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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (240 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Denise Hamilton Narrator: Vanessa Har Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Maggie Silver does her best to scramble up the ladder at an exclusive, high-powered PR firm in Southern California whose clients are movie stars and famous athletes. She is asked to take on her toughest client yet: Senator Henry Paxton, distinguished statesman from Southern California, who also happens to be the father of Anabelle, Maggie’s best friend in high school. Senator Paxton’s young female aide has been found murdered, and it is up to Maggie to run damage control and 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 suspenseful, Damage Control examines our craving for celebrity and spectacle and how far the bonds of friendship can stretch before they break forever.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Denise Hamilton scores her largest and greatest triumph: Damage Control is a great mystery, and, much more rarely, a superb psychological thriller. Kudos to this brilliant talent.”

    James Ellroy, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Hamilton does a beautiful job of describing LA neighborhoods and unraveling its secrets.”

    Washington Post

  • “You can’t beat LA-based noir for moodiness, and no one writes it better than Denise Hamilton.”

    USA Today

  • “Excellent…The suspenseful denouement should please Hamilton fans.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Denise Hamilton dives deeper into the menace behind the glamour of Southern California in this riveting stand-alone thriller…In a novel that marries celebrity culture, surf noir, and the bonds of friendship, Hamilton is at the top of her game.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “This is such a superb book! I stayed glued to the pages from the first to the last. Hamilton is a veritable poet of Los Angeles, capturing its spirit and images with clear eyes and love. She is also able to step into the world of teens and follow them into maturity as few writers of adult fiction can achieve. Her prose is gorgeous, funny, wry, and realistic.”

    Barbara Peters, The Poisoned Pen

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sherrie | 2/20/2014

    " Damage Control was a well written thriller with plenty of action and plot twists. Maggie Silver an associate with a high profile PR firm is reunited with her estranged best friend when her firm takes on Annabelle's father as a client. The bit started to drag a bit in the middle but was an enjoyable read overall. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Podurham | 2/19/2014

    " I enjoyed this book. It is not only a thriller with lots of twists and turns, but it accurately dipicted PR/crisis management. All of the "clean" tactics they use--the messaging, the media newscycles, bargaining with reporters etc. were pretty on target. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Christina | 2/10/2014

    " The first half of this book was 3 star worthy -- there was an interesting premise and a fast-moving plot involving a "damage control" firm (a specialty within PR for big name clients who get involved in scandals) in LA. Political intrigue involving a senator, his messed up family, and the morally corrupt intersection of politics and PR. But then the main character started doing totally stupid stuff, apparently solely to advance the plot. I don't read much in the thriller/suspense genre so maybe I'm judging too harshly, but the main character felt totally false to me. Her reasons for doing all the stupid things and her constant waffling on morals and where her loyalty should lie didn't ring true. It felt like I didn't know her and didn't want to know her other than to point out what an idiot she was. Even the political intrigue ended up being disappointing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tiffany | 2/7/2014

    " Loved this book! I couldn't put it down. Thanks for the recommendation, Michelle! "

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About the Author
Author Denise Hamilton

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, Prisoner of Memory, Savage Garden, Last Lullaby, Sugar Skull, and The Jasmine Trade, all of which have been Los Angeles Times bestsellers. She is also the editor of and a contributor to the short story anthology Los Angeles Noir, winner of the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association Award for Best Mystery of 2007. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two young children.