New Arrivals · Suspense Fiction

February 6, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Keep calm : a thriller

February 5, 2016
Binder, Mike, 1958-
New York, New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2015.
370 pages ; 24 cm
"Former Michigan cop Adam Tatum receives an unexpected offer from Heaton Global Investments, a golden opportunity that seems almost too good to be true. He travels to 10 Downing Street to help implement a new pension program for the British Civil Service. The deal goes off without a hitch--and so does a bomb in the conference room. The Prime Minister is gravely wounded. And the only attendee with a checkered past is Adam Tatum. Sensing a trap, Adam flees with his family, desperately fighting for survival in an unfamiliar country. The lives of his children, the future of his marriage, and the fate of a nation depend on Adam exposing the conspirators who pegged him for a fall. Georgia Turnbull, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and Davina Steel, the lead investigator, each stand to gain from the successful manhunt of Adam Tatum. But, as motives emerge and desires excite, each must decide what they're really after. Layered plots, crackling dialogue, and propulsive action mark Keep Calm, the riveting debut thriller from award-winning actor, director, and screenwriter Mike Binder"-- Provided by publisher.

The passenger

February 5, 2016
Tallis, Frank, author.
©2015
viii, 273 pages ; 24 cm
When the German submarine, U-471, collects two prisoners from a vessel located off the Icelandic coast, ordered to transport them to the base at Brest, one of the prisoners, a British submarine commander, goes rogue, setting in motion a series of shocking, brutal events that seem to be linked to the supernatural.

The doll's house : a Detective Helen Grace thriller

February 5, 2016
Arlidge, M. J.
©2015
420 pages ; 21 cm.
"Detective Helen Grace is on the trail of a twisted serial killer in this riveting thriller in the "gripping"* international bestselling series. Detective Helen Grace is on the trail of a twisted serial killer in this gripping thriller in the "taut, fast-paced"* international bestselling series. Ruby wakes up in a strange room. Her captor calmly explains that no one is looking for her. No one wants her. Except him. When the body of a woman is found buried on a secluded beach, Detective Helen Grace is called to the scene. She knows right away that the killer is no amateur. The woman has been dead for years, and no one has even reported her missing. But why would they? She's still sending text messages to her family. Helen is convinced that a criminal mastermind is at work: someone very smart, very careful, and worst of all, very patient. But as she struggles to piece together the killer's motive, time is running out for a victim who is still alive."-- Provided by publisher.

A voice from the field

February 5, 2016
Griffin, Neal C., author.
©2016
300 pages ; 24 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"Gunther Kane and his white supremacist group are using forced prostitution to finance the purchase of automatic weapons. Kane snatches young women off the streets and sells them to hundreds of men... Physically recovered from being shot but struggling with PTSD, Tia Suarez almost doesn't believe her eyes when she glimpses a Hispanic teenager bound and gagged in the back of Kane's van. The look of terror on the woman's face makes Tia desperate to rescue her. Kane's in the crosshairs of the FBI, who don't want a small-town Wisconsin detective messing up their big gun bust. Tia Suarez doesn't back down for anyone. Not the department shrink; not the feds who dismiss her; not even her boyfriend, a Marine veteran who thinks she doesn't know what she's getting into. Tia will find the missing teen come hell or high water."-- Provided by publisher.

Dark homecoming

February 4, 2016
Patterson, William.
©2016
475 pages ; 19 cm.

The killing forest

February 4, 2016
Blædel, Sara, author.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2016.
310 pages ; 24 cm
"Following an extended leave, Louise Rick returns to work at the Special Search Agency, an elite unit of the National Police Department. She's assigned a case involving a fifteen-year-old who vanished a week earlier. When Louise realizes that the missing teenager is the son of a butcher from Hvalsoe, she seizes the opportunity to combine the search for the teen with her personal investigation of her boyfriend's long-ago death. "-- Provided by publisher.

Baggage

February 4, 2016
Redling, S. G., 1966-
Seattle, Wash. : Thomas & Mercer , 2016. ©2016
229 pages ; 22 cm.
Over the years, terrible things keep happening to Anna Ray on February 17. First, there was the childhood trauma she’s never been able to speak about. Then, to her horror, her husband killed himself on that date. A year later and a thousand miles away, Anna tries to find solace in the fresh start of a new job in a new place. She takes comfort in her outspoken cousin Jeannie, the confidant and best friend who’s there whenever she needs help. On the day of the dreaded anniversary, Anna and Jeannie hit the town, planning to ease the pain with an alcohol-induced stupor and then sleep… When Anna awakes the next morning, she thinks she can put one more February 17 behind her, but fate is about to intervene in the form of two gruesome murders with eerie similarities to her violent past. This time, however, she won’t be an abandoned daughter or a grieving widow. This time, she’ll be a suspect.

