MYSTERY

The Next One To Fall

Forge: Tor. Feb. 2012. c.352p. ISBN 9780765326980. $24.99. M
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Despite her still-fresh grief over her sister's death just three months earlier, travel writer Lily Moore agrees to visit the Peruvian Andes at the prodding of her best buddy, photographer Jesse. While climbing at the famous lost Inca city of Machu Picchu, the duo overhear an argument and a scream and then find a woman's body crumpled on the ground. With no one around to assist them, Lily can only comfort the dying woman while Jesse gets help. Dismissing the woman as an American junkie, the local police rule her death accidental. But Lily and Jesse soon find themselves in danger because of the dead woman's connections to a wealthy family eager to suppress any evidence of suspicious activity regarding a black sheep son.
VERDICT Davidson's follow-up to her Anthony Award-winning debut (The Damage Done) will leave you breathless, and not just because of the Andes' high altitude. Her determined young travel writer propels the exciting plot like a rocket. Think Jamie Freveletti's thrillers (Running from the Devil) for no-holds-barred action and the single-mindedness of the protagonist.

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