New Arrivals · Suspense Fiction

April 22, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Natchez burning

April 21, 2014
Iles, Greg, author.
©2014
1389 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"Larger Print"--P. [4] of cover.
"The first in a trilogy from #1 New York Times bestselling author Greg Iles that weaves crimes past and present into a mesmerizing thriller featuring southern mayor and former prosecutor Penn Cage. Raised in Natchez,Mississippi,Penn Cage learned all he knows from his father,Tom Cage. But now the beloved family doctor has been accused of murdering the African-American nurse with whom he worked in the 1960s. Now Penn is determined to save his father no matter the cost. The quest for answers sends Penn deep into a dark conspiracy involving the vicious Double Eagles,an offshoot of the KKK controlled by some of the state's most powerful men. With the aid of a local reporter and his fiancée,Penn uncovers a bloody trail stretching back forty years,and is forced to confront a wrenching dilemma: does a man of honor choose his father or justice? Rich in Southern atmosphere,Natchez Burning marks the return of an American master of suspense. Tense and disturbing,it's the most explosive and ambitious story Greg Iles has ever written."--P. [4] of cover.

Field of prey

April 21, 2014
Sandford, John, 1944 February 23-
New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2014.
392 pages ; 24 cm.
"A novel"--Cover.
Lucas Davenport investigates the discovery of several bodies in an abandoned Minnesota farmyard, discovering the work of a local serial killer who has been murdering one victim every summer for years.

Final settlement : a Darby Farr mystery

April 21, 2014
Doudera, Vicki, 1961-
Waterville, Maine : Wheeler Publishing, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2013.
451 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Realtor and amateur sleuth Darby Farr is back in her hometown for the highly anticipated wedding of her fellow real estate associate, Tina Ames. But the festive mood on the snow-swept island of Hurricane Harbor is darkened with tragic news. Lorraine Delvecchio, the police chief's assistant, is found dead, tangled in a lobster trap near the abandoned lighthouse on the Manatuck Breakwater. Working double duty as Chief Dupont's realtor and PI, Darby uncovers evidence that the death was more than just a slip on the ice. Lorraine's history with money is far from innocent, and Darby's suspect list keeps getting longer. With a prominent islander's dramatic ex-wife back in town and Tina's plans to sell a reclusive artist's waterfront home, it's up to Darby alone to find the murderer before she becomes the next victim.

Dash of peril

April 21, 2014
Foster, Lori, 1958-
Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin HQN, [2014].
475 pages ; 17 cm
"Harlequin HQN romance"--Spine.
"To bring down a sleazy abduction ring, Lieutenant Margaret "Margo" Peterson has set herself up as bait. But recruiting Dashiel Riske as her unofficial partner is a whole other kind of danger. Dash is six feet four inches of laid-back masculine charm, a man who loves life--and women--to the limit. Until Margo is threatened, and he reveals a dark side that may just match her own.... Beneath Margo's tough facade is a slow-burning sexiness that drives Dash crazy. The only way to finish this case is to work together side by side...skin to skin. And as their mission takes a lethal turn, he'll have to prove he's all the man she needs--in all the ways that matter...."-- From back cover.

An untamed state

April 21, 2014
Gay, Roxane.
New York : Black Cat ; [Berkeley CA] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2014.
370 p. ; 21 cm.
Mireille Duval Jameson is a rich and self-assured Haitian woman who is kidnapped by a gang of heavily armed men. Held captive by a man who calls himself the Commander, Mireille must endure his torment until her unwilling father pays up.

Ruin Falls : a novel

April 18, 2014
Milchman, Jenny.
New York : Ballantine Books, [2014]
339 pages ; 25 cm

The long shadow : a novel

April 18, 2014
Marklund, Liza, 1962-
New York : Emily Bestler Books/Washington Squre Press, 2014.
530 p. ; 21 cm.
A violent robbery has killed an entire family on the Costa Del Sol. Annika Bengtzon is assigned to cover the story for the Evening Post. But when she arrives in Spain she discovers there was a third child u a teenage daughter u who is unaccounted for. Annika makes it her mission to find the missing girl. But as she delves into the mystery she becomes embroiled in a far darker side of Spanish life than she'd envisioned, as she begins to piece together a terrifying story of violence, abuse and murder.

