New Arrivals · Suspense Fiction

July 19, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The red pole of Macau : an Ava Lee novel

July 18, 2014
Hamilton, Ian, 1946-
308, 14 pages ; 21 cm
In Ian Hamilton's The Red Pole of Macau, family ties are stressed to the limit when intrepid forensic accountant Ava Lee must rescue her half brother, Michael, and his business partner, Simon, from a disastrous multimillion-dollar real-estate deal in Macau. When the developers turn out to be gangsters, Michael and Simon are threatened with bankruptcy and much worse. Ava struggles to salvage the deal and her family's money, but then Simon is kidnapped, and the rules of the game abruptly change.

The Quantum Breach

July 18, 2014
Acey, Denver.
Springville, Utah : Bonneville Books, [2014].
249 pages ; 23 cm

Fast track

July 17, 2014
Garwood, Julie.
New York, New York : Dutton Adult, [2014].
321 pages ; 24 cm.
"Family secrets and a hidden past-a woman's search to uncover the truth ignites danger and passion in the latest novel from #1 New York Times-bestselling author Julie Garwood. Cordelia Kane has always been a daddy's girl-her father raised her alone after her mother died in a car crash when Cordelia was just two years old. So when he has a serious heart attack, Cordelia is devastated, and the emotion is only intensified by the confusion she feels when he reveals the shocking truth about her mother. Cordelia can't suppress her curiosity about the woman who gave birth to her, and when she discovers the answers to her questions lie in Sydney, Australia, she travels there to get them. Hotel magnate Aiden Madison is Cordelia's best friend's older brother. He's oblivious to the fact that she's had a crush on him for years. When he gets railroaded into taking her along to Sydney on his company jet, he's unwittingly drawn into a volatile family drama. Aiden wants to help Cordelia get answers about her mother, but threats from her wealthy, high-powered family are quickly becoming dangerous. Sparks are flying between Cordelia and Aiden, but after multiple attempts are made on Cordelia's life, Aiden realizes he must put a stop to the madness before he loses the thing he values most"-- Provided by publisher.


July 17, 2014
Palmer, Diana, author.
Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin, 2014.
302 pages ; 25 cm
When her photographic memory makes her the target of a criminal who will do anything to make her forget, Carlie Blair entrusts her life--and her heart--to a Lakota Sioux named Carson, a man she once despised.

The hexed

July 17, 2014
Graham, Heather, author.
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : Harlequin MIRA, [2014]
392 pages ; 17 cm
When a ghost leads Devin Lyle to a body in the woods where years earlier FBI paranormal investigator Craig Rockwell found his friend dead, they find themselves drawn deeper into the case and Salem's history.

The good girl

July 17, 2014
Kubica, Mary, author.
New York : Mira Books, 2014.
350 pages ; 24 cm.
The daughter of a prominent Chicago judge and his socialite wife, inner-city art teacher Mia Dennett is taken hostage by her one-night stand, Colin Thatcher, who, instead of delivering her to his employers, hides her in a secluded cabin in rural Minnesota to keep her safe from harm.

The house of small shadows

July 17, 2014
Nevill, Adam L. G.
New York : St. Martin's Press, [2014].
374 pages ; 24 cm
"Catherine's last job ended badly. Corporate bullying at a top antiques publication saw her fired and forced to leave London, but she was determined to get her life back. A new job and a few therapists later, things look much brighter. Especially when a challenging new project presents itself -- to catalogue the late M. H. Mason's wildly eccentric cache of antique dolls and puppets. Rarest of all, she'll get to examine his elaborate displays of posed, costumed and preserved animals, depicting bloody scenes from World War II. Catherine can't believe her luck when Mason's elderly niece invites her to stay at Red House itself, where she maintains the collection until his niece exposes her to the dark message behind her uncle's "Art." Catherine tries to concentrate on the job, but Mason's damaged visions begin to raise dark shadows from her own past. Shadows she'd hoped therapy had finally erased. Soon the barriers between reality, sanity and memory start to merge and some truths seem too terrible to be real.."-- Provided by publisher.

