New Arrivals · Suspense Fiction

October 1, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.


September 30, 2014
Kemmerer, Brigid, author.
New York, NY : KTeen/Kensington Publishing Corp., [2014]
vi, 324 pages ; 21 cm.

The forgotten girl

September 30, 2014
Bell, David, 1969 November 17-
New York, New York : New American Library, [2014]
435 pages ; 21 cm
Includes questions for discussion.
Includes an excerpt from the author's Somebody I used to know.
"The past has arrived uninvited at Jason Danvers's door . . . and it's his younger sister, Hayden, a former addict who severed all contact with her family as her life spiraled out of control. Now she's clean and sober but in need of a desperate favor--she asks Jason and his wife to take care of her teenage daughter for forty-eight hours while she handles some business in town. But Hayden never returns. And her disappearance brings up more unresolved problems from Jason's past, including the abrupt departure of his best friend on their high school graduation night twenty-seven years earlier. When a body is discovered in the woods, the mysteries of his sister's life--and possible death--deepen. And one by one these events will shatter every expectation Jason has ever had about families, about the awful truths that bind them and the secrets that should be taken to the grave. "-- Provided by publisher.

A vision of fire

September 30, 2014
Anderson, Gillian, 1968- author.
New York : Simon451, 2014.
ix, 292 pages ; 24 cm.
"A novel"--Jacket.
"Renowned child psychologist Caitlin O'Hara is a single mom trying to juggle her job, her son, and a lackluster dating life. Her world is suddenly upturned when Maanik, the daughter of India's ambassador to the United Nations, starts speaking in tongues and having violent visions. Caitlin is sure that her fits have something to do with the recent assassination attempt on her father--a shooting that has escalated nuclear tensions between India and Pakistan to dangerous levels--but when teenagers around the world start having similar outbursts, Caitlin begins to think that there's a more sinister force at work"-- Provided by publisher.

Die and stay dead

September 29, 2014
Kaufmann, Nicholas, 1969- author.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2014.
388 pages ; 21 cm
"A novel"--Cover.
"A brutal murder in Greenwich village puts Trent and the Five-Pointed Star on the trail of Erickson Arkwright, the last surviving member of a doomsday cult. Back in the day, the Aeternis Tenebris cult thought the world would end on New Year's Eve of 2000. When it didn't, they decided to end it themselves by summoning Nahash-Dred, a powerful, terrifying demon known as the Destroyer of Worlds. But something went wrong. The demon massacred the cult, leaving Arkwright the sole survivor. Now, hiding somewhere in New York City with a new identity, Arkwright plans to summon the demon again and finish the job he started over a decade ago. As Trent rushes to locate a long-lost magical artifact that may be the only way to stop him, the clues begin to mount... Trent's past and Arkwright's might be linked somehow. And if they are, it means the truth of who Trent really is may lie buried in the twisted mind of a madman"-- Provided by publisher.

Spark : a novel

September 29, 2014
Twelve Hawks, John.
New York : Doubleday, 2014.
301 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Working as an assassin for a dystopian-era multinational corporation, Jacob Underwood, a man who believes he is an emotionless ghost, confronts baffling truths when he tracks down a second-year associate suspected of stealing company information.

Run : a novel

September 29, 2014
Grant, Andrew, 1968-
New York : Ballantine Books, 2014.
269 pages ; 25 cm
"For fans of Harlan Coben's Tell No One and Joseph Finder's Paranoia--a high-octane thriller featuring a tech consultant who unwittingly steps into the rabbit hole of corporate cover-ups--and finds that his highly demanding job has suddenly become highly dangerous. From Andrew Grant, the critically acclaimed author hailed by Nelson DeMille as "a little bit of le Carre and Ian Fleming, but with more grit and a sharper edge," comes a thrilling new novel of suspense that hits the ground running when an innocent man suddenly finds himself a moving target. Marc Bowman, a highly successful computer consultant and software designer, walks into his job at a major tech company one morning only to find himself fired on the spot, stonewalled by his boss, and ushered out of the building. Then things get worse: An explosive argument drives his wife away and a robbery threatens to yank a million-dollar idea--and his whole future--out from under him. In a matter of hours, Marc has gone from having it all to being sucker-punched by fate. But it's only Monday, and before the week is over, he'll be stalked, ambushed, wiretapped, arrested, duped, double- and triple-crossed--until he can't tell enemies from allies. Suddenly, the only thing standing between him and the wrath of everyone from the FBI to Homeland Security to his desperate ex-bosses is a flash drive full of data that might just be the holy grail of high-tech secrets--and a holy terror in the wrong hands. Now, as the gloves come off and the guns come out, turning back is hopeless and giving up is madness. The only person left for Marc to trust is himself. And the only thing left to do is keep running--or end up a dead man walking. -- Provided by publisher.

