New Arrivals · Suspense Fiction

April 26, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.


April 25, 2018
Noni, Lynette, author.
Toronto, ON : KCP Loft, [2018]
312 pages ; 24 cm
A girl known as Jane Doe who has the power to change reality has been held in a secret government facility for more than two years, but everything changes when she gets a new handler, the mysterious but kind Landon Ward.

Alter ego

April 25, 2018
Freeman, Brian, 1963- author.
369 pages ; 24 cm
When a freak accident kills a driver on the remote roads outside Duluth, Jonathan Stride is disturbed to discover that the victim appears to be a ghost, with a false identity and no evidence to suggest who he really was. What's worse, the man has a gun locked in the trunk, and it has recently been fired. It's up to Stride to solve the mystery, but there are those who would stop at nothing to stop him.

Blood and bone

April 25, 2018
Brown, Tara.
223 pages ; 21 cm
Jane has come a long way from the dark days of the horrific car accident that robbed her of many memories. Living the life of a shopgirl with a charming boyfriend - a handsome, green-eyed doctor named Derek - is so satisfying that she doesn't want to revisit her past. But the past insists on revisiting Jane.

Dead girl running

April 24, 2018
Dodd, Christina, author.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada : HQN, [2018]
357 pages ; 21 cm
I have three confessions to make: 1. I've got the scar of gunshot on my forehead. 2. I don't remember an entire year of my life. 3. My name is Kellen Adams ... and that's half a lie. Girl running ... from a year she can't remember, from a husband she prays is dead, from homelessness and fear. Tough, capable Kellen Adams takes a job as assistant manager of a remote vacation resort on the North Pacific Coast. There amid the towering storms and the lashing waves, she hopes to find sanctuary. But when she discovers a woman's dead and mutilated body, she's soon trying to keep her own secrets while investigating first one murder ... then another. Now every guest and employee is a suspect. Every friendly face a mask. Every kind word a lie. Kellen's driven to defend her job, her friends and the place she's come to call home. Yet she wonders--with the scar of a gunshot on her forehead and amnesia that leaves her unsure of her own past--could the killer be staring her in the face?

Undercurrents : a Faye Longchamp mystery

April 24, 2018
Evans, Mary Anna, author.
viii, 332 pages ; 23 cm.
In Undercurrents , the eleventh Faye Longchamp Mystery, Faye has traveled to Memphis, a city steeped in music, poverty, history, and the smoky tang of barbecue. She's there working alone to do an assessment of a site, welcome work for her small archaeological consulting firm. When Faye spies a child too young to be wandering along a creek alone, she follows the girl. A day later she uncovers a dying woman, buried alive near a spot where Kali might well be hiding. Nobody would blame Faye for running hard, but she can't make herself leave Kali, the woman's now orphaned daughter, who might be in danger. She's not welcomed by the people in Kali's struggling community, nor by the police working the crime. Yet she stays, for Kali, and for the bereaved who need her to communicate their fears to a police department that they trust even less than they trust Faye. When they confide rumors of other women beaten to death by a man so obsessed with burial that he places fresh flowers in their cold hands, Faye begs the police to widen the investigation to seek a serial killer. They refuse. Faye's gut is telling her that a monster is stalking Memphis, endangering the child she has come to love. If the police can't catch him, then she will have no choice but to try to find him herself.

Dead on arrival

April 24, 2018
Swinson, Kiki, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., 2018.
279 pages ; 22 cm
Desperate to pay off gambling debts, Dawn and Reese Spencer get drawn into a lucrative illegal-immigrant-smuggling ring, but after several immigrants turn up dead on arrival and Reese bets more than he can ever repay, the Feds and cold-blooded loan sharks begin closing in.

The 17th suspect

April 23, 2018
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2018.
348 pages ; 24 cm.
A series of shootings exposes San Francisco to a methodical yet unpredictable killer, and a reluctant woman decides to put her trust in Sergeant Lindsay Boxer. The confidential informant's tip leads Lindsay to disturbing conclusions, including that something has gone horribly wrong inside the police department itself. The hunt for the killer lures Lindsay out of her jurisdiction, and gets inside Lindsay in dangerous ways. She suffers unsettling medical symptoms, and her friends and confidantes in the Women's Murder Club warn Lindsay against taking the crimes too much to heart. With lives at stake, the detective can't help but follow the case into ever more terrifying terrain. A decorated officer, loving wife, devoted mother, and loyal friend, Lindsay's unwavering integrity has never failed her. But now she is confronting a killer who is determined to undermine it all.


