New Arrivals · Suspense Fiction

July 28, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Alert

July 27, 2015
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2015
368 pages ; 25 cm
Includes excerpt of James Patterson's "The Murder House" at the end of the book.
"A Michael Bennett novel"--Cover.
"New Yorkers aren't easily intimidated, but someone is doing their best to scare them, badly: why? After two inexplicable high-tech attacks, the city that never sleeps is on edge. Detective Michael Bennett, along with his old pal, the FBI's Emily Parker, have to catch the shadowy criminals who claim responsibility--but they're as good at concealing their identities as they are at wreaking havoc. In the wake of a shocking assassination, Bennett begins to suspect that these mysterious events are just the prelude to the biggest threat of all. Soon he's racing against the clock, and against the most destructive enemy he's faced yet, to save his beloved city--before everyone's worst nightmare becomes a reality" -- provided by publisher.

The ambassador's wife : a novel

July 27, 2015
Steil, Jennifer.
New York : Doubleday, [2015]
389 pages ; 25 cm
From a real-life ambassador's wife comes a harrowing novel about the kidnapping of an American woman in the Middle East and the heartbreaking choices she and her husband each must make in the hope of being reunited.

Silent creed

July 27, 2015
Kava, Alex, author.
©2015
326 pages ; 24 cm
"A Ryder Creed novel"--Cover.
"Ryder Creed and his K9 search-and-rescue dogs return in the second installment of an exciting new series, teaming up once more with FBI profiler Maggie O'Dell in their riskiest case yet. When Ryder Creed responds to a devastating mudslide in North Carolina, he knows that the difference between finding survivors and the dead is time. He and his sturdiest search-and-rescue dog, Bolo, get to work immediately, but the scene is rife with danger: continued rainfall prevents the rescue teams from stabilizing the land; toxic household substances spread by the crushing slide fill the area with hazardous waste; and the detritus and debris are treacherous for both man and dog to navigate. But most perilous are the secrets hidden under the mud and sludge--secrets someone would kill to protect. For this is no ordinary rescue mission. Among the buildings consumed by the landslide was a top-secret government research facility, and Creed has been hired to find what's left of it. Then rescuers recover the body of a scientist from the facility who was obviously dead before the landslide--killed by a gunshot to the head. The FBI sends Agent Maggie O'Dell to investigate, and she and Creed are soon caught in a web of lies, secrets, and murder that may involve not only the government facility, but decades-old medical experiments that are the subject of current congressional hearings. As more bodies are found under even more unusual circumstances, they come ever closer to exposing the truth--but with unknown forces working against them, Maggie, Creed, and the dogs are running out of time"-- Provided by publisher.

Rubbernecker

July 27, 2015
Bauer, Belinda, 1962-
New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, [2015]
313 pages ; 24 cm
"The dead can't speak to us," Professor Madoc had said. That was a lie--because the body Patrick Fort is examining in anatomy class is trying to tell him all kinds of things. His Asperger's syndrome already makes life strange enough for him without having to solve a possible murder on top of it--especially when no one believes a crime has even taken place.

Perfect touch

July 24, 2015
Lowell, Elizabeth, 1944- author.
©2015
350 pages ; 24 cm
A heart-racing tale in which a former soldier turned rancher and a beautiful designer race to stop a vicious killer--a battle for survival that threatens to explode in an intense and irresistible passion.

Pretty baby

July 24, 2015
Kubica, Mary, author.
Don Mills, Ontario : Mira, [2015]
380 pages ; 25 cm
"A novel"--Dust jacket.
She sees the teenage girl on the train platform, standing in the pouring rain, clutching an infant in her arms. She boards a train and is whisked away. But she can't get the girl out of her head... Heidi Wood has always been a charitable woman: she works for a nonprofit, takes in stray cats. Still, her husband and daughter are horrified when Heidi returns home one day with a young woman named Willow and her four-month-old baby in tow. Disheveled and apparently homeless, this girl could be a criminal--or worse. But despite her family's objections, Heidi invites Willow and the baby to take refuge in their home. Heidi spends the next few days helping Willow get back on her feet, but as clues into Willow's past begin to surface, Heidi is forced to decide how far she's willing to go to help a stranger. What starts as an act of kindness quickly spirals into a story far more twisted than anyone could have anticipated. Don't miss this thrilling follow-up to The Good Girl.

