New Arrivals · Suspense Fiction

June 25, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The charmers

June 24, 2016
Adler, Elizabeth (Elizabeth A.), author.
©2016
vi, 277 pages ; 24 cm
"A novel"--Dust jacket.
"Mirabella Matthews' Aunt Jolly died unexpectedly and mysteriously, and as a result, Mirabella has inherited her villa in the South of France. Driving on the way from the train with Verity, the young woman she picked up along the way, Mirabella is run off the road by a motorcycle and she soon discovers that the dangers do not end there. It turns out that Aunt Jolly had a past, and as the various men who were a part of it show up at the villa Mirabella and Verity must find out who can be trusted and who is using charm to mask the face of a murderer"-- Provided by publisher.

First strike

June 24, 2016
Coes, Ben, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2016.
471 pages ; 25 cm.
"The violent terrorist group ISIS has launched a major military campaign to take over Syria. But as they commit more and more public atrocities, their sources for ammunition are drying up. However, their charismatic and tyrannical leader, Tristan Nazir, has a major card left to play, which will get a new secret shipment of arms underway. Dewey Andreas is sent into the field to meet Mallory, the Milan CIA station chief who has explosive proof about the source of the terrorists group's original funding. While ISIS operatives take out both Mallory and his source, Dewey escapes with the proof the group's original munitions were provided by a black-ops program from deep within the Pentagon itself. The program unravels in time for the arms shipment to be stopped before it reaches its destination. But Isolda isn't finished. He launches a bold strike into the heart of America, sending a team to take over a dorm at Columbia University, capturing nearly 500 college students as hostages. Among those hostages is CIA Director Hector Calibrisi's daughter, Daisy. For every hour that the shipment of weapons is delayed, the radicals will publicly execute one student. A frontal assault will result in untold number of dead students. Sending the shipment will give Isolda and his followers the means to capture Syria and its resources, creating a terrorist run nation. In a situation with no solutions, there remains only one option: Dewey Andreas"-- Provided by publisher.

Missing, presumed : a novel

June 24, 2016
Steiner, Susie, 1971 or 1972- author.
New York : Random House, [2016]
350 pages ; 25 cm
"Detective Manon Bradshaw is 39, single, and miserable as sin. She has endured some of the worst dates in internet history. But she loves her job and performs it brilliantly; all she needs to rise up in the ranks is a big break. Edith Hind is a gorgeous, intrepid graduate student at Cambridge University who seems to have it all: a doting boyfriend, a devoted friend named Helena, a loving mother and a father who is a surgeon to the Royal Family. When Edith turns up missing from her apartment one evening, leaving only a single streak of blood along the front foyer wall, the case becomes a national media sensation. In the first frenzied 72 hours of being assigned to the case, Bradshaw will make a number of alarming discoveries: Edith's behavior had been erratic in the run-up to her disappearance, and her close friend Helena, the last person to see her, is clearly hiding something. A known sex offender appears in CCTV footage of Edith taken a short while before she goes missing. Then a body is discovered floating in a nearby river. Is Edith Hind alive or dead? Was her "complex love life" at the heart of her disappearance, as the tabloids are suggesting? Why is there reluctance, in the senior ranks, to press too hard on some elements of the story? Detective Bradshaw must use all her skill and resources to bring closure to the case for Edith's family, as she finds herself becoming ever more personally, and dangerously, invested"-- Provided by publisher.

The natural way of things

June 24, 2016
Wood, Charlotte.
[New York] : Europa Editions, 2016. ©2016
230 p. ; 21 cm.
"Two women awaken from a drugged sleep to find themselves imprisoned in a broken-down property in the middle of a desert. Strangers to each other, they have no idea where they are or how they came to be there with eight other girls....In each girl's past is a sexual scandal with a powerful man. The Natural Way of Things is a gripping, starkly imaginative exploration of contemporary misogyny and corporate control, and of what it means to hunt and be hunted. Most of all, it is the story of two friends, their sisterly love and courage."--Author's website.

