New Arrivals · Suspense Fiction

April 20, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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.

By his own hand

April 18, 2018
Griffin, Neal, author.
335 pages ; 25 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"The body of a young man has been found in the woods outside Newberg, dead from a close-range shotgun blast. The gun--his own--lies beside the body. Certain things don't add up for Detective Tia Suarez. Where did the fat envelope of cash in his pocket come from? Who called the police to report the body, then disappeared before the cops arrived? [And] what if it isn't suicide? What if this young mans death is covering up something that will shake the town to its foundations?"

The hellfire club

April 18, 2018
Tapper, Jake, author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2018.
342 pages ; 24 cm
After a mysterious fatal car accident kills his predecessor, Congressman Charlie Marder struggles to navigate the dangerous waters of 1950s Washington, D.C., where he finds an underworld of backroom deals, secret societies, and a conspiracy at the highest levels of the government.

Yesterday's news

April 18, 2018
Belsky, Richard, author.
Sarasota, Florida : Oceanview Publishing, [2018]
343 pages ; 23 cm
When eleven-year-old Lucy Devlin disappeared on her way to school more than a decade ago, it became one of the most famous missing child cases in history. The story turned reporter Clare Carlson into a media superstar overnight. Clare broke exclusive after exclusive. She had unprecedented access to the Devlin family as she wrote about the heartbreaking search for their young daughter. She later won a Pulitzer Prize for her extraordinary coverage of the case. Now Clare once again plunges back into this sensational story. With new evidence, new victims, and new suspects--too many suspects. Everyone from members of a motorcycle gang to a prominent politician running for a US Senate seat seem to have secrets they're hiding about what really might have happened to Lucy Devlin. But Clare has her own secrets. And, in order to untangle the truth about Lucy Devlin, she must finally confront her own torturous past.

Serve and protect : a Mike Daley/Rosie Fernandez novel

April 18, 2018
Siegel, Sheldon, author.
[United States] : [Place of publication not identified], [2018]
312 pages ; 23 cm
"It starts as a routine traffic stop. Moments later, a young man is dead, a rookie police officer is charged with murder, and San Francisco is engulfed in chaos. In the ninth installment of New York Times bestselling author Sheldon Siegel’s iconic San Francisco series, ex-spouses Mike Daley and Rosie Fernandez have come a long way from their days as small-time defense attorneys. No longer working in a converted martial arts studio above a Chinese restaurant on the earthy side of Mission Street. Rosie is now San Francisco's Public Defender, and Mike is the head of the Felony Division. Their daughter is in college. Their son is in middle school. For the first time in years, there is a semblance of order in their lives. It doesn't last long. Johnny Bacigalupi is a rookie police officer and fourth-generation cop who graduated at the top of his class at St. Ignatius High, USF, and the Police Academy. His father is an assistant chief. He's also Mike's godson. On a rainy night, Johnny and his partner pull over a Honda with a broken tail light. Juwon Jones has an outstanding probation violation. When Johnny asks Jones to exit his car, Jones bangs the door into Johnny and flees. Johnny corners Jones in a parking lot, where Jones raises his hands. When Johnny orders Jones to lie down, Jones reaches for a gun—or does he? Johnny shoots Jones in self-defense—or is it? Johnny's partner finds a handgun under the body—or was it planted? Jones's mother says her son was unarmed. No weapon is visible in footage from Johnny's body cam or video taken by other officers. Johnny and three other cops insist that Johnny acted in self-defense. The evidence suggests otherwise. The D.A. charges Johnny with first-degree murder. Local TV, cable news, Twitter, and social media explode. Police supporters clash with Black Lives Matter. White supremacists come to San Francisco looking for trouble—and find it. Mike and Rosie avoid the fray until Johnny's father and uncle ask Mike to represent his godson. Despite Rosie's reservations, Mike takes a leave of absence and represents Johnny, with help from his former-cop-turned-private-investigator brother, Pete. Mike, Rosie, and Pete face their biggest challenge yet in a high-stakes case where San Francisco’s streets turn violent."

Liar's candle : a novel

April 17, 2018
Thomas, August, author.
New York : Scribner, 2018.
310 pages ; 24 cm
Reminiscent of the work of John le Carre and Olen Steinhauser, this brilliant debut novel features a young State Department intern on the run in Turkey, trying to outwit and outmaneuver everyone from the Turkish president to Islamic extremists to the CIA. Racing to keep from being killed and to uncover the truth, Penny Kessler reluctantly partners with Connor Beauregard, a rookie CIA officer on his first overseas assignment. But the two won't survive unless they can trust each other and keep their wits about them. Print run 5,000.

