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“One of this year’s most talked about novels.” —The Washington Post

“A twenty-first-century femme fatale as lethal as Tom Ripley and as seductive as Bacall.” —Vogue 

A put-upon assistant at a prestigious London art house, Judith Rashleigh is well-educated, well-groomed, and impeccably behaved—keeping the darker desires she indulges on nights off as her own little secret. But when Judith uncovers a dangerous heist, her life is shattered and she’s forced to run. Armed with just her wits and a talent for self-invention, she makes her way from the French Riviera to Geneva, Rome, and the nightclubs of Paris, determined to take back what is rightfully hers.

The beginning of a darkly irresistible trilogy, Maestra follows the rise of Judith, a woman whose vulnerability and ruthlessness have left readers worldwide begging to know: where do you go when you've gone too far?

From Publishers Weekly

Feb 01, 2016 – The talents of Judith Rashleigh, the sardonic narrator of Hilton's deliciously Highsmithian thriller, the first of a trilogy, are clearly underutilized as an assistant at a top London art auction house and as a hostess at a seedy nightclub where she moonlights. But a mark she hooks at the club middle-aged, married, and morbidly obese James proves to be her ticket to the Riviera. With the aid of a femme fatale facility that surprises even herself, she enters a dangerous beau monde of possibility seemingly as limitless as the view of the Mediterranean from the billionaire's yacht onto which she wangles her way. That is, if she can stay one step ahead of the law. As Judith assumes and sheds identities as effortlessly as her Louboutins during a twisty series of increasingly treacherous escapades (several X-rated), Hilton (Elizabeth: Renaissance Prince as Lisa Hilton) artfully conjures a glossy world where just about everything and everyone has its price. Optioned by Sony Pictures, this hot title has already sold rights in more than 25 countries.

Customer Reviews

Best Seller to be

LOVED IT! About a courageous heroine, Judith, raised in poverty, and her journey to becoming a rich, successful fine art gallery owner and dealer, while still in her 20's. May not sound like much, but what a thriller! Hard to put down. Beautifully written, just flowed, even while skillfully weaving together many types of novels. Part thriller, part mystery, with occasional erotica. Not junky romantic fiction, but true adult erotica, which I just had to stop and savor. A raw look at the life, desires and intersections of call girls, gold diggers, and rich men. Part travelogue of the Riviera and Italy, part
social commentary on how the rich really are different than you and me, part fine art commentary with the underside of the art auction world and criminal money laundering. A sprinkle of fashion commentary that savvy women will love, but not enough to turn off male readers. Judith, and her aliases, have Sherlock's amazing observational skills, raw courage, intelligence and murderous cunning. NOTE: NOT for children or teens.


I really enjoyed every part of this book because Judith always fights for what she wants and does not let anything get in her way. I would recommend this to a friend for sure!


Quick, fun read.

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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Apr 19, 2016
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Print Length: 336 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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