Damage Control by Denise Hamilton
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Critically acclaimed author Denise Hamilton weaves an engrossing story of teenage friendship and adult betrayal, featuring a high-powered crisis consultant who gets swept up in murder and scandal involving a wealthy political family.

Maggie Silver is solidly middle class, with a mortgage to pay and an ill mother to support. She is doing her best to scramble up the ladder at an elite PR firm in Southern California whose clients include movie stars and famous athletes. Now, Maggie tackles her toughest client yet: Senator Henry Paxton, a distinguished statesman who also happens to be the father of Anabelle, Maggie’s estranged best friend from high school.

Senator Paxton’s young female aide has been found murdered, and Maggie must run damage control to prevent the scandal from growing. Thrown back into the Paxtons’ glamorous world, Maggie is unexpectedly flooded with memories from the stormy years in high school when her friendship with Anabelle was dramatically severed after a tragedy that neither of them has been able to forget. As Maggie gets further embroiled in the lives of the Paxtons, she realizes that the ties of her old friendship are stronger than she thinks.

Riveting and suspense-filled, Damage Control examines our craving for celebrity and spectacle, and how far the bonds of friendship can stretch before they break forever.

About Denise Hamilton

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Denise Hamilton is a writer-journalist whose work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Cosmopolitan, and The New York Times and is the author of five acclaimed Eve Diamond crime novels, all of which have been Los Angeles Times bestsellers. Visit her at DeniseHamilton.com.
Published September 6, 2011 by Scribner. 386 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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As unlikely new suitors—dishy plastic surgeon Rob Turcotte, her Blair associate Matt Tyler, even diffident Luke himself—swarm around her, Maggie, whose hobby of collecting perfumes will provide a pivotal clue, realizes that her suspicions are focused increasingly on her all-too-efficient colleagues.

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In this excellent stand-alone from Hamilton (The Last Embrace), 33-year-old Maggie Silver works for "the top crisis management firm in L.A.," which represents movie stars and famous athletes and makes sure the client's version of a story gets told every time, and if that means burrowing for "new ...

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The heroine of Denise Hamilton's latest novel is a crisis management expert charged with cooling down the media maelstrom after an old friend is involved in a high-profile crime.

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When her boss assigns her to cover the murder of a young female aide to Senator Henry Paxton, Maggie is pulled back 16 years to 1993 when, before one horrible night, she was consumed with her friendship for Anabelle Paxton.

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Anointed for midnight mass, we’d floated down the stairs in a cloud of scent and black velvet.” Although this reviewer is hardly a perfume aficionado, the descriptions of this fragrance brought to mind the Young Living essential oil blend “Christmas Spirit,” a delightful amalgam of ora...

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Spinetingler Magazine

On the very first page of the prologue to “Damage Control,” the terrific new book by Denise Hamilton, the reader meets high school student Maggie Weinstock.

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Hamilton wisely doles out bits and pieces about Maggie's past and why her and Anabelle's friendship ended, giving more of an impact to the twists and the believable finale.

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