April 23, 2018
Diamond, De'nesha, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2018]
406 pages ; 21 cm.
Includes preview of 'Conspiracy' also by author.
"In D.C.'s cutthroat political arena, revenge is the ultimate nuclear option . . . Framed for a high-profile murder, Abrianna Parker finds herself hurtling down a conspiracy rabbit hole in a desperate attempt to clear her name. Her only way out is to go after the most powerful man in the country. But the powers that be play dirty—and expose her billionaire adoptive father, Cargill Parker, and his criminal activity. With charges of collusion swirling on Capitol Hill, police and Federal agencies force Abrianna off the grid. But she’s not alone. By her side is ex-con turned private investigator Kadir Kahlifa, a man as seductive as he is dangerous. While battling a fiery passion, they team up with their band of street rebels and digital revolutionaries to burn through deception and spin to uncover the truth before it costs more innocent lives—mainly their own."--Back cover.

The neighbor

April 23, 2018
Souza, Joseph, author.
New York, NY Kensington Books, 2018.
342 pages ; 24 cm
"When Leah and her husband, Clay, move from Seattle to Maine, she envisions a vibrant new neighborhood packed with families--playmates for her twins, new friends she can confide in and bond with. But while Clay works long hours to establish his brewery, Leah is left alone each day in a nearly deserted housing development where the only other occupants are aloof and standoffish. Bored and adrift, Leah finds herself watching Clarissa and Russell Gaines next door, envying their stylishly decorated home and their university careers. But Leah's obsession with the intriguing, elegant Clarissa grows until she's not just spying from afar but sneaking into their house, taking small objects...reading Clarissa's diary. It contains clues to a hidden turmoil Leah never guessed at--and a connection to a local college girl who's disappeared"

Acts of vanishing

April 20, 2018
Olsson, Fredrik T., 1969- author.
457 pages ; 25 cm
Originally published as Ett vakande öga by Bonnierförlagen, 2016.
One winter evening just before Christmas, Stockholm is plunged into a sudden, citywide blackout. Radio, internet, phone service--all cut out simultaneously, cloaking the city in darkness and silence. On the pitch-black streets, a young woman carries a message for her estranged father. It may be the key to reversing the blackout and preventing further attacks. But someone powerful is determined to stop her from delivering it...

The lonely witness : a novel

April 20, 2018
Boyle, William, 1978- author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2018.
231 pages ; 24 cm
When a young woman with a sordid past witnesses a murder, she finds herself fascinated by the killer and decides to track him down herself.

The seasonaires : a novel

April 20, 2018
King Kalichman, Janna, author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2018.
ix, 326 pages ; 24 cm
"An idyllic Nantucket summer begins like a dream for scrappy Mia from South Boston; Presley, a gorgeous Southern beauty queen; Cole, a handsome introvert; Jade, the sultry daughter of a model and music mogul; J.P., an energetic young designer; and Grant, a playful party-boy. These six are working as seasonaires―influential brand ambassadors―for the clothing line Lyndon Wyld. But like all things that look too good to be true, the darkness lurking underneath slowly rises to the surface. Lyndon Wyld, the chic tigress who owns the eponymous business, rules their daily life by curating their every move, which the seasonaires are obligated to post on social media for their growing throngs of followers. Corporate greed, professional rivalries, and personal conflicts mix with sex, drugs, and the naiveté of youth, exploding in a murder that sullies their catalog-perfect lives."--Inside dust jacket.

The next girl

April 20, 2018
Kovach, Carla, author.
299 pages ; 20 cm
"Deborah Jenkins pulls her coat around her as she sets out on her short walk home in the pouring rain. But she never makes it home that night. And she is never seen again ... Four years later, an abandoned baby girl is found wrapped in dirty rags on a doorstep. An anonymous phone call urges the police to run a DNA test on the baby. But nobody is prepared for the results. The newborn belongs to Deborah. She's still alive."--Page [4] of cover.

