New Arrivals · Suspense Fiction

October 30, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Let sleeping dogs lie : a novel

October 29, 2014
Brown, Rita Mae.
New York : Ballantine Books, [2014]
xxi, 272 pages ; 25 cm
"The chase is on in New York Times bestselling author Rita Mae Brown's gripping new foxhunting mystery, featuring the irrepressible "Sister" Jane Arnold and the wily antics of her four-legged friends. In Let Sleeping Dogs Lie, a century-old crime reawakens bad will--and stirs up a scandal that chills Sister to the bone. Sister Jane and the Jefferson Hunt Club have traveled from Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains to the Bluegrass State of Kentucky to ride with the members of the Woodford Hounds--in the teeth of foul weather. Sister knows better than anyone that an ill wind blows no good. After the hunt, Sister Jane and her boyfriend, Gray Lorillard, head to a sumptuous party on a nearby estate, also home to a historic equine graveyard. The revelry is interrupted by jarring news: The discovery of grisly remains in the cemetery that are decidedly not equine. Now Sister and her hounds are on the case, digging up clues to an old murder that links three well-connected Southern families. When mayhem follows the Jefferson Hunt back to Virginia, the deadly doings become all too real: A dear friend of Sister's is found murdered. Sister and her animal friends must work fast to find a clever killer determined to keep deep-rooted secrets buried. A rollicking, riveting mystery, Let Sleeping Dogs Lie is a masterly novel full of colorful characters, gorgeous country landscapes, and the breathtaking thrill of the hunt. Praise for Rita Mae Brown Let Sleeping Dogs Lie "[Brown's] foxhunting titles are great for readers who like gentility with a wicked little twist."--Library Journal Fox Tracks "[Brown] enlivens a timely tale with. amusing accounts of her four-legged creations and delightful descriptions of the central Virginia countryside."--Richmond Times-Dispatch Hounded to Death "Fast-paced and filled with scenes from the world of fox hunting. Brown delivers the brush."--The Baltimore Sun The Tell-Tale Horse "Grabs readers from the opening scene and gallops through to the very surprising end."--Horse Illustrated The Hounds and the Fury "An intriguing story."--Associated Press"-- Provided by publisher.

Blue labyrinth

October 29, 2014
Preston, Douglas J.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2014.
403 pages ; 24 cm
"A long-buried family secret resurfaces when one of Aloysius Pendergast's most implacable enemies shows up on his doorstep as a murdered corpse. The mystery has all the hallmarks of the perfect murder, save for an enigmatic clue: a piece of turquoise lodged in the stomach of the deceased. The gem leads Pendergast to an abandoned mine on the shore of California's desolate Salton Sea, which in turn propels him on a journey of discovery deep into his family's sinister past. But Pendergast learns there is more at work than a ghastly episode of family history: he is soon stalked by a subtle killer bent on vengeance over an ancient transgression. In short order, Pendergast is caught in a wickedly clever plot, which will leave him stricken in mind and body...and may well end with his death"-- Provided by publisher.

Dark road, dead end

October 28, 2014
Cioffari, Philip, author.
Livingston, AL : Livingston Press, The University of West Alabama, 2014.
215 pages ; 23 cm.
"Walter Morrison, working undercover for the U.S. Customs Service, has been in town less than three weeks; but already he's seen evidence of wildlife smuggling, boatloads of exotic species of birds and mammals ferried in the dead of night through the fast-running streams of the Everglades. And what he's seen is only part of a vast criminal enterprise that supplies these rare and endangered species nationwide to pet stores, private hunt clubs, wildlife safari parks and even to highly "respectable" municipal zoos. To make matters worse, someone in his own agency has set the clock ticking on what could be the last seventy-two hours of his life."--Publisher's description.

Taking a Stand : a Coyote Springs novel

October 27, 2014
Casper, K. N.
Waterville : Thorndike Press, 2014.
pages cm.
"This book was previously published as A Man Called Jesse by Harlequin Superromance in 1998."

The language of silence

October 27, 2014
Webb, Peggy.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2014.
pages ; cm.

