HILARY DAVIDSON – One Small Sacrifice

Before she began penning captivating crime fiction, she was a journalist. She got her start as an intern at Harper’s Magazine in New York and then joined the staff of Canadian Living magazine in Toronto.

After deciding that she’d rather write than edit, she left her day job to freelance full-time. That decision led to the composition of 18 nonfiction books (17 of them for Frommer’s Travel Guides) and articles for a number of publications including Discover, Martha Stewart Weddings, American Archaeology, Fitness, and Reader’s Digest.

Her debut novel, The Damage Done, won both the Anthony and the Crime-Spree Award for Best First Novel. Two more novels completed a trilogy, that I’m sure we’ll talk about at some point along the way. And, she’s been a part of several Anthology volumes that we’ll want to explore.

We’re going to begin our adventure, however, talking about her latest release: One Small SacrificeIt’s hot off the presses, thanks to Thomas & Mercer Publishing and it’s been tabbed as an Amazon “First Reads” selection. Crime novelist, Hilary Davidson takes us on today’s adventure…

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The captivating crime novel that anchored our conversation in 2019. Did one man get away with murder—twice?

NYPD detective Sheryn Sterling has had her eye on Alex Traynor ever since his friend Cori fell to her death under suspicious circumstances a year ago. Cori’s death was ruled a suicide, but Sheryn thinks Alex—a wartime photojournalist suffering from PTSD—got away with murder.

When Alex’s fiancée, Emily, a talented and beloved local doctor, suddenly goes missing, Sheryn suspects that Alex is again at the center of a sticky case. Sheryn dislikes loose ends, and Cori’s death had way too many of them.

But as Sheryn starts pulling at the threads in this web, her whole theory unravels. Everyone involved remembers the night Cori died differently—and the truth about her death could be the key to solving Emily’s disappearance.


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A gripping mystery about a sinister murder that everyone wants to stay buried—except one dogged NYPD detective…

Jo Greaver is a model of success. Young and ambitious, she’s built a thriving beauty business from nothing. But she has secrets she’ll do anything to keep buried. When her blackmailer offers to meet, Jo expects to pay him off—but gets a bullet instead. Bleeding and in shock, Jo flees with no one to turn to.

When NYPD detective Sheryn Sterling and her partner, Rafael Mendoza, find Andray Baxter murdered in his own home—shot through the heart—everything points to Jo as the killer. Her blood is at the scene, and so are disturbing photos of her taken as a young teen. But Sheryn has doubts. Was the kindhearted Andray really a criminal? Why did he repeatedly report finding spyware in his apartment? Was there something shady about Jo’s sister dying a year earlier? Something’s not right, and it’s up to Sheryn to piece together the sinister puzzle, no matter the cost…


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A Collection of Short Stories inspired by the music of Bruce Springsteen…

Like some born killers, this pairing of crime stories and the songs of Bruce Springsteen is a natural one. Each of the accomplished authors in this unique anthology chose a Springsteen title as a starting point, and in the criminally inclined spirit of the Boss, drove headlong to wherever that inspiration called.

The destinations are as wildly diverse and far-reaching as the songs that influenced them. Some arrive at hope and redemption; others end up smoking in a ditch. One thing’s for sure: you sign up for this ride, and Trouble in the Heartland will transport you somewhere unforgettable.

Lynne Barrett (Dancing in the Dark) Eric Beetner (Up All Night) Richard Brewer (Last to Die) Jamez Chang (This Little Light of Mine) Jen Conley (Hard to Be a Saint in the City) Mike Creeden (Something in the Night) Lincoln Crisler (Born to Run) Hilary Davidson (Hungry Heart) Chris DeWildt (Glory Days) Les Edgerton (The Iceman) Peter Farris (What Love Can Do) Paul J. Garth (Nebraska) Jordan Harper (Prove It All Night) Chris F Holm (Mansion on the Hill) Chris Irvin (Death to My Hometown) David James Keaton (The Ghost of Tom Joad) Isaac Kirkman (Streets of Fire) Chris Leek (Candy’s Room) Dennis Lehane (State Trooper) Benoit LeLievre (Atlantic City) Ezra Letra (Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street) John McFetridge (Spare Parts) Lela Scott Macneil (Darkness on the Edge of Town) Court Merrigan (The Promised Land) Brian Panowich (Wreck on the Highway) Rob Pierce (Rosalita) Tom Pitts (Local Hero) Keith Rawson (My Best Was Never Good Enough) Chuck Regan (Radio Nowhere) Chris Rhatigan (Wrecking Ball) Todd Robinson (We Take Care Of Our Own) Ryan Sayles (Highway Patrolman) Gareth Spark (Straight Time) Richard Thomas (Because the Night) James Tuck (I’m on Fire) Steve Weddle (Meeting Across the River) Chuck Wendig (Queens of the Supermarket) Dyer Wilk (Dry Lightning).


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The Damage Done by Hilary Davidson is the winner of the Anthony Award for Best First Novel

Lily Moore fled to Spain to get away from her troubled, drug-addicted younger sister, Claudia. When Claudia is found dead in a bathtub on the anniversary of their mother’s suicide, Lily must return to New York to deal with the aftermath.

The situation shifts from tragic to baffling when the body at the morgue turns out to be that of a stranger who had been using Claudia’s identity. The real Claudia had vanished months earlier, reappearing briefly on the day the impostor died. As Claudia transforms from victim to suspect in the eyes of the police, Lily becomes determined to find her before they do.

Is Claudia actually missing or is she playing an elaborate con game? And who’s responsible for the body in the tub? Determined to learn the truth at any cost, Lily is unprepared for the terrible toll it will take on her and those she loves.


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