Evil in All Its Disguises
“Hilary Davidson delivers the goods — an exotic, atmospheric setting, a rocket-paced plot, and a bright, engaging heroine in Lily Moore. EVIL IN ALL ITS DISGUISES is a top-notch mystery — exciting, harrowing, and smart” — Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of HEARTBROKEN
“Hilary Davidson is a rising star in the mystery genre” — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
“Anthony Award winner Davidson briskly launches into this twisting tale, and readers will have no choice but to follow” — Library Journal
When travel writer Lily Moore joins a group of journalists for an all-expenses-paid press junket to Acapulco, she expects sun, sand, and margaritas. Instead, she finds that the Mexican city, once the playground of Hollywood stars, is a place of faded glamour and rising crime. Even the luxurious Hotel Cerón, isolated from the rest of the town, seems disturbing to her, with its grand, empty rooms, ever-watchful staff, and armed guards patrolling the grounds.
Lily isn’t the only one who suspects something rotten under the hotel’s opulent facade. Skye McDermott, another journalist on the trip, asks Lily for help with an article she’s working on about fraud and corruption in the hotel industry. Skye claims she’s eager to write a piece of real journalism rather than the fluff she’s known for. But she also lets slip that she’s deeply upset at a lover who jilted her, and she plans to exact her revenge by exposing his company’s illegal activities.
After Skye disappears suddenly, Lily suspects that her friend is in grave danger. But the hotel’s staff insists that everything is fine and refuses to contact the police. Only after Lily tries—and fails—to leave the Hotel Cerón does she discover the truth: the journalists are prisoners in a gilded cage.
Too late, Lily realizes that she has been maneuvered into the role of bait in a vicious, vengeful plot. Faced with unthinkable choices, Lily must summon all her strength to survive, confront the past she’s still running from, and save other lives.
Anthony Award–winner Hilary Davidson weaves a thrilling story of paranoia, vengeance, and murder.
“Smoothly sinister characters and a creepy Poe-like atmosphere keep the pages turning” — Publishers Weekly
“Davidson knows how to write a galloping page-turner, and the plot twists are plentiful” — Quill & Quire
“Losing sleep in order to finish this one is almost a certainty” — Criminal Element
“Davidson’s latest is so compulsively readable, the pages practically turn themselves… Davidson’s cinematic storytelling style coupled with her prose – at once elegant and refined, yet still lush, vivid, and approachable – only adds to this book’s rather considerable charms” — The Maine Suspect
“The potency to rival the all-time great suspense fiction” — Dead End Follies
EVIL IN ALL ITS DISGUISES (ISBN 978-0765333520) will be published by Tor/Forge on March 5, 2013. Buy the book.
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