Chain of events : a novel

October 27, 2014
Olsson, Fredrik T., 1969-
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2014.
425 pages ; 25 cm
Translated from the Swedish.

Louise's blunder

October 27, 2014
Shaber, Sarah R.
Sutton : Severn House, 2014.
182 pages ; 23 cm
Government Girl Louise Pearlie is asked to review the file usage of a missing analyst from the Office of Strategic services - the US's wartime intelligence agency - only to learn he'd drowned in the Tidal Basin days before. OSS insists it was an accident, but a DC homicide detective named Royal believes the analyst was murdered and blackmails Louise into helping him investigate.

Forbidden ground

October 24, 2014
Harper, Karen (Karen S.), author.
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : Harlequin MIRA, [2014]
346 pages ; 17 cm.
Despite a traumatic childhood in Cold Creek, Ohio, the Lockwood sisters have reunited there for the wedding of youngest sister Tess to the town's sheriff. Maid of honor Kate Lockwood is determined to break through best man Grant Mason's defences. An anthropologist, Kate makes her living studying the dead. She is particularly interested in the prehistoric Adena civilization that once called the area home. A large burial mound sits on Mason family land, and Kate wants permission to excavate. But Grant refuses and tells Kate to stay away from the mound. Kate respects Grant's desire to honor his grandfather's belief that the dead should not be disturbed. However, the more she researches the more it becomes clear that Grant is hiding something. When one of Grant's friends is killed--and the sheriff is away on his honeymoon--the couple joins forces to assist the deputy in the investigation. When Kate comes under attack she is certain it is connected to the burial mound. Grant seems concerned for Kate's safety, but despite their explosive attraction she can't help but be suspicious of his motives. Can Kate trust the man she's come to love, or will the wrong decision be her final act?

The fragile world

October 24, 2014
DeBoard, Paula Treick, author.
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : MIRA, [2014]
415 pages : 21 cm
Includes a reader's guide.
The Kaufmans have always considered themselves a normal, happy family. Curtis is a physics teacher at a local high school. His wife, Kathleen, restores furniture for upscale boutiques. Daniel is away at college on a prestigious music scholarship, and twelve-year-old Olivia is a happy-go-lucky kid whose biggest concern is passing her next math test. And then comes the middle-of-the-night phone call that changes everything. Daniel has been killed in what the police are calling a "freak" road accident, and the remaining Kaufmans are left to flounder in their grief. The anguish of Daniel's death is isolating, and it's not long before this once-perfect family finds itself falling apart. As time passes and the wound refuses to heal, Curtis becomes obsessed with the idea of revenge, a growing mania that leads him to pack up his life and his anxious teenage daughter and set out on a collision course to right a wrong.

The breath of night

October 24, 2014
Arditti, Michael, author.
©2013.
387 pages ; 20 cm.
Originally published: 2013.
Contains bibliographical references (page 387).
Julian Tremayne is a missionary priest in a remote Philippine village during the Marcos dictatorship. After championing the communist rebels, he finds himself imprisoned for the murder of a local military commander. Three decades later, following his own mysterious death, a cult develops around Julian & there are calls for him to be made a saint. When Philip Seward is sent out to investigate on behalf of Julian's family, he is drawn into a labryinth of vice, violence & corruption where nothing & nobody are what they seem.

The incredible shrinking man

October 24, 2014
Matheson, Richard.
New York : TOR, 2001, c1994.
351 p. ; 21 cm.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
The incredible shrinking man -- Nightmare at 20,000 feet -- The test -- The holiday man -- Mantage -- The distributor -- By appointment only -- Button, button -- Duel -- Shoofly.