Dark road home : a Gin Sullivan mystery

June 24, 2016
Carlisle, Anna, author.
©2016
300 pages ; 24 cm
"The summer after she graduated from high school, Gin Sullivan's little sister Lily went missing. Her family fell apart, not to mention her relationship with her high school sweetheart, Jake. Now, almost twenty years later, Gin is living in Chicago and working as a medical examiner when she gets the call: a body's been found in the woods outside her small hometown. It could be her sister. After all these years, it's time for Gin to go home and face the demons she tried to leave behind. Confronting your past is never easy, but for Gin it also means confronting Jake, who was the prime suspect in Lily's disappearance. To find an answer to the question of what happened to her sister that fateful summer, Gin makes the difficult decision to use her talents as a medical examiner to help the police investigation. But as Gin gets deeper into the case, she uncovers a shocking truth that could change everything-- if it doesn't destroy what's left of her and her family first"--Amazon.com.

Underground airlines

June 24, 2016
Winters, Ben H., author.
©2016
327 pages : map ; 25 cm
"It is the present-day, and the world is as we know it: smartphones, social networking and Happy Meals. Save for one thing: the Civil War never occurred. A gifted young Black man calling himself Victor has struck a bargain with federal law enforcement, working as a bounty hunter for the US Marshall Service. He's got plenty of work. In this version of America, slavery continues in four states called "the Hard Four." On the trail of a runaway known as Jackdaw, Victor arrives in Indianapolis knowing that something isn't right-- with the case file, with his work, and with the country itself. A mystery to himself, Victor suppresses his memories of his childhood on a plantation, and works to infiltrate the local cell of an abolitionist movement called the Underground Airlines. Tracking Jackdaw through the back rooms of churches, empty parking garages, hotels, and medical offices, Victor believes he's hot on the trail. But his strange, increasingly uncanny pursuit is complicated by a boss who won't reveal the extraordinary stakes of Jackdaw's case, as well as by a heartbreaking young woman and her child who may be Victor's salvation. Victor himself may be the biggest obstacle of all-- though his true self remains buried, it threatens to surface. Victor believes himself to be a good man doing bad work, unwilling to give up the freedom he has worked so hard to earn. But in pursuing Jackdaw, Victor discovers secrets at the core of the country's arrangement with the Hard Four, secrets the government will preserve at any cost"--Provided by publisher.

Tag, you're dead

June 24, 2016
Lane, J. C., author.
Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2016.
323 pages ; 22 cm
Includes discussion questions.
Six young people play a dangerous Game of Tag in public, chasing through the crowds, streets, and buildings of Chicago. This secret, one-of-a-kind, wildly expensive Game offers a macabre twist to the childhood version... if you get Tagged, you get Dead.

Ice Station Nautilus

June 24, 2016
Campbell, Rick (Navy Commander), author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2016.
x, 324 pages ; 25 cm
"Russia's new ballistic missile submarine, Yuriy Dolgorukiy, is being deployed on its first patrol while America's newest fast attack submarine, North Dakota, is assigned to trail it and collect intel. As the Russian submarine heads under the polar ice cap, its sonar readings reveal the trailing American sub and cause the Russians to begin a radical, evasive maneuver. This, however, fails and the submarines collide, resulting in damage that sends both to the bottom. The Americans immediately set up a rescue mission, sending a new submarine and a SEAL team to establish an ice camp Ice Station Nautilus and stage a rescue. The Russians also send men and material, ostensibly to rescue their own men, but the Russian Special Forces team is also there to take the American base camp and the American sub, leaving no survivors or traces of their actions. As the men in North Dakota struggle to survive, the SEAL team battles for possession of the submarine. Ice Station Nautilus is an epic battle above and below the ice, Special Forces against SEALs, submarine against submarine, with survival on the line"--Provided by publisher.