Journey to death : a Lucy Hall novel

February 4, 2016
Russell, Leigh, author.
Seattle : Thomas & Mercer, ©2016.
304 pages ; 21 cm
Lucy Hall arrives in the Seychelles determined to leave her worries behind. The tropical paradise looks sun-soaked and picture-perfect--but as Lucy soon discovers, appearances can be very deceptive. A deadly secret lurks in the island's history, buried deep but not forgotten. And it is about to come to light. As black clouds begin to gather over what promised to be a relaxing family break, Lucy realises that her father stands in the eye of the coming storm. A shadow from his past is threatening to destroy all that he holds dear--including the lives of his loved ones.

Spoils of victory

February 4, 2016
Connell, John A.
©2016
x, 372 pages ; 24 cm.
"A Mason Collins novel"--Jacket.
"From the author of Ruins of War comes an electrifying novel featuring U.S. Army criminal investigator Mason Collins, set in the chaos of post-World War II Germany. When the Third Reich collapsed, the small town Garmisch-Partenkirchen became the home of fleeing war criminals, making it the final depository for the Nazis' stolen riches. There are fortunes to be made on the black market. Murder, extortion, and corruption have become the norm. It's a perfect storm for a criminal investigator like Mason Collins, especially when his friend, CIC Agent John Winstone, claims that a group of powerful men are taking over the lucrative trade. But before he can fully explain, Winstone--and his girlfriend-- are brutally murdered. Determined to uncover the truth, Mason plunges into a shadowy labyrinth of co-conspirators including former SS and Gestapo officers, U.S. Army OSS officers, and liberated Polish POWs. As both witnesses and evidence begin disappearing, it becomes obvious that someone on high is pulling strings to stifle the investigation--and that Mason must feel his way in the darkness if he is going to find out who in town has the most to gain--and the most to lose.."-- Provided by publisher.

Midnight revenge

February 4, 2016
Kennedy, Elle, author.
New York : Signet Eclipse, [2016]
374 pages ; 18 cm.
Out of all the stone-cold mercenaries in Jim Morgan's black ops organization, Derek "D" Pratt is the most intimidating. He is tight-lipped and covered in tattoos, and even the other guys on his team are afraid to ask him about his past. D's been off the grid for years, but after his teammate Sullivan is mistakenly captured in his place, D is forced to come out of hiding and face his demons. When D lands in Mexico, he's ready to risk everything to save his friend. To complicate matters, Sofia Amaro, a feisty doctor whom D had a one-night stand with months ago, has tracked him down. And in an instant she's unintentionally caught up in his life-threatening rescue mission. Now D must extract not one but two people from the most violent world he's ever encountered. And one of them is carrying his child...

The evening spider

February 3, 2016
Arsenault, Emily, author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
380 pages ; 20 cm
In 1855 New England, young mother Frances Barnett's obsession with the details of a local murder trial lead her to a mental institution, while in the present day, young mother Abby Bernacki discovers Barnett's diary and finds unsettling parallels with her own life.

Spider game

February 3, 2016
Feehan, Christine, author.
New York : Jove Books, 2016.
445 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm
Includes excerpt fro Dark Promises ©2016 by Christine Feehan.
The Cajun dive in the middle of the godforsaken swamps wasn't exactly Trap Dawkins' idea of fun. But the GhostWalker wasn't there for a good time. He was looking for her. Cayenne. It's where she found her victims. Poor suckers. Then again, who wouldn't want to leave a place like this with a woman like her? It's not Cayenne's fault. Locked up, experimented on and never knowing kindness, she was bred this way--with a heart of pure venom. Trap understands her. He survived his own dark past and he shares her desire for getting even. But now Trap's greatest danger is Cayenne herself. Because what's inside her is hard to control--especially when it's aroused by a lover as reckless as Trap.

The last dawn

February 3, 2016
Gannon, Joe, 1960- author.
New York : Minotaur Books/St. Martin's Press, 2016.
278 pages ; 25 cm
"Gladys Darío, sterling police lieutenant for the revolutionary Sandinista government in volatile 1986 Nicaragua, has been kidnapped by a notorious Contra commander. Gladys knows she doesn't have a hope for escape, unless her partner on the police force, former Sandinista guerrilla comandante Ajax Montoya, stages a rescue attempt. When he does, it's more outrageous than Gladys could ever have imagined. But it comes at a price. Ajax is imprisoned for years, and Gladys is sent to Miami and blacklisted in her home country. And then a young American journalist, Jimmy Peck, goes missing in El Salvador. American Senator Anthony Teal wants Ajax Montoya running that rescue operation, too, and Teal has the strings to pull to make it happen. Teal sends Ajax and Gladys into treacherous, war-torn El Salvador to find out what really happened to young Peck, and to bring him home, alive or dead. But when it looks like another American has been killed in El Salvador, Ajax and Gladys find themselves dangerously entangled in a murder case as well as a missing person case, all playing out in the heart of El Salvador's raging civil war"-- Provided by publisher.

