New Arrivals · Suspense Fiction

October 22, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Our hearts will burn us down : a novel

October 21, 2016
Valente, Anne, author.
370 pages ; 24 cm
Following a shocking school shooting, the members of the yearbook committee-- Nick, Zola, Matt, and Christina-- are faced with documenting the horrific tragedy. The four vow to honor the memories of those lost, as well as those whose memories are forgotten in the shadow of violence. But when a series of mysterious house fires hits the families of the victims, it pushes the grieving small suburban St. Louis town to the edge.

Breaking cover

October 20, 2016
Rimington, Stella, author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2016.
362 pages ; 24 cm
"A Liz Carlyle novel"--book jacket.
Still reeling from the loss of her boyfriend in a botched anti-terrorist operation, Liz Carlyle has been posted to MI5's counter-espionage desk, where she's hoping to have relative security to find her feet. However, Russia's incursions into the Crimea and President Putin's determination to silence those who oppose him, wherever they may be, quash that hope. Liz soon finds herself on the hunt for a Russian spy in Britain. And with MI5 and MI6 under painful public scrutiny in the post-Edward Snowden world, security seems like a remote possibility for Liz's team. -- adapted from book jacket.

Night watch

October 20, 2016
Johansen, Iris, author.
342 pages ; 24 cm
"Born blind, Kendra Michaels spent the first twenty years of her life living in the darkness. Then, thanks to a revolutionary medical procedure developed by England's Night Watch Project, she was given the gift of sight. Her highly-developed senses (honed during her years in the dark), combined with her new found vision, have made her a remarkable investigator, sought after by law-enforcement agencies all over the country. But her newest case finds her uncovering a deadly truth about the shadowy organization that has given her so much. Kendra is surprised when she is visited by Dr. Charles Waldridge, the researcher who gave her sight. But all is not well with the brilliant surgeon; he's troubled by something he can't discuss with Kendra. When Waldridge disappears that very night, Kendra is on the case, recruiting government agent-for-hire Adam Lynch to join her on a trail that leads to the snow-packed California mountains. There they make a gruesome discovery: the corpse of one of Dr. Waldridge's associates, brutally murdered in the freezing snow. But it's only the first casualty in a white-knuckle confrontation with a deadly enemy who will push Kendra to the limits of her abilities. Soon she must fight for her very survival as she tries to stop the killing... and unearth the deadly secret of Night Watch"-- Provided by publisher.

Sex, lies & serious money

October 20, 2016
Woods, Stuart, author.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2016]
339 pages ; 24 cm.
"Fresh off the runway at Teterboro, Stone Barrington arrives home to find an unexpected new client on his doorstep, anxiously soliciting his help. But everything is not as it seems, when the client reveals the true nature--and value--of his recent turn of fortune. From luxury New York high-rises to the sprawling New Mexico desert, his client is pursued from all angles. and Stone quickly learns that easy money isn't always so easy"-- Provided by publisher.

Order to kill

October 20, 2016
Mills, Kyle, 1966- author.
New York : Emily Bestler Books/Atria, 2016.
374 pages ; 25 cm
Mitch Rapp is used to winning. But now the CIA operative finds himself chasing false leads from continent to continent in an effort to keep nukes from falling into the hands of terrorists. Together with friend and colleague Scott Coleman, Rapp struggles to prevent the loss of these lethal weapons, and soon it becomes alarmingly clear that forces in Moscow are hell-bent on fomenting even more chaos and turmoil in the Middle East. Rapp must go deep into Russian territory, posing as an American ISIS recruit, to stop a plan much more dangerous and insidious than he ever expected.

The authentic William James : a Sebastian Becker novel

October 19, 2016
Gallagher, Stephen, author.
Burton, MI : Subterranean Press, 2016.
316 pages ; 24 cm
In the aftermath of a fiery tragedy that leaves dozens dead and England's leaders maneuvering for an answer to stave off political ramifications, former police detective Sebastian Becker is called upon to utilize his intimacy with the insane, and familiarity with working in the shadows. Tasked with evaluating the sanity of the confessed arsonist, known as "Wild West Showman, The Authentic William James", Becker travels from the shores of Sussex to the film studios of Hollywood. Delving into the circus world to unravel the mystery of a man who admits guilt and flees will pit Becker's appointed role to do his country's bidding against his compassion to do what is right for a family.

