mentor. Tormented by guilt, Mason returns to his home division, but he can't seem to let go of the tragedy. He remembers seeing something inside the building before it went up in flames, something that convinces him that not only is the virus still out there, it's merely the first stage of an even more nefarious plan. Obsessed with unraveling the plot, he launches his own investigation and uncovers a shadow organization on the brink of enacting its genocidal agenda, one carried out by a sinister mass murderer who's been photographed at the epicenter of seemingly every historical pandemic...without appearing to age. An evil man who attempts to derail Mason's investigation by murdering his wife. With the help of his longtime friends--Gunnar Backstrom, a corporate espionage gun-for-hire, and Ramses Donovan, a sin merchant of questionable morality--Mason's hunt for his wife's killer leads him from a dark union at the dawn of the twentieth century to a network of Nazi collaborators and a conspiracy against mankind more than a hundred years in the making. Fueled by anger and driven by the promise of vengeance, he must overcome a monster preparing to unleash his virulent wrath upon an unsuspecting world if he's to have any hope of exposing a deep-state entity that's rooted in every facet of our society, an entity known only as...The Thirteen.

What Rose forgot

September 11, 2019
Barr, Nevada, author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2019.
291 pages ; 24 cm
In New York Times bestselling author Nevada Barr's gripping standalone, a grandmother in her sixties emerges from a mental fog to find she's trapped in her worst nightmare Rose Dennis wakes up in a hospital gown, her brain in a fog, only to discover that she's been committed to an Alzheimer's Unit in a nursing home. With no memory of how she ended up in this position, Rose is sure that something is very wrong. When she overhears one of the administrators saying about her that she's "not making it through the week," Rose is convinced that if she's to survive, she has to get out of the nursing home. She avoids taking her medication, putting on a show for the aides, then stages her escape. The only problem is--how does she convince anyone that she's not actually demented? Her relatives were the ones to commit her, all the legal papers were drawn up, the authorities are on the side of the nursing home, and even she isn't sure she sounds completely sane. But any lingering doubt Rose herself might have had is erased when a would-be killer shows up in her house in the middle of the night. Now Rose knows that someone is determined to get rid of her. With the help of her computer hacker/recluse sister Marion, thirteen-year old granddaughter Mel, and Mel's friend Royal, Rose begins to gather her strength and fight back--to find out who is after her and take back control of her own life. But someone out there is still determined to kill Rose, and they're holding all the cards.

The bone fire

September 11, 2019
Sykes, S. D., author.
©2019
309 pages ; 24 cm
"In the new Somershill Manor Mystery, Oswald de Lacy brings his family to a secluded island castle to escape the Black Death, but soon a murder within the household proves that even the strongest fortresses aren't free from terror in fourteenth-century England. When the Black Death reappears in England in 1361, Oswald de Lacy knows that the safest place for his wife and young son is the island-fortress of Eden, where his eccentrically pious friend Godfrey has invited the family to stay to wait out the plague during the long, dark winter. But Oswald has barely had time to settle in when a brutal murder shocks the household and it soon becomes clear that the castle is not the stronghold of security that they were so desperately looking for. Oswald knows the castle isn't safe, but neither is the plague-infested countryside outside its walls. His only hope is to solve the mystery of the murder before the killer strikes again. With a cast of characters like something out of Chaucer--a lord and lady, a knight, a religious radical, a court jester, a drunk, and a couple of traveling craftsmen are just some of the suspects Oswald must reckon with--and the all-consuming threat of the plague hovering just outside the castle walls, the newest novel in the Somershill Manor Mysteries is the most brilliant and frightening yet."-- Provided by publisher.

The body thieves : a novel

September 11, 2019
Bowron, Christopher, author.
Ft. Myers Beach, Florida : South Shore Publishing, [2018]
351 pages ; 23 cm
"Major Dominic Tavano, a disgraced US military surgeon, is commissioned by the US State Department to uncover the link between a big medical institution in the United States and a Mexican Drug Cartel, big players in world-wide illegal organ trafficking. His partner is Chantal, a nurse trained in combat, who is lead to believe from his Military dossier, that the often brash Doctor, is a cereal womanizer. Dom and Chantal travel to Acapulco undercover as a married couple, to meet and hopefully work as roving organ extractors for the bosses of Pacifico Cartel, headed by the aging, trigger happy patriarch-Hernando Suarez. But all is not as it seems... as Dom and Chantal set off a chain of dangerous events that are anything but a honeymoon"--Back cover.

Changeling

September 10, 2019
Wesolowski, Matt.
London : Orenda Books, 2019.
194 pages ; 20 cm.
"On Christmas Eve in 1988, seven-year-old Alfie Marsden vanished in the dark Wentshire Forest Pass, when a burst tyre forced his father, Sorrel, to stop the car. Leaving the car to summon the emergency services, Sorrel returned to find his son gone. No trace of the child, nor his remains, have ever been found. Alfie Marsden was declared officially dead in 1995. Elusive online journalist, Scott King, whose Sìx Stories' podcasts have become an internet sensation, investigates the disappearance, interviewing six witnesses, including Sorrel, his son and his ex-partner, to try to find out what really happened that fateful night. He takes a journey through the trees of the Wentshire Forest--a place synonymous with strange sightings, and tales of hidden folk who dwell there. He talks to a company that tried and failed to build a development in the forest, and a psychic who claims to know where Alfie is... Intensely dark, deeply chilling and searingly thought provoking, Changeling is an up-to-the-minute, startling thriller, taking you to places you will never, ever forget"--Publisher's description.