Broken promise

July 24, 2015
Barclay, Linwood, author.
©2015
500 pages ; 24 cm
"A thriller"--Cover.
"From the New York Times bestselling author of No Safe House comes an explosive novel about the disturbing secrets of a quiet small town... After his wife's death and the collapse of his newspaper, David Harwood has no choice but to uproot his nine-year-old son and move back into his childhood home in Promise Falls, New York. David believes his life is in free fall, and he can't find a way to stop his descent. Then he comes across a family secret of epic proportions. A year after a devastating miscarriage, David's cousin Marla has continued to struggle. But when David's mother asks him to check on her, he's horrified to discover that she's been secretly raising a child who is not her own-a baby she claims was a gift from an "angel" left on her porch. When the baby's real mother is found murdered, David can't help wanting to piece together what happened-even if it means proving his own cousin's guilt. But as he uncovers each piece of evidence, David realizes that Marla's mysterious child is just the tip of the iceberg. Other strange things are happening. Animals are found ritually slaughtered. An ominous abandoned Ferris wheel seems to stand as a warning that something dark has infected Promise Falls. And someone has decided that the entire town must pay for the sins of its past... in blood"-- Provided by publisher.

Siren's call : a rainshadow novel

July 24, 2015
Castle, Jayne, author.
New York : Jove Books, 2015.
323 pages ; 17 cm
"Jayne Ann Krentz writing as Jayne Castle"--Cover.
"In the alien catacombs of Rainshadow, there are creatures whose compelling songs lure the unwary to their death. That's why Rafe Coppersmith, hired to clear out the catacombs for exploration, needs a music talent. He knows the perfect one, but she probably doesn't want anything do with him. Ella Morgan had once fallen hard and fast for Rafe, but then he disappeared for months and he's not about to tell her why. Ella, too, has secrets that only her dust bunny knows. She's not just a music talent, she's a Siren: a paranormal singer capable of singing men to sleep or to their deaths. But once on Rainshadow, Rafe and Ella will learn that surrendering to passion doesn't come without risks and fighting fire with fire only adds to the flame "--publisher.

Love lies beneath : a novel

July 20, 2015
Hopkins, Ellen, author.
New York : Atria Books, 2015.
303 pages ; 24 cm
Tara is gorgeous, affluent, and forty. She lives in an impeccably restored Russian Hill mansion in San Francisco. Once a widow, twice divorced, she's a woman with a past she prefers keeping to herself. Enter Cavin Lattimore. He's handsome, kind, charming, and the surgeon assigned to Tara following a ski accident in Lake Tahoe. In the weeks it takes her to recover, Cavin sweeps her off her feet and their relationship blossoms into something Tara had never imagined possible. But then she begins to notice some strange things: a van parked outside her home at odd times, a break-in, threatening text messages and emails. She also starts to notice cracks in Cavin's seemingly perfect personality, like the suppressed rage his conniving teenage son brings out in him, and the discovery that Cavin hired a detective to investigate her immediately after they met.

Badlands

July 17, 2015
Box, C. J.
New York : Minotaur Books, [2015]
278 pages ; 25 cm
"Twelve-year-old Kyle Westergaard lives with his single mother in a small North Dakota town that was once just a stopover on the way to The Badlands but has recently boomed and become the heart of the Bakken Oil Field. Even though Kyle has been written off by everyone as "slow" and "learning disabled," he has dreams and deeper thoughts than anyone can imagine. He wants to get out of town, take care of his mother, and give them a better life. While delivering newspapers, he witnesses a car accident where a mysterious bundle flies out and he thinks his fortunes might have changed. The bundle is filled with money and packets of white powder. His mother's boyfriend, T-Lock, tells him it is worth hundreds of thousands and Kyle shouldn't tell anyone. He, T-Lock, will handle it for all of them. Cassie Dewell (The Highway) is the new deputy sheriff in town and the only female in the department. In this newly rich town where men outnumber women twenty-to-one, the police need all the help they can get. With oil comes money. With money comes drugs. With drugs comes violent gangs wanting to corner the market and infiltrate the cops. When the temperature drops to 30 below and a gang war heats up, Cassie realizes she may be in over her head. She becomes the target of someone who is leaving body parts where she is most likely to find them. As she is propelled on a collision course with a murderous enemy, she finds that the key to it all might come in the most unlikely form: an undersized twelve-year-old boy on a bike who keeps showing up where he doesn't belong. Badlands is a masterpiece of suspense, detailing family dynamics and small-town politics in a time and place like no other"-- Provided by publisher.

The other daughter

July 17, 2015
Willig, Lauren.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
296 pages ; 25 cm

Who let the dog out?

July 17, 2015
Rosenfelt, David.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2015.
324 pages ; 25 cm
"An Andy Carpenter mystery"--Jacket.
"Lawyer Andy Carpenter is surprised when Willie Miller, Andy's partner at their dog rescue operation, the Tara Foundation, calls to say the alarm has gone off at the foundation building. There has clearly been a break-in, and a dog has been stolen. All of the dogs that the Tara Foundation rescues are given collars with GPS tracking capabilities, so Andy and Willie know they'll be able to track down the missing dog. They follow the signal to a house in downtown Paterson, and sure enough, the dog is there...standing right next to a dead body. The man had been gruesomely murdered mere minutes earlier. Could it be a coincidence? Or could the dog theft somehow be connected to the killing? Andy takes the dog safely back to the foundation building, and that should be the end of it, but his curiosity--and his desire to keep the dog from further harm--won't let him stop there. Andy finds himself looking into the circumstances surrounding the break-in and the dog theft, and what he starts to uncover makes him believe that the cops may have just arrested the wrong man for the crime. Once again David Rosenfelt has written a fast-paced and clever mystery with his characteristic blend of humor, larger-than-life characters, and propulsive plotting"-- Provided by publisher.