The trespasser

October 19, 2016
French, Tana, author.
New York, New York : Viking, [2016]
449 pages ; 24 cm.
Being on the Murder Squad is nothing like Detective Antoinette Conway dreamed it would be. Her partner, Stephen Moran, is the only person who seems glad she's there. The rest of her working life is a stream of thankless cases, vicious pranks, and harassment. Antoinette is savagely tough, but she's getting close to the breaking point. Their new case looks like yet another by-the-numbers lovers' quarrel gone bad. Aislinn Murray is blond, pretty, groomed to a shine, and dead in her catalog-perfect living room, next to a table set for a romantic dinner. There's nothing unusual about her-- except that Antoinette's seen her somewhere before. And that her death won't stay in its neat by-numbers box. Other detectives are trying to push Antoinette and Steve into arresting Aislinn's boyfriend, fast. There's a shadowy figure at the end of Antoinette's road. Aislinn's friend is hinting that she knew Aislinn was in danger. And everything they find out about Aislinn takes her further from the glossy, passive doll she seemed to be. Antoinette knows the harassment has turned her paranoid, but she can't tell just how far gone she is. Is this case another step in the campaign to force her off the squad, or are there darker currents flowing beneath its polished surface?

By gaslight

October 19, 2016
Price, Steven, 1976- author.
731 pages ; 24 cm
William Pinkerton is already famous, the son of the most notorious detective of all time, when he descends into the underworld of Victorian London in pursuit of a new lead on the fabled con Edward Shade. William's father died without ever finding Shade, but William is determined to drag the thief out of the shadows. Adam Foole is a gentleman without a past, haunted by a love affair ten years gone. When he receives a letter from his lost beloved, he returns to London to find her. What he learns of her fate, and its connection to the man known as Shade, will force him to confront a grief he thought long-buried. A fog-enshrouded hunt through sewers, opium dens, drawing rooms, and séance halls ensues, creating the most unlikely of bonds: between Pinkerton, the great detective, and Foole, the one man who may hold the key to finding Edward Shade.

You sent me a letter

October 18, 2016
Dawson, Lucy, author.
263 pages ; 20 cm.
At 2:00 a.m. on the morning of her 40th birthday, Sophie wakes in the darkness of her bedroom and finds a stranger watching her from the foot of the bed. The intruder hands Sophie a letter and issues an ultimatum: the message is to be opened at her forthcoming party, in front of family and friends, at exactly 8:00 p.m. Any failure to comply will not end well.

Coffin road

October 18, 2016
May, Peter, 1951- author.
New York : Quercus, 2016.
303 pages ; 24 cm
In the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, a man washes up on a deserted beach with no knowledge of who he is or how he got there, while homicide detective George Gunn makes the ocean crossing to a remote lighthouse on a rock in the North Atlantic to investigate a brutal murder.

Luxe two : a LaLa Land addiction

October 18, 2016
Ashley Antoinette, 1985- author.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2016.
296 pages ; 21 cm
Sequel to: Luxe.
Addicted to crack cocaine and heading toward self-destruction, Bleu must decide if she will let her best friend save her, or if she will she stick with the kingpin she's fallen in love with.

Little boy blue

October 18, 2016
Arlidge, M. J., author.
New York : Berkley, 2016.
388 pages ; 21 cm.
"A Detective Helen Grace thriller"--Cover.
"Detective Helen Grace faces her own dark compulsions in the twisty new thriller from the author of Pop Goes the Weasel and Eeny Meeny. In the darkest corners of the city, there is a thriving nightlife where people can let loose and cross the lines of work and play, of pleasure and pain. But now that sanctuary has been breached. A killer has struck and a man is dead. In a world where disguises and discretion are the norm, one admission could unravel a life. No one wants to come forward to say what they saw or what they know-- including the woman heading the investigation: Detective Helen Grace. Helen knew the victim. And the victim knew her-- better than anyone else. And when the murderer strikes again, Helen must decide how many more lines she's willing to cross to bring in a devious and elusive serial killer ..."-- Provided by publisher.

Without mercy

October 18, 2016
Bass, Jefferson, author.
342 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
"Bill Brockton has spent twenty-five years solving brutal murders-- but none so bizarre and merciless as his latest case: A ravaged set of skeletal remains is found chained to a tree on a remote mountainside. As Brockton and his assistant Miranda dig deeper, they uncover warning signs of a deadly eruption of hatred and violence. But the shocking case is only the beginning of Brockton's trials. Mid-case, the unthinkable happens: The deadliest criminal Brockton has ever foiled-- the sadistic serial killer Nick Satterfield-- escapes from prison, bent on vengeance"-- Provided by publisher.

