New Arrivals · Suspense Fiction

July 29, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Deadly fate

July 28, 2016
Graham, Heather.|4aut
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : MIRA, [2016]
313 pages ; 25 cm.
When Clara Avery, an entertainer working on the Fate, an Alaskan cruise ship, goes to nearby Bear Island, she comes across a scene of bloody mayhem. She also comes across Thor Erikson, who will soon be a member of the FBI's elite paranormal unit, the Krewe of Hunters. Thor's been sent from the Alaska field office to investigate several grotesque killings, with the dead posed to resemble the victims of notorious murderers. The prime suspect is a serial killer Thor once put behind bars. The man escaped from a prison in the Midwest, and all the evidence says he was headed to Alaska. Thor and Clara share an unusual skill: the ability to communicate with the dead. Their growing love - and their contact with the ghosts of the victims - brings them together to solve the case... and prevent a deadly fate of their own!

Dark carousel

July 27, 2016
Feehan, Christine, author.
New York, New York : Berkley Books, 2016.
385 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
"The moment Charlotte Vintage walks into his club, Tariq Asenguard's blood is set on fire. The ancient Carpathian had given up hope of finding his lifemate, but now he will do anything to make Charlotte his own. What Tariq doesn't know is that Charlotte is using herself and her best friend as bait--to try to draw out the bloodthirsty killers who have already murdered Charlotte's brother and mentor. Charlotte is familiar with Tariq. Not only is he one of the richest and most eligible bachelors in the city, but he's also a renowned collector of old carousel horses, which Charlotte restores. Their shared passion opens Charlotte up to trusting him with her life and with the desire she can no longer control. But it also makes her vulnerable to a centuries-old curse that will unite her and Tariq in a war against the enemies of humans and Carpathians alike.."--Provided by publisher.

Chase : a Michael Bennett story

July 27, 2016
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
New York : BookShots, Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
115, 11 pages ; 18 cm.
"Bookshots"--Cover.
A man plunges to his death from the roof of a Manhattan hotel. It looks like a suicide-except the victim has someone else's fingerprints and $10,000 in cash. Enter Detective Michael Bennett.

Cold silence

July 26, 2016
Abel, James, author.
New York : Berkley Books, 2016.
322 pages ; 24 cm
"While trying to alleviate the suffering of thousands in drought-stricken, war-torn Africa, ex-Marine doctor and bio-terror expert Joe Rush receives a plea for help from a member of his old military unit, currently working as a geologist in a chaotic region of Somalia. Joe arrives on the scene to find an entire group showing horrific symptoms of an ancient sickness once thought to be sent as punishment from heaven. But before Joe can get hard evidence identifying the illness, a local warlord takes matters into his own hands--and the proof is gone just as the illness breaks out back in the United States."--provided by the publisher.

Good as gone

July 26, 2016
Gentry, Amy, author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.
273 pages ; 24 cm
"Thirteen-year-old Julie Whitaker was kidnapped from her bedroom in the middle of the night, witnessed only by her younger sister. Her family was shattered, but managed to stick together, hoping against hope that Julie is still alive. And then one night: the doorbell rings. A young woman who appears to be Julie is finally, miraculously, home safe. The family is ecstatic--but Anna, Julie's mother, has whispers of doubts. She hates to face them. She cannot avoid them. When she is contacted by a former detective turned private eye, she begins a torturous search for the truth about the woman she desperately hopes is her daughter."-- Provided by publisher.

Night talk

July 26, 2016
Noory, George, author.
New York : Forge, 2016.
333 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
A late-night talk-show host fascinated by paranormal phenomena becomes entangled in a deadly conspiracy after being accused by government agents of having dealings with a hacker who has died after stealing dangerous secrets.

Whitefern

July 26, 2016
Andrews, V. C. (Virginia C.), author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2016.
344 pages ; 22 cm
"The sequel to My sweet Audrina" --Cover
Audrina remembers a better time, when her husband, Arden, was a young man with a heart filled with devotion for her. He didn't used to be this ambitious, expansive...this cruel. But then, the death of Aurdina's father changed a great many things. When the reading of her father's will reveals that Audrina herself will control fifty-one percent of the family brokerage--the halls of Whitefern again don't feel safe.