The lost concerto : a novel

July 16, 2015
Mario, Helaine, author.
©2015
430 pages ; 24 cm
"A woman and her young son flee to a convent on a remote island off the Breton coast of France. Generations of seafarers have named the place de la Brume, or Fog Island. In a chapel high on a cliff, a tragic death occurs and a terrified child vanishes into the mist. The child's godmother, Maggie O'Shea, haunted by the violent deaths of both her husband and her best friend, has withdrawn from her life as a classical pianist. But then a recording of unforgettable music and a grainy photograph surface, connecting her missing godson to a long-lost first love. The photograph will draw Maggie into a collision course with criminal forces, decades-old secrets, stolen art and musical artifacts, and deadly terrorists. Her search will take her to the Festival de Musique, Aix-en-Provence, France, where she discovers answers to the mystery surrounding her husband's death, an unexpected love--and a musical masterpiece lost for centuries" -- provided by publisher.

Heat of the moment

July 16, 2015
Handeland, Lori, author.
New York, NY : St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2015.
360 pages ; 18 cm.
When veterinarian Becca Carstairs, who is unaware that she is one of three magical sisters sent forward in time from seventeenth-century Scotland, is targeted by a killer, wounded veteran Owen McAllister tries to save her.

Cold frame

July 16, 2015
Deutermann, Peter T., 1941- author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
291 pages ; 25 cm
"A novel"--Jacket.
"An American government official dies suddenly in a Washington restaurant, but the coroner cannot determine a cause of death. When a second bureaucrat dies, Metro detective Av Smith discovers that both were members of a committee known only as DMX. DMX operates in total secrecy, and its mission is to target foreign terrorists for elimination. Detective Smith is determined to pursue both murder cases, even if it means butting heads with Carl Mandeville, the alpha wolf of DMX. As Smith delves deeper and deeper, he finds himself the target of a plot that goes well beyond DMX- and reaches into the darkest areas of the government. Set in contemporary Washington, D.C. amidst the immense counter-terrorism bureaucracy, Cold Frame is a compelling thriller by a masterful novelist with insider knowledge of how the military, federal, and local intelligence"-- Provided by publisher.

The shores of Spain : a novel of the Golden city

July 16, 2015
Cheney, J. Kathleen, author.
New York : Roc, [2015]
415 pages ; 21 cm.
Sequel to: The seat of magic.
"Even as the branches of peace are being offered, there are some who still believe those who are not human should be used as chattel. And they are willing to go to great lengths to retain their power."-- Page [4] of cover.

Jammu Mail

July 16, 2015
Niehoff, Buck, author.
©2015
229 pages ; 23 cm
During the 2008 world-wide anti-Chinese protests for Tibetan independence, a retired Cincinnati businessman, in this novel, reluctantly attempts to deliver a secret message from the U.S. government to the Dalai Lama at his home in the mountains of northern India. Starting at the pro-Tibet demonstrations on the Left Bank in Paris, his chaotic journey takes him to the New Delhi Railroad Station, where he boards the Jammu Mail Train. He is pursued by an anti-Chinese radical who wants to prevent the message from reaching the Dalai Lama. This lively story moves from the private office of a U.S. Senator to the Dalai Lama's bungalow and ends at The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati.

Speaking in bones : a novel

July 15, 2015
Reichs, Kathy, author.
New York : Bantam Books, [2015]
302 pages ; 25 cm
"Hazel 'Lucky' Strike--a strident amateur detective who mines the Internet for cold cases--comes to Brennan with a tape recording of an unknown girl being held prisoner and terrorized. Strike is convinced the voice is that of eighteen-year-old Cora Teague, who went missing more than three years earlier. Strike is also certain that the teenager's remains are gathering dust in Temperance Brennan's lab. Brennan has doubts about working with a self-styled websleuth, but when the evidence seems to add up, Brennan's next stop is the treacherous backwoods where the chilling recording (and maybe Cora Teague's bones) were discovered"--Dust jacket flap.