Paris match : a Stone Barrington novel

September 26, 2014
Woods, Stuart.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2014]
311 pages ; 25 cm.
"Stone Barrington has returned to Paris to attend to some business concerns, and finds himself embroiled in high-stakes trouble on both sides of the pond. An old enemy is still in hot pursuit, and this time he might have a powerful local resource on his side: a gentleman with his own ax to grind against Stone. And back in the United States, the swirling rumor mill threatens to derail a project of vital importance not just to Stone but to the nation. Though Stone is no stranger to peril, never before has he faced threats from so many directions at once"-- Provided by publisher.

Strong darkness : a Caitlin Strong novel

September 26, 2014
Land, Jon, author.
New York : Forge, 2014.
366 pages ; 25 cm.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Texas Ranger William Ray Strong teams up with Judge Roy Bean to track down the Old West's first serial killer, who is stitching a trail of death along the railroad lines slicing their way through Texas.

The ploughmen : a novel

September 26, 2014
Zupan, Kim.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2014.
256 pages ; 22 cm
"Valentine Millimaki, a troubled young deputy, finds himself seeking counsel from John Gload, a killer awaiting trial, in this debut novel. The strange intimacy of their connection takes a startling turn with a brazen act of violence, a manhunt, and a stunning revelation that leave Gload's past and Millimaki's future forever entwined"-- Provided by publisher

We are not good people

September 26, 2014
Somers, Jeff, 1971-
New York : Gallery Books, 2014.
pages cm

The demi-monde : fall

September 25, 2014
Rees, Rod.
xxii, 554 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
For thousands of years the Grigori have lain hidden, dreaming of the day when they will emerge from the darkness. Now that day draws close. Norma, Trixie, and Ella fight doggedly to frustrate these plans, but they need help. Percy Shelley must lead Norma to the Portal in NoirVille so she can return to the Real World. Trixie's father must convince her that, if she is to destroy the Great Pyramid standing in Terror Incognita, she must be prepared to die. And Vanka Maykov—though not the man she knew and loved—must guide Ella to the secret enclave of the Grigori, where she will face the most chilling of enemies.

The madness of July

September 24, 2014
Naughtie, James, 1951-
New York : Overlook Press, 2014.
pages cm

Dick Francis's Damage : [a novel of suspense]

September 24, 2014
Francis, Felix.
New York City : Putnam, 2014.
386 pages ; 24 cm
"Undercover investigator Jeff Hinkley is assigned by the British Horseracing Authority to look into the activities of a suspicious racehorse trainer, but as he's tailing his quarry through the Cheltenham Racing Festival, the last thing he expects to witness is a gruesome murder. Could it have something to do with the reason the trainer was banned in the first place--the administration of illegal drugs to his horses? Then many more horses test positive for prohibited stimulants, and someone starts making demands, threatening to completely destroy the integrity of the racing industry. In order to limit the damage to the sport, it's critical that Jeff find the perpetrator . . . but he'll soon learn he's up against someone who will stop at nothing to prevail."-- Provided by publisher.

Phantom limb

September 23, 2014
Palumbo, Dennis, 1951- author.
Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2014.
325 pages ; 23 cm.

Angel killer : a Jessica Blackwood novel

September 23, 2014
Mayne, Andrew, 1973-
352 pages ; 21 cm.
"Originally published in a slightly different form in the United States in 2012"-- Title page verso.
"FBI agent Jessica Blackwood believes she has successfully left her complicated life as a gifted magician behind her, until a killer with seemingly supernatural powers puts her talents to the ultimate test. A mysterious hacker, who identifies himself only as "Warlock," brings down the FBI's website and posts a code in its place. It hides the GPS coordinates of a Michigan cemetery, where a dead girl is discovered rising from the ground, as if she tried to crawl out of her own grave. Born into a dynasty of illusionists, Jessica Blackwood is destined to become its next star--until she turns her back on her troubled family, and her legacy, to begin a new life in law enforcement. But FBI consultant Dr. Jeffrey Ailes's discovery of an old copy of Magician Magazine will turn Jessica's carefully constructed world upside down. Faced with a crime that appears beyond explanation, Ailes has nothing to lose--and everything to gain--by taking a chance on an agent raised in a world devoted to seemingly achieving the impossible. The body in the cemetery is only the first in the Warlock's series of dark miracles. Thrust into the media spotlight, with time ticking away until the next crime, can Jessica confront her past to embrace her gifts and stop a depraved killer? If she can't, she may become his next victim"-- Provided by publisher.

Gutenberg's apprentice : a novel

September 23, 2014
Christie, Alix.
New York : Harper, [2014]
406 pages : maps ; 24 cm
When his foster father, a wealthy merchant and bookseller, finances Johann Gutenberg and his printing press, Peter Schoeffer is ordered to become Gutenberg's apprentice and begins his education in the "darkest art" as they print copies of the Holy Bible, drawing the wrath of the Church.