A maiden weeping : a Crispin Guest medieval mystery

July 26, 2016
Westerson, Jeri, author.
Surrey, England : Severn House Publishers LTD, 2016.
xiii, 238 pages ; 23 cm.
"Crispin Guest awakens in a strange bed after a night of passion and finds a woman dead, murdered. Drunk, Crispin scarecely remembers the night before. Did he kill her? But when other young women turn up dead under similar circumstances, he knows there is a deadly stalker loose in London. Could it have to do with the mysterious Tears of the Virgin Mary kept under lock and key by a close-lipped widow, a relic that a rival family would kill to get their hands on? With Crispin shackled and imprisoned by the immutable sheriffs, he apprentice Jack Tucker takes over the job of his master as the 'Tracker' and joins forces with a fresh young lawyer to solve the crime before Crispin hangs for murder."--Provided by publisher.

Sunday kind of love

July 26, 2016
Garlock, Dorothy, author.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2016.
372 pages ; 22 cm
"Buckton, Indiana, 1956. As post-war America brims with new opportunities, a young woman discovers the courage to follow her dreams-and her heart. Gwendolyn Foster's life seems like a dream come true. A bright future in front of her, the successful, traditional man her parents wanted at her side. What more could a girl ask for? But Gwen has a different dream altogether-to be a writer-and she won't rest until it comes true. Strong arms to support her, not own her. that's what she needs. And she finds them in the most unexpected of places. Hank Ellis has long been haunted by his little brother's death. He knows the entire town blames him for the accident, but it's only fitting. He blames himself too. So he's shocked when Gwen ignores the vicious gossip and befriends him. And before long, everything changes for them. Folks warn Gwen about Hank, but she knows in her heart that they're wrong. Drawn to this man of bravery and kindness who encourages her to pursue her passions, Gwen can finally envision the life she's always wanted. And with Gwen, Hank finds the strength to let go of his guilt, as he dares to hope for a future with her. But braving the town that turns against them isn't the only challenge they face. For Hank still harbors a dark secret, a shocking truth that may force him to lose Gwen forever"-- Provided by publisher.

Smooth operator : a Teddy Fay novel featuring Stone Barrington

July 25, 2016
Woods, Stuart, author.
©2016
339 pages ; 24 cm.
"When President Kate Lee calls Stone Barrington to Washington on an urgent matter, it's soon clear that a potentially disastrous situation requires the kind of help more delicate than even he can provide. and he knows just the right man for the job. Teddy Fay: ex-CIA, master of disguise, and a gentleman not known for abiding by legal niceties in the pursuit of his own brand of justice"-- Provided by publisher.

You'll miss me when I'm gone

July 25, 2016
O'Brien, Kevin, 1955- author.
©2016
viii, 536 pages ; 20 cm
"Andrea Boyle moved to Seattle to give her seventeen-year-old nephew, Spencer, a fresh start after the death of his parents. Andrea has found her own new beginning with Luke, a successful playwright and father of a teenage son, Damon. The boys appear to have little in common, but in truth they share a private torment. When a tragedy befalls Damon, it's just the beginning of a nightmare that unfolds. But the worst is yet to come once a dark secret from Spencer's past is exposed. And when Luke is brutally attacked, both of their futures are at stake. Now it's up to Andrea to prove Spencer's innocence to the police--and to herself. Because for reasons she has revealed to no one, even Andrea can't help questioning the truth--and fearing that she may be next to pay the ultimate price."--Page 4 of cover.

Dark matter : a novel

July 25, 2016
Crouch, Blake, author.
©2016
342 pages ; 25 cm
One night after an evening out, Jason Dessen, forty-year-old physics professor living with his wife and son in Chicago, is kidnapped at gunpoint by a masked man, driven to an abandoned industrial site and injected with a powerful drug. As he wakes, a man Jason's never met smiles down at him and says, "Welcome back, my friend." But this life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife; his son was never born; and he's not an ordinary college professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something impossible. Is it this world or the other that's the dream? How can he possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could have imagined--one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe. -- adapted from Fantastic Fiction website.

