New Arrivals · Suspense Fiction

August 16, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

A river of stars : a novel

August 15, 2018
Hua, Vanessa, author.
New York : Ballantine Books, 2018.
292 pages ; 25 cm
"In a debut novel about motherhood, immigration, and identity, a pregnant Chinese woman makes her way to California and stakes a claim to the American dream." --Provided by publisher.

Don't eat me

August 14, 2018
Cotterill, Colin, author.
©2018
290 pages ; 22 cm.
"Between getting into a tangle with a corrupt local judge, and discovering a disturbing black-market business, Dr. Siri Paiboun, the ex-national coroner of Laos and his friend Inspector Phosy have their hands full in the thirteenth installment of Colin Cotterill's quirky, critically acclaimed series. Dr. Siri Paiboun, the ex-national coroner of Laos, may have more experience dissecting bodies than making art, but when he manages to smuggle a fancy movie camera into the country he devises a plan to shoot a Lao adaptation of War and Peace with his friend Civilai. The only problem? The Ministry of Culture must approve the script before they can get rolling. That and they can't figure out how to turn on the camera. Meanwhile, the skeleton of a woman has appeared under the Anusawari Arch in the middle of the night. Siri puts his directorial debut on hold and assists his friend, the newly promoted Senior Police Inspector Phosy Vongvichai, with the ensuing investigation. Though the death of the unknown woman seems to be recent, the flesh on her corpse has been picked off in places as if something--or someone--has been gnawing on the bones. The plot Phosy soon uncovers involves much more than single set of skeletal remains"-- Provided by publisher.

Last looks : a novel

August 14, 2018
Gould, Howard Michael, author.
New York, New York : Dutton, [2018]
294 pages ; 24 cm
Pathologically committed to a minimalist life in solitude, former LAPD detective Charlie Waldo is drawn into the case of once-famous, heavily-drinking actor Alastair Pinch, whose wife has been found dead.

The line that held us

August 14, 2018
Joy, David, 1983- author.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2018]
256 pages ; 24 cm
When Darl Moody went hunting after a monster buck he's chased for years, he never expected he'd accidentally shoot a man digging ginseng. Worse yet, he's killed a Brewer, a family notorious for vengeance and violence. With nowhere to turn, Darl calls on the help of the only man he knows will answer, his best friend, Calvin Hooper. But when Dwayne Brewer comes looking for his missing brother and stumbles onto a blood trail leading straight back to Darl and Calvin, a nightmare of revenge rips apart their world.

Sweet little lies : a novel

August 13, 2018
Frear, Caz, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2018.
344 pages ; 24 cm

The Dante connection

August 13, 2018
Ryan, Estelle, author.
[North Charleston, South Carolina] : [CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform], 2013.
359 pages ; 21 cm
"Despite her initial disbelief, Doctor Genevieve Lenard discovers that she is the key that connects stolen works of art, ciphers and sinister threats. Betrayed by the people who called themselves her friends, Genevieve throws herself into her insurance investigation job with autistic single-mindedness. When hacker Francine appears beaten and bloodied on her doorstep, begging for her help, Genevieve is forced to get past the hurt of her friends' abandonment and team up with them to find the perpetrators. Little does she know that it will take her on a journey through not one, but two twisted minds to discover the true target of their mysterious messages. It will take all her personal strength and knowledge as a nonverbal communications expert to overcome fears that could cost not only her life, but the lives of many others"--Page [4] of cover.

Last call

August 13, 2018
Abbott, Allyson K., author.
New York, NY : Kensington Books, [2018]
357 pages ; 17 cm
"Includes drink recipes!"--Cover.
Fresh off solving a murder that hit too close to home, Mack's trust is shattered. But when Milwaukee police detective Duncan Albright asks for her help with a shooting, she can't resist using her extra-perceptive senses to benefit others. It turns out the victim was the ruthless businessman their friend Mal was investigating undercover. And now Mal is missing--and his fingerprints are on the gun. Was his cover blown, forcing him into hiding? Or could he be a straight-up killer on the run? Mack doesn't know what to believe anymore--except her own gut, which leads her to secret rooms, shocking revelations . . . and the fear that this could be her final round. --Amazon.

99 lies

August 13, 2018
Vincent, Rachel, author.
©2018
403 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to : 100 hours.
Getting kidnapped over spring break was definitely memorable. But now that the surviving hostages are home, they want life to feel normal again: high school, dating, million-dollar galas. But there's no escaping the spotlight--or the truth about the ways they betrayed each other in the jungle. And this time, the real threat isn't kidnappers--it's what the "friends" might do to each other. Told from alternating perspectives, the high-stakes follow-up to 100 Hours delivers an explosive mix of nonstop action and romance as a group of Miami teens discovers that lies are nowhere near as dangerous as the truth.

