New Arrivals · Suspense Fiction

January 27, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The poison secret : a Lang Reilly thriller

January 26, 2015
Loomis, Gregg, author.
Nashville, Tennessee : Turner Publishing Company, [2015]
xiii, 280 pages ; 23 cm
"A Lang Reilly thriller"--cover.
In the year 88 BC, King Mithradates of Anatolia died suddenly after an apparent poisoning. His son, Prince Mithradates, then disappeared for seven years into the woods where he collected hemlock plants and other deadly poisons. Upon his return, he shared a fatal meal with his mother and brother. Mithradates, who ultimately became King, somehow left the meal unharmed. In modern-day Turkey, a young boy endures a bite from a venomous viper. His doctor reports that the child experienced no ill effects and suggests the existence of a universal immunity in his blood, possibly as a descendant of Mithradates. And then the battle over his blood sample begins, attracting vigilantes who will stop at nothing to get their hands on the immunity. They even go so far as to steal young boy's hematology reports--and then murder the doctor who made the discovery. Word of the discovery made in his Holt Foundation children's hospital quickly spreads across continents to Lang Reilly. Lang decides he and his wife, Gurt, must travel to Turkey to get to the bottom of these tragic events. Soon after arriving in Trabzon, Turkey, Lang's house is burglarized, his rental car is attacked by phony police officers, and his wife is abducted from their hotel room by members of the Turkish mafia. Lang's life is not the only one in danger, and he must work fast to gain possession of the immunity before it is too late.

Shark skin suite

January 26, 2015
Dorsey, Tim, author.
New York : William Morrow, [2015]
322 pages ; 24 cm
"A novel"--Cover.
Serge Storms takes work as a freelance fixer in the style of his favorite legal movies before coming to the aid of a former flame who is being targeted by greedy bankers.

Robert Ludlum's the Geneva strategy

January 26, 2015
Freveletti, Jamie.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2015.
403 pages ; 21 cm.
"On one evening in Washington, DC, several high-ranking members of government disappear in a mass kidnapping. Among the kidnapped is Nick Rendel, a computer software coding expert in charge of drone programming and strategy. He is the victim with the most dangerous knowledge, including confidential passwords and codes that are used to program the drones. If revealed, his kidnappers could reprogram the drones to strike targets within the United States. Jon Smith and the Covert One team begin a worldwide search to recover the officials, but as the first kidnapping victims are rescued, they show disturbing signs of brainwashing or mind-altering drugs. Smith's investigation leads him to Fort Detrick, where a researcher, Dr. Laura Taylor, had been attempting to create a drug to wipe memory from soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome. But Dr. Taylor's research was suspended almost a year ago, when she was placed in a mental institution. Now, if Smith doesn't figure out the brainwashing drug, and track down the kidnapped Nick Rendel, the kidnappers will soon have the power to carry out drone strikes anywhere in the world.... "-- Provided by publisher.

A love like blood

January 26, 2015
Sedgwick, Marcus, author.
©2014
310 pages ; 24 cm.
"In 1944, just days after the liberation of Paris, Charles Jackson sees something horrific: a man in a dark tunnel, apparently drinking the blood of a murdered woman. Terrified, he does nothing, telling himself afterward that worse tragedies happen during war. Seven years later he returns to the city--and sees the same man dining in the company of a fascinating, beautiful young woman. When they leave the restaurant, Charles decides to follow. A Love Like Blood is a dark, compelling thriller about how a man's life can change in a moment and about where the desire for truth--and revenge--can lead."--Page [2] of cover.

Make them cry

December 1, 2015
O'Brien, Kevin, 1955-
New York : Pinnacle Books, [2013], c2002.
469 p. ; 20 cm.
Reprint. Originally published: c2002.
After the death of John Costello, seminary student of Our Lady of Sorrows, Father Murphy and the victims sister investigate John's death. They unearth clues not only to John's murder, but to other murders in the Seattle area.