After the storm

July 15, 2015
Castillo, Linda, author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2015.
306 pages ; 25 cm
"A Kate Burkholder novel"--Jacket.
"When a tornado tears through Painters Mill and unearths human remains, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder finds herself tasked with the responsibility of identifying the bones and notifying the family. Evidence quickly emerges that the death was no accident and Kate finds herself plunged into a thirty year old case that takes her deep into the Amish community to which she once belonged. Meanwhile, turmoil of an emotional and personal nature strikes at the very heart of Kate's budding relationship with state agent John Tomasetti. A reality that strains their fragile new love to the breaking point and threatens the refuge they've built for themselves and their future. Under siege from an unknown assailant and her own personal demons, Kate digs deep into the case only to discover proof of an unimaginable atrocity, a plethora of family secrets and the lengths to which people will go to protect their own."-- Provided by publisher.

A necessary end

July 13, 2015
Brown, Holly, 1974- author.
©2015
386 pages ; 24 cm
"Thirty-nine-year-old Adrienne is desperate to be a mother. And this time, nothing is going to get in her way. Sure, her husband, Gabe, is ambivalent about fatherhood. But she knows that once he holds their baby, he'll come around. He's just feeling a little threatened, that's all. Because once upon a time, it was Gabe that Adrienne wanted more than anything; she was willing to do anything. . . . But that was half a lifetime ago. She's a different person now, and so is Gabe. There are lines she wouldn't cross, not without extreme provocation. And sure, she was bitten once before by another birth mother--clear to the bone--and for most people, it's once bitten, twice shy. But Adrienne isn't exactly the retiring type. At nineteen, Leah bears a remarkable resemblance to the young woman Adrienne once was. Which is why Adrienne knows the baby Leah is carrying is meant to be hers. But Leah's got ideas of her own: her baby's going to get a life in California; why shouldn't she? All she wants is to live in Adrienne's house for a year after the baby's born, and get a fresh start. It seems like a small price for Adrienne to pay to get their baby. And with Gabe suddenly on board, what could possibly go wrong?" -- provided by publisher.

The Swede : a novel

July 13, 2015
Karjel, Robert, 1965- author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
341 pages ; 24 cm
"Originally published as De redan döda in Sweden in 2010 by Wahlström & Widstrand"--Title page verso.
"Jo Nesbo meets Homeland in this sophisticated debut literary thriller about a Swedish security force agent sent to the U.S. for a special assignment, which delivers a breathtaking global twist on the darkly riveting (and commercially appealing) narrative tradition of Nordic noir"-- Provided by publisher.

Name of the Devil : a Jessica Blackwood novel

July 13, 2015
Mayne, Andrew, 1973- author.
New York : Bourbon Street Books, [2015]
411 pages ; 21 cm
Sequel to: Angel Killer.
"In this electrifying sequel to Angel Killer, magician-turned-FBI-agent Jessica Blackwood must channel her past to catch a killer consumed by a desire for revenge. When a church combusts in rural Appalachia, the bizarre trail of carnage suggests diabolical forces are at work. Charged with explaining the inexplicable, the FBI's Dr. Ailes and Agent Knoll once again turn to the ace up their sleeve: Agent Jessica Blackwood, a former prodigy from a family dynasty of illusionists. As the death toll mounts, Jessica discovers the victims share a troubling secret with far-reaching implications that stretch from the hills of West Virginia to cartel-corrupted Mexico to the hallowed halls of the Vatican. Everyone involved in what happened on that horrible night so long ago has tried to bury it except for one person, who believes that the past can be hidden, but never forgiven. Can Jessica draw on her unique understanding of the power and potential of deception to thwart a murderer determined to avenge the past?""--Provided by publisher.

Hostile takeover : a John Lago thriller

July 13, 2015
Kuhn, Shane.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
246 pages ; 24 cm
Seizing control of the Human Resources assassin-training organization, John Lago becomes estranged from his new wife, Alice, during a hit job that requires him to pose as an intern and submit to Alice's methods at the risk of their marriage.

Crush : a novel

July 13, 2015
Sutton, Phoef, author.
Altadena, California : Prospect Park Books, [2015]
218 pages ; 21 cm
Includes a preview of the next book "Heart attack & vine, a Crush novel."
"Caleb Rush, a. k. a. Crush, is the toughest, coolest bodyguard/bouncer in Los Angeles, a man who lives strictly by his own moral code, which doesn't exactly hew to the standards of US law. When Amelia Trask, the wild daughter of a scruples-free billionaire tycoon, comes to Crush for help, his quiet life roars into overdrive, and he has to use his wits, brawn, martial-arts training, and knowledge of the Russian mafia to stay alive and clean up the mess that young Amelia has created. Crush is a rollicking, page-turning ride through LA, full of action, suspense, memorable characters, and a sly wit."--Provided by publisher.

The other son: a novel

July 10, 2015
Söderberg, Alexander.
New York : Crown Publishers, 2015.
388 pages ; 25 cm
Sophie Brinkmann uses a family murder to plot a daring escape from comatose Hector Guzman's crime family, an effort that compels her to forge dubious alliances and tap darker aspects of her own nature.

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