Monday, September 05, 2011

Damage Control by Denise Hamilton

Denise Hamilton takes readers into the world of the rich and powerful, a world where celebrities can pay for media control, where ordinary people can be used to cover-up the sins of the wealthy. It's the world of Damage Control.

Maggie Silver works in the world of crisis management. The Blair Company is the top crisis management firm in L.A. At thirty-six, Maggie enjoys the adrenaline rush, dealing with celebrities and their scandals, acting as their spokesperson to the media. But, it's a job that takes a toll physically, a twenty-four hour on-call job, and Maggie survives by taking Adderall. It's the way the business works, and Maggie's boss dishes pills out in company envelopes to the staff. She's going to need those pills to stay on top of their latest story. Senator Henry Paxton's young female aide has been murdered, and he and his family are in the spotlight.

Maggie is handpicked to handle the Paxton case because of her background as the teenage friend of Paxton's daughter, Anabelle. But only three people, Maggie, Anabelle, and Anabelle's brother, Luke, know why Maggie and Anabelle drifted apart after a tragic night of partying when they were teens. Now Maggie is thrown back into that world, as one catastrophe after another hits the Paxton family. She's caught up in a world of lies and secrets, both at the Paxton house and at work, a place where secrecy and cover-up is the name of the game. Maggie's bosses count on her memories and connection to the Paxton household from her teen years. But those years were the start of a downward path for so many people. What is the high cost of survival in that world?

Denise Hamilton created Maggie Silver as a naive woman, still infatuated with the life she knew as Anabelle's friend. She's the perfect pawn caught in a dangerous game. And, it's hard to image what anyone would do in Maggie's place, as she balances job security, the needs of a sick mother, and the need for secrecy and lies. Damage Control is a story of suspense. Who actually knew what happened to Senator Paxton's aide? Why are lives spiralling out of control, as one event piles up on another? And, more important, who can Maggie trust as she tries to maneuver the dangerous path between friendship and cover-up? Damage Control is more than a business. It becomes a matter of life and death for Maggie Silver.

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Damage Control by Denise Hamilton. Scribner. ©2011. ISBN 9780743296748 (hardcover), 384p.

FTC Full Disclosure - The author had a copy sent to me since she's appearing at the Velma Teague Library.


Liz V. said...

I find the news depressing enough without insight into how the game is played, no matter how fictionalized.

Lesa said...

I understand, Liz. The news is depressing enough.

Pamela Keener said...

This sounds like a very interesting premise. It sounds like a book I would love to read.
Thanks for the review.
Love & Hugs,

Lesa said...

You're welcome, Pam. I hope you enjoy it, if you get a chance to pick it up.