Games divas play

July 17, 2014
Burt-Murray, Angela, author.
Seattle : Thomas & Mercer [2014]
329 pages ; 21 cm
"When Nia Bullock lands a job as editor-in-chief of the hot new magazine and web site DivaDish, she finds that her platinum dreams can quickly turn into a nightmare. Battling backstabbing colleagues and reeling from murderous threats, she must turn to an ex-boyfriend for help. Vanessa King, the first lady of the NBA, is looking for a fresh start with her husband, Marcus, the new star point guard for the New York Gladiators who's as popular with the ladies as he is with hoops fans. Since marrying her college sweetheart, Vanessa has learned to deal with life with a professional athlete--the groupies, the paparazzi, and the unchecked ego of a man the sports world puts on a pedestal. When Laila James, self-proclaimed "Golden Goddess," sets her sights on Marcus and shops a reality show based on their affair--and then a dangerous stalker threatens his family--Vanessa turns to her best friend Nia to save her marriage and her life."-- From back cover.

The bone orchard

July 16, 2014
Doiron, Paul.
New York : Minotaur Books 2014.
306 p. ; 25 cm.
"In the aftermath of a family tragedy, Mike Bowditch has left the Maine Warden Service and is working as a fishing guide in the North Woods. But when his mentor Sgt. Kathy Frost is forced to kill a troubled war veteran in an apparent case of 'suicide by cop,' he begins having second thoughts about his decision. Now Kathy finds herself the target of a government inquiry and outrage from the dead soldier's platoon mates. Soon she finds herself in the sights of a sniper, as well. When the sergeant is shot outside her farmhouse, Mike joins the hunt to find the mysterious man responsible. To do so, the ex-warden must plunge into his friend's secret past--even as a beautiful woman from Mike's own past returns, throwing into jeopardy his tentative romance with wildlife biologist Stacey Stevens. As Kathy Frost lies on the brink of death and a dangerous shooter stalks the blueberry barrens of central Maine, Bowditch is forced to confront the choices he has made and determine, once and for all, the kind of man he truly is" -- from publisher's web site.

Bravo : a Jad Bell novel

July 16, 2014
Rucka, Greg, author.
294 pages ; 24 cm
"Still recovering from traumas both physical and emotional, Jad Bell is tasked with bringing in the Uzbek, principal organizer of the terrorist attack that nearly cost Bell his ex-wife and daughter. But the Uzbek's just the beginning: his employer, the Architect, has already set in motion another, even more devastating attack. At the center of it all are two women under deep cover. One, as beautiful as she is deadly, has just been dispatched on American soil to execute the Architect's deadly plans. The other is an American just emerging from a complex web of lies, whose intel may be the only hope Bell has to stop the assault before it begins. But after years of pretending to be somebody else, can she be trusted?"--Dustjacket flap.

Rusalki belogo ozera

July 15, 2014
Leontʹev, Anton.
Moskva : Ėksmo, [2013].
346 pages ; 21 cm.

El último pasajero

July 15, 2014
Loureiro, Manel, 1975-
Barcelona : Planeta, [2013].
447 pages ; 24 cm.

Remains of innocence

July 11, 2014
Jance, Judith A.
New York, NY : William Morrow, [2014]
389 pages ; 24 cm
"A Brady novel of suspense"--Cover.
While investigating two separate cases, Sheriff Joanna Brady must discover if the death of a family friend whose body was found in a limestone cavern is linked to the discovery of a fortune in $100 bills hidden in the house of a hoarder.

The butcher

July 11, 2014
Hillier, Jennifer.
New York : Gallery Books, 2014.
344 pages ; 24 cm.
"From the author of the acclaimed suspense novels Creep and Freak and whom Jeffery Deaver has praised as a "top of the line thriller writer," The Butcher is a high-octane novel about lethal secrets that refuse to die--until they kill again. A rash of grisly serial murders plagued Seattle until the infamous "Beacon Hill Butcher" was finally hunted down and killed by police chief Edward Shank in 1985. Now, some thirty years later, Shank, retired and widowed, is giving up his large rambling Victorian house to his grandson Matt, whom he helped raise. Settling back into his childhood home and doing some renovations in the backyard to make the house feel like his own, Matt, a young up-and-coming chef and restaurateur, stumbles upon a locked crate he's never seen before. Curious, he picks the padlock and makes a discovery so gruesome it will forever haunt him... Faced with this deep dark family secret, Matt must decide whether to keep what he knows buried in the past, go to the police, or take matters into his own hands. Meanwhile Matt's girlfriend, Sam, has always suspected that her mother was murdered by the Beacon Hill Butcher--two years after the supposed Butcher was gunned down. As she pursues leads that will prove her right, Sam heads right into the path of Matt's terrible secret. A thriller with taut, fast-paced suspense, and twists around every corner, The Butcher will keep you guessing until the bitter, bloody end"-- Provided by publisher.