Let's play make-believe

July 22, 2016
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
New York : BookShots, Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
113, 15 pages ; 18 cm

Fatal odds : a novel

July 21, 2016
Dobbyn, John F.
©2016
344 pages ; 24 cm
"Danger escalates as Michael Knight and Lex Devlin enter into the defense of a Puerto Rican jockey charged with felony murder as a result of a fixed race at Boston's Suffolk Downs. As their investigation exposes the jockey's role, they become embroiled in a conflict between two Puerto Rican crime gangs. One of these gangs is aligned for the first time with Boston's Italian Mafia. They are tapping into almost limitless profits from the illicit trace of exotic and endangered wild animals captured in the Amazon rainforest of Brazil and smuggled through the shoreline of the Florida Keys. Working to free their client and to prevent the brutal abuse of these vulnerable animals, Michael and Lex find themselves squarely in the crossfire of rival organized crime gangs from the barrio of Jamaica Plain, Boston, to the gang-dominated streets of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico."--Page [4] of book jacket.

Bullseye

July 20, 2016
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
©2016
339, 15 pages ; 25 cm.
"Snow blankets the avenues of Manhattan's exclusive Upper West Side. The storm is the perfect cover for a fashionable, highly trained team of lethal assassins as they prowl the streets, hunting their prey. But their first hit is simply target practice. Their next mission may very well turn the Cold War red-hot once again. Stepping directly into the line of fire, the president of the United States is in New York for a summit at the United Nations with his Russian counterpart. Pulled away from his family and pressed into service, Detective Michael Bennett must trace the source of a threat that could rip the country apart-- and ignite a war the likes of which the world has never seen. With allegiances constantly in doubt and no one above suspicion, only Bennett can save the president-- and the country-- before the assassins' deadly kill shot hits its mark."--Provided by publisher.

The countdown

July 20, 2016
Derting, Kimberly, author.
©2016
378 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to: The replaced.
"In the concluding book in the otherworldly Taking trilogy, Kyra struggles to understand who she is as she races to save the world from complete destruction. Ever since Kyra was abducted by aliens and then returned to earth, she has known there was something different about her. Now she knows the truth: she is an alien too. Her alien captors replaced all her human DNA with their own -- gifting her with supernatural powers like incredible healing, enhanced eyesight, and telekinesis. But when she’s captured by an unexpected enemy, Kyra begins to wonder if her abilities are also a curse. And is she, as her enemies believe, meant to play some key role in helping an impending alien invasion? Is it programmed into her, something inescapable? Or can she fight that destiny? No matter what the truth is, Kyra is sure of one thing: She just rescued the love of her life, Tyler, and she is not going to stand by and let anyone hurt him or her friends. Whatever it takes, Kyra will do everything in her power to save the world…even if it means making the ultimate sacrifice." -- Amazon.com.

Killer look

July 19, 2016
Fairstein, Linda A., author.
New York, New York : Dutton, [2016]
383 pages : map ; 24 cm.
"New York City is one of the fashion capitals of the world, well-known for its glamour and style. Nowhere is this more apparent than on the runway, where American haute couture continually astounds with its creativity, daring, and innovation in the name of beauty. Yet high fashion means high stakes, as Alex Cooper quickly discovers when businessman and designer Wolf Savage is found dead in an apparent suicide, mere days before the biggest show of his career."-- Provided by publisher.

Fall from grace

July 19, 2016
Weaver, Tim, 1977- author.
©2016
408 pages ; 24 cm.
"First published in Great Britain by Penguin Books Ltd."--Verso of title page.
"A David Raker mystery"--Cover.
International bestselling author Tim Weaver returns with his next David Raker mystery, a high-stakes search for a recently retired detective who vanishes from his own home.

Revolver

July 19, 2016
Swierczynski, Duane, author.
New York : Mulholland Books/Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
ix, 319 pages : maps ; 24 cm.
"Three generations torn apart--by bullets fired fifty years ago ... Philadelphia, 1965: Two street cops--one black, one white--are gunned down in a corner bar. One of the fallen officers, Stan Walczak, leaves behind a 12-year-old boy, Jimmy. Philadelphia, 1995: Homicide detective Jim Walczak learns that his father's alleged killer, Terrill Lee Stanton, has been sprung from prison. Jim stalks the ex-con, hoping to finally learn the truth. Philadelphia, 2015: Jim's daughter Audrey, a forensic science student, re-opens her grandfather's murder for a research paper. But as Audrey digs deeper, she comes to realize that Stanton probably didn't pull the trigger--and her father may have made a horrible mistake."-- Provided by publisher.