To the lions a novel

September 10, 2019
Watt, Holly, author.
©2019
386 pages : map ; 24 cm
A journalist must follow the clues, no matter how far that takes her. Casey Benedict, star reporter at the Post, has infiltrated the lives and exposed the lies of countless politicians and power players. Using her network of contacts, Casey is always on the search for the next big story, no matter how much danger this might place her in, no matter what cost emotionally. Tipped off by an overheard conversation at an exclusive London nightclub, she begins to investigate the apparent suicide of a wealthy young British man, whose death has left his fiancée and family devastated. Casey's determined hunt for the truth will take her from the glitz of St-Tropez to the deserts of Libya and on to the very darkest corners of the human mind.

Robert B. Parker's The bitterest pill

September 9, 2019
Coleman, Reed Farrel, 1956- author.
New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, [2019]
352 pages ; 24 cm.
The opioid epidemic has reached Paradise, and Police Chief Jesse Stone must rush to stop the devastation. When a popular high school cheerleader dies of a suspected heroin overdose, it becomes clear that the opioid epidemic has spread even to the idyllic town of Paradise. It will be up to police chief Jesse Stone to unravel the supply chain and unmask the criminals behind it, and the investigation has a clear epicenter: Paradise High School. Home of the town's best and brightest future leaders and its most vulnerable down-and-out teens, it's a rich and bottomless market for dealers out of Boston looking to expand into the suburbs. But when it comes to drugs, the very people Jesse is trying to protect are often those with the most to lose. As he digs deeper into the case, he finds himself battling self-interested administrators, reluctant teachers, distrustful schoolkids, and overprotective parents. and at the end of the line are the true bad guys, the ones with a lucrative business they'd kill to protect.

The chestnut man : a novel

September 9, 2019
Sveistrup, Søren, 1968- author.
New York, NY : Harper, 2019.
516 pages ; 24 cm
Originally publisher as Kastanjemanden in Denmark in 2018 by Politikens Forlag.
"On the first Tuesday in October, Rosa Hartung is returning to her job as minister for social affairs following a year's leave of absence--granted after the dramatic disappearance of her twelve-year-old daughter. Linus Bekker, a mentally ill young man, confessed to her killing, but is unable to remember where he buried the various parts of her dismembered corpse, leaving Rosa with no choice but to try to move on without closure. The same day Rosa returns to parliament, a young single mother is found brutally murdered at her home in the suburbs of Copenhagen--she's been tortured, and one hand has been cut off. Thulin and Hess, the detectives sent to investigate the crime, arrive at the address to find a figure made of chestnuts hanging from a playhouse nearby. When yet another woman is murdered--this time with both hands cut off--and another chestnut figure is found, Thulin and Hess begin to suspect a connection to the Hartung case. To put an end to the killing spree, the pair, with nothing in common aside from equally troubled personal lives, realize they will need to put aside their differences in a race against time--and a brutal psychopath"--Provided by publisher.

Cold storage : a novel

September 9, 2019
Koepp, David, author.
New York : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2019.
308 pages ; 24 cm
When Pentagon bio-terror operative Roberto Diaz was sent to investigate a suspected biochemical attack, he found something far worse: a highly mutative organism capable of extinction-level destruction. He contained it and buried it in cold storage deep beneath a little-used military repository. Now, after decades of festering in a forgotten sub-basement, the specimen has found its way out and is on a lethal feeding frenzy. Only Diaz knows how to stop it. He races across the country to help two unwitting security guards--one an ex-con, the other a single mother. Over one harrowing night, the unlikely trio must figure out how to quarantine this horror again. --Provided by publisher

Fatal strike

September 9, 2019
Mills, DiAnn, author.
Carol Stream, Illinois : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., [2019]
382 pages ; 21 cm
"There's a killer on the loose in Galveston, targeting law enforcement officials and using a fatal injection of snake venom to take them down. Authorities have reasons to believe the Veneno gang is behind the hits, and FBI Agents Leah Riesel and Jon Colbert team up to track down those responsible."-- Provided by publisher.

The secrets we kept

September 9, 2019
Prescott, Lara, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2019.
xi, 349 pages ; 25 cm
"Based on a true story."--Jacket
At the height of the Cold War, two secretaries are pulled out of the typing pool at the CIA and given the assignment of a lifetime. Their mission: to smuggle Doctor Zhivago out of the USSR, where no one dare publish it, and help Pasternak's magnum opus make its way into print around the world. Glamorous and sophisticated Sally Forrester is a seasoned spy who has honed her gift for deceit all over the world-- using her magnetism and charm to pry secrets out of powerful men. Irina is a complete novice, and under Sally's tutelage quickly learns how to blend in, make drops, and invisibly ferry classified documents.

We, the survivors

September 9, 2019
Aw, Tash, author.
©2019
326 pages ; 24 cm
Ah Hock is an ordinary man of simple means. Born and raised in a Malaysian fishing village, he favors stability above all, a preference at odds with his rapidly modernizing surroundings. So what brings him to kill a man?

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