Cold type : a novel

July 11, 2014
Araton, Harvey.
El Paso, Texas : Cinco Puntos Press, 2014.
271 pages ; 24 cm
"In times of change, American novelists return to old themes. In Cold Type--as in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman--a son and his father struggle to hold onto what they think is right. It's mid-1990s; and "cold type" technology, a.k.a. computerized typesetting, wreaks havoc among workers in the newspaper industry. A fabulously wealthy Briton buys the New York City Trib and immediately refuses to negotiate with the truck drivers' union. In solidarity, all the other blue collar unions take to the streets. Jamie Kramer is a reporter for the Trib. His father is a hardcore shop steward (unusual for a Jew in Irish-dominated unions) from the old day of "hot type," but who has become a typographer in a world he doesn't understand. His father expects Jamie not to cross the picket line. It would be an act of supreme disrespect. But that's not so easy for Jamie. His marriage has fallen apart, he desperately needs his paycheck for child support, and he needs to make his own life outside the shadow of his father.Harvey Araton is a celebrated sports reporter and columnist for the New York Times. He authored the New York Times best-seller Driving Mr. Yogi: Yogi Berra, Ron Guidry, and Baseball's Greatest Gift; plus When the Garden Was Eden: Clyde, the Captain, Dollar Bill, and the Glory Days of the New York Knicks. Araton also finds time to serve as adjunct professor in sports writing at Montclair State University in New Jersey where he lives"-- Provided by publisher.


July 11, 2014
Webb, Debra.
New York : Forever, 2013.
366 pages ; 17 cm.
"When her beloved high school teacher appears on her doorstep, Deputy Chief Jess Harris is flooded with fond memories--until the woman says she's about to be charged with murder. Called to the scene of the crime, Jess learns the victim of the bizarre and brutal slaying was a member of Birmingham's famed "Five." Twelve years ago, the Five were rich, popular high school seniors who threw one wild last party. Two social outcasts were invited to play in the "loser games." The next morning, one player killed himself. Now Jess fears that an invitation to an upcoming class reunion may have forced the Five to play a new deadly game. As Jess fights to keep her former teacher from suspicion-and her relationship with Chief Dan Burnett separate from her work life-she knows she is caught in a vicious cycle of vengeance. And the killer is far from finished."-- Page [4] of cover.

Blind trust : a novel

July 11, 2014
Orchard, Sandra, author.
380 pages ; 22 cm.
Kate Adams had no idea she was carrying counterfeit money, and she can't believe that it came from her sweet neighbor. Determined to prove her neighbor's innocence, Kate stumbles into a pit of intrigue that is far deeper than a two-bit counterfeit operation-- and strikes too close to home for comfort. As family secrets come to light, her world begins to crumble.


July 10, 2014
Webb, Debra.
New York ; Forever, 2013, c2011.
346 p. ; 18 cm.
Special Agent Jess Harris, after nearly losing her career when she broke the rules on a previous case, agrees to work with Police Chief Dan Burnett when four women go missing, only to discover that the serial killer from her past may be stalking her.

Wayfaring stranger : a novel

July 9, 2014
Burke, James Lee, 1936-
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014.
435 pages ; 25 cm
"WAYFARING STRANGER begins in West Texas in 1934. At age sixteen, Weldon Holland encounters Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker traveling with their accomplices after having just pulled off one of their notorious armed robberies. Weldon is smitten by Bonnie, but because of Clyde and Bonnie's duplicity and the disrespect they show his grandfather, Weldon ends up putting a bullet through the rear window of Clyde's stolen automobile. The story then jumps to 1944 and the Ardennes Forest and the Battle of the Bulge, where Second Lieutenant Weldon Holland saves his sergeant, Hershel Pine, from death by suffocation when he is buried alive in his foxhole under the treads of a Waffen SS Tiger tank. Weldon and Hershel survive the executions of the wounded by the SS and escape on a freight train deep into Nazi Germany. There, they stumble into an extermination camp deserted by the SS, and discover among the stacked bodies a young woman named Rosita Lowenstein, who is not only a remarkable woman but a relative of Rosa Luxemburg (known as "Red Rosa," whose mother's name was Lowenstein). Eventually, Weldon will make her his bride, and the three friends will return to Texas to seek their fortunes. But when Weldon, Hershel, and Rosita form a pipeline corporation, they enter the domain of jackals known as the oil business. They meet Roy Wiseheart--one of the wealthiest men in Texas and a former Marine aviator haunted with guilt for deserting his squadron leader over the South Pacific--and Roy's wife Clara, a vicious anti-semite who is determined to make Weldon and Rosita's life a nightmare"-- Provided by publisher.

