New Arrivals · Suspense Fiction

October 8, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The body snatcher

October 7, 2015
Melo, Patrícia, 1962- author.
London : Bitter Lemon Press, 2015.
189 pages ; 20 cm
Translation of: Ladrão de cadáveres.
"One bright Sunday, alone on the banks of the Paraguay River, the narrator witnesses the fatal crash of a small plane. He finds a kilo of cocaine in the dead pilot's backpack and pockets it along with the pilot's expensive watch. Thus begins the protagonist's long slide into corruption. When police locate the crash site, the pilot's body is missing and a large-scale search ensues. Our hero, now involved in a busted cocaine deal, ends up owing a Bolivian drug gang so much money that blackmailing the wealthy family of the dead pilot for the return of their son's body seems to be the only way out. Or so he thinks."--Provided by publisher.

Blood red

October 7, 2015
Staub, Wendy Corsi.
New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2015.
400 p. : map ; 17 cm.
When she receives an anonymous gift that is linked to a century-old string of gruesome unsolved murders--and her own troubled past--Rowan soon discovers that the town's violent history was only the beginning as a twisted killer sets out to make sure everyone pays for their sins--in blood.

Little sister death

October 7, 2015
Gay, William.
Ann Arbor, MI : Dzanc Books, 2015.
202 pages ; 23 cm

The searcher

October 7, 2015
Toyne, Simon, 1968-
474 pages ; 24 cm
On a hilltop in the town of Redemption, Arizona, the townspeople gather at an old cemetery for the first time in decades to bury a local man. The somber occasion is suddenly disrupted by a thunderous explosion in the distant desert. A plane has crashed, and it's pouring a pillar of black smoke into the air. As Sheriff Garth Morgan speeds toward the crash, he nearly hits a tall, pale man running down the road, with no shoes on his feet and no memory of who he is or how he got there. The only clues to his identity are a label in his handmade suit jacket and a book that's been inscribed to him: both giving the name Solomon Creed. When Morgan tells Solomon that he is in Redemption, Arizona, Solomon begins to believe he's here for a reason--to save a man he has never met, the man who was buried that morning.

Pop goes the weasel : a Detective Helen Grace thriller

October 7, 2015
Arlidge, M. J.
404 pages ; 21 cm.
"From the international bestselling author of Eeny Meeny comes the second thriller in the "truly excellent series" featuring Detective Helen Grace. A man's body is found in an empty house. A gruesome memento of his murder is sent to his wife and children. He is the first victim, and Detective Helen Grace knows he will not be the last. But why would a happily married man be this far from home in the dead of night? The media call it Jack the Ripper in reverse: a serial killer preying on family men who lead hidden double lives. Helen can sense the fury behind the murders. But what she cannot possibly predict is how volatile this killer is--or what is waiting for her at the end of the chase.... "-- Provided by publisher.

The Italian wife

October 7, 2015
Furnivall, Kate.
New York, NY : Berkley Books, 2015.
421 pages ; 21 cm
"The New York Times bestselling author of The Russian Concubine returns with a stunning new novel set in Mussolini's Italy. Isabella Berotti is an architect, helping to create showpieces that will reflect the glory of her country's Fascist leaders. She is not a deeply political sort, but designing these buildings of grandiose beauty helps her forget about the pain she's felt since her husband was murdered years ago. One of her greatest accomplishments is the clock tower in the town of Bellina, outside Rome. But as she is admiring it one day, a woman approaches her, asking her to watch her ten-year-old daughter. Minutes later, to Isabella's horror, the woman leaps to her death from that very clock tower. There are photos of the woman right after the suicide, taken by Roberto Falco. A propaganda photographer for Il Duce, he is expected to show his nation in the most flattering light. But what Roberto and Isabella have seen reflects a more brutal reality, and in a place where everyone is watching and friends turn on friends to save themselves, their decision to take a closer look may be a dangerous mistake"-- Provided by publisher.


October 7, 2015
Marsh, Ava.
New York : Berkley Books, 2015.
324 pages ; 21 cm
"Spend a night of sexual adventure with this gritty debut thriller. In a toxic world of lust, lies, and elegant hotels, London's high-class escorts cater to the carnal appetites of powerful men. It's a game Stella knows how to play, one that allows her to escape the nightmares of her past. The rules are simple: always leave your client satisfied, don't get involved, and never disclose your real name. But when a fellow call girl is murdered, the game changes completely. And there's only one rule--survival. Stella knows how easily men can get away with murder--especially when the victim is a prostitute. Determined to get to the truth, she finds herself sucked into a deadly conflict with some of the world's most powerful men. But while they may consider themselves above the law, there's one secret every escort knows: no man is truly untouchable"-- Provided by publisher.