Pieces of her : a novel

August 10, 2018
Slaughter, Karin, 1971- author.
New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
470 pages ; 24 cm
"The #1 internationally bestselling author returns with a new novel in the vein of her New York Times bestsellers Pretty Girls and The Good Daughter--a story even more electrifying, provocative, and suspenseful than anything she's written before. What if the person you thought you knew best turns out to be someone you never knew at all. ? Andrea knows everything about her mother, Laura. She knows she's spent her whole life in the small beachside town of Belle Isle; she knows she's' never wanted anything more than to live a quiet life as a pillar of the community; she knows she's never kept a secret in her life. Because we all know our mothers, don't we? But all that changes when a trip to the mall explodes into violence and Andrea suddenly sees a completely different side to Laura. Because it turns out that before Laura was Laura, she was someone completely different. For nearly thirty years she's been hiding from her previous identity, lying low in the hope that no one would ever find her. But now she's been exposed, and nothing will ever be the same again. The police want answers and Laura's innocence is on the line, but she won't speak to anyone, including her own daughter. Andrea is on a desperate journey following the breadcrumb trail of her mother's past. And if she can't uncover the secrets hidden there, there may be no future for either one of them"-- Provided by publisher.

Tahoe dark

August 10, 2018
Borg, Todd, author.
South Lake Tahoe, CA : Thriller Press, 2016.
351 pages : map ; 22 cm.
"A young man is taken in a brutal kidnapping. After Tahoe resident Jonas Montrop is kidnapped, his father pays the ransom but is then murdered. Four men hold up an armored truck. The next day, four robbers in hoodies and hockey masks take down an armored truck loaded with cash destined for a casino at Lake Tahoe. The company's boss calls Tahoe Detective Owen McKenna. As McKenna tracks the robbers, he finds two of them murdered in the gristliest of ways. It looks like the killer is a woman. McKenna uncovers evidence that implicates a woman named Evan Rosen in all three murders. Evan worked for the father of the kidnap victim, and she had a powerful motivation for wanting the robbers dead. Evan is arrested and charged with murder. Tahoe Detective Owen McKenna believes she's innocent. The problem is that McKenna doesn't believe Evan did it. The only way to save her from death row is to find the real killer. But this killer is smarter and meaner than any McKenna has ever caught. It looks like McKenna and Evan are both going to die before the killer is finished ..."--Back cover.

The king tides : a thriller

August 10, 2018
Swain, James, author.
Seattle : Thomas & Mercer, 2018.
310 pages ; 22 cm
Nicki Pearl is the perfect daughter--every parent's dream. And that of strangers, too. Wherever she goes, she's being watched. Each stalker is different from the last, except for one thing--their alarming obsession with Nicki. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and Nicki's father is turning to someone who can protect her: retired private detective and ex-Navy SEAL Jon Lancaster. Teaming up with FBI agent and former abduction victim Beth Daniels, Lancaster can help--his way. He's spent most of his career dispatching creeps who get off on terrorizing the vulnerable. Unlicensed, and unrestricted, he plays dirty...But this case is unusual. --Publisher's description.

Without fear

August 10, 2018
Hunt, David, 1942- author.
©2018
527 pages ; 24 cm.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book".
"Southern Afghanistan, 2005. NATO forces are battling the Taliban across Kandahar Province. In a terrifying twist, the rebels unearth a tactical nuclear bomb lost in the final days of the Soviet occupation. The years buried in the sand have damaged it, so the Taliban seeks the help of al Qaeda to secure replacement parts through its contacts in Saudi Arabia, the Opium Cartel, and the Russian Mafia. Doing so, however, inadvertently alerts the Americans, the Russians, and the Israelis. Hunter Stark and his team of CIA contractors are on the chase, dispensing explosive waves of violence to track where the Taliban is hiding the weapon. But Russian Spetsnaz and Israeli Mossad operatives are also in the region following their own agendas--as is NATO--triggering chaos and confusion. The stakes skyrocket when a courier delivers the components and the weapon becomes functional, forcing Stark to drive full throttle, without fear, into a world of terror, going beyond duty and honor to prevent the unthinkable."-- Provided by publisher.

