Evil in All Its Disguises by Hilary Davidson

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What’s fascinating is how Davidson, who has written more than a dozen Frommer’s travel guides, uses genre conventions as an armature for observations about her former racket.
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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

 

About Hilary Davidson

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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.
 
Published March 5, 2013 by Forge Books. 368 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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Reviewed by Adam Nayman on Mar 08 2013

What’s fascinating is how Davidson, who has written more than a dozen Frommer’s travel guides, uses genre conventions as an armature for observations about her former racket.

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Reviewed by Adam Nayman on Mar 08 2013

The depictions of overzealous publicists, unscrupulous industry power players and entitled vacation-circuit lifers feel lived-in and credible, yet Davidson ensures that Lily cruises at a safe altitude above the ethical quandaries of her vocation.

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