The guise of another

October 7, 2015
Eskens, Allen, 1963-
Amherst, NY : Seventh Street Books, an imprint of Prometheus Books, 2015.
269 pages ; 21 cm
After being subpoenaed by a grand jury under suspicion of corruption, Minnesota detective Alexander Rupert attempts to salvage his career and reputation investigating the false identity of recent car accident victim.

Redemption road : a Vicious Cycle novel

October 6, 2015
Ashley, Katie.
New York : Signet Eclipse, [2015]
viii, 321 pages ; 21 cm.
"The New York Times bestselling author of Vicious Cycle plunges readers into a world of danger and desire in her newest in the Vicious Cycle motorcycle club romance series. Looking for a walk on the wild side, Annabel Percy, the daughter of a powerful politician, gives in to an attraction to a sexy biker she meets one night. But she finds herself living a nightmare when she's kidnapped and transported into a hell on earth she never could have imagined. Born and bred into the Hells Raiders MC, Nathaniel 'Reverend' Malloy lives and dies for his brothers. But when he becomes the unexpected savior of a rival club's captive, Rev makes it his personal mission to nurse Annabel back to health--and to shelter her from the nightmares that torment her. Once Annabel heals, she's stunned to realize she is falling for the seductive man who saved her. Faced with their impossible attraction, can she accept the life he leads, or will Rev walk away from the only life he's ever known for the woman he was never supposed to love?"-- Provided by publisher.

Escaping yesterday

October 5, 2015
Nowak, Pamela.
Waterville, Me. : Five Star, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2015]
281 pages ; 23 cm
In 1905, Lottie Chase arrives in Denver with her ten-year-old daughter, Elsa, after fleeing her abusive uncle in New York. She secures a job at Elitch's Gardens, one of the city's new amusement parks. Everything would be perfect if it weren't for the garden manager, Caleb Hudson. Cared for by park co-owner Mary Elitch Long since he was a boy, Caleb is fiercely protective and fears that Lottie plans to take advantage of the Longs. But a series of dramatic events brings the two closer, and together they endure an attack on Lottie, extortion, and the arrival of Lottie's uncle. Lottie realizes the only way to save her relationship with Caleb and protect Elsa from her uncle is to face her past...

Everything she forgot

October 5, 2015
Ballantyne, Lisa.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2015.
414, 9 pages ; 21 cm
"They're calling it the worst pile-up in London history. Driving home, Margaret Holloway has her mind elsewhere-on a troubled student, her daughter's acting class, the next day's meeting-when she's rear-ended and trapped in the wreckage. Just as she begins to panic, a disfigured stranger pulls her from the car just seconds before it's engulfed in flames. Then he simply disappears. Though she escapes with minor injuries, Margaret feels that something's wrong. She's having trouble concentrating. Her emotions are running wild. More than that, flashbacks to the crash are also dredging up lost associations from her childhood, fragments of events that were wiped from her memory. Whatever happened, she didn't merely forget-she chose to forget. And somehow, Margaret knows deep down that it's got something to do with the man who saved her life. As Margaret uncovers a mystery with chilling implications for her family and her very identity, EVERYTHING SHE FORGOT winds through a riveting dual narrative and asks the question: How far would you go to hide the truth-from yourself...?"-- Provided by publisher.

You are dead

October 5, 2015
James, Peter, 1948-
New York : Minotaur Books, 2015.
408 pages ; 25 cm
"The last words Jamie Ball hears from his fiancée, Logan Somervile, are in a terrified mobile phone call from her. She has just driven into the underground car park beneath the apartment block where they live in Brighton, and seen a man acting strangely. Then she screams and the phone goes dead. The police are on the scene within minutes, but Logan has vanished, leaving behind her neatly parked car and cell phone. That same afternoon, workmen digging up an old asphalt path in a park in another part of the city, unearth the remains of a young woman in her early twenties, who has probably been dead for 30 years. At first, to Detective Superintendent Roy Grace and his Major Crime Team, these two events seem totally unconnected. But then another young woman in Brighton goes missing and another body from the past surfaces. At the same time a strange man visits an eminent London psychiatrist, claiming to have a piece of information on the missing woman, Logan, that turns out, at first, to be wrong-or so it seems. It is only later Roy Grace makes the chilling realization that this one thing is the key to both the past and the present-and now, beyond any doubt, he knows that Brighton has its first ever serial killer"-- Provided by publisher.