Shaker

February 3, 2016
Frank, Scott, 1960-
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016.
337 pages ; 25 cm
Roy Cooper is the stoic "errand runner" for various New York criminals. He arrives in Los Angeles to shoot a man named Martin Shine a week after a powerful earthquake has knocked out cell service, buckled the freeways, and thrown L.A. into chaos. He does his job but, after the hit, Roy can't find where he parked his car. When he stumbles into the mugging and killing of a controversial mayoral candidate-- and a video of his actions goes viral-- Roy himself is mistaken for a hero.

The squandered : a Bruno Johnson novel

February 3, 2016
Putnam, David W.
Longboat Key, FL : Oceanview Pub, c2016.
327 p. ; 24 cm.
"The Squandered propels Bruno into an emotionally charged high-speed chase as he and Marie leave their rescued kids in Costa Rica and risk returning to the U.S. at the request of Bruno's terminally ill father. Brun''s estranged and incarcerated brother needs Bruno to help rescue his abducted young grandchildren--children that Bruno hadn't known existed."--Dust jacket, p. [2]

The winter girl : a novel

February 1, 2016
Marinovich, Matt, author.
New York : Doubleday, 2016.
205 pages ; 22 cm
It's wintertime in the Hamptons, where Scott and his wife, Elise, have come to be with her terminally ill father, Victor, to await the inevitable. As weeks turn to months, their daily routine--Elise at the hospital with her father, Scott pretending to work and drinking Victor's booze--only highlights their growing resentment and dissatisfaction with the usual litany of unhappy marriages: work, love, passion, each other. But then Scott notices something simple, even innocuous. Every night at precisely eleven, the lights in the neighbor's bedroom turn off. It's clearly a timer...but in the dead of winter with no one else around, there's something about that light he can't let go of. So one day while Elise is at the hospital, he breaks in. And he feels a jolt of excitement he hasn't felt in a long time. Soon, it's not hard to enlist his wife as a partner in crime and see if they can't restart the passion. Their one simple transgression quickly sends husband and wife down a deliriously wicked spiral of bad decisions, infidelities, escalating violence, and absolutely shocking revelations.

A taste for nightshade : [a novel]

January 29, 2016
Bailey, Martine, author.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2016.
458 pages ; 24 cm
Subtitle from jacket.
"Manchester 1809. When budding young criminal Mary Jebb swindles Michael Croxton's brother with a blank pound note, he chases her into the night and sets in motion a train of sinister events. Condemned to seven years of transportation to Australia, Mary sends him a 'Penny Heart'-a token of her vow of revenge. Two years later, Michael marries naive young Grace Moore. Although initially overjoyed at the union, Grace quickly realizes that her husband is more interested in her fortune than her company. Lonely and desperate for companionship, she turns to her new cook to help mend her ailing marriage. But Mary Jebb, shipwrecked, tortured, and recently hired, has different plans for the unsuspecting owners of Delafosse Hall. A Taste for Nightshade is a thrilling historical novel that combines recipes, mystery and a dark struggle between two desperate women, sure to appeal to fans of Sarah Waters and Carolly Erickson"-- Provided by publisher.

Sage's eyes

January 29, 2016
Andrews, V. C. (Virginia C.), author.
©2016
390 pages ; 22 cm
"The forbidden"--Jacket cover.
"Sixteen-year-old Sage is a lonely child. Her adoptive parents watch her obsessively, as if studying her for warning signs of...something. And maybe they're right to--even she can't make sense of the strange things she sees and hears. She possesses knowledge that other teenagers don't, that her parents and teachers--no adult--could possibly have. So when Sage finally makes a friend who understands her alarming gift, he becomes her confidant, a precarious link to the truth about who she really is. For Sage and the alluring new boy at school share many things in common. Perhaps, they'll learn, far too many things." -- Provided by publisher.

Into the fury

January 29, 2016
Martin, Kat, author.
New York, NY : Zebra Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., 2016.
363 pages ; 17 cm.
After a group of lingerie models are threatened, Ethan Brodie is brought on to protect them, and when one is murdered, he finds himself drawn closer to the breathtaking Valentine Hart, as he gets closer to the answers he needs to solve the crime.