The wingman : a Jack Sharpe political thriller

April 20, 2018
Pepper, David (David A.), author.
[Place of publication not identified] : St. Helena Press, [2018]
277 pages ; 22 cm
As the American presidential campaign season begins, veteran journalist Jack Sharpe uncovers dark money and foreign influence at work, earning him the enmity of powerful forces that will put the people he loves in harm's way.

The terrorist next door

April 20, 2018
Siegel, Sheldon (Sheldon M.)
[California] : Sheldon M. Siegel, Inc., ©2013.
311, 14 pages ; 23 cm
Someone is setting off fire bombs in Chicago in stolen cars using untraceable cell phones. The international terror channels are silent. A group calling itself the Islamic Freedom Federation demands the release of Hassan Al-Shahid, a graduate student whose plan to set off a bomb at the Art Institute was thwarted by Detective David Gold and his long-time partner, Detective Paul Liszewski. Gold, a third generation native of South Chicago, the hardscrabble neighborhood of steel mills, smokestacks, and steeples near the Indiana border, is one of Chicago's most decorated detectives. He is still suffering from the aftereffects of Liszewski's death when he receives a Medal of Valor at the Art Institute. During the ceremony, a car bomb is detonated across the street, killing a passerby and Gold receives a cryptic text: "It isn't over." It's just the beginning. Untraceable car bombs detonate at the Wrigley Field El station, Millennium Park, the Museum of Science and Industry, O'Hare, Hyde Park, and Rush Street. Chicago PD, the FBI and Homeland Security can't trace the bomber. Gold and his new partner, Detective A.C. Battle--a native of Mississippi whose family moved to Chicago to escape the Jim Crow South--are drawn into a desperate cat-and-mouse game against a brilliant mind.

Shadow suspect

April 20, 2018
Logan, Patrick T., author.
Columbia, S.C. : Patrick Logan, 2018.
243 pages ; 22 cm.
Three women have been stripped naked, their throats slashed. Someone has put duct tape across their mouths and propped their eyes open. Fresh off her first case, FBI Agent Chase Adams finds herself on the road again, this time with a new partner. But before she can even arrive in Chicago, the killer strikes again, bringing the victim total to four. To make matters worse, the killer seems to be taunting Chase, leaving a trail of confusing evidence that leads to nowhere. The local PD is convinced that they're looking for a single suspect, a man who charms his way into women's homes before seducing and murdering them. Chase, however, isn't so sure. There's a shadow lurking, a suspect hanging just outside her periphery, one that may or may not be a demon from her own past. One thing is for certain, if Chase doesn't get her act together and catch the killer soon, she may very well become the fifth victim.

A loyal spy : a thriller

April 19, 2018
Conway, Simon, 1967- author.
396 pages ; 24 cm
The last time Jonah saw Nor ed-Din, he was lying face-down in a pool of icy water in the Khyber Pass. He thought he had killed him, but now the trail of betrayal has come full circle. Friends since childhood, Jonah and Nor ed-Din had been groomed for the intelligence service, with Jonah as handler for Nor's penetration of ISI. But when Nor is cut loose after the Soviets are forced to withdraw from Afghanistan, the pattern of engagement and abandonment begins. Years later, when contact with Nor is revived to stage an off-the-books, multi-agency assassination attempt on Bin Laden that goes badly wrong, Jonah no longer knows who Nor is really working for--and whether he has simply taken revenge on his former countrymen in a private act of jihad. In the aftermath of 9/11, the failed operation comes back to haunt its survivors, sowing mistrust when they most need CIA support. For, gradually, the outlines of a plot begin to emerge that takes Nor from the diamond fields of Africa to the mountains of Afghanistan and to the beating heart of London, where millions of lives are at stake.

In her skin

April 19, 2018
Savage, Kim, 1969- author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018.
293 pages ; 22 cm
Jolene Chastain, a con artist since early childhood, assumes the identity of a girl who went missing years before and weaves a new life of deception with a wealthy Boston family.

Dark territory

April 19, 2018
Hunter, Jerry, author.
Tal-y-bont : Y Lolfa, 2017.
360 pages ; 19 cm
Translated from the Welsh.