Absinthe : a thriller

August 9, 2018
Eekhaut, Guido, 1954- author.
New York, N.Y. : Skyhorse Publishing, [2018]
328 pages ; 24 cm
"Originally published in the Netherlands under the title Absint by Mynx"--Verso t.p.
"Walter Eekhaut, a veteran of the Belgian police force who has a problem with authority, has been dispatched to Amsterdam to aid in investigating the activities of a well-connected Russian oligarch, with ties to Putin. Some of the Russian's business is legitimate, but some may well not be. Seconded to Chief Superintendent Alexandra Dewaal of the Dutch security service, he begins to learn about the city's shady underside. Eekhaut is at once pulled into another case, the murder of a young leftist dissident, alleged to have stolen a sensitive list from the Amsterdam offices of an ultra-right-wing political party-a list with the names of secret donors. The hunt for the killer leads to a knot of black money interests and illegal dealings that pit the Russian mob and Dutch politicians and business leaders against the police and anyone else who tries to get in their way"--Jacket flap.

Feared : a Rosato & DiNunzio novel

August 8, 2018
Scottoline, Lisa, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2018.
386 pages ; 24 cm.
"In the new thriller from New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline, Mary DiNunzio's ruthless nemesis Nick Machiavelli is back...with a vengeance. When three men announce that they are suing the Rosato & DiNunzio law firm for reverse sex discrimination--claiming that they were not hired because they were men--Mary DiNunzio and Bennie Rosato are outraged. To make matters worse, their one male employee, John Foxman, intends to resign, claiming that there is some truth to this case. The plaintiffs' lawyer is Nick Machiavelli, who has already lost to Mary once and is now back with a vengeance --determined not to not only win, but destroy the firm. It soon becomes clear that Machiavelli will do anything in his power to achieve his end...even after the case turns deadly. The stakes have never been higher for Mary and her associates as they try to keep Machiavelli at bay, solve a murder, and save the law firm they love...or they could lose everything they've worked for. Told with Scottoline's trademark gift for twists, turns, heart, and humanity, this latest thriller asks the question: Is it better to be loved, or feared... Feared, the sixth entry in the acclaimed Rosato & DiNunzio series, expertly explores what happens when we are tempted to give in to our own inner darkness."-- Provided by publisher.

Rust & stardust : a novel

August 8, 2018
Greenwood, T. (Tammy), author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2018.
356 pages ; 24 cm
Camden, NJ, 1948. When 11 year-old Sally Horner steals a notebook from the local Woolworth's, she has no way of knowing that 52 year-old Frank LaSalle, fresh out of prison, is watching her, preparing to make his move. Accosting her outside the store, Frank convinces Sally that he's an FBI agent who can have her arrested in a minute, unless she does as he says. This chilling novel traces the next two harrowing years as Frank mentally and physically assaults Sally while the two of them travel westward from Camden to San Jose, forever altering not only her life, but the lives of her family, friends, and those she meets along the way. Based on the experiences of real-life kidnapping victim Sally Horner and her captor, whose story shocked the nation and inspired Vladimir Nabokov to write his controversial and iconic Lolita, this heart-pounding story by award-winning author T. Greenwood at last gives a voice to Sally herself.

The bouncer : a novel

August 7, 2018
Gordon, David, 1967- author.
New York : The Mysterious Press, 2018.
259 pages ; 22 cm
"In David Gordon's diabolically imaginative new thriller, The Bouncer, nothing and no one is as expected--from a vial of yellow fragrance to a gangster who moonlights in women's clothes. Joe Brody is just your average Dostoevsky-reading, Harvard-expelled strip club bouncer who has a highly classified military history and whose best friend from Catholic school happens to be head mafioso Gio Caprisi. FBI agent Donna Zamora, the best shot in her class at Quantico, is a single mother stuck at a desk manning the hotline. Their storylines intersect over a tip from a cokehead that leads to a crackdown on Gio's strip joint in Queens and Joe's arrest--just one piece of a city-wide sweep aimed at flushing out anyone who might have a lead on the various terrorists whose photos are hanging on the wall under Most Wanted. Outside the jailhouse, the Fed and the bouncer lock eyes, as Gordon launches them both headlong into a nonstop plot that goes from back-road gun show intervention to high-stakes perfume heist and manages to touch everyone from the CIA to the Flushing Triads. Beneath it all lurks a sinister criminal mastermind whose manipulations could cause chaos on a massively violent scale. For readers who like a heavy dose of fun with their murder, this is crime fiction at its freshest, from a virtuoso of the "darkly comic, stylish literary thriller" (Associated Press)"-- Provided by publisher.

Don't send flowers

August 7, 2018
Solares, Martín, 1970- author.
New York : Black Cat, [2018]
442 pages ; 21 cm.
Originally published in Spanish under the title No manden flores in 2015.
A riveting novel centered on Carlos Treviño, a retired police detective in northern Mexico who has to go up against the corruption and widespread violence that caused him to leave the force, when he's hired by a wealthy businessman to find his missing daughter.