Heartbreaker

June 23, 2016
Howard, Linda, 1950-
©1987
248 pages ; 23 cm.
"Michelle Cabot has inherited her father's Florida cattle ranch -- and a pile of debt, most of which is owed to her neighbouring rancher and arch-nemesis, John Rafferty. But while John thinks he now holds the cards over the spoiled rich girl he once despised, Michelle, desperate to run the Cabot ranch -- the only thing she has left -- all by herself, has other ideas... They may be locked in battle, but are the tough rancher and feisty beauty losing the fight against their feelings for each other?"

The girl in the ice : a Detective Erika Foster novel

June 23, 2016
Bryndza, Robert, author.
©2016
394 pages ; 20 cm.
"When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation. The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life. Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes, all found strangled, hands bound and dumped in water around London. What dark secrets is the girl in the ice hiding?"--From back cover.

The butterfly garden

June 23, 2016
Hutchison, Dot, author.
©2016
276 pages ; 21 cm
"Near an isolated mansion lies a beautiful garden. In this garden grow luscious flowers, shady trees, and a collection of precious butterflies ; young women who have been kidnapped and intricately tattooed to resemble their namesakes. Overseeing it all is the Gardener, a brutal, twisted man obsessed with capturing and preserving his lovely specimens. When the garden is discovered, a survivor is brought in for questioning. FBI agents Victor Hanoverian and Brandon Eddison are tasked with piecing together one of the most stomach-churning cases of their careers. But the girl, known only as Maya, proves to be a puzzle herself. As her story twists and turns, slowly shedding light on life in the Butterfly Garden, Maya reveals old grudges, new saviors, and horrific tales of a man who'd go to any length to hold beauty captive. But the more she shares, the more the agents have to wonder what she's still hiding" -- back cover.

Burn what will burn : [a novel]

June 22, 2016
McKenzie, C. B., author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2016.
212 pages ; 22 cm
Subtitle from jacket.
"A Thomas Dunne book."
"Bob Reynolds doesn't recognize the body in the creek, but he does recognize the danger of it. He's a newcomer to town, not entirely welcome and not entirely on good footing with the sheriff. So far, he's kept his head down, mostly over the bar at the Crow's Nest. But he has other interests than drinking and spending his inheritance, including one that goes by the name Tammy Fay Smith and who may have caught the sheriff's eye as well. Bob Reynolds would rather pretend he never saw the body, but when it disappears he begins to doubt what little he knew about this secretive town, one that seems to become more unwelcoming by the day. But he can't just forget the body, despite the advice he's given to do so, and despite the evidence to suggest that he might be disappearing along with it. Following his acclaimed, Edgar-nominated debut, CB McKenzie's Burn What Will Burn will appeal to fans of such literary crime authors as Daniel Woodrell, Tom Franklin, Joe R. Lansdale, and Nic Pizzolatto"-- Provided by publisher.

Pressure

June 22, 2016
Keene, Brian, author.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2016.
x, 276 pages ; 22 cm
"Off the coast of tropical Mauritius, an ecological catastrophe with global implications is occurring. The ocean's floor is collapsing at a rapid rate. World-champion free diver and marine biologist Carrie Anderson joins a scientific expedition determined to discover the cause-and how to stop it. But what they uncover is even more horrific. Deep beneath the surface, something is awake. Something hungry. Something...cold."-- Provided by publisher.

The sadness

June 22, 2016
Rybeck, Benjamin, author.
Los Angeles, CA : The Unnamed Press, [2016]
256 pages ; 21 cm
"Broke and homeless at 30, Kelly Enright flees Arizona. Returning to her hometown of Portland, ME, her only plan is to track down her estranged but well-off father. But her twin brother, Max, is living in their deceased mother's home, and if anyone's more screwed up than Kelly, it's disheveled, misanthropic Max. Max has just one obsession: film. In particular, his own unfinished project from a decade earlier, which he believes is a masterpiece in the making. He dreams of completing it, but there’s a major problem: Evelyn, his actress and muse, has recently disappeared. "--Publisher website.

