New Arrivals · Suspense Fiction

December 9, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The exile

December 8, 2017
Patterson, James, 1947-
New York : Bookshots, Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
132 pages ; 18 cm
"Ex-cop Finn O'Grady hasn't been home in years. In Kilmeaden, Ireland, his ex-lover-- the woman he swore to protect-- is convinced an ancient curse has put her and her son in deadly danger. O'Grady has seen too much evil on earth to believe in the supernatural. And then the killing starts...." -- Back cover.

The missing

December 8, 2017
Taylor, C. L., 1973- author.
©2016
469, 12 pages ; 21 cm
"P.S. insights, interviews & more..."--Cover.
When fifteen-year-old Billy Wilkinson goes missing in the middle of the night, there isn't a single member of Billy's family that doesn't feel guilty. The Wilkinsons are so used to keeping secrets from one another that it isn't until six months later, after an appeal for information goes horribly wrong, that the truth begins to surface. His mother, Claire, is sure that Billy is still alive and that her friends and family had nothing to do with his disappearance. A mother's instinct is never wrong... is it...?

Future home of the living god : a novel

December 8, 2017
Erdrich, Louise, author.
©2017
269 pages ; 24 cm
The world as we know it is ending. Evolution has reversed itself, affecting every living creature on earth. Science cannot stop the world from running backwards, as woman after woman gives birth to infants that appear to be primitive species of humans. Twenty-six-year-old Cedar Hawk Songmaker, adopted daughter of a pair of big-hearted, open-minded Minneapolis liberals, is as disturbed and uncertain as the rest of America around her. But for Cedar, this change is profound and deeply personal. She is four months pregnant. Though she wants to tell the adoptive parents who raised her from infancy, Cedar first feels compelled to find her birth mother, Mary Potts, an Ojibwe living on the reservation, to understand both her and her baby's origins. As Cedar goes back to her own biological beginnings, society around her begins to disintegrate, fueled by a swelling panic about the end of humanity. There are rumors of martial law, of Congress confining pregnant women. Of a registry, and rewards for those who turn these wanted women in. Flickering through the chaos are signs of increasing repression: a shaken Cedar witnesses a family wrenched apart when police violently drag a mother from her husband and child in a parking lot. The streets of her neighborhood have been renamed with Bible verses. A stranger answers the phone when she calls her adoptive parents, who have vanished without a trace. It will take all Cedar has to avoid the prying eyes of potential informants and keep her baby safe.

The Watson girl

December 8, 2017
Wolfe, Leslie, author.
©2017
229 pages ; 23 cm
"An entire family is murdered and, by a quirk, a young girl is left unharmed. For fifteen years, she believed the killer had been caught, and he's now on death row, awaiting execution. While trying to be content with her adoptive family, she's living in relentless uncertainty and the fear of remembering what really happened that night when she was five years old. She's the Watson Girl. A therapist has asked her to participate in regression session treatments to attempt to bring back those lost memories. The closer she gets to the truth, however, the less time she has to remain alive. Now, the real killer is going to silence her, before she can remember the details of that horrifying night, when she was an innocent witness. Join the smart, relentless, and short-fused FBI Special Agent Tess Winnett and her team in a heart-stopping search for the serial killer who has managed to stay hidden for many years. "-- Back cover.

Dawn girl

December 8, 2017
Wolfe, Leslie, author.
[Pembroke Pines, FL] : Italics Publishing Inc., [2016].
209 pages ; 23 cm
"FBI Special Agent Tess Winnett searches for answers relentlessly. With each step, each new finding, she uncovers unsettling facts leading to a single possible conclusion: Dawn Girl is not the only victim. Her killer has killed before. The rules of the game have changed. So has the textbook definition of a serial killer."--Back cover.

