Maggie now works for the top crisis management firm in L.A., doing corporate PR. The newest client to whose case she is assigned is a U.S. Senator with a wife and grown children, a probable candidate for vice president in the next election, whose 23-year-old female aide has been found murdered, in a scenario reminiscent of the one involving Gary Conduit and Chandra Levy a decade ago. The senator is none other than Henry Paxton, Anabelle’s father, who had been a father figure and a role model to Maggie all those years ago. Welcome to the wonderful world of Damage Control, or spin.
This novel provides a fascinating glimpse, in a
schadenfreude way, into a world about which most readers know little.
Maggie suspects that her past involvement with the Paxton family is what
brought the assignment to her desk. She believes, and tells her
colleagues, that no member of that family is capable of murder. The
response is that “everyone’s capable of murder if you give them the right
reason.” But she is determined to prove that no member of the family is
guilty. The back-story of Maggie’s friendship with Anabelle, and how it ended,
is the lens through which Maggie views the Paxtons. In the end, it’s all
about the secrets we keep from one another. As with the earlier books by
Ms. Hamilton, comprised of the five books in the Eve Diamond series as well as The
Last Embrace, a standalone, Damage Control is thoroughly
entertaining, and is recommended.
Reviewer: Gloria Feit