Maestra hits number 1

Maestra, the sensational new novel from L.S.Hilton, will top the hardback fiction charts this weekend after a blockbuster week of sales.

Having drawn comparisons to The Talented Mr Ripley and Gone Girl, anticipation was high for this darkly decadent and shockingly original thriller; a major Hollywood film deal with Amy Pascal at Columbia Pictures has been secured and to date the novel has sold in 36 territories around the world.

Maestra introduces Judith Rashleigh, an exciting new heroine, the likes of whom we’ve never seen before in fiction – a 21st century Cinderella, beautiful, dangerous and sexually empowered, a woman who knows what she wants and exactly how to get it.  A smooth confidence woman with a talent for self-invention, she’s seen inside the invisible club of the debonair and wealthy, and she knows where she belongs. She’s sexy, smart and very, very bad in all the best ways.

Judith Rashleigh works as an assistant in a prestigious London auction house but her dreams of breaking into the art world have been gradually dulled by the blunt forces of snobbery and corruption. To make ends meet she moonlights as a hostess in one of the West End’s less salubrious bars – although her work there pales against her activities on nights off.

When she stumbles across a conspiracy at her auction house, she ends up in a battle for her life.  Alone and in danger, from the French Riviera, to Rome and Paris, all Judith has to rely on is her consummate ability to fake it amongst the rich and famous…

With a heroine as wickedly perceptive as Amy Dunne and as dangerous as Lisbeth Salander, Maestra marks the beginning of a razor-sharp and meteoric sequence by Hilton, promising to enthral readers around the world.

L. S. Hilton grew up in England and has lived in Key West, New York City, Paris, and Milan. After graduating from Oxford, she studied art history in Paris and Florence. She has worked as a journalist, art critic, and broadcaster, and is presently based in London.

‘A rip-roaring read . . . Sharp and extremely well written’ Daily Mail

 ‘A first-class thriller . . . Read it now before the entire world does.’ Glamour

‘A fast-paced romp with an amoral and immoral heroine…lives up to the hype’ RED

‘A pacy, sexy thriller set in the decadent world of the super-rich with a resourceful heroine at its heart’ Woman and Home

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