Damage Control

A Novel

Damage Control

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.

Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for Damage Control includes an introduction, discussion questions, and ideas for enhancing your book club. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.


Maggie Silver has a lot on her plate. She is struggling to pay her mortgage, support her ill mother, and climb the career ladder at an exclusive, high-powered PR firm whose clients are tabloid-worthy movie stars and famous athletes. She’s been trained to clean up other people’s messes, but now Maggie is asked to take on her toughest client yet: Senator Henry Paxton. The distinguished statesman from Southern California also happens to be the father of Anabelle, Maggie’s estranged best friend from high school.  

When Senator Paxton’s young female aid is murdered, Maggie must run damage control and prevent the scandal from growing—a challenge at any time, but even more so when she realizes the Senator isn’t telling the whole story. Finding herself once again wrapped up in the Paxtons’ glamorous world after all these years, Maggie is unexpectedly flooded with memories—some of them wonderful, others difficult to revisit. She can’t help but dwell on those stormy years in high school wh see more

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About the Author

Denise Hamilton
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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. Visit her at www.denisehamilton.com.


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