The furies : a thriller

April 18, 2014
Alpert, Mark, 1961-
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, [2014].
312 pages ; 24 cm.
"For centuries, they have lived among us. When they were discovered, they were called witches, vampires, or devils and sentenced to a quick death. They are human just like us, except for a rare genetic quirk that has granted them immortality. Now, a chance encounter with a beautiful woman has led John Rogers into the middle of a secret war between the immortals. She needs his help in the battle between a rebellious group and their elders. The grand prize in this war is eternal life. The Furies weaves cutting-edge science into a far-ranging thriller, showing how a simple genetic twist could have inspired tales of witchcraft and sorcery, and how the paranormal could be possible"-- Provided by publisher.

Bridge to haven

April 17, 2014
Rivers, Francine, 1947- author.
Carol Stream, Illinois : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., [2014]
viii, 468 pages ; 24 cm
"A novel"--Cover.

Live to see tomorrow

April 16, 2014
Johansen, Iris.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014.
358 pages ; 25 cm
When her mentor, Hu Chang, tasks her with rescuing an imprisoned journalist in Tibet, shadowy CIA Operative Catherine Ling is pitted against a man so vile that she wonders if she is being used as a pawn in a game of revenge that is not hers to play.

Chop chop

April 16, 2014
Wroe, Simon.
New York : The Penguin Press, 2014.
276 pages ; 24 cm
"Fresh out of university, our narrator, Monocle, is eager and determined to live the literary life in London. But soon he's two months behind on rent and is forced to take a job doing grunt work in the kitchen of The Swan, a restaurant that's seen much better days. He's surrounded by a cast of characters including the sadistic head chef, Bob. Soon a darker tale unfolds as the restaurant staff devises a plot to overthrow Bob and Monocle's dead-beat dad shows up"-- Provided by publisher.

Blood always tells

April 16, 2014
Davidson, Hilary, author.
New York : Forge Books, [2014].
320 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates Book"
"Dominique Monahan just wanted to get even with her two-timing, married boyfriend, a washed-up boxer stuck in a toxic marriage to a dangerously spoiled socialite. However, an elaborate blackmail scheme soon lands her in the middle of an unexpected kidnapping . . . and attempted murder. But who is actually out to kill whom? Desmond Edgars, Dominique's big brother, has looked out for his wayward sister ever since their mother was convicted of murdering many years ago, so when he receives a frantic phone call from Dominique in the middle of the night, he drops everything to rush to the rescue. But to find out what has really happened to his sister, the stoic ex-military man must navigate a tangled web of murder and deception, involving a family fortune, a couple of shifty lawyers, and a missing child, while wrestling with his own bloody secrets . . . . Blood Always Tells is a twisted tale of love, crime, and family gone wrong, by the multiple award-winning author of The Damage Done and Evil in All Its Disguises"-- Provided by publisher.

Sinful folk : a novel of the Middle Ages

April 15, 2014
Hayes, Ned.
©2014
398 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Based on the true story of five children who were burned to death in 1377, Ned Hayes' debut historical novel describes the desperate journey of a small band of villagers who traveled 200 miles across England in midwinter to demand justice for their children's deaths" --Cover flap.

Everything to lose

April 15, 2014
Gross, Andrew, 1952-
New York : William Morrow, c2014.
328 p. ; 24 cm.
"A novel"--Cover.
While driving along a suburban back road, Hilary Blum, who's just lost her job and whose deadbeat husband has left her alone to care for her son with Asperger's, witnesses a freakish accident. A car ahead of her careens down a hill and slams into a tree. Stopping to help, she discovers the driver dead--and a satchel stuffed with a half a million dollars. That money could prevent her family's ruin and keep her special needs son in school. In an instant, this honest, achieving woman who has always done the responsible thing makes a decision that puts her in the center of maelstrom of dark consequences and life-threatening recriminations--a terrifying scheme involving a twenty-year-old murder, an old woman whose life has been washed out to sea, and a powerful figure bent to keep the secret that can destroy him hidden. With everything to lose, everything she loves, Hilary connects to a determined cop from Staten Island, reeling from the disaster of Sandy, to bring down an enemy who will stop at nothing to keep what that money was meant to silence, still buried.