The war reporter : a novel

October 5, 2015
Fletcher, Martin, 1947- author.
New York, N.Y. : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2015.
viii, 306 pages ; 24 cm

Dead man walking

October 2, 2015
Finch, Paul, 1964- author.
London : Avon, 2014.
468 pages ; 20 cm.
"His worst nightmare is back...As a brutal winter takes hold of the Lake District, a prolific serial killer stalks the fells. 'The Stranger' has returned and for DS Mark 'Heck' Heckenburg, the signs are all too familiar. Last seen on Dartmoor ten years earlier, The Stranger murdered his victims in vicious, cold-blooded attacks - and when two young women go missing, Heck fears the worst. As The Stranger lays siege to a remote community, Heck watches helplessly as the killer plays his cruel game, picking off his victims one by one. And with no way to get word out of the valley, Heck must play ball."--Provided by publisher.

A cold war

October 1, 2015
Russell, Alan, 1956- author.
Seattle : Thomas & Mercer, [2015]
348 pages ; 21 cm
Nina Granville believes her business trip to Alaska will give her a short respite from the merry-go-round that came with her engagement to Congressman Terrence Donnelly. But instead of allowing her the peace she craves, Ninas getaway from the public eye means that no one witnesses her abduction into a very cold hell.

The storm

October 1, 2015
Bergin, Virginia, author.
326 pages ; 22 cm
The sequel to H2O.
"Originally published in 2015 in the United Kingdom by Macmillan Children's Books, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers Limited."
"Ninety-seven percent of the population is dead. And the killer rain keeps falling. Ruby's not sure she can make it on her own much longer. So when a chance encounter leads her to a camp with the last boy she may ever kiss (it's not easy to date during an apocalypse), Ruby gratefully accepts the army's protection. But safety comes with a price: If Ruby wants to stay, she must keep her eye -- and her mouth -- shut. Except Ruby stumbles across a secret she can't possibly keep. Horrified, she flips out and fights back -- only to make the most shocking discovery of all...."--Publisher's website

Sacrifice : a Celtic adventure

September 29, 2015
Freeman, Philip, 1961- author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2015.
182 pages : map ; 24 cm
"Someone is killing the nuns of Ireland. The grisly discovery of an elderly sister of Saint Brigid's monastery strangled, bled dry, and thrown into a bog is just the beginning. Soon a beautiful young nun is found decapitated and hung from a barren tree. It doesn't take long before the members of the struggling monastic community of Kildare realize that not only are the nuns being hunted by a serial killer, but the murderer is preforming the gruesome slayings in the manner of the ancient druid sacrifices. Set in the turmoil of sixth-century Ireland, where ruthless tribal kings wage constant war for survival and the powerful religious order of the druids is threatened by the newly-arrived Christian church, the desperate task of finding the killer falls to Sister Deirdre, a young women torn between the world of the monastery and her own druidic heritage. Unless Deirdre can find the killer before the cycle of sacrifices is complete, more of her friends will die, the monastery will face destruction, and the whole of Ireland may be plunged into civil war."--provided by publisher.

The reflection : a novel

September 28, 2015
Wilcken, Hugo, 1964-
233 pages ; 23 cm

Every second

September 28, 2015
Mofina, Rick.
Don Mills, Ontario, Canad : Mira Books 2015.
442 p. ; 19 cm.
When a bank manager and his family are terrorized by four armed men who strap them all with remote-detonation bombs, reporter Kate Page and the FBI discover a devastating truth that could destroy the family as well as countless others.

The dead student

September 28, 2015
Katzenbach, John, author.
426 pages ; 24 cm
Timothy Warner, a PhD student who goes by the nickname "Moth," wakes up on his ninety-ninth day of sobriety with an intense craving for drink. He asks his uncle Ed, a former alcoholic and now successful psychiatrist, to meet him at an AA meeting later that day. When Ed doesn't show up, Moth bikes to his office and discovers a grisly scene -- his uncle lying in a pool of blood, shot through the temple. The police pronounce the death a suicide, but Moth refuses to believe that his uncle would take his own life. Devastated and confused, he calls on the only person he thinks he can trust: Andrea Martine, an ex-girlfriend he has not spoken to in years. Each battling their inner demons, Moth and Andy travel into dark, unfamiliar territory, intent on finding out the truth about Ed's death and circling ever closer to a devious mind that will flinch at nothing to achieve his own goal of revenge.

