Book Review: Guilt By Association – Marcia Clark [TSS]

Title: Guilt By Association
Author: Marcia Clark
ISBN: 9780316129510
Pages: 368
Release Date: April 20, 2011
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Genre: Legal Thriller
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Summary:

Rachel Knight is a deputy DA working in Los Angeles, assigned to a special division where she works on cases starting from the initial investigation.  When her coworker and close friend Jake is murdered, Rachel is devastated.  But what makes it even worse is that he was found in a seedy motel with a picture of a naked teenager in his pocket.  Though everyone around Rachel draws automatic conclusions from the incriminating evidence, Rachel refuses to pronounce her friend guilty.  Instead, she delves into investigating his murder, determined to discover who killed Jake and why.

Review:

The name on the cover of this book, Marcia Clark, might be enough to turn off fans of legal thrillers.  After all, she was the prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson trial, and readers may deduce that she’s probably capitalizing on her fame and name recognition to segue into writing.  But if you ignored this novel just because of the author, you’d be doing yourself a disservice.  Marcia Clark has written an excellent, tightly plotted novel with a feisty, smart heroine that readers will love.

Clark clearly used her inside knowledge of a DA’s office in order to write Guilt By Association.  She does an excellent job making the reader feel like they are immersed in the scene.  The details are meticulous and well drawn; I thoroughly enjoyed witnessing the inner workings of a DA’s office.

The real highlight of Guilt By Association, though, is Rachel Knight.  She’s smart, funny, and completely endearing.  I loved her loyalty to Jake, and how, despite the fact that this horrible evidence is staring her in the face and that she’s warned off the case multiple times, she can’t leave it alone.  She has to know the truth.  That determination really speaks to her character.  While she is excellently developed and fully fleshed out, hints at Rachel’s past over the course of the novel demonstrate that there is a lot more to this woman than meets the eye.

The novel’s plot is completely gripping and moves very quickly.  Readers won’t have a chance to become bored as they race through the twists and turns of this book.  Clark ties together all the disparate threads of this novel excellently, with a satisfying and stunning conclusion that readers will love.  Additionally, the prose is sharp and the dialogue is very smart and snappy.  The book is an incredible amount of fun from beginning to end.

I can’t say enough great things about Guilt By Association, so what I will say is to pick this book up as soon as possible.  I absolutely loved getting to know Rachel and I was really impressed with Clark’s writing talent.  I can only hope that this is the beginning of a series, as I’m not quite ready to say goodbye to Rachel Knight.

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Comments

  1. I am glad to hear this is a good one, I’ve got it on my computer just waiting to be read!

  2. I am glad to hear this is a good one, I’ve got it on my computer just waiting to be read!

  3. Glad to see you enjoyed it!

  4. Glad to see you enjoyed it!

  5. I have seen this book all over the place, and have been wondering how Clark would do in her transition from attorney to author, but it sounds like she did very well indeed. I admit, I am curious about this book, even though it’s not my preferred genre, and might have to add it to my list after reading your wonderful review. Thanks!

  6. I have seen this book all over the place, and have been wondering how Clark would do in her transition from attorney to author, but it sounds like she did very well indeed. I admit, I am curious about this book, even though it’s not my preferred genre, and might have to add it to my list after reading your wonderful review. Thanks!

  7. I really loved this one, too. Smart, funny, suspenseful. I’m looking forward to more from Marcia Clark!

  8. I really loved this one, too. Smart, funny, suspenseful. I’m looking forward to more from Marcia Clark!

  9. I had no interest in reading this one when I first heard about it, but all the reviews have been excellent! I also adore Linda Fairstein’s mystery series, so I don’t know why I thought I wouldn’t enjoy another famous prosecutor turned mystery writer!

  10. I had no interest in reading this one when I first heard about it, but all the reviews have been excellent! I also adore Linda Fairstein’s mystery series, so I don’t know why I thought I wouldn’t enjoy another famous prosecutor turned mystery writer!

  11. I thought this book was great too! I can’t wait for the next one!

  12. I thought this book was great too! I can’t wait for the next one!

  13. I think the best news I got after finishing this book was that the second book was at that moment on Marcia Clark’s editor’s desk!! I was a bit leery of this one because of the ‘celebrity author’ thing, but she writes what she knows and she does it well. I liked the injection of occasional humor and sarcasm. My favorite crime and mystery fiction has those elements in it.

    I’m already looking forward to the next book in the series.

  14. I think the best news I got after finishing this book was that the second book was at that moment on Marcia Clark’s editor’s desk!! I was a bit leery of this one because of the ‘celebrity author’ thing, but she writes what she knows and she does it well. I liked the injection of occasional humor and sarcasm. My favorite crime and mystery fiction has those elements in it.

    I’m already looking forward to the next book in the series.

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