New Arrivals · Suspense Fiction

February 24, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

My name is Nathan Lucius

February 23, 2018
Winkler, Mark, author.
©2015
290 pages ; 22 cm
"How far would you go for your best friend? If she begged you to, would you kill her? Nathan Lucius, 31, is an ad salesman at a Cape Town newspaper. Disaffected, hard-drinking and plagued by blackouts, Nathan lives alone and has only one true friend, a woman named Madge. But Madge is dying slowly of cancer, and when she asks Nathan to end her pain, she sets off a shocking string of events. A modern-day answer to Crime and Punishment, My Name Is Nathan Lucius is a taut and unforgiving exploration of the intersection of violence, trauma, social responsibility, and memory. Stylish, intense, and unforgettable, this glittering noir gem that will appeal to readers of Irvine Welsh and Chuck Palahniuk as well as fans of Thomas Harris and Dennis Lehane"-- Provided by publisher.

Agent in place

February 22, 2018
Greaney, Mark, author.
©2018
xiv, 507 pages ; 24 cm.
"Court Gentry is back in action. This time he's working on behalf of a well-connected group of Syrian expats to secure the Syrian president's mistress so they can use her to bring down the president's regime. But the expats' plan goes awry when it's discovered the mistress has a baby--the Syrian president's only male heir--hidden away in a Damascus safe house. Court goes after the baby, a decision that comes at the price of the mistress's life. The expat organization deems the boy now useless to their cause and refuses to protect him against the Syrian first lady and the notorious Swiss assassin in her employ. With no support on the way, Court realizes he'll have to take down the Syrian president himself if he and the boy are going to make it out alive."--Provided by publisher.

Sirens : a novel

February 22, 2018
Knox, Joseph, author.
©2017
337 pages ; 24 cm
"Orginally published in hardcover in Great Britain by Doubleday, an imprint of Transworld Publishers, a division of Penguin Random House Ltd., London, in 2017."
"The breathtakingly propulsive and stunningly assured debut thriller, perfect for readers of Tana French, Don Winslow and Dennis Lehane A detective goes undercover in Manchester ... The mission is suicide. Infiltrating the inner circle of enigmatic criminal Zain Carver is dangerous enough. Pulling it off while also rescuing Isabelle Rossiter, a runaway politician's daughter, from Zain's influence? Impossible. That's why Aidan Waits is the perfect man for the job. Disgraced, emotionally damaged, and despised by his superiors. In other words, completely expendable. But Aidan is a born survivor. And as he works his way deep into Zain's shadowy world, he finds that nothing is as it seems. Zain is a mesmerizing, Gatsby-esque figure who lures young women into his orbit--women who have a bad habit of turning up dead. But is Zain really responsible? And will Isabelle be next? Before long, Aidan finds himself in over his head, cut loose by his superiors, and dangerously attracted to the wrong woman. How can he save the girl if he can't even save himself?"-- Provided by publisher.

The lucky ones

February 22, 2018
Reisz, Tiffany, author.
©2018
364 pages; 21 cm
"They called themselves "the lucky ones." They were seven children either orphaned or abandoned by their parents and chosen by legendary philanthropist and brain surgeon Dr. Vincent Capello to live in The Dragon, his almost magical beach house on the Oregon Coast. Allison was the youngest of the lucky ones living an idyllic life with her newfound family ... until the night she almost died, and was then whisked away from the house and her adopted family forever. Now, thirteen years later, Allison receives a letter from Roland, Dr. Capello's oldest son, warning her that their father is ill and in his final days. Allison determines she must go home again and confront the ghosts of her past. She's determined to find out what really happened that fateful night--was it an accident or, as she's always suspected, did one of her beloved family members try to kill her? But digging into the past can reveal horrific truths, and when Allison pieces together the story of her life, she learns the terrible secret at the heart of the family she once loved but never really knew"--Back cover.

The legacy

February 21, 2018
Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, author.
©2014
455 pages ; 25 cm
First published in Iceland under the title DNA by Verold Publishing.
The murder was meant as a punishment - but what sin could justify the method? The only person who might have answers is the victim's seven-year-old daughter, who was found hiding in the room where her mother died. And she's not talking. Newly promoted, out of his depth, Detective Huldar turns to Freyja and the Children's House for their expertise with traumatized young people. Freyja, who distrusts the police in general and Huldar in particular, isn't best pleased. But she's determined to keep little Margret safe. It may prove tricky. The killer is leaving them strange clues: warnings in text messages, sums scribbled on bits of paper, numbers broadcast on the radio. He's telling a dark and secret story - but how can they crack the code? And if they do, will they be next?