A line of blood : a novel

September 25, 2015
McPherson, Ben.
New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
399 pages ; 24 cm
"In one of the most entertaining and twisty thrillers of the year a London family, a mother, father and young son, must deal with the murder of their secretive next door neighbor and the intrusive police investigation that follows. Readers will be faced with ever shifting and increasingly frightening suspicions that one or all of them had something to do with it"-- Provided by publisher.

Pretty girls : a novel

September 22, 2015
Slaughter, Karin, 1971- author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
396 pages ; 24 cm
"More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia's teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss--a devastating wound that's cruelly ripped open when Claire's husband is killed. The disappearance of a teenage girl and the murder of a middle-aged man, almost a quarter-century apart: what could connect them? Forming a wary truce, the surviving sisters look to the past to find the truth, unearthing the secrets that destroyed their family all those years ago . . . and uncovering the possibility of redemption, and revenge, where they least expect it" -- provided by publisher.

The killing lessons

September 22, 2015
Black, Saul, author.
New York, N.Y. : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
392 pages ; 25 cm
Originally published: London : Orion Books, 2015.
"When the two strangers turn up at Rowena Cooper's isolated Colorado farmhouse, she knows instantly that it's the end of everything. For the two haunted and driven men, on the other hand, it's just another stop on a long and bloody journey. And they still have many miles to go, and victims to sacrifice, before their work is done. For San Francisco homicide detective Valerie Hart, their trail of victims-- women abducted, tortured and left with a seemingly random series of objects inside them-- has brought her from obsession to the edge of physical and psychological destruction. And she's losing hope of making a breakthrough before that happens. But the murders at the Cooper farmhouse didn't quite go according to plan. There was a survivor, Rowena's ten-year-old daughter Nell, who now holds the key to the killings. Injured, half-frozen, terrified, Nell has only one place to go. And that place could be even more dangerous than what she's running from. In this extraordinary, pulse-pounding debut, Saul Black takes us deep into the mind of a psychopath, and into the troubled heart of the woman determined to stop him"-- Provided by publisher.

The Murder House

September 21, 2015
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
451 pages ; 25 cm
Includes excerpt from Patterson's next novel, "Cross Justice" at the end of the book.
"No. 7 Ocean Drive is a gorgeous, multimillion-dollar beachfront estate in the Hamptons, where money and privilege know no bounds. But its beautiful gothic exterior hides a horrific past: it was the scene of a series of depraved killings that have never been solved. Neglected, empty, and rumored to be cursed, it's known as the Murder House, and locals keep their distance. Detective Jenna Murphy used to consider herself a local, but she hasn't been back since she was a girl. Trying to escape her troubled past and rehabilitate a career on the rocks, the former New York City cop hardly expects her lush and wealthy surroundings to be a hotbed of grisly depravity. But when a Hollywood power broker and his mistress are found dead in the abandoned Murder House, the gruesome crime scene rivals anything Jenna experienced in Manhattan. And what at first seems like an open and shut case turns out to have as many shocking secrets as the Murder House itself, as Jenna quickly realizes that the mansion's history is much darker than even the town's most salacious gossips could have imagined. As more bodies surface, and the secret that Jenna has tried desperately to escape closes in on her, she must risk her own life to expose the truth--before the Murder House claims another victim"-- provided by publisher.

The girl with the deep blue eyes

September 21, 2015
Block, Lawrence, author.
[New York] : Hard Case Crime, 2015.
234 pages ; 23 cm.
"Cashed out from the NYPD after 24 years, Doak Miller operates as a private eye in steamy small-town Florida, doing jobs for the local police. Like posing as a hit man and wearing a wire to incriminate a local wife who's looking to get rid of her husband. But when he sees the wife, when he looks into her deep blue eyes... He falls--and falls hard. Soon he's working with her, against his employer, plotting a devious plan that could get her free from her husband and put millions in her bank account. But can they do it without landing in jail? And once he's kindled his taste for killing...will he be able to stop at one?" -- from author's web page.

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