A spring betrayal

October 18, 2016
Callaghan, Tom, author.
New York : Quercus, 2016.
274 pages ; 24 cm.
"An Inspector Akyl Borubaev investigation" --Cover
Inspector Akyl Borubaev of the Bishkek Murder Squad has been exiled to the far corner of Kyrgyzstan, but death and corruption still haunt him in the remote town where he has been stationed. Borubaev soon finds himself caught up in a mysterious and gruesome new case: several children's bodies have been found buried together--all tagged with name bands, all killed in the same way. In his search for the truth behind the brutal killings, Borubaev hits a wall of silence, with no one to turn to outside his sometime lover, the beautiful and lethal undercover security service agent Saltanat Umarova. When Borubaev himself is framed for the production of blood-soaked child pornography connected with the case, it looks as though things couldn't get any worse. With the investigation at a dangerous standstill, Borubaev sets out to save his own integrity, and to deliver his own savage brand justice on behalf of the many dead who can't speak for themselves.

Follow me : a corrupted hearts novel

October 18, 2016
Snow, Tiffany, author.
291 pages ; 21 cm.
"Brilliant, quirky twenty-three-year-old computer prodigy China Mack is totally satisfied with her carefully ordered, data-driven life. But then things start to get a little unpredictable.... Jackson Cooper--her company CEO--assigns China to a dangerous and highly classified government defense contractor project. And, her sixteen-year-old runaway niece suddenly arrives in town. And then there's her sexy but oddly unsettling new neighbor, Clark."--Provided by publisher.

Every man a menace

October 17, 2016
Hoffman, Patrick, author.
New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2016.
280 pages ; 22 cm
"San Francisco is about to receive the biggest delivery of MDMA to hit the West Coast in years. Raymond Gaspar, just out of prison, is sent to the city to check in on the increasingly erratic dealer expected to take care of distribution. In Miami, the man responsible for getting the drugs across the Pacific has just met the girl of his dreams--a woman who can't seem to keep her story straight. And thousands of miles away in Bangkok, someone farther up the supply chain is about to make a phone call that will put all their lives at risk. Stretching from the Golden Triangle of Southeast Asia to the Golden Gate of San Francisco."--Jacket.

A most extraordinary pursuit

October 17, 2016
Gray, Juliana, 1972- author.
New York : Berkley Books, 2016.
viii, 451 pages ; 21 cm
"Known for her original plots, deft characterization, and lyrical voice, Juliana Gray presents an extraordinary novel of an uncommon pursuit ... February, 1906. As the personal secretary of the recently departed Duke of Olympia--and a woman of scrupulous character--Miss Emmeline Rose Truelove never expected her duties to involve steaming through the Mediterranean on a private yacht, under the prodigal eye of one Lord Silverton, the most charmingly corrupt bachelor in London. But here they are, improperly bound on a quest to find the duke's enigmatic heir, current whereabouts unknown. An expert on anachronisms, Maximilian Haywood was last seen at an archaeological dig on the island of Crete. And from the moment Truelove and Silverton disembark, they are met with incidents of a suspicious nature: a ransacked flat, a murdered government employee, an assassination attempt. As they travel from port to port on Max's trail, piecing together the strange events of the days before his disappearance, Truelove will discover the folly of her misconceptions--about the whims of the heart, the motives of men, and the nature of time itself.."-- Provided by publisher.

The apartment : a novel

October 17, 2016
Grey, S. L., author.
272 pages ; 21 cm
"A Blumhouse Books/Anchor Books horror original."--Cover.
"Mark and Steph have a relatively happy family with their young daughter in sunny Cape Town until one day when armed men in balaclavas break in to their home. Left traumatized but physically unharmed, Mark and Steph are unable to return to normal and live in constant fear. When a friend suggests a restorative vacation abroad via a popular house swapping website, it sounds like the perfect plan. They find a genial, artistic couple with a charming apartment in Paris who would love to come to Cape Town. Mark and Steph can't resist the idyllic, light-strewn pictures, and the promise of a romantic getaway. But once they arrive in Paris, they quickly realize that nothing is as advertised. When their perfect holiday takes a violent turn, the cracks in their marriage grow ever wider and dark secrets from Mark's past begin to emerge." --