The plea

February 21, 2018
Cavanagh, Steve, author.
©2017
358 pages ; 24 cm
"Originally published in Great Britain by Orion Books, an imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd."
The FBI wants to secure a murder suspect's testimony against a corrupt law firm. David Child's girlfriend was murdered, the weapon was in his car, he was covered in gunshot residue, and the security video showed no one else entering the apartment. Con artist-turned-lawyer Eddie Flynn is being blackmailed to get him to take a plea bargain, but he begins to believe Child is innocent, in spite of the evidence.

Twist of faith

February 21, 2018
Green, Ellen J., author.
Seattle : Thomas & Mercer, [2018]
321 pages ; 22 cm
"After the death of her adoptive mother, Ava Saunders comes upon a peculiar photograph, sealed and hidden away in a crawl space. The photo shows a shuttered, ramshackle house on top of a steep hill. On the back, a puzzling inscription: Destiny calls us. Ava is certain that it's a clue to her elusive past. Twenty-three years ago, she'd been found wrapped in a yellow blanket in the narthex of the Holy Saviour Catholic Church—and rescued—or so she'd been told. Her mother claimed there was no more to the story, so the questions of her abandonment were left unanswered. For Ava, now is the time to find the roots of her mother's lies. It begins with the house itself—once the scene of a brutal double murder. When Ava enlists the help of the two people closest to her, a police detective and her best friend, she fears that investigating her past could be a fatal mistake. Someone is following them there. And what's been buried in Ava's nightmares isn't just a crime. It's a holy conspiracy."--Inside dust jacket.

The Greek wall

February 21, 2018
Verdan, Nicolas, 1971- author.
©2018
239 pages : 20 cm
A severed head is found on the Greek border near a wall planned to stop Middle Eastern immigrants crossing from Turkey. Intelligence Agent Evangelos wants the truth about the murder, human trafficking into Greece, and about the corruption surrounding the wall's construction. It is a mystery novel and a political thriller but more importantly it evokes the problems of the West incarnated in Greece: isolationism, fear of immigration, economic collapse, and corruption. While dark, it is also poetic and paints an indelible portrait of Athens, with its mixed fragrances of eucalyptus, freshly baked bread, and cigarette smoke.

Season of lies

February 21, 2018
Hetzel, Dennis, author.
Terra Alta, WV : Headline Books, Inc., [2017]
352 pages ; 23 cm
"The Chicago Cubs have finally won a World Series for the first time since 1908. Now they want to build a baseball dynasty. To do so, they trade for star pitcher Trey Van Ohmann. Meanwhile, the Cubs' biggest and best-known fan, Luke Murphy, is running for re-election as President of the United States. But world events and powerful, unknown forces conspire against them. To succeed, they must overcome terrorism, scandals, and threats to their lives and those around them. The baseball season and a presidential campaign that could be ripped out of today's headlines intertwine in one fateful October."--Amazon.com

Unraveled

February 21, 2018
Hardt, Helen, author.
©2018
306 pages ; 21 cm
Includes discussion questions.
Ryan Steel and Ruby Lee are in love, but before they can move forward with a life together, they're determined to bring resolution to the many unanswered questions they still face. To complicate matters, new threats arise with the arrival of two startling figures from their pasts. As they race against time to find answers, unexpected forces pull them apart. Ryan's brothers, Talon and Jonah, rally to help, wanting to end the struggle and finally bring the last perpetrators to justice. But another riddle surfaces, deepening the rift between Ruby and Ryan. Will they salvage their relationship and finally unravel the mysteries surrounding them?

Vengeance : a novel

February 20, 2018
Lazar, Zachary, author.
©2018
253 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"Zachary Lazar's powerful and important novel was inspired by a passion play, The Life of Jesus Christ, he witnessed at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. As someone who writes "fiction, nonfiction, sometimes a hybrid of both," the narrator of Vengeance, a character much like Lazar himself, tries to accurately view a world he knows is "beyond the limits of my small understanding." In particular, he tries to unravel the truth behind the supposed crime of an inmate he meets and befriends, Kendrick King, who is serving a life sentence at Angola for murder. As the narrator attempts to sort out what happened in King's life--paying visits to his devoted mother, his estranged young daughter and her mother, his girlfriend, his brother, and his cousin--the writer's own sense of identity begins to feel more and more like a fiction. He is one of the "free people" while Kendrick, who studies theology and philosophy, will never get his only wish, expressed plainly as "I just need to get out of here." The dichotomy between their lives forces the narrator to confront the violence in his own past, and also to reexamine American notions of guilt and penance, racial bias, and the inherent perversity of punitive justice"--cover.