The whiskey baron

April 14, 2014
Sealy, Jon, 1982-
Spartanburg, SC : Hub City Press, [2014]
250 pages ; 24 cm
"Late one night at the end of a scorching summer, a phone call rouses Sheriff Furman Chambers out of bed. Two men have been shot dead on Highway 9 in front of the Hillside Inn, a one-time boardinghouse that is now just a front for Larthan Tull's liquor business. When Sheriff Chambers arrives to investigate, witnesses say a man named Mary Jane Hopewell walked into the tavern, dragged two of Tull's runners into the street, and laid them out with a shotgun. Sheriff Chambers's investigation leads him into the Bell village, where Mary Jane's family lives a quiet, hardscrabble life of working in the cotton mill. While the weary sheriff digs into the mystery and confronts the county's underground liquor operation, the whiskey baron himself is looking for vengeance. Mary Jane has gotten in the way of his business, and you don't do that to Larthan Tull and get away with it. Hailed as a "grand new talent" (Bret Lott) and a "significant new voice in Southern fiction" (Ron Rash), Jon Sealy has written a haunting debut novel. With its unforgettable characters and evocative setting, The Whiskey Baron is a gripping drama about family ties and bad choices, about the folly of power and the limitations of the law" -- Provided by publisher.

The Johnstown girls

April 14, 2014
George, Kathleen, 1943-
Pittsburgh, PA : University of Pittsburgh Press, [2014]
vii, 338 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"The Johnstown Girls is a heartrending tale of twin sisters separated by the 1889 flood in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Kathleen George masterfully blends a factual history of the flood into her story of two sisters, whose search for each other over the course of one hundred years unfolds after their lives were sent careening down different paths"-- Provided by publisher.

The intern's handbook : a thriller

April 14, 2014
Kuhn, Shane.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014.
276 pages ; 24 cm
"John Lago is an intern at one of the biggest law firms in Manhattan. He clocks eighty hours a week getting coffee, answering phones, and doing all of the shit work no one else wants to do . . . and he doesn't make a dime. But John isn't trying to claw his way to the top of the corporate food chain. He was hired to assassinate one of the firm's high profile, heavily guarded partners. His internship is the perfect cover--enabling him to gather intel and secure the access he needs to execute a clean, untraceable kill. A cinematic (and psychopathic) thriller, The Intern's Handbook is John Lago's unofficial survival guide for new recruits at Human Resources, Inc.--John's real employer and a front for one of the most elite assassin training and "placement" programs in the world. What starts as a handbook becomes a darkly comic memoir in which John chronicles his final assignment and takes the reader on a twisted, violent thrill ride in which he is pitted against the strongest adversary he has ever faced--Alice, a federal agent assigned to investigate the same law firm partner John's been hired to kill. In juxtaposition to John's blood-soaked bravado are FBI surveillance transcripts in which he unwittingly exposes the deep scars from his horrific childhood, longs to connect with his true family, and, through Alice, hopes that love will help him find redemption from the body count that haunts his past and threatens his future"-- Provided by publisher.

The collector of dying breaths : a novel of suspense

April 14, 2014
Rose, M. J., 1953-
New York : Atria Books, [2014].
368 pages ; 24 cm
"From one of America's most imaginative storytellers comes a passionate tale of love and treachery, spanning the days of Catherine de Medici's court to the twenty-first century and starring a woman drawn back, time and again, to the past. In 1533, an Italian orphan with an uncanny knack for creating fragrance is plucked from poverty to become Catherine de Medici's perfumer. To repay his debt, over the years Rene; le Florentine is occasionally called upon to put his vast knowledge to a darker purpose: the creation of deadly poisons used to dispatch the Queen's rivals. But it's Rene;'s other passion--a desire to reanimate a human breath, to bring back the lives of the two people whose deaths have devastated him--that incites a dangerous treasure hunt five centuries later. That's when Jac L'Etoile--suffering from a heartache of her own--becomes obsessed with the possibility of unlocking Rene's secret to immortality. Soon Jac's search reconnects her with Griffin North, a man she's loved her entire life. Together they confront an eccentric heiress whose art collection rivals many museums and who is determined to keep her treasures close at hand, not just in this life but in her next. Set in the forest of Fontainebleau, crisscrossing the lines between the past and the present, M.J. Rose has written a mesmerizing tale of passion and obsession. This is a gothic tale perfect for fans of Anne Rice, Deborah Harkness, and Diana Galbadon"-- Provided by publisher.

Under a silent moon : a novel

April 14, 2014
Haynes, Elizabeth, 1971-
New York : Harper, 2014.
359 pages ; 24 cm
In the crisp, early hours of an autumn morning, the police are called to investigate two deaths. The first is a suspected murder at a farm on the outskirts of a small village. A beautiful young woman has been found dead, her cottage drenched with blood. The second is a reported suicide at a nearby quarry. A car with a woman's body inside was found at the bottom of the pit. As DI Louisa Smith and her team gather evidence, they discover a shocking link between the two cases and the two deaths--a bond that sealed their terrible fates one cold night, under a silent moon.