The final silence

October 23, 2014
Neville, Stuart, 1972-
New York, NY : Soho Crime, 2014.
342 pages ; 24 cm
"In Belfast, Northern Ireland, memories of the city's troubled history haunt every street corner, but for one tortured soul, the incredible violence in his past is also his most cherished legacy. Rea Carlisle--daughter of influential Stormont politician Graham Carlisle--has inherited a house from an uncle she never knew. It doesn't take her long to clear out the dead man's remaining possessions, but one of the upstairs rooms remains stubbornly locked. When Rea finally forces it open, she discovers inside a chair, a table, and a leather-bound book, its pages filled with a host of chilling mementos, locks of hair, fingernails: a catalogue of victims. Horrified, Rea wants to go straight to the police but her father intervenes. Graham Carlisle has worked too hard to get where he is just to have his brother's twisted legacy ruin his own. Thwarted by her father, Rea turns to the only person she can think of: disgraced police inspector Jack Lennon, a man who also happens to have briefly been her lover. But Lennon somehow finds himself the lead suspect in a murder investigation led by one of the force's toughest cops, DCI Serena Flannagan. The suddenness of the murder and his implication in it, coupled with the story Rea brought to him, leaves Lennon more than a little suspicious that the two are related and that he has once again found himself lining up against people with power and influence. Lennon will risk everything to get to the bottom of this grisly conspiracy"-- Provided by publisher.

The forgers

October 23, 2014
Morrow, Bradford, 1951-
©2014
242 pages ; 22 cm
"A novel."
The murderer of Adam Diehl, a reclusive rare-book collector, begins to stalk Adam's sister's lover Will -- a convicted literary forger -- under the guise of letters from long-dead authors, and soon Will realizes that this killer threatens everything he holds dear.

The girl in the woods

October 23, 2014
Olsen, Gregg, author.
©2014
405 pages ; 19 cm
"Pinnacle fiction"--Spine.
"A waterman and stark thriller"--Cover.
A schoolgirl found it on a nature hike. A severed human foot wearing pink nail polish. A gruesome but invaluable clue that leads forensic pathologist Birdy Waterman down a much darker trail--to a dangerous psychopath whose powers of persuasion seem to have no end. Only by teaming up with sheriff's detective Kendall Stark can Birdy hope to even the odds in a deadly game.

Cover your eyes

October 23, 2014
Burton, Mary (Mary T.)
New York : Zebra Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2014]
392 pages ; 18 cm.

Color blind

October 23, 2014
Marshall, Colby.
New York : Berkley Books, 2014.
pages cm.
"SYNESTHESIA: A neurological condition characterized by automatic, involuntary sensory perceptions triggered by seemingly unrelated stimuli. There is something unusual about Dr. Jenna Ramey's brain, a rare perceptual quirk that punctuates her experiences with flashes of color. They are hard to explain: red can mean anger, or love, or strength. But she can use these spontaneous mental associations, understand and interpret them enough to help her read people and situations in ways others cannot. As an FBI forensic psychiatrist, she used it to profile and catch criminals. Years ago, she used it to save her own family from her charming, sociopathic mother. Now, the FBI has detained a mass murderer and called for Jenna's help. Upon interrogation she learns that, behind bars or not, he holds the power to harm more innocents--and is obsessed with gaining power over Jenna herself. He has a partner still on the loose. And Jenna's unique mind, with its strange and subtle perceptions, may be all that can prevent a terrifying reality... "-- Provided by publisher.

Mind blind

October 21, 2014
Don, Lari, author.
Edinburgh : KelpiesTeen, 2014.
303 p. ; 21 cm.

Spectrum : a Karen Vail novel

October 21, 2014
Jacobson, Alan, 1961- author.
New York : Open Road Integrated Media, 2014.
419 pages ; 23 cm
"New York City: home to world-renowned museums, theater, restaurants, iconic sports franchises. Central Park. Wall Street. And an infamous serial killer who's terrorized the Big Apple for decades. The year is 1995 and the NYPD has just graduated a promising new patrol officer named Karen Vail. The rookie's first day on the job is anything but easy when she finds herself at the crime scene of a young woman murdered in an unusual manner. Vail is unsure of what she's looking at or what it means--but it's a case that will weigh on her mind for nearly twenty years. As the years pass, Vail's career takes unexpected twists and turns--as does the case that's come to be known as Hades. Now a skilled FBI profiler, will Vail be in a better position to catch the killer? Or will Hades prove to be Karen Vail's hell on earth?"--Publisher's website.