Beneath the darkest sky

February 20, 2018
Overstreet, Jason, author.
New York, N.Y. : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., 2018.
306 pages ; 24 cm
Includes discussion questions.
International consultant Prescott Sweet's mission is to bring justice to countries suffering from America's imperialistic interventions. With his outspoken artist wife, Loretta, and their two children, he lives a life of equality and continental elegance amid Europe's glittering capitals beyond anything he ever dared hope for. But he is still a man in hiding, from his past with the Bureau, from British Intelligence and from his own tempting, dangerous skill at high-level espionage. So when he has the opportunity to live in Moscow and work at the American Embassy, Prescott and his family seize the chance to take refuge and at last put down roots in what they believe is a fair society.

Breaking point

February 20, 2018
Brennan, Allison, author.
©2018
437 pages ; 19 cm.
"Bella Caruso survived a nightmare of abuse and betrayal. Today, she has dedicated her life to saving other young women from the hell that almost killed her--first as an officer of the law, then by stepping outside the law and into the darkness where true evil dwells. Now, it appears that the darkness has taken her once again. JT Caruso often worries about his sister, given her line of work. This time, when he learns that Bella is working undercover to find a missing girl involved in a dangerous prostitution ring, JT asks FBI Special Agent Lucy Kincaid for help. Even with Lucy's extensive experience in running down human traffickers, finding Bella will not be easy. Not only because she is in too deep. But because Bella, who will not rest until she saves the girl, doesn't want to be found..."--Back cover.

Crushed

February 20, 2018
Watterson, Kate, author.
New York : TOR, 2018.
341 pages ; 19 cm.
What do you think? The strange message, inked on a homicide victim, makes Detective Ellie MacIntosh's blood run cold. What do you think now? Worse, it is soon followed by a message on a second victim in the same location. MacIntosh realizes this is personal--a challenge directed at her and her volatile partner, Jason Santiago. As a cat and mouse game with a conscienceless killer emerges, the detectives start to fear that they have met their match. His deranged obsession is costing lives, and soon he contacts MacIntosh personally to taunt her. Ellie must race against time to try to solve the unsolvable before it is too late.

Edge of darkness

February 20, 2018
Rose, Karen, 1964- author.
©2017
626 pages ; 18 cm.
Child psychologist Meredith Fallon knows she shouldn't hold out hope for Adam Kimble. After a few unforgettable hours spent together, the seasoned homicide detective has spent the last year going out of his way to avoid her. But when Meredith is the target of a botched hit in downtown Cincinati, he explodes back itno her life. Adam can't unsee the horrors that come with his job: the victims he couldn't save; the monsters who still walk free. But he's slowly climbing back from the darkness that engulfed him. too soon, he's drawn into the hunt for the man who targeted Meredith - a remorseless killer who will leave a trail of victims in his wake. And who will make Adam realize that the demons inside him aren't done with him yet...

Friends & other liars : a novel

February 20, 2018
Coble, Kaela, author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Landmark, [2018]
363 pages ; 21 cm
Includes reading group guide.
When Ruby St. James returns to her hometown, it's under the worst circumstances. Her old classmate Danny is dead, and at his funeral, she is confronted with the friends she left behind and the secret that tore them apart ten years ago. Now, Ruby isn't sure how to bridge the space her lies have created. And what's worse, she isn't the only one who's been lying.

The night trade

February 20, 2018
Eisler, Barry, author.
©2018
308 pages ; 22 cm
Livia Lone is back with a vengeance. For sex-crimes detective Livia Lone, a position with a government anti-trafficking task force is a chance to go back to Thailand to ferret out Rithisak Sorm, the trafficking kingpin behind her own childhood ordeal. But after a planned takedown in a nightclub goes violently awry, Livia discovers that she's not the only one hunting Sorm. Former Marine sniper Dox has a score to settle, too, and working together is the only way to take Sorm out. Livia and Dox couldn't be less alike. But they share a single-minded creed: the law has to serve justice. And if it doesn't, justice has to be served another way. What they don't know is that in threatening Sorm, they're also threatening a far-reaching conspiracy-one involving the highest levels of America's own intelligence apparatus. It turns out that killing Sorm just might be the easy part. The real challenge will be payback from his protectors.--Provided by Publisher.

Only the rain

February 20, 2018
Silvis, Randall, 1950- author.
©2018
178 pages ; 22 cm
"When family man and war veteran Russell loses his job as a quarry worker, his life suddenly seems more like a waking nightmare than a chance to finally live the American dream. Facing bills, a new baby, and a bone-dry bank account, he's got nothing left to lose. Russell comes to the rescue of a naked stranger dancing in the rain, and what was supposed to be a straightforward good deed turns into a spiral of danger. When Russell finds an enticing stash of money in the woman's house, he knows the cash could be his only hope. Taking just a handful will save his family's future. His 'victimless crime' seems to be anything but risky--until the criminals he robbed come looking for their dirty money. Russell's ready to surrender it, but then his daughter gets sick...and he must choose between saving her or giving the devils their due. Someone's going to pay. The question is, how much?" -- Amazon.com.