Stealing fire

June 22, 2016
Blevins, Winfred, author.
New York : Forge, 2016.
333 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
When Navajo detective Yazzie Goldman steps in to protect an old man from being harassed by a hood, he discovers that the old man is none other than architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright has found himself surrounded by bad people, including a Chicago gangster he's in debt to and an assistant who wants to steal Wright's plans for the Guggenheim Museum. Yazzie takes Wright into his home for protection, but he'll need to find allies if he's going to win against the bad guys.

Hard cover : a Marc Portman thriller

June 22, 2016
Magson, Adrian, author.
©2016
247 pages ; 22 cm
Marc Portman, codename Watchman, is in Russia providing covert back-up to wealthy Russian businessman Leonid Tzorekov. A former KGB officer sympathetic to the West, Tzorekov has close links with Vladimir Putin and is planning to use his influence with the President to improve relations between Russia, the USA and the European Union. However, there are those with vested interests in maintaining hostilities: powerful men who will go to any lengths to ensure the proposed meeting does not take place. The Watchman’s role is to run security, evaluate risks and, where necessary, provide hard cover by taking more direct action and fighting back. When the assignment takes an unexpected turn, Portman has no choice but to take the hard cover option.

House revenge

June 22, 2016
Lawson, Michael, 1948- author.
©2016
276 pages ; 24 cm.
"Joe DeMarco's powerful congressman boss dispatches him to Boston to help an elderly woman who's holding out against a real estate developer intent on tearing down her apartment building."--Provided by publisher.

The incident

June 22, 2016
Neiderman, Andrew.
Sutton, Surrey, England : Severn House, 2016.
215 pages ; 22 cm
"Six years after "the incident" that no one will talk about, Victoria Myers returns to her small hometown in the Catskill Mountains. After years in therapy, she is determined to start living life to the full once again--particularly when she starts dating Bart Stonefield, son of a wealthy businessman. But the past has not yet been laid to rest. No one has ever been brought to justice for the crime committed against the teenage Victoria--and at least one person within the community is concealing the truth about what happened that night. Not everyone is happy about Victoria and Bart's developing relationship--and what is it that Bart is keeping from Victoria? Is she still in danger...?"--publisher

Abahn, Sabana, David : a novel

June 21, 2016
Duras, Marguerite, author.
Rochester, NY : Open Letter, literary translations from The University of Rochester, [2016]
108 pages ; 22 cm
"Late one evening, David and Sabana, communists, arrive at a country house where they meet Abahn, the man they've been sent to guard and ultimately kill for his perceived transgressions. A fourth man arrives (also named Abahn), and throughout the night these four characters discuss understanding, capitalism, violence, revolution, and dogs. A gun in the house disquiets the scene. Suspenseful and thought-provoking, Duras's novel is evocative of Samuel Beckett as it explores human existence and suffering in the confusing contemporary world"-- Provided by publisher.

Since she went away

June 21, 2016
Bell, David, 1969 November 17- author.
New York, New York : New American Library, [2016]
411 pages ; 21 cm
"Three months earlier, Jenna Springer was supposed to meet her lifelong best friend, Celia. But when Jenna arrived late, she found that Celia had disappeared--and hasn't been seen again. Jenna has blamed herself for her friend's disappearance every single day since then. The only piece of evidence is a lone diamond earring found where Celia and Jenna were planning to meet, leading the national media to dub Celia "The Diamond Mom." And even though Jenna has obsessively surfed message boards devoted to missing persons cases, she is no closer to finding any answers--or easing her guilt. But when her son's new girlfriend--who suddenly arrived in town without a past--disappears, a stricken Jenna begins to unwind the tangled truth behind Celia's tragedy. And as long-buried secrets finally come to light, she discovers how completely lives can be shattered by a few simple lies"--Provided by publisher.

Someone must die

June 21, 2016
Potts, Sharon, author.
©2016
340 pages ; 21 cm
When her six-year-old nephew vanishes from a neighborhood carnival, Aubrey Lynd's safe, snow-globe world fractures; it shatters when the FBI's investigation raises questons about her own family that Aubrey can't answer.