Twisted prey

April 18, 2018
Sandford, John, 1944 February 23- author.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2018]
387 pages ; 24 cm.
"Lucas Davenport had crossed paths with her before. A rich psychopath, Taryn Grant had run successfully for the U.S. Senate, where Lucas had predicted she'd fit right in. He was also convinced that she'd been responsible for three murders, though he'd never been able to prove it. Once a psychopath had gotten that kind of rush, though, he or she often needed another fix, so he figured he might be seeing her again. He was right. A federal marshal now, with a very wide scope of investigation, he's heard rumors that Grant has found her seat on the Senate intelligence committee, and the contacts she's made from it, to be very ... useful. Pinning those rumors down was likely to be just as difficult as before, and considerably more dangerous. But they had unfinished business, he and Grant. One way or the other, he was going to see it through to the end"-- Provided by publisher.

The first family

April 18, 2018
Palmer, Michael, 1942-2013, author.
342 pages : 25 cm
A doctor informs the President and First Lady that to make a diagnosis on their son Cam, they need to find other people with the same symptoms to conduct additional testing, but when two young people Dr. Lee has found, each with exceptional gifts, are murdered, Cam's condition suddenly takes on a terrifyingly new dimension. As Dr. Lee searches for answers, he will uncover unimaginable secrets and dark betrayals that breach the highest levels of security.

Head on

April 18, 2018
Scalzi, John, 1969- author.
335 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Hilketa is a frenetic and violent pastime where players attack each other with swords and hammers. The main goal of the game: obtain your opponent's head and carry it through the goalposts. With flesh and bone bodies, a sport like this would be impossible. But all the players are "threeps," robot-like bodies controlled by people with Haden's Syndrome, so anything goes. No one gets hurt, but the brutality is real and the crowds love it. Until a star athlete drops dead on the playing field. Is it an accident or murder? FBI Agents and Haden-related crime investigators, Chris Shane and Leslie Vann, are called in to uncover the truth--and in doing so travel to the darker side of the fast-growing sport of Hilketa, where fortunes are made or lost, and where players and owners do whatever it takes to win, on and off the field.

The saint of wolves and butchers

April 18, 2018
Grecian, Alex, author.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2018]
388 pages ; 24 cm
Travis Roan and his dog Bear are hunters: they travel the world pursuing evildoers in order to bring them to justice. They have now come to Kansas on the trail of Rudolph Bormann, a Nazi doctor and concentration camp administrator who snuck into the US under the name Rudy Goodman in the 1950s and has at last been identified. Travis quickly learns that Goodman has powerful friends who will go to any length to protect the Nazi; what he doesn't know is that Goodman has furtively continued his diabolical work, amassing a congregation of followers who believe he possesses God-like powers. Caught between these men is Kansas State Trooper Skottie Foster, an African American woman and a good cop who must find a way to keep peace in her district--until she realizes the struggle between Roan and Bormann will put her and her family in grave peril.

Warning light

April 18, 2018
Ricciardi, David, author.
New York : Berkley, 2018.
323 pages ; 24 cm
"Original edition published by the author"--Title page verso.
"No one knows what CIA desk jockey Zac Miller is capable of--including himself--when a routine surveillance job becomes a do-or-die mission in the Middle East"-- From the publisher.

Whispers of the dead

April 18, 2018
Kope, Spencer, author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2018.
viii, 323 pages ; 24 cm.
"A series of bizarre murders--the victims nearly unidentifiable--forces FBI tracker "Steps" Craig to match wits with the most cold-blooded killer he's ever encountered. A pair of severed feet, stored in a portable a cooler, is found in the house of a Federal judge in El Paso. The victim is unknown. The reason the killer went to such trouble--breaking into the judge's house--and what message he intends to send are both mysteries. Magnus "Steps" Craig is part of the elite three-man Special Tracking Unit of the FBI. Called in on special cases where his skills are especially indispensable, Steps is renowned for his incredible ability to find and follow trails over any surface better than anyone else. But there's a secret to his success. Steps has a kind of synesthesia, an ability that allows him to see whatever a person has touched in a unique color--what Steps calls 'shine.' His ability is known to only a few people--his father, the director of the FBI, and his partner, Special Agent Jimmy Donovan. The Special Tracking Unit soon discovers another, earlier victim; again, only the feet were left behind in an icebox. In Spencer Kope's Whispers of the Dead--with few clues besides the body parts left behind--Steps and his team find themselves enmeshed in the most difficult case of their careers. And The Icebox Killer has only just begun"-- Provided by publisher.

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