Twisted innocence

January 22, 2015
Blackstock, Terri, 1957-
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Zondervan, [2015]
308 pages ; 23 cm.
"Holly Cramer's past choices have finally caught up to her, but she never expected them to endanger her baby.Though Holly's stumbled through most of her adult life as a party girl, she longs to live a more stable life for her daughter. Then police show up to question her about the whereabouts of Creed Kershaw, Lily's father. She has kept his identity a secret from friends and family she never even told him about the pregnancy. Now he's a person of interest in a drug-related murder case.Determined to keep him out of their lives and turn him over to police, Holly uses her private investigating skills to search for him. But her bravado backfires when he turns the tables and takes her and the baby hostage. As desperate hours tick by, Holly realizes his connection to Leonard Miller the man who has gunned down several members of her family. Creed claims he's innocent and that Miller is after him too. His gentleness with Lily moves her, but she can't trust a man who has held her at gunpoint. even if he reminds her so much of herself. Dangers old and new threaten Holly and her baby, and lives are demanded as sacrifices for love. Through a complex web of mistakes and regret, redemption is the one hope Holly has left to hold on to"-- Provided by publisher.

Crash & burn

January 21, 2015
Gardner, Lisa.
New York : Dutton, [2015]
389 pages ; 24 cm
Nicole Frank, after surviving a car accident, enlists the help of Boston police officer Sergeant Wyatt Foster to find a missing girl. Who is Nicky Frank, and what happened the night her car sailed off the road? Was it a random accident or something more sinister given the woman's lack of family and no close friends? The deeper Wyatt digs, the more concerned he becomes. Because it turns out, in the past few months, Nicky has suffered from more than one close accident. In fact, it would appear someone very much wants her dead.

The great zoo of China : a thriller

January 21, 2015
Reilly, Matthew.
©2014
x, 392 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Attending the opening of a magnificent zoo in China where a newly discovered animal species is being housed, National Geographic expert Dr. CJ Cameron confronts unexpected dangers posed by the mysterious creatures.

Full tilt

January 21, 2015
Mofina, Rick, author.
©2015.
438 pages ; 17 cm
"Screams in the night... Deep in the woods of upstate New York a woman flees a blazing barn. She is burned beyond recognition, and her dying words point police to a labyrinth of "confinement rooms"--rooms designed to hold human beings captive--where they make other chilling discoveries. A gut-wrenching phone call... In Manhattan, Kate Page, a single mom and reporter with a newswire service, receives a heart-stopping call from a detective on the case. A guardian angel charm found at the scene fits the description of the one belonging to Kate's sister, Vanessa, who washed away after a car crash in a mountain river twenty years ago. A life-and-death race against time. Kate has spent much of her life searching for the truth behind her little sister's disappearance. Now, a manhunt for a killer who's kept a collection of victims prisoner for years without detection becomes her final chance to either mourn Vanessa's death--or save her life"--Page [4] of cover.

Hades

January 21, 2015
Fox, Candice.
©2014
309 pages ; 22 cm
"Twenty years ago, two children were kidnapped and left for dead. Raised by a master criminal, they grew up to become cops. Very unusual cops... Homicide detective Frank Bennett has an intriguing new partner. Dark, beautiful, coldly efficient, Eden Archer is one of the most enigmatic colleagues Frank has ever worked with--that includes her brother Eric, who's also on the Sydney Metro police force. All of them are tested to the core when a local man discovers a graveyard of large steel toolboxes lying at the bottom of the harbor. Each box contains a grisly trove of human body parts. For Frank, the madman's clues are a tantalizing puzzle. For Eden and Eric, the case holds chilling links to a scarred childhood--and a murderous mentor named Hades. But the true evil goes beyond the bloody handiwork of a serial killer..."--Page [4] of cover.

Blind faith

January 20, 2015
Zanetti, Rebecca.
©2014
x, 382 pages ; 17 cm.

Against the sky

January 20, 2015
Martin, Kat.
New York, NY : Zebra Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2015]
375 pages ; 17 cm.

Serpents in the cold

January 19, 2015
O'Malley, Thomas, 1967- author.
New York : Mulholland Books/Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
387 pages ; 24 cm
"A serial killer stalks the streets of 1950s Boston--and two friends take it upon themselves to take him down. Post-war Boston is down on its luck and looking for change. A year after the Brink's Robbery--the largest robbery in the history of the United States--Boston is known more for its seedy underbelly than for its rich, historical past. The winter of 1951 is the worst in recent memory, and the Bruins are suffering another losing season. Like the city itself, lifelong residents Cal O'Brien and Dante Cooper are struggling to find their identities after World War II. Cal has built a mildly promising life for himself as an employee of a company providing private security, whether to an honorable businessman who needs a nightwatchman or to an Irish mafioso who needs to have someone's legs broken. Dante is everything Cal is not. A heroin addict trying and failing to stay clean, Dante feels the call to do good after he discovers that his sister-in-law was the latest victim of a serial killer targeting disadvantaged women. Woefully unqualified, but determined to help, Cal and Dante take it upon themselves to track the killer--but their daunting quest takes on dangerous consequences when the trail leads them to the highest ranks of city government. There are a few well-placed men who don't want Cal and Dante to solve this case. An absorbing mixture of history and suspense, told with a meticulous eye for detail and character, Serpents in the Cold is a moving exploration about two men battling for second chances"-- Provided by publisher.