Where the wild cherries grow

February 20, 2018
Madeleine, Laura, author.
©2017
335 pages ; 22 cm
First published in Great Britain by Black Swan, an imprint of Transworld Publishers, a Penguin Random House company.
"A novel of the South of France."--Cover.
"It is 1919, and the end of the war has not brought peace for Emeline Vane. Lost in grief, she is suddenly alone at the heart of a depleted family. And just as everything seems to slipping beyond her control, in a moment of desperation, she boards a train and runs away. Her journey leads her to a tiny seaside village in the South of France. Taken in by caf⥠owner Maman and her twenty-year-old son, Emeline discovers a world completely new to her: of oranges, olives and wild herbs, the raw, rich tastes of the land. But soon secrets from home begin blowing in on the sea waves. Fifty years later, Bill Perch, a young solicitor on his first case, finds Emeline's diary, and begins to trace an anguished story of betrayal and love that will send him on a journey to discover the truth. What really happened to Emeline all those years ago?"--Dust jacket flap.

The courier

February 20, 2018
Britton, Andrew, 1981-2008, author.
New York : Pinnacle Books, 2014.
491 pages ; 19 cm.
Ryan Kealey now knows he'll never really put the game behind him. He's seen too much, and the instinct is too deeply hardwired. But the game itself has changed. Between tense interagency 'cooperation' that gums the works, and an overreliance on data-crunching and wiz-kid tech, today's US intelligence service has lost a step to its ever-bolder, viciously adaptable global enemies. And thanks to an incredible discovery in the Arctic, those enemies now have a nuke--capable of unleashing unthinkable terror.

The bad daughter : a novel

February 19, 2018
Fielding, Joy, author.
New York : Ballantine Books, 2018.
354 pages ; 25 cm
"A hostile relationship with her sister and a complicated past with her father's second wife have kept Robin estranged from her family for many years. But when her father's new family is attacked in their house, with her father, his wife, and young daughter in critical condition in the hospital, she returns home to await their fate and hopefully mend fences. It looks like a random robbery gone awry, but as Robin spends more time with her family members, she learns they all had their secrets -- and one of those secrets may have put them all in horrible danger"--Provided by publisher.

The rules of backyard cricket

February 19, 2018
Serong, Jock, author.
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia : Text Publishing, 2016.
291 pages ; 24 cm
It starts in a suburban backyard with Darren Keefe and his older brother, sons of a fierce and gutsy single mother. The endless glow of summer, the bottomless fury of contest. All the love and hatred in two small bodies poured into the rules of a made-up game. Darren has two big talents: cricket and trouble. No surprise that he becomes an Australian sporting star of the bad-boy variety one of those men who has always gotten away with things. Until the day we meet him, middle aged, in the boot of a car, gagged, cable-tied, and a bullet in his knee. Everything pointing towards a shallow grave.

Sunburn : a novel

February 15, 2018
Lippman, Laura, 1959- author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
292 pages ; 24 cm
"One is playing a long game. But which one? They meet at a local tavern in the small town of Belleville, Delaware. Polly is set on heading west. Adam says he's also passing through. Yet she stays and he stays—drawn to this mysterious redhead whose quiet stillness both unnerves and excites him. Over the course of a punishing summer, Polly and Adam abandon themselves to a steamy, inexorable affair. Still, each holds something back from the other—dangerous, even lethal, secrets. Then someone dies. Was it an accident, or part of a plan? By now, Adam and Polly are so ensnared in each other's lives and lies that neither one knows how to get away—or even if they want to. Is their love strong enough to withstand the truth, or will it ultimately destroy them? Something—or someone—has to give. Which one will it be?"--Inside dust jacket.

Head wounds

February 15, 2018
Palumbo, Dennis, 1951- author.
©2018
330 pages ; 23 cm.
Dr. Daniel Rinaldi, psychologist and consultant to the Pittsburgh police, becomes a participant in a domestic drama that blows up right outside his front door, saved from a bullet to the brain by pure chance. In the chaos that follows, Rinaldi learns his bad-girl, wealthy neighbor has told her hair-triggered boyfriend that Rinaldi is her lover. As things heat up, Rinaldi becomes a murder suspect.

Dry bones

February 15, 2018
Spencer, Sally, author.
2017
203 pages ; 23 cm.
"When human bones are discovered in the cellars beneath St Luke's College - two bodies, buried thirty years apart - the bursar, Charlie Swift, hires Jennie Redhead to investigate. As she uncovers a series of scandals stretching back sixty years, Jennie wonders how well she really knows her old friend Charlie - and whether she can trust him."--Publisher's description.

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