The monster's daughter : a novel

July 18, 2016
Pretorius, Michelle.
Brooklyn : Melville House, [2016]
455 pages ; 24 cm
"At once a shocking, unputdownable thriller and a brilliantly imagined journey through South Africa's troubled history, The Monster's Daughter is one of the most original and exciting debuts since Audrey Niffenegger's The Time Traveler's Wife. December 2010. A disgraced young constable named Alet Berg is reassigned to the sleepy provincial town of Unie, where she makes a terrifying discovery: the body of a young woman, burned beyond recognition. The crime soon leads Alet into her country's violent past--a past that includes her father, a high-ranking police official who may have played a sinister role during the long, brutal apartheid regime. A hundred years earlier, at the height of the Boer War, a doctor conducts a series of vicious experiments near a British concentration camp, where he intends to breed a new master race. His work ends in chaos, but two children survive: a boy named Benjamin, and a girl named Tessa. And they are not like other children. The horrors of South Africa's history and the tensions of its present converge in Michelle Pretorius's epic debut, which weaves present and past into a hugely suspenseful, masterfully plotted thriller with echoes of the fantastical. A novel that calls to mind Lauren Beukes's The Shining Girls and Tana French's The Secret Place, The Monster's Daughter will surprise and satisfy you all the way up to its explosive conclusion"-- Provided by publisher.

Outfoxed

July 18, 2016
Rosenfelt, David, author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2016.
326 pages ; 25 cm.
An Andy Carpenter mystery
"Defense lawyer Andy Carpenter spends as much time as he can working on his true passion, the Tara Foundation, the dog rescue organization he runs. Lately, Andy has been especially involved in a county prison program where inmates help train dogs the Tara Foundation has rescued to make them more adoptable, benefiting both the dogs and the prisoners. One of the prisoners Andy has been working with is Brian Atkins, who has 18 months left on a 5-year term for fraud. Brian has been helping to train Boomer, an adorable fox terrier the Tara Foundation rescued from a neglectful owner. Brian and Boomer are clearly a terrific match. In fact, Andy hopes that Brian will adopt Boomer himself, once his sentence is up. But one day, Andy arrives at the prison to discover that Brian has used Boomer to make an ingenious escape, and man and dog are both in the wind. The next day, the man on whose testimony Brian was convicted is found murdered. Brian is caught and arrested for the crime, though he forcefully protests his innocence. Suddenly, Andy finds himself with a new client in Brian and a new dog in Boomer. And as he starts to dig deeper into the murder and the events leading up to it, Andy realizes he might be putting them all in far more danger than anyone had realized"-- Provided by publisher.

The woman in cabin 10

July 18, 2016
Ware, Ruth, author.
New York : Scout Press, 2016.
340 pages ; 24 cm
"In this tightly wound, enthralling story reminiscent of Agatha Christie's works, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. The sky is clear, the waters calm, and the veneered, select guests jovial as the exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, begins her voyage in the picturesque North Sea. At first, Lo's stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a dark and terrifying nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for--and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo's desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong"--Provided by publisher.

You will know me : a novel

July 18, 2016
Abbott, Megan E., 1971- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
345 pages ; 22 cm
How far will you go to achieve a dream? That's the question a celebrated coach poses to Katie and Eric Knox after he sees their daughter Devon, a gymnastics prodigy and Olympic hopeful, compete. For the Knoxes there are no limits--until a violent death rocks their close-knit gymnastics community and everything they have worked so hard for is suddenly at risk. As rumors swirl among the other parents, Katie tries frantically to hold her family together while also finding herself irresistibly drawn to the crime itself. What she uncovers--about her daughter's fears, her own marriage, and herself--forces Katie to consider whether there's any price she isn't willing to pay to achieve Devon's dream.

After the storm

July 18, 2016
Lythell, Jane, author.
©2014
310 pages ; 20 cm
Originally published: 2014.
Relationships shift and suppressed secrets are stirred up when two young couples spend ten days at sea.

White bone

July 14, 2016
Pearson, Ridley, author.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2016]
383 pages ; 24 cm.
When partner Grace Chu's cover is blown while on a dangerous assignment, ex-military contractor John Knox races to assist while struggling to convince her handlers of the threat, trace the theft of a high-value AIDS vaccine, and elude violent ivory poachers.

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