Girl on the run

December 8, 2017
Gerber, Daryl Wood, author.
©2016
291 pages ; 23 cm
"Chessa Paxton, an event planner in Lake Tahoe, celebrates a successful night at the Happily Ever After Ball, but her dream quickly becomes a nightmare when she wakes up beside the body of her dead husband. Nauseous and confused, feeling as if she's been drugged, she can't explain to the sheriff why her princess costume is bloodied. With her father already a convicted murderer, she feels invisible shackles ratcheting onto her wrists and ankles. She runs! But she can't escape vivid flashes of memory: a massacre in a meadow; men and women in fairytale costumes; Snow White's dead body shielding her from bullets. Though Chessa is a former costumer and adept at disguise, she quickly learns that hiding while trying to prove herself innocent is the most difficult task imaginable. Especially when the sheriff wants to throw her in jail and the real killer wants to silence her forever." --Back cover.

The accident

December 8, 2017
Monaghan, S. D.
Ickenham, UK : Bookouture, [2017]
255 pages ; 20 cm
Tara has it all. Married and about to move into her dream home, she can't explain why she is tempted by one last fling with her ex before she settles down. David would do anything for Tara. So when he finds her with another man, his world starts to crumble around him. Ryan isn't prepared for the punch David throws at him. Stumbling, he slips over the balcony and falls three storeys to the patio below. In one split second a man will be killed In one split second David and Tara's life will change forever. How far would you go to save everything you have?

Bonfire : a novel

December 7, 2017
Ritter, Krysten, 1981- author.
©2017
277 pages ; 25 cm
Abby Williams left Barrens, Indiana and is working as an environmental lawyer in Chicago. When a new case takes her back home, the successful life Abby painstakingly created begins to crack. Tasked with investigating Optimal Plastics, the town's most high-profile company and economic heart, Abby begins to find strange connections to a scandal from more than a decade ago, involving the popular Kaycee Mitchell and her closest friends-- just before Kaycee disappeared for good. Troubling memories begin to resurface; Abby begins to doubt her own observations, and unearths a secret ritual called "The Game" that threatens reputations and lives--including hers.

Special envoy : a spy novel

December 7, 2017
Echenoz, Jean, author.
©2017
240 pages ; 22 cm
"Originally published in France as Envoyée spéciale, Les Éditions de Minuit, Paris, 2016"--title page verso.
"Special Envoy begins with an old general in France's intelligence agency asking his trusted lieutenant Paul Objat for ideas about a person he wants for a particular job: someone to aid the destabilization of Kim Jong-un's regime in North Korea. Objat has someone in mind: Constance, an attractive, restless, bored woman in a failing marriage to a washed-up pop musician. Soon after, she is abducted by Objat's cronies and spirited away into the lower depths of France's intelligence bureaucracy where she is trained for her mission. What follows is a bizarre tale of kidnappings, murders and mutilations, bad pop songs and great sex, populated by a cast of oddballs and losers." -- From publisher's description.

Devil in Ohio

December 7, 2017
Polatin, Daria, author.
New York : Feiwel and Friends, [2017]
327 pages ; 22 cm
Jules Mathis comes home from school to find a strange girl sitting in her kitchen. Mae is one of the patients at the hospital where her psychiatrist mother works. She's only supposed to stay for a few days, but soon Mae is wearing Jules's clothes, sleeping in her bedroom, edging her out of her position on the school paper, and flirting with Jules's crush. Then things get weird ... Jules walks in on a half-dressed Mae, startled to see a pentagram carved into Mae's back. It seems Mae is a survivor of the strange cult that's embedded in a nearby town ... and the cult will stop at nothing to get Mae back.

I am watching you

December 7, 2017
Driscoll, Teresa, author.
©2017
287 pages ; 21 cm.
"A missing girl. A tormented witness. A web of lies. And someone is watching... When Ella Longfield overhears two attractive young men flirting with teenage girls on a train, she thinks nothing of it - until she realises they are fresh out of prison and her maternal instinct is put on high alert. But just as she's decided to call for help, something stops her. The next day, she wakes up to the news that one of the girls - beautiful, green-eyed Anna Ballard - has disappeared. A year later, Anna is still missing. Ella is wracked with guilt over what she failed to do, and she's not the only one who can't forget. Someone is sending her threatening letters - letters that make her fear for her life. Then an anniversary appeal reveals that Anna's friends and family might have something to hide. Anna's best friend, Sarah, hasn't been telling the whole truth about what really happened that night - and her parents have been keeping secrets of their own. Someone knows where Anna is - and they're not telling. But they are watching Ells."--Back cover.

