Denise Hamilton writes the nationally bestselling Eve Diamond crime novels, featuring a reporter who solves murders in contemporary multicultural Los Angeles. Her books have been shortlisted for the Edgar, Macavity, Anthony and Willa Cather awards. Her debut The Jasmine Trade was also a finalist for the prestigious Creasey Dagger Award given by the UK Crime Writers Assn. Hamilton's books have been BookSense 76 picks and Mystery Guild alternate selections, and have been published in France, Japan and England.
As a journalist, Hamiltons work has appeared in Wired, Cosmopolitan, Der Spiegel and New Times. She has won first place awards from the Los Angeles Press Club for feature and business writing. She lives in a Los Angeles suburb with her husband and two young children.
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Denise Hamilton discusses Sugar Skull
As a cub reporter for the Los Angeles Times, I often
worked weekends. And on summer days when the mercury climbed into the triple
digits, one thing was sure: There would be a lot of murders.
People shot and stabbed and strangled each other in sleazy bars and hillside mansions, strip malls, abandoned houses and parking lots. Often, there were so many dead bodies clogging the news wires that the Times could barely mention them all.
Unless they were rich or famous or had died in a particularly gruesome fashion such as the toddlers killed in a spray of drive-by bullets meant for someone else - the deceased didnt merit their own stories. There were just too many murders and not enough room, and so most of them got folded as smoothly as egg whites into cake into what we called the "murder round-up" that ran every Monday morning.
Usually, that meant calling the police and coroner and getting only the most basic details age, occupation, residence, cause of death. Still, when you had 40 murders in one weekend, that was one long litany of death.
I often wondered what exactly catapulted victims across the threshold of celebrity or gruesomeness into meriting...
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