Mercury striking

January 29, 2016
Zanetti, Rebecca, author.
©2016
374 pages ; 17 cm
With nothing but rumors to lead her, Lynne Harmony has trekked across a nightmare landscape to find one man--a mysterious, damaged legend who protects the weak and leads the strong. He's more than muscle and firepower--and in post-plague L.A., he's her only hope. As the one woman who could cure the disease, Lynne is the single most volatile--and vulnerable--creature in this new and ruthless world.

The God's eye view

January 29, 2016
Eisler, Barry, author.
©2016
374 pages, 32 unnumbered pages ; 22 cm
NSA director Theodore Anders has a simple goal: collect every phone call, email, and keystroke tapped on the Internet. He knows unlimited surveillance is the only way to keep America safe. Evelyn Gallagher doesn't care much about any of that. She just wants to keep her head down and manage the NSA's camera network and facial recognition program so she can afford private school for her deaf son, Dash. But when Evelyn discovers the existence of a program code-named God's Eye and connects it with the mysterious deaths of a string of journalists and whistle-blowers, her doubts put her and Dash in the crosshairs of a pair of government assassins.

The art of war : a novel

January 28, 2016
Coonts, Stephen, 1946- author.
©2016
337 pages ; 25 cm
"The Chinese dragon is flexing its muscles. As its military begins to prey on neighbors in the South China Sea, attacking fishing vessels and scheming to seize natural resources, the US goes on high alert. But a far more ominous danger lurks closer to home: a Chinese sleeper cell has planted a nuclear weapon in the harbor at Norfolk, Virginia, the biggest naval base on the planet. The target: a secret rendezvous of the Atlantic Fleet aircraft carriers and their battle groups. When the CIA director is assassinated and Jake Grafton is appointed to take his place, he gets wind of the conspiracy, but has no idea when or where the attack will occur. In the meantime, a series of assassinations, including an attempt on the life of the President, shake the country and deliberately mask a far more sinister objective. Can Jake Grafton and his right hand man, Tommy Carmellini, stop the plot to destroy the US Navy?"-- Provided by publisher.

The truth

January 28, 2016
Johnston, Jeffry W.
©2016
244 pages ; 21 cm
"When Chris wakes up in a dark basement tied to a chair, he knows that he's trapped--and why. Eight nights ago a burglar broke into Chris's home. Eight nights ago Chris did what he had to do to protect his family. And eight nights ago a thirteen-year-old runaway bled to death on his kitchen floor. Now Derek wants the truth about what really happened that night. He wants proof that his little brother didn't deserve to die. For every lie Chris tells, he will lose a finger. But telling the truth is far more dangerous..."--Page 4 of cover.

The poison artist

January 28, 2016
Moore, Jonathan, 1977- author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.
275 pages ; 24 cm
"Dr. Caleb Maddox is a San Francisco toxicologist studying the chemical effects of pain. After a bruising breakup with his girlfriend, he’s out drinking whiskey when a hauntingly seductive woman appears by his side. Emmeline whispers to Caleb over absinthe, gets his blood on her fingers and then brushes his ear with her lips as she says goodbye. He must find her. As his search begins, Caleb becomes entangled in a serial-murder investigation. The police have been fishing men from the bay, and the postmortems are inconclusive. One of the victims vanished from the bar the night Caleb met Emmeline. When questioned, Caleb can’t offer any information, nor does he tell them he’s been secretly helping the city’s medical examiner, an old friend, study the chemical evidence on the victims’ remains. The search for the killer soon entwines with Caleb’s hunt for Emmeline, and the closer he gets to each, the more dangerous his world becomes."--Provided by publisher.

Jezebel's daughter

January 28, 2016
Thomas, Jacquelin, author.
Houston, Texas : Brown Girls Books, [2015].
289 pages ; 21 cm
"Natalia Winters vowed revenge on Jessie Belle from the moment she discovered the reason her father committed suicide. Her pampered, rich girl reputation puts her at odds with almost everyone, but is she sinister enough to push Jessie Belle over the balcony? Reina Cannon spends her days as a much sought after hairstylist and her nights reliving the cruelty of her childhood. For years, she has lived for revenge; to make Jessie Belle suffer for the pain she caused Reina. Her sweet smile and look of innocence is a ruse, a carefully calculated effort to hide a surprising and dangerous truth. Chrissy Barton yearned to take revenge on Jessie Belle--to pay her back for the beating she suffered by unknown assailants. She was no longer a prostitute, but she had never forgotten the triumphant look Jessie Belle had given her...at that very moment, Chrissy vowed Jessie Belle would pay with her life. Three women from very different worlds...a common goal. However, Jessie Belle's family is determined to discover the truth behind the night she ended up on the pavement below her bedroom. And their search for answers will lead to stunning revelations for them all."--Back cover.

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