Silent child

December 7, 2017
Denzil, Sarah A., author.
©2017
415 pages ; 21 cm
"In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son's red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year - a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned. His body was never recovered. Ten years later, Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life. She's married, pregnant, and in control again...until Aiden returns. It's Aiden who has the answers, but he cannot tell the unspeakable"--Back cover.

The quantum spy : a thriller

December 6, 2017
Ignatius, David, 1950- author.
New York, NY : W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2018.
323 pages ; 25 cm
A hyper-fast quantum computer is the digital equivalent of a nuclear bomb: whoever possesses one will be able to shred any encryption in existence, effectively owning the digital world. The question is: Who will build it first, the United States or China? This sharp-eyed espionage novel follows CIA agent Harris Chang into a quantum research lab compromised by a suspected Chinese informant. The breach provokes a mole hunt that is obsessive, destructive, and--above all--uncertain: Do the leaks expose real secrets, or are they false trails meant to deceive the Chinese? Chang soon finds that there is a thin line between loyalty and betrayal, as the investigation leads him down a rabbit hole as dangerous as it is deep.

The rule of luck

December 6, 2017
Cerveny, Catherine. author.
©2016
391 pages ; 21 cm.
The Rule of Luck is a whirlwind thriller romance in a futuristic setting that will tug at your heartstrings while sending you on high-speed chases alongside a genetically-enhanced (and incredibly handsome...) criminal mastermind. As a famed tarot card reader, all is well in luck and love for Felicia Sevigny, until Russian crime leader Alexei Petriv walks into her shop and demands a reading. Petriv's future looks dark and full of danger, which wouldn't be Felicia's problem, except that it's also aligned with hers. Felicia discovers she is the key pawn in Petriv's plot to overthrow the all-knowing government, and she must decide if she will trust with him with her heart, body and soul, before the future of the entire human race collapses around her.

The Christmas cowboy hero

December 6, 2017
Grant, Donna, author.
©2017
311 pages ; 18 cm.
"'Tis the season for ex-Navy SEAL Clayton East to come home for the holidays -even if the mood at home is anything but festive. His father is ill. The East Ranch is in financial trouble. And now it's on Clayton, the prodigal son, to make sure his family doesn't lose everything. Headstrong Abby Harper is like a mother to her younger brothers, who she's helped raise since she was a teenager. Keeping them in line is no small task while she's also working toward her college degree. And now that one of her brothers has been arrested for stealing cattle at the East Ranch, Abby is at her wits end. But there is a silver lining: Clayton East. He believes in second chances, and is willing to give one to her brother this Christmas. Letting beautiful Abby and the inescapable longing in his heart off the hook, however, is a whole nother story. Could it be that the woman of this local hero's dreams has been back at home all along?"--Back cover.

Heather, the totality : a novel

December 5, 2017
Weiner, Matthew, author.
©2017
138 pages ; 22 cm
Mark and Karen Breakstone have constructed the idyllic life of wealth and status they always wanted, made complete by their beautiful and extraordinary daughter Heather. But they are still not quite at the top. When the new owners of the penthouse above them begin construction, an unstable stranger penetrates the security of their comfortable lives and threatens to destroy everything they've created.

Artemis : a novel

December 4, 2017
Weir, Andy, author.
©2017
305 pages : map ; 25 cm
The bestselling author of The Martian returns with an irresistible new near-future thriller -a heist story set on the moon. Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she's stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself -and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first

Carnivore

December 4, 2017
Lyon, Jonathan.
London : HQ, 2017.
306 pages ; 24 cm.
Meet Leander: lover, fighter, liar. He learnt a long time ago that nothing is as intoxicating as blood. And these days, whether it's his or someone else's, he frequently finds himself covered in it. Up to now, it's been his secret. But it's hard to remain invisible when you leave a trail of destruction everywhere you do go. And, when he comes to the attention of one of London's most infamous criminals, Leander decides to put his appetite for violence to the ultimate test. Let the villain win.