Otherwise engaged

April 11, 2014
Quick, Amanda.
New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, [2014].
342 pages ; 24 cm
One does not expect to be kidnapped on a London street in broad daylight. But Amity Doncaster barely escapes with her life after she is trapped in a carriage with a blade-wielding man in a black silk mask who whispers the most vile taunts and threats into her ear. Her quick thinking, and her secret weapon, save her . . . for now. But the monster known in the press as the Bridegroom, who has left a trail of female victims in his wake, has survived the wounds she inflicts and will soon be on his feet again. He is unwholesomely obsessed by her scandalous connection to Benedict Stanbridge--gossip about their hours alone in a ship's stateroom seems to have crossed the Atlantic faster than any sailing vessel could. Benedict refuses to let this resourceful, daring woman suffer for her romantic link to him--as tenuous as it may be. For a man and woman so skilled at disappearing, so at home in the exotic reaches of the globe, escape is always an option. But each intends to end the Bridegroom's reign of terror in London, and will join forces to do so. And as they prepare to confront an unbalanced criminal in the heart of the city they love, they must also face feelings that neither of them can run away from.

The Target

April 11, 2014
Baldacci, David, author.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, [2014].
420 pages ; 24 cm.
Earl Fontaine, a terminally ill Alabama death row prisoner, plans one last killing that will personally affect Robie and his fellow agent, Jessica Reel. Meanwhile Evan Tucker, the head of the CIA, recommends Robie and Reel for a mission to assasinate a foreign leader.

Maximum security : a dog part mystery

April 10, 2014
Newsome, C. A.
©2013
265 pages ; 23 cm.
When Detective Peter Dourson arrests that nice stranger for the brutal murder of a dog park regular, he begs his girlfriend, artist Lia Anderson, to stay out of it. But her best patron takes the woman under her wing, and Renee insists her new friend needs help. Lia isn't going to do much, just ask a few questions. Surely that won't lead to trouble. Besides, she's got an escape-artist foster dog to deal with. Then there's Peter's desire for a commitment she's not ready to make. And Lia's dog park friends refuse to be left out in this romp of a mystery laced with humor, dogs, and love.

Bury this : a novel

April 9, 2014
Portes, Andrea, author.
Berkeley, CA : Soft Skull Press, [2014]
260 pages ; 21 cm
"In Muskegon, Mich., 25 years have passed since a hapless snowplow operator discovered 22-year-old Elizabeth Krause's body off Route 31. The homicide investigation, overseen by then-rookie detective Samuel Barnett, lies dormant for decades, until a documentary made by local college students renews interest in the case. Barnett gets back in touch with Beth's friends and family, including her stoically resigned parents, U.S. Army Lt. Col. Charles and Dorothy Krause, and her pitiable best friend, Shauna Boggs. With their help, Barnett hopes to put to rest a murder that has haunted the small town for too long."--Publishers Weekly.

Girl missing : a novel

April 9, 2014
Gerritsen, Tess.
New York : Ballantine Books, 2014, c1994.
vi, 352 p. ; 19 cm.
"Previously published as Peggy Sue got murdered."

The detective

April 7, 2014
Hunt, James Patrick, 1964-
Waterville, Maine : Five star, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2014.
299 pages ; 22 cm
"Chicago, 1979. The city has just experienced one of the worst snowstorms in decades. Public transportation is shut down; garbage is piling up, uncollected; cars remain entombed in snowdrifts. In the midst of this, five people are shot and killed at a train stop. David Beckman is one of the first homicide detectives to arrive at the scene of the murder. He is young and new to the homicide squad, a recent transferee from vice. He's Jewish and is not welcomed by the older detectives. It's soon determined that one of the victims of the shooting is Jewish activist Nathan Wald. Wald had been a controversial figure, a celebrity of the 1970s, a Jew who advocated violence and attacks on Soviet embassies. Other detectives arrive, including Lieutenant Gregory, Chief of Detectives Stumbaugh, and Sergeant Tom Regan. Regan is an Irish American in his late forties, very much a straight arrow and devout Catholic. He is rightly considered the best detective in homicide, but he hasn't worked with Beckman yet"--Jacket flap.

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