Checkmate

January 19, 2015
James, Steven, 1969-
New York : Signet, [2014]
533 p. ; 19 cm.
A climactic chapter in the bestselling series, The Bowers Files. Special Agent Patrick Bowers gets drawn into a ruthless story that a killer is determined to tell the world when an FBI facility is attacked. A fast-paced thriller full of plot twists and turns, Checkmate brings this series to an unforgettable conclusion.

Rat runners

January 16, 2015
McGann, Oisín, author.
©2013
319 pages ; 21 cm
"Four young thieves, one simple mission: Steal a black-leather box from the daughter of a murdered scientist without anyone noticing. But WatchWorld controls London now, and the organization knows everything. Every major street is monitored with heat-sensitive and X-ray cameras. Microphones record voices from hundreds of feet away, and drones watch from the sky. Patrolling the streets are Safe-Guards--part human and part robot, they can see through walls, hear your heartbeat, and analyze your sweat. But staying hidden is what Nimmo, Scope, Manikin, and FX do best. Using the city's blind spots, they navigate the criminal underworld until they're caught in a rat run of murder and deceit that might not let them out alive."--Back cover.

Retribution

January 16, 2015
Hagberg, David, author.
©2014
348 pages ; 25 cm
"A Kirk McGarvey novel"--Cover.
"On May 1, 2011, a team of twenty-four members of US SEAL Team Six swooped down on the compound of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Their mission, code-named Neptune Spear, was to find and kill the terrorist leader. The mission was a success. Since that day, elements of the government of Pakistan have harbored a deep hatred for the SEALs who violated their sovereign territory. Now they've hired a team of German assassins to kill all twenty-four of the ST6 operators"--Amazon.com.

The witch hunter's tale : [a midwife mystery]

January 16, 2015
Thomas, Samuel S.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2015.
303 pages ; 22 cm
Subtitle from jacket.
In Puritan England, midwife Bridget Hodgson is unwillingly drawn into a full-scale witch-hunt that pits her against the most dangerous men in York, as well as her sworn enemy, forcing her to decide how far she is willing to go to protect her loved ones.

The deep

January 16, 2015
Cutter, Nick.
New York : Gallery Books, 2015.
394 pages ; 24 cm
"A novel"--Cover.
"A strange plague called the 'Gets is decimating humanity on a global scale. It causes people to forget--small things at first, like where they left their keys...then the not-so-small things like how to drive, or the letters of the alphabet. Then their bodies forget how to function involuntarily...and there is no cure. But now, far below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, deep in the Marianas Trench, an heretofore unknown substance hailed as "ambrosia" has been discovered--a universal healer, from initial reports. It may just be the key to a universal cure. In order to study this phenomenon, a special research lab, the Trieste, has been built eight miles under the sea's surface. But now the station is incommunicado, and it's up to a brave few to descend through the lightless fathoms in hopes of unraveling the mysteries lurking at those crushing depths..."-- Provided by publisher.

An appetite for violets : a novel

January 16, 2015
Bailey, Martine.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2015.
391 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
"That's how it is for us servants. No one pays you much heed; mostly you're invisible as furniture. Yet you overhear a conversation here, and add a little gossip there. Then you find something, something you should not have found." Irrepressible Biddy Leigh, under-cook at the foreboding Mawton Hall, only wants to marry her childhood sweetheart and set up her own tavern. But when her elderly master marries the young Lady Carinna, Biddy is unwittingly swept up in a world of scheming, secrets, and lies. Forced to accompany her new mistress to Italy, she documents her adventures and culinary discoveries in an old household book of recipes, The Cook's Jewel. Biddy grows intrigued by her fellow travelers, but her secretive and unconventional mistress is the most intriguing of all. In London Biddy finds herself attracted to her mistress's younger brother. In France she discovers her mistress's dark secret. At last in Italy, Biddy becomes embroiled in a murderous conspiracy, knowing the secrets she holds could be a key to a better life, or her downfall. Inspired by eighteenth-century household books of recipes and set at the time of the invention of the first restaurants, An Appetite for Violets is a literary feast for lovers of historical fiction. Like Jo Baker's Longbourn, it opens a window into the fascinating lives of servants, while also delivering a suspenseful tale of obsession and betrayal"-- Provided by publisher.