Heart of stone

October 20, 2014
Mullins, Debra.
New York : Tor, 2014.
316 p. ; 21 cm.
Sequel to: Prodigal son.
"A Tom Doherty Associates Book."
"Darius Montana is a Seer. With his gift of empathy, he can see into the hearts of others, both human and Atlantean. When his family comes into possession of one of the legendary power stones of Atlantis, Darius is sent to find the Stone Singer. Faith Karaluros is the last Stone Singer. Manipulated all her life for her rare ability, she is widowed after her husband tried to steal her power for the Mendukati, an extremist group that hunts Seers. Faith wants nothing more than to stay out of this war when Darius comes to find her--just in time to rescue her from being kidnapped. Faith goes with Darius, determined to do the job and be on her way with the money that can set her up where no one can find her again. She didn't count on the Mendukati sending a hit man after her. Darius swears he can protect her, but when she discovers he is one of the rare Atlanteans whose powers work on their own kind, can she trust him to keep his word, or is she being used again?"--Author's website.

Fear and loathing

October 17, 2014
Norman, Hilary, author.
©2014
234 pages ; 22 cm.
"One warm Sunday evening in Miami Beach, a leisurely waterfront barbecue is transformed into a brutal massacre. When the cops arrive, they find four hogtied bodies in a carbon monoxide-filled BMW--and a note on the windshield addressed to Detective Sam Becket, its message personal and menacing. After another similar slaughter, Sam leads a task force dedicated to tracking down the killers. But meantime, in France, someone is stalking his daughter, Cathy, and before long Sam is forced into a decision which he knows could destroy his career. He doesn't know that he's just exposed all his loved ones to horrific danger..."--dust jacket.

Seventh grave and no body

October 16, 2014
Jones, Darynda, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014.
viii, 322 pages ; 25 cm
"A novel"--Jacket.
"Twelve. Twelve of the deadliest beasts ever forged in the fires of hell have escaped onto our plane, and they want nothing more than to rip out the jugular of Charley Davidson and serve her lifeless, mangled body to Satan for dinner. So there's that. But Charley has more on her plate than a mob of testy hellhounds. For one thing, her father has disappeared, and the more she retraces his last steps, the more she learns he was conducting an investigation of his own, one that has Charley questioning everything she's ever known about him"-- Provided by publisher.

The scent of death

October 16, 2014
Taylor, Andrew, 1951 October 14- author.
London : Harper, 2013.
474 pages : maps ; 25 cm
Maps on lining paper.
Manhattan, 1778. A city of profiteers, loyalists and double agents. New York is home to a tide of refugees seeking justice from the British crown. Edward Savill is sent from London to investigate the claims of dispossessed loyalists. No sooner does he land than he becomes embroiled in a murder.

Beautiful you

October 15, 2014
Palahniuk, Chuck, author.
New York : Doubleday, an imprint of Random House, [2014]
224 pages ; 22 cm
"A novel about the apocalyptic marketing possibilities of female pleasure. Sisters will be doing it for themselves. And doing it. And doing it. And doing it some more . . . Penny Harrigan is a low-level associate in a big Manhattan law firm with an apartment in Queens and no love life at all. So it comes as a great shock when she finds herself invited to dinner by one C. Linus Maxwell, aka "Climax-Well," a software mega-billionaire and lover of the most gorgeous and accomplished women on earth. After dining at Manhattan's most exclusive restaurant, he whisks Penny off to a hotel suite in Paris, where he proceeds, notebook in hand, to bring her to previously undreamed-of heights of orgasmic pleasure for days on end. What's not to like? This: Penny discovers that she is a test subject for the final development of a line of sex toys to be marketed in a nationwide chain of boutiques called Beautiful You. So potent and effective are these devices that women by the millions line up outside the stores on opening day and then lock themselves in their room with them and stop coming out. Except for batteries. Maxwell's plan for erotically enabled world domination must be stopped. But how?"--Amazon.com.

Sometimes the wolf

October 15, 2014
Waite, Urban.
New York : William Morrow, 2014.
277 pages ; 24 cm
"A novel"--Cover.

Five minutes alone

October 15, 2014
Cleave, Paul, 1974-
New York : Atria Paperback, 2014.
447 pages ; 21 cm

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