Denise Hamilton is an American crime novelist, journalist, and editor of the Edgar-award winning anthologies Los Angeles Noir and Los Angeles Noir 2: The Classics. Hamilton’s five Eve Diamond crime novels which include The Jasmine Trade (2001), Sugar Skull (2003), Last Lullaby (2004), Savage Garden (2005), and Prisoner of Memory (2006) have been short-listed for the Edgar Award in mystery, Willa Cather Award in literary fiction and the UK’s Creasey Dagger Award. Stand alone novels include The Last Embrace (2008) and Damage Control (2011). The Last Embrace, was a 1940s Hollywood noir inspired by the disappearance of Jean Spangler, a starlet linked to L.A. gangster Mickey Cohen. Her novels have been published in France, Japan, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. Hamilton also writes Uncommon Scents, a monthly perfume column for the Los Angeles Times.