Title: Guilt By Degrees
Author: Marcia Clark
Release Date: May 8, 2012
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Genre: Crime Fiction
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Rachel Knight, D.A. in the Special Trials Unit in Los Angeles is back, and this time, she’s taken on a very difficult case. When a homeless man is murdered and the assigned prosecutor doesn’t seem to have any interest in pursuing the case, Rachel takes it upon herself to find the man some justice. But what she doesn’t realize is that this murder has further reaching implications than she could imagine, and she may make herself a target as she pursues a murderer.
I mentioned this in my review of Guilt By Association, the first book in Marcia Clark’s Rachel Knight series, but I felt like it was worth repeating in his review. Marcia Clark, prosecutor made famous by the O.J. Simpson trial, is a talented writer. This is not the case of some celebrity trying to cash in on her fame and be an author. While Clark’s name had me skeptical on the first book in the series, she more than proved herself, and it was with eagerness I picked up this one.
Rachel is a wonderful main character, and the more I learn about her, the more I like her. She’s not perfect; she’s intensely private, to a fault, and can be very prickly. But she’s realistic and a good person, and I loved how her character grew in Guilt By Degrees. Clark doesn’t make the mistake of many first-time series writers; often, they abandon their main character’s development in favor of plot in book 2, but Clark continues to flesh out Rachel well. It gives the book multiple dimensions.
The story of Guilt By Degrees is exciting and keeps the reader guessing. Clark takes the reader on unexpected twists and turns; I had no idea what to expect and was constantly surprised by where the story went. It kept me hooked, from beginning to end. There is a subplot involving Rachel’s past that is equally interesting, and I was excited that Clark chose to explore it. I have a distinct feeling it will be playing an important part in books to come.
If you’re a fan of mysteries or crime fiction and you haven’t picked up the Rachel Knight series, you are really missing out. The writing is smart and the story moves at an exciting pace. Clark clearly knows what she’s talking about with respect to working in a D.A.’s office and includes interesting tidbits for the reader. This is an incredibly fun series, and I’m only sorry that I have to wait for the next book in the series to come out.
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