We were kings

June 21, 2016
O'Malley, Thomas, 1967- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
369 pages ; 25 cm
In 1950's Boston, the Irish Republican Army is running guns and killing witnesses. Cal and Dante are committed to stopping them. When a body is discovered at the Charlestown locks--tarred, feathered and shot to death--it appears to be a gangland killing, and is almost immediately dismissed. However, Cal O'Brien's cousin, Boston PD detective Owen Lackey, recognizes the murder style as the typical retribution for IRA informers. Combined with a tip-off about a boat coming into Boston weighed down with stolen guns and ammunition, the body in the locks hints that much more may be at stake than a one-off hit.

The games

June 20, 2016
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
©2016
366, 14 pages ; 25 cm.
Includes excerpt from author's, "Bullseye," a Detective Michael Bennett thriller, at the end of the book.
Two years ago Jack Morgan---the head of the renowned worldwide investigation firm Private--was in charge of security for the World Cup in Bazil. During the championship final, the action nearly spilled from the field into the stands. Fortunately, Jack and his team averted disaster on football's biggest stage. Now he has returned to Rio to secure the Olympics. But before the torch is lit, the threats come fast and furious as Jack discovers that someone is trying to sabotage the games. A lethal plan put in motion during the World Cup is set to decimate Rio, and turn the Olympics from a worldwide celebration into a horrifying spectacle.

Wolf Lake : a novel

June 17, 2016
Verdon, John, author.
Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint, [2016]
378 pages ; 24 cm
"Could a nightmare be used as a murder weapon? That's the provocative question confronting Gurney in the thrilling new installment in this series of international bestsellers. The former NYPD star homicide detective is called upon to solve a baffling puzzle: Four people who live in different parts of the country and who seem to have little in common, report having had the same dream--a terrifying nightmare involving a bloody dagger with a carved wolf's head on the handle. All four are subsequently found with their wrists cut--apparent suicides--and the weapon used in each case was a wolf's head dagger. Police zero in quickly on Richard Hammond, a controversial psychologist who conducts hypnotherapy sessions at a spooky old Adirondack inn called Wolf Lake Lodge. It seems that each of the victims had gone there to meet with Hammond shortly before turning up dead. Troubled by odd holes in the official approach to the case, Gurney begins his own investigation--an action that puts him in the crosshairs of not only an icy murderer and the local police but the darkest corner of the federal government. As ruthless as the blizzard trapping him in the sinister eeriness of Wolf Lake, Gurney's enemies set out to keep him from the truth at any cost--including an all-out assault on the sanity of his beloved wife Madeleine. With his emotional resources strained to the breaking point, Gurney must throw himself into a deadly battle of wits with the most frightening opponent he has ever faced. Wolf Lake is the page-turning new work by a writer hailed by the New York Times as 'masterly'--and it furthers the adventures of Dave Gurney, a detective reviewers have compared to Sherlock Holmes"-- Provided by publisher.

Meg : nightstalkers

June 17, 2016
Alten, Steve, author.
©2016
367 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"In this fifth installment of the New York Times bestselling MEG series, Nightstalkers picks up where MEG: Hell's Aquarium left off. Bela and Lizzy, the dominant Megalodon siblings from Angel's brood, have escaped the Tanaka Institute to roam the Salish Sea in British Columbia. While Jonas Taylor and his friend Mac attempt to either recapture or kill the "sisters," Jonas's son, David, embarks on his own adventure, motivated by revenge. Having witnessed his girlfriend's gruesome death, David has joined a Dubai Prince's ocean expedition, tracking the 120-foot, hundred-ton Liopleurodon that escaped from the Panthalassa Sea. Haunted by night terrors, David repeatedly risks his life to lure the Lio and other prehistoric sea creatures into the fleet's nets, while battling his own suicidal demons" -- jacket.

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