The devil you know : a novel

January 16, 2015
De Mariaffi, Elisabeth, 1973-
New York : Touchstone, 2015.
308 pages ; 24 cm
"In the vein of Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects and A.S.A. Harrison's The Silent Wife, The Devil You Know is a thrilling debut about a rookie reporter, whose memories of the murder of her childhood best friend bring danger--and a stalker--right to her doorstep. The year is 1993. Rookie crime beat reporter Evie Jones is haunted by the unsolved murder of her best friend Lianne Gagnon who was killed in 1982, back when both girls were eleven. The suspected killer, a repeat offender named Robert Cameron, was never arrested, leaving Lianne's case cold. Now twenty-one and living alone for the first time, Evie is obsessively drawn to finding out what really happened to Lianne. She leans on another childhood friend, David Patton, for help--but every clue they uncover seems to lead to an unimaginable conclusion. As she gets closer and closer to the truth, Evie becomes convinced that the killer is still at large--and that he's coming back for her. From critically acclaimed author Elisabeth de Mariaffi comes a spine-tingling debut about secrets long buried and obsession that cannot be controlled"-- Provided by publisher.

Done in one

January 16, 2015
Jerkins, Grant, author.
©2014
276 pages ; 22 cm
"For SWAT sniper Jake Denton, the bullet casings he saves as grim reminders of his 'kills' are beginning to add up. His wife, his department-ordered psychiatrist, and even Jake himself are all beginning to question just how these sanctioned kills are affecting his mental health. Nobody wants him to end up like Lee Staley, his mentor and ex-partner--now out on permanent psych leave, drinking himself to death, and the prime suspect in a series of shootings that have paralyzed Northern California"-- Provided by publisher.

The ghost shift : a novel

January 15, 2015
Gapper, John.
New York : Ballantine Books, [2015]
299 pages : maps ; 25 cm
"The body of a woman who worked the overnight shift at the factory of a massive American tech company near Hong Kong is found in the marshes, bearing odd markings. Mei, an inspector for the Guangdong Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, is called out in the middle of the night to investigate--only to confront the most shocking discovery imaginable: the dead woman's face is identical to her own. At the same time, a retired American operative is secretly looking into the suicides coming out of the factory. When he and Mei encounter each other, both are surprised to learn they had no idea of the truth. With that begins a thriller catalyzed by long-buried secrets rooted in the turbulent history of China"-- Provided by publisher.

Unbecoming

January 15, 2015
Scherm, Rebecca.
New York : Viking, [2015]
308 pages ; 24 cm

Watch me go

January 15, 2015
Wisniewski, Mark S., 1958-
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2015]
310 pages ; 24 cm

Breaking creed

January 15, 2015
Kava, Alex.
New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, [2015]
310 pages ; 24 cm
"Ryder Creed and his dogs have been making national headlines. They've intercepted several major drug stashes being smuggled through Atlanta's airport. But their newfound celebrity has also garnered some unwanted attention. When Creed and one of his dogs are called in to search a commercial fishing vessel, they discover a secret compartment. But the Colombian cartels' latest shipment isn't drugs. This time, its cargo is human. To make matters worse, Creed helps one of the cartel's drug mules escape--a fourteen-year-old girl who reminds him of his younger sister who disappeared fifteen years ago. Meanwhile, FBI agent Maggie O'Dell is investigating a series of murders--the victims tortured, killed, and dumped in the Potomac River. She suspects it's the work of a cunning and brutal assassin, but her politically motivated boss has been putting up roadblocks. By the time she uncovers a hit list with Creed's name on it, it might be too late. The cartel has already sent someone to destroy Creed and everyone close to him. But Creed and his dogs have a few surprises in store on their compound in Florida. Will it be enough to stop a ruthless cartel determined to remove the thorn in its side once and for all?" -- from publisher's web site.

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