The unexpected witness

July 9, 2014
Bell, D. L. (David Lee), author.
362 pages ; 22 cm
"Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 30, 2013)"
"In the middle of the night on a farm in rural southwest Ohio, five year old Tracy Weaver chased after her runaway kitten. Instead of finding her lost pet, she stumbled across three men who came out into the country to bury the body of a girl whom they had kidnapped from Indiana. To their dismay, the killers discovered that their victim was still alive. The leader finished her off, not knowing that a small child hid in the tall grass nearby. The murder remained undiscovered. Now, sixteen years later, Tracy attends college in the small town of Hamilton, Ohio. While at school she meets her soul mate and future husband, Paul, and their romance blossoms. One night while over at his apartment, she sees the killer in a political commercial. He is now the county prosecutor, and he's running for the state senate. Tracy soon finds herself in a race against time to somehow convince the authorities that their newly elected senator is a murderer before she becomes his next victim. What can she do? Who can she turn to?"


July 9, 2014
Webb, Debra.
New York : Forever, 2013.
353 pages ; 17 cm.
"When Jess Harris moved back to her Alabama hometown, she thought she'd left her past behind her. But the blood bath the new Major Crimes deputy chief finds at a murder scene is beyond even the savagery of Eric Spears, the serial killer who now haunts Jess's life with terrifying text messages. Amid eerie echoes of the Charles Manson massacre, Jess investigates the dismemberment of a cop's wife while her baby lay sleeping down the hall. The discovery of two more headless victims makes Jess wonder if it's a gang-related slaying, a personal vendetta ... or something else. And the sudden reappearance of her ex-husband makes her question her future with Chief of Police Dan Burnett. Now as the net widens to include a shocking suspect, Jess realizes that the identity of the killer may lie with an autistic eight-year-old boy. With inner-city tensions at an all-time high and the community calling for blood, Jess must race to save an innocent child-and prevent a final, horrifying act of rage"--Page 4 of cover.

Seven grams of lead

July 9, 2014
Thomson, Keith, 1965-
New York : Anchor Books, a Division of Random House LLC, 2014.
446 pages ; 18 cm
"Anchor Books mass-market original"--Title page verso.
When one of his ex-lovers is murdered before she can reveal government secrets, hard-hitting journalist Russ Thornton goes on the run from a killer who is after the recording device implanted in his head.

Don't try to find me

July 8, 2014
Brown, Holly, 1974- author.
viii, 352 pages ; 24 cm
"When a fourteen-year-old runs away, her parents turn to social media to find her--launching a public campaign that will expose their darkest secrets and change their family forever, in this suspenseful and gripping debut for fans of Reconstructing Amelia and Gone Girl. Don't try to find me. Though the message on the kitchen white board is written in Marley's hand, her mother Rachel knows there has to be some other explanation. Marley would never run away. As the days pass and it sinks in that the impossible has occurred, Rachel and her husband Paul are informed that the police have "limited resources." If they want their fourteen-year-old daughter back, they will have to find her themselves. Desperation becomes determination when Paul turns to Facebook and Twitter, and launches But Marley isn't the only one with secrets. With public exposure comes scrutiny, and when Rachel blows a television interview, the dirty speculation begins. Now, the blogosphere is convinced Rachel is hiding something. It's not what they think; Rachel would never hurt Marley. Not intentionally, anyway. But when it's discovered that she's lied, even to the police, the devoted mother becomes a suspect in Marley's disappearance. Is Marley out there somewhere, watching it all happen, or is the truth something far worse? "-- Provided by publisher.

Nobody is ever missing

July 8, 2014
Lacey, Catherine, 1985-
New York : FSG Originals, 2014.
244 pages ; 19 cm
"The story of a young woman who takes a one-way flight to New Zealand, abruptly leaving her stable but unfulfilling life in Manhattan, hurtling herself into the unknown, testing fate by hitchhiking, tacitly being swept into the lives of strangers and sleeping in fields, forests or public parks"-- Provided by publisher.

Tomorrow and tomorrow

July 8, 2014
Sweterlitsch, Thomas.
New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2014.
342 pages ; 24 cm
"In the near-future around the tenth anniversary of a devastating, apocalyptic attack on Pittsburgh, one survivor - an archivist working in a perfect, immersive digital reproduction of the city - stumbles upon a dark and violent cover-up that unravels what is left of the life he knew"-- Provided by publisher.

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