Don't know Jack

December 4, 2017
Capri, Diane.
New York : Post Hill Press, [2012]
297 pages ; 22 cm
"The hunt for Reacher series"--Cover.
It's been a while since we first met Lee Child's Jack Reacher in Killing Floor. Fifteen years and sixteen novels later, Reacher still lives off the grid, until trouble finds him, and then he does whatever it takes, much to the delight of readers and the dismay of villains. Now someone big is looking for him. Who? And why? Hunting Jack Reacher is a dangerous business, as FBI Special Agents Kim Otto and Carlos Gaspar are about to find out. Otto and Gaspar are by-the-book hunters who know when to break the rules--Reacher is a stone cold killer and a wanted man. But whose side is he on? Only the secrets hidden in Margrave, Georgia will tell them.

The demon crown

December 1, 2017
Rollins, James, 1961- author.
©2017
xvi, 441 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
"Off the coast of Brazil, a team of scientists discovers a horror like no other, an island where all life has been eradicated, consumed, and possessed by a species beyond imagination. Before they can report their discovery, a mysterious agency attacks the group, killing them all, save one: an entomologist, an expert on venomous creatures, Professor Ken Matsui from Cornell University. Strangest of all, this inexplicable threat traces back to a terrifying secret buried a century ago beneath the National Mall: a cache of bones preserved in amber..."-- From the publisher.

Parting shot

November 30, 2017
Barclay, Linwood, author.
©2017
449 pages ; 24 cm.
"If you made a mistake that took someone's life, you'd remember it ... wouldn't you? After a tragedy rocks the community of Promise Falls, Cal Weaver is asked to investigate the threats being made to the accused's family. He's heard all about it on the news: the young man who drank too much, stole a Porsche and killed a girl, and who claimed afterwards not to remember a single thing. The whole town is outraged that he got off lightly, but for reasons Cal can't explain, he accepts the job. Then Cal finds himself caught up in a vicious revenge plot, chasing someone set on delivering retribution. In Cal's experience, it's only ever a matter of time before threats turn into action ... A gripping thriller packed with scandal, from the master of the twist you never saw coming."-- Provided by publisher.

Deadly rumors

November 29, 2017
Hodges, Cheris F., author.
New York : Dafina Books, 2017.
378 pages ; 17 cm
When FBI agent Carver Banks needs the help of elite investigator Zoe Harrington with a missing persons case, she's happy to charge him double the fee--and keep his sizzling moves at arm's length. But when the search strikes too close to home, Zoe finds the passion between them reigniting past the danger point.

Girl in a bad place

November 29, 2017
Ward, Kaitlin, author.
©2017
260 pages : 22 cm
The Haven, a commune in the mountains, seems harmless--until Mailee's best friend Cara decides she's going to stay there forever. How far will Mailee go to bring her friend home?

Sound of Fear

November 29, 2017
Perry, Marta, author.
©2017
376 pages ; 17 cm
"The foundation of Amanda Curtis's very existence cracks the moment she discovers the woman she thought was her mother has never given birth. Where she belongs is a question she can't put to rest. But when the clues lead her to a charming yet chilling small town, the threat against her begins to unfold. Trey Addison is a fixture in Echo Falls. The town and the people are his to protect. He was born to take his place in the family legal firm, but now that a stranger desperate to unlock her past is depending on him, he's forced to make an impossible choice. If Trey doesn't protect Amanda, she'll walk straight into a deadly trap. If he helps her expose the secrets that haunt her, the truth could shatter them both."--Page 4 of cover.

Act of betrayal

November 28, 2017
Dunn, Matthew, 1968- author.
©2017
299 pages ; 24 cm.
"Three years ago, intelligence officer Will Cochrane was brought in by a Delta Force colonel to assassinate a terrorist financier in Berlin. After the job, the commander vanished, and hasn't been heard from since. The details don't quite add up, and one of the CIA agents who was involved has been investigating the mission. He reaches out to Will for help, but before they can connect, the CIA man is poisoned. Will is determined to uncover the truth about Berlin, even if it means putting himself in the crosshairs. Framed for multiple murders, the skilled former spy has gone deep underground to evade his enemies and the feds. But honor and loyalty to his old colleague thrust him into danger once again."--Provided by publisher.

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