Muddy mouth : a dog park mystery

October 17, 2016
Newsome, C. A., author.
Cincinnati, Ohio : Two Pup Press, [2016]
271 pages ; 23 cm
"Northside's Fourth of July parade is famous, and this year the dog park gang is training their fur-babies to participate while Lia builds a float promoting local best-selling author Lucas Cross. When Lucas disappears at a book convention, the entire world is watching. Then someone tries to murder one of the ladies of Fiber and Snark, the cat-rescuing knitting club that manages his career. Lia is the only one they can trust to discover the truth while protecting their secrets. It's the dog park gang to the rescue. But can they find Lucas before somebody dies? "--Back cover.

The girl from Venice : a novel

October 14, 2016
Smith, Martin Cruz, 1942- author.
New York : Simon and Schuster, 2016.
308 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Maps on lining papers.
"The highly anticipated new standalone novel from Martin Cruz Smith, whom The Washington Post has declared "that uncommon phenomenon: a popular and well-regarded crime novelist who is also a writer of real distinction," The Girl from Venice is a suspenseful World War II love story set against the beauty, mystery, and danger of occupied Venice. Venice, 1945. The war may be waning, but the city known as La Serenissima is still occupied and the people of Italy fear the power of the Third Reich. One night, under a canopy of stars, a fisherman named Cenzo comes across a young woman's body floating in the lagoon and soon discovers that she is still alive and in trouble. Born to a wealthy Jewish family, Giulia is on the run from the Wehrmacht SS. Cenzo chooses to protect Giulia rather than hand her over to the Nazis. This act of kindness leads them into the world of Partisans, random executions, the arts of forgery and high explosives, Mussolini's broken promises, the black market and gold, and, everywhere, the enigmatic maze of the Venice Lagoon. The Girl from Venice is a thriller, a mystery, and a retelling of Italian history that will take your breath away. Most of all it is a love story"-- Provided by publisher.


October 14, 2016
White, Randy Wayne, author.
xix, 330 pages ; 24 cm.
"A Hannah Smith novel"--Jacket.
"Hannah Smith returns in the stunning new adventure in the New York Times-bestselling series by the author of the Doc Ford novels. A fishing guide and part-time investigator, Hannah Smith is a tall, strong Florida woman descended from many generations of the same. But the problem before her now is much older even than that. Five hundred years ago, Spanish conquistadors planted the first orange seeds in Florida, but now the whole industry is in trouble. The trees are dying at the root, weakened by infestation and genetic manipulation, and the only solution might be somehow, somewhere, to find samples of the original root stock. No one is better equipped to traverse the swamps and murky backcountry of Florida than Hannah, but once word leaks out of her quest, the trouble begins. "There are people who will kill to find a direct descendant of those first seeds," a biologist warns her--and it looks like his words may be all too prophetic"-- Provided by publisher.


October 13, 2016
Lippert-Martin, Kristen, author.
Minneapolis : Carolrhoda Lab, [2016]
266 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to: Tabula rasa
"Angel discovers that the memory-altering program she was part of may still be active--and her life may in more danger than ever"-- Provided by publisher.

Friday on my mind

October 13, 2016
French, Nicci, author.
301, 14 pages : map ; 21 cm.
"A bloated corpse turns up in the Thames, throat slashed, and the only clue is a hospital wristband reading Dr. F. Klein. Frieda is taken to see the body and realizes with horror that it is Sandy, her ex-boyfriend. She&#x;s certain that the killer is Dean Reeve&#x;the man who has never stopped haunting her. But the police think he has been dead for years, and Frieda is their number one suspect. With few options, Frieda goes on the run to save herself and try to uncover the truth." --

$10,000,000 marriage proposal

October 13, 2016
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
New York : BookShots, Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
114, 13 pages ; 18 cm
When an advertisement for a wife appears on a billboard promising $10,000,000 to the lucky bride, three women find themselves interested by the mysterious man.

Quarry in the black

October 13, 2016
Collins, Max Allan.
235 pages ; 21 cm
With a controversial presidential election just weeks away, Quarry is hired to carry out a rare political assignment: kill the Reverend Raymond Wesley Lloyd, a passionate Civil Rights crusader and campaigner for the underdog candidate. But when a hate group out of Ferguson, Missouri, turns out to be gunning for the same target, Quarry starts to wonder just who it is he&#x;s working for.--page 4 of cover.

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