The negotiator : a novel of suspense

August 7, 2018
DuBois, Brendan, author.
Woodbury, Minnesota : Midnight Ink, [2018]
295 pages ; 21 cm

The money shot

August 6, 2018
Woods, Stuart, author.
©2018
311 pages ; 24 cm.
"Ever a man of mystery and intrigue, Teddy Fay has donned a new disguise--that of Mark Weldon, a stuntman and actor starring in Centurion Pictures' newest film. When the picture's leading lady begins receiving blackmail threats, Teddy is in the perfect position to investigate, and it soon becomes clear that the villains have more in their sights than just money. Money they've got. What they need is prestige, the cache of a respected studio to lend authority and legitimacy to their artistic endeavors...and a little bit of vengeance in the bargain."--Dust jacket flap.

The middleman

August 6, 2018
Steinhauer, Olen, author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2018.
360 pages ; 25 cm
"Traces the rise and fall of a domestic left-wing terrorist group. Told from the individual perspectives of an FBI agent, an undercover agent within the group, a convert to the terrorist organization, and a writer on the edges of the whole affair, this is a tightly wound thriller, and an intimate exploration of the people behind the politics."--Provided by publisher.

Under a dark sky : a novel

August 6, 2018
Rader-Day, Lori, 1973- author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
390, 16 pages ; 24 cm
"From the critically-acclaimed author of The Day I Died comes a terrifying twist on a locked-room mystery that will keep readers guessing until the last page. Only in the dark can she find the truth. Since her husband died, Eden Wallace's life has diminished down to a tiny pinprick, like a far-off star in the night sky. She doesn't work, has given up on her love of photography, and is so plagued by night terrors that she can't sleep without the lights on. Everyone, including her family, has grown weary of her grief. So when she finds paperwork in her husband's effects indicating that he reserved a week at a dark sky park, she goes. She's ready to shed her fear and return to the living, even if it means facing her paralyzing phobia of the dark. But when she arrives at the park, the guest suite she thought was a private retreat is teeming with a group of twenty-somethings, all stuck in the orbit of their old college friendships. Horrified that her get-away has been taken over, Eden decides to head home the next day. But then a scream wakes the house in the middle of the night. One of the friends has been murdered. Now everyone--including Eden--is a suspect. Everyone is keeping secrets, but only one is a murderer. As mishaps continue to befall the group, Eden must make sense of the chaos and lies to evade a ruthless killer--and she'll have to do it before dark falls..."-- Provided by publisher.

An unwanted guest

August 6, 2018
Lapeña, Shari, 1960- author.
New York, New York : Pamela Dorman Books / Viking, [2018]
290 pages ; 24 cm
"A weekend retreat at a cozy mountain lodge is supposed to be the perfect getaway. But when the storm hits, no one is getting away. It's winter in the Catskills and Mitchell's Inn, nestled deep in the woods, is the perfect setting for a relaxing maybe even romantic weekend away. So when the weather takes a turn for the worse, and a blizzard cuts off the electricity and all contact with the outside world the guests settle in for the long haul. Soon, though, one of the guests turns up dead it looks like an accident. But when a second guest dies, they start to panic. Within the snowed-in paradise, something or someone is picking off the guests one by one. And there's nothing they can do but hunker down and hope they can survive the storm"--Jacket

Three things about Elsie : a novel

August 3, 2018
Cannon, Joanna (Psychiatrist), author.
New York : Scribner, 2018.
372 pages ; 22 cm
"A novel set in England about eighty-four-year-old Florence, a resident in a nursing home, who has fallen in her apartment, leading her to think about her childhood friend and the secrets of their past that are about to come to light"-- Provided by publisher.

Texas Ranger

August 2, 2018
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
©2018
337, 9 pages ; 24 cm
Includes an excerpt from Juror #3 by James Patterson and Nancy Allen (pages 3-9 at end of work).
"Across the ranchlands and cities of his home state, Rory Yates's discipline and law-enforcement skills have carried him far--from local highway patrolman to the honorable rank of Texas Ranger. A tough case in Waco has jeopardized Yates's chances at promotion, and he decides to take time off to recharge with his family in their small-town hometown, Redbud. He arrives and finds a horrifying crime scene--and a scathing accusation: he is named a suspect in the murder of his ex-wife, Anne, a devoted teacher whose only controversial act ever was deciding to end her marriage to a Ranger. In search of the killer, Yates follows the Ranger creed--never to surrender--into the inferno of the most twisted and violent minds he's ever encountered. That code just might bring him out alive."--provided by publisher.

Jane Doe : a novel

August 2, 2018
Stone, Victoria Helen, author.
Seattle : Lake Union Publishing, [2018]
258 pages ; 22 cm

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