Then she was gone

April 17, 2018
Jewell, Lisa, author.
New York : Atria Books, 2018.
359 pages ; 24 cm
Originally published in Great Britian in 2017 by Century.
"Ten years after her teenage daughter disappears, a woman crosses paths with a charming single father whose young child feels eerily familiar. Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter. She was fifteen, the youngest of three. She was beloved by her parents, friends, and teachers. She and her boyfriend made a teenaged golden couple. She was days away from an idyllic post-exams summer vacation, with her whole life ahead of her. And then she was gone. Now, her mother Laurel Mack is trying to put her life back together. It's been ten years since her daughter disappeared and she still has many unanswered questions she's tried so hard to put to rest. Where did Ellie go? Did she really run away from home, as the police have long suspected, or was there a more sinister reason for her disappearance?" --provided by publisher.

Hotel on shadow lake

April 17, 2018
Tully, Daniela, author.
245 pages ; 24 cm
"Suspenseful and compelling, Daniela Tully's Hotel on Shadow Lake is at once an intricate mystery, an epic romance, and a Gothic family saga. When Maya was a girl in Germany, her grandmother was everything to her: teller of magical fairy tales, surrogate mother, best friend. Then, shortly after Maya's sixteenth birthday, her grandmother disappeared without a trace, leaving Maya with only questions to fill the void. Twenty-seven years later, her grandmother's body is found in a place she had no connection to: the Montgomery Resort in upstate New York. How did she get there? Why had she come? Desperate for answers, Maya leaves her life in Germany behind and travels to America, where she is drawn to the powerful family that owns the hotel and seemingly the rest of the town. Soon Maya is unraveling secrets that go back decades, from 1910s New York to 1930s Germany and beyond. But when she begins to find herself spinning her own lies in order to uncover the circumstances surrounding her grandmother's death, she must decide whether her life and a chance at true love are worth risking for the truth." -- Provided by publisher.

Shattered mirror

April 16, 2018
Johansen, Iris, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2018.
339 pages ; 25 cm
Eve Duncan receives a package containing a skull-- and instructions for Eve to do her work reconstructing it. When she does, a beautiful woman's face emerges. But when Eve is introduced to the dead woman's mirror image, a game is on where her twin's life hangs in the balance.

Our little secret

April 16, 2018
Nay, Roz, author.
264 pages ; 25 cm
They say you never forget your first love. What they don't say though, is that sometimes your first love won't forget you. Angela Petitjean sits in a cold, dull room. The police have been interrogating her for hours, asking about Saskia Parker. She's the wife of Angela's high school sweetheart, HP, and the mother of his child. She has vanished. Homicide Detective J. Novak believes Angela knows what happened to Saskia. He wants the truth, and he wants it now. But Angela has a different story to tell. It began more than a decade ago when she and HP met in high school in Cove, Vermont. She was an awkward, shy teenager. He was a popular athlete. They became friends, fell in love, and dated senior year. Everything changed when Angela went to college. When time and distance separated them. When Saskia entered the picture. That was eight years ago. HP foolishly married a drama queen and Angela moved on with her life. Whatever marital rift caused Saskia to leave her husband has nothing to do with Angela. Nothing at all. Detective Novak needs to stop asking questions and listen to what Angela is telling him. And once he understands everything, he'll have the truth he so desperately wants.

A perfect shot : a novel

April 16, 2018
Yocum, Robin, author.
Amherst, New York : Seventh Street Books, an imprint of Prometheus Books, 2018.
315 pages ; 21 cm
"A local basketball star in a small Ohio town tries to remake his life in middle age, but instead must confront a murderer and the prospect of leaving his hometown and giving up everything that once gave his life meaning. Nicholas 'Duke' Ducheski is the most important man in the eastern Ohio steel town of Mingo Junction. Nearly two decades after he made the winning shot in the state championship basketball game, he remains much adored and the focal point of community pride. Hardly a day passes when someone doesn't want to talk about "the game." Now approaching forty, Duke no longer wants to be defined solely by something he did when he was eighteen. So he decides to parlay his local popularity into a successful restaurant--'Duke's Place.' But no sooner does he get his restaurant up and running than disaster strikes. One day, 'Little Tony' DeMarco, his brother-in-law and a known mob enforcer, comes into the restaurant and murders Duke's oldest friend. Now Duke faces the hardest decision of his life. DeMarco thinks he's untouchable, but Duke discovers a way to take him down, along with his mob superiors. To do so, however, means leaving Mingo Junction and sacrificing his treasured identity as the town legend. And if he follows through, what will remain of his life?"-- Provided by publisher.