The darkest hour

September 23, 2014
Schumacher, Tony, 1967- author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
415 pages ; 24 cm
"A novel"--Jacket.
"The terrible struggle that was WWII is over--the Germans have won and now occupy London--[and] it's up to a hardened British detective to turn the tables, save someone's life, and achieve what he has believed was impossible: redemption"-- Provided by publisher.


September 22, 2014
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
New York : Little, Brown & Company, 2014.
401, 11 pages ; 25 cm.
"A Detective Michael Bennett thriller"--Jacket.
At last, Detective Michael Bennett and his family are coming home to New York City. Thanks to Bennett, the ruthless crime lord whose vengeful mission forced the Bennett family into hiding has been brought down for good. Back in the city that never sleeps, Bennett takes over a chaotic Outreach Squad in Harlem, where he receives an unusual call: a man claims to have seen a group of well-dressed men holding a bizarre party in a condemend building. With no clear crime or evidence, Bennett dismisses the report. But when a charred body is found in that very same building, he is forced to take the demented caller seriously--and is drawn into an underground criminal world of terrifying depravity.

The perfect witness

September 22, 2014
Johansen, Iris, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014.
342 pages ; 25 cm
"She had the perfect life. She had the perfect cover. She was the perfect witness. Until they found her. From the blockbuster bestselling author of the Eve Duncan novels comes a new, stand alone thriller about a woman with a photographic memory who has lived her life in the Witness Protection Program. What she once saw put her entire family in jeopardy and now, years later, her cover is blown. She's on the run, and the lives of those she holds dear hang in the balance. As only Iris Johansen can do, the pages turn themselves and you won't see the twists coming."-- Provided by publisher.

Consumed : a novel

September 22, 2014
Cronenberg, David, 1943-, author.
New York : Scribner, 2014.
308 pages ; 24 cm

The white sea

September 22, 2014
Johnston, Paul, 1957- author.
Sutton, Surrey : Crème de la Crime, 2014.
247 pages ; 23 cm
"An Alex Mavros mystery."
Wealthy ship-owner Kostas Gatsos has been missing for several weeks, having been snatched from his luxury villa on the idyllic island of Lesvos. Curiously, there has been no ransom demand. When the police investigation stalls, the desperate Gatsos family turn to private investigator Alex Mavros for help. Inherently suspicious of the super-rich and initially reluctant to take on the case, Mavros finds himself dealing with a highly dysfunctional family with more than a few skeletons in its closet, a family whose tentacles have a surprisingly wide reach. Alex believes the key to the mystery lies in the ship-owner's shady past and sinister business deals--but the truth behind the kidnapping is more disturbing, and closer to home, than Mavros could ever have imagined.

Butterfly skin

September 22, 2014
Kuznet︠so︡v, Sergeĭ (Sergeĭ I︠U︡rʹevich), author.
London : Titan Books, 2014.
359 pages ; 21 cm
Translation of: Shkurka babochki.

Going gone

September 19, 2014
Sala, Sharon, author.
Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin MIRA, [2014]
362 pages ; 17 cm.
"After barely escaping death when her plane crashed deep in the Rocky Mountains during a snowstorm, Laura Doyle is left with a lingering fear for her life. Her lover, FBI agent Cameron Winger, reassures her that he found her then and always will. But Laura is right to be afraid, because when their engagement is announced it signals to a madman that it's time for his killing spree to begin again. Twice thwarted by Cameron and his partners, the Stormchaser pairs random acts of God with deliberate acts of evil. His final act of vengeance will finish his twisted vendetta by taking from Cameron the thing he loves most: Laura. As law enforcement struggles to connect the gruesome murders he's committed to mask his return, the Stormchaser draws closer to his true target. But Cameron and Laura don't realize they're in the eye of the storm--and this time, being unprepared for the onslaught could spell disaster" -- summary from

Los corruptores

September 19, 2014
Zepeda Patterson, Jorge, author.
Mexico, D. F. : Planeta, 2013.
435 pages ; 23 cm.
J. Zepeda, Mexican journalist.
"La aparición del cuerpo salvajemente mutilado de la actriz Pamela Dosantos desencadena una crisis de insondables consecuencias para el regreso del PRI a la presidencia. Tomás, u periodista dominado por el desánimo, escribe en su columna acerca del asesinato de la famosa actriz, incorporando un dato que parecía banal, pero que lo coloca en el punto de mira de Salazar, el hombre más temible del nuevo régimen. A las pocas horas de la publicación, Tomás se sumerge en una desenfrenada carrera por descubrir, antes de que las fuerzas secretas del gobierno o del narcotráfico lo capturen o lo silencien, los secretos sexuales y de corrupción atesorados por Pamela"--Page 4 of cover.

Deceived : a novel

September 19, 2014
Hannon, Irene.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2014]
408 pages ; 22 cm.
Four years after the loss of her husband and son in a boating accident, Kate Marshall spots a boy on a mall escalator who she is convinced is her son and seeks the help of private detective Connor Sullivan when the police doubt her story.

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