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Evil in All Its Disguises

Lily Moore Series

Hilary Davidson

Forge Books

Anthony Award-winner Hilary Davidson weaves a thrilling story of paranoia, vengeance, and murder with Evil in All Its Disguises.

When travel writer Lily Moore joins a group of journalists for an all-expenses-paid press junket to Acapulco, Mexico, 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.

“Smoothly sinister characters and a creepy Poe-like atmosphere keep the pages turning.”—Publishers Weekly on Evil in All Its Disguises

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The snake had coiled itself halfway around my ankle by the time I spotted it. Cool and smooth against my skin, it inched across my sandaled foot, turning its head back and upward to meet my gaze. Its slender body was striped with red and yellow and blackish brown. Even though its eyes were all but invisible in its glossy dark head, I was sure it was regarding me with pure defiance.
“Welcome to Acapulco, Miss Moore.” The hotel clerk’s voice echoed from far, far away. “Is this your first time here?”
I wanted to answer him—it was my
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Praise for Evil in All Its Disguises

"Davidson has a great eye for the small detail that leads the reader into the spot and her puzzle plots are beautifully organized and crafted."—The Globe and Mail

“Readers will eagerly await Davidson’s next book.”—Library Journal

“A stunning debut. A smart crime novel, peopled with sinister characters and clever twists you won’t see coming.”—Linda Fairstein, New York Times bestselling author of Silent Mercy on The Damage Done

"Davidson has a great eye for the small detail that leads the reader into the spot and her puzzle plots are beautifully organized and crafted."—The Globe and Mail

“Readers will eagerly await Davidson’s next book.”—Library Journal

“A stunning debut. A smart crime novel, peopled with sinister characters and clever twists you won’t see coming.”—Linda Fairstein, New York Times bestselling author of Silent Mercy on The Damage Done

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Hilary Davidson

  • HILARY DAVIDSON won the Anthony Award for Best First Novel for The Damage Done. That book also earned a Crimespree Award and was a finalist for the Arthur Ellis and Macavity awards. Davidson’s widely acclaimed short stories have been featured in publications from Ellery Queen to Thuglit and in many anthologies. A Toronto-born travel journalist and the author of eighteen nonfiction books, she has lived in New York City since October 2001.

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