The Elizas

April 16, 2018
Shepard, Sara, 1977- author.
New York : Atria Books, 2018.
341 pages ; 24 cm
Unable to convince anyone that she was pushed before she was rescued from the bottom of a hotel pool, a rising author struggling with depression and memory loss begins to question her sanity as elements from her debut novel mix up with events in her real life.


April 16, 2018
Smith, Alisa, 1971- author.
233 pages ; 22 cm
"Set during World War II, a code-breaker fights to keep a deadly secret as her Bonnie-and-Clyde past threatens to catch up with her. Thirty-year-old Lena Stillman is living a perfectly respectable life when a shocking newspaper headline calls up her past: it concerns her former lover, charismatic bank robber Bill Bagley. A romantic and charming figure, Lena had tried to forget him by resuming her linguistic studies, which led to her recruitment as a Navy code-breaker intercepting Japanese messages during World War II. But can Lena keep her own secrets? Threatening notes and the appearance of an old diary that recalls her gangster days are poised to upset her new life. Whom can she really trust? Is there a spy among the code-breakers? And who is it that wants her dead?" --Provided by publisher.

From darkest skies

April 16, 2018
Peters, Sam, author.
341 pages ; 20 cm.
Originally published: London : Gollancz, 2017.
Includes an excerpt from "From distant stars".
After a five year sabbatical following the tragic death of his wife and fellow agent Alysha, Keon Rause returns to the distant colony world of Magenta to resume service with the Magentan Intelligence Service. With him he brings an artificial recreation of his wife's personality, a simulacrum built from every digital trace she left behind. She has been constructed with one purpose -- to discover the truth behind her own death -- but Keon's relationship with her has grown into something more, something frighteningly dependent, something that verges on love. Cashing in old favours, Keon uses his return to the Service to take on a series of cases that allow him and the artificial Alysha to piece together his wife's last days. His investigations lead him inexorably along the same paths Alysha followed five years earlier, to a sinister and deadly group with an unhealthy fascination for the unknowable alien Masters; but as the wider world of Magenta is threatened with an imminent crisis, Keon finds himself in a dilemma: do his duty and stand with his team to expose a villainous crime, or sacrifice them all for the truth about his wife?

Sin and swoon

April 16, 2018
Brown, Tara, 1978- author.
Seattle : Montlake Romance, [2015]
228 pages ; 21 cm.
"Blood and bone -Book 2-"--Cover.
"Not even the warning label on the experimental project could have prepared Jane Spears for the nightmare she would walk into when the Ashley Potter case landed in her lap. Deep inside the victim's mind, Jane finds clues hinting at the worst crimes she has ever come upon. But the bread crumbs don't lead anywhere, and in the waking light Jane discovers nothing is as she believed. The conspiracy goes deeper than she can reveal, and the crimes are too hideous to leave unsolved. Can she stop it all in time, or will she be sucked in--trapped by the deranged mastermind?"--Page 4 of cover.

Soul and blade

April 16, 2018
Brown, Tara, 1978- author.
Seattle : Montlake Romance, [2015]
230 pages ; 21 cm.
"Blood and bone -Book 3-"--Cover.
"Being a mind runner isn't easy, but catching criminals is all that matters to Jane Spears. Though her job may be gruesome, she's not willing to stop just yet. And even as she admires the ring from her fiancé, she has no intention of letting a wedding sidetrack her work--not when she's about to delve into the darkest mind she's ever encountered. As she starts to explore the twisted ruins of a sociopath's psyche, Jane realizes she may have finally met her match. She knew this case would be a challenge, but she didn't expect to get caught in a mind-bending nightmare. Because this irredeemable murderer seems to know something about Jane that even she doesn't--something unspeakable lurking in her past. Can she escape the killer's derangement unscathed and ready to walk down the aisle?"--Back cover.

Ace of shades

April 12, 2018
Foody, Amanda, author.
408 pages : map ; 24 cm
Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets...and secrets hide in every shadow Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school--and her reputation--behind to follow her mother's trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted. Frightened and alone, Enne has only one lead: the name Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected--he's a street lord and con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn't have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne's offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems. Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless Mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi's enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city... And she'll need to play.

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