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Guilt By Association

A novel by Marcia Clark

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Entertaining detective suspense novel about solving mystery to clear friend's name

  • Apr 17, 2011
"Guilt By Association" is a fast-paced mystery/detective suspense novel. Though Rachel is a D.A., she spent most of her time solving the mystery at the side of her police detective friend rather than in the court room. However, details about her job and the investigation were woven into the story along with vivid details about the setting.

The characters were quirky, varied, and interesting...though the amount of drinking and illegal behavior made me start to have doubts about our legal system. (It's just a story...written by a D.A., but it's just a story...I hope.) Rachel did deal with doubts about Jake even as she worked to clear his name. Several of the characters had relationship hang-ups, though we never learned all of the details of why Rachel had her hang-up.

The end wrapped up a bit quickly when things finally came together. The detective and Rachel followed up on the leads as soon as they had the evidence--and, in one case, made an arrest before all of the evidence was confirmed. Since they'd held off on making judgments until all the evidence was in for most of the book, it almost seemed like they jumped to conclusions on slim evidence in that one case. Nonetheless, it was a clever mystery (though it wasn't the type where readers have a chance to guess whodunit ahead of time).

There was a fair amount of crude language and explicit bad language. There were no sex scenes. Overall, it was an entertaining novel.

I received this book as an Advanced Reading Copy from the publisher.

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April 18, 2011
I know what you mean when you say something makes you doubt how an institution is run. You can't help but wonder how an author was inspired to take a story a certain way...Excellent review, Debbie!
April 20, 2011
Yup. Thanks!
April 20, 2011
Welcome. :)
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review by . April 30, 2011
As a member of the elite Special Trials division, Los Angeles DA Rachel Knight was accustomed to investigating and prosecuting high profile cases. When a close associate and fellow prosecutor within their division is found dead, she simply cannot believe that the obvious explanation of a murder/suicide is accurate. Convinced that Jake was not a pedophile, did not commit suicide or murder, with the help of her friend Detective Bailey Keller, Rachel risks her job and her life to covertly find the …
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D.A. Rachel Knight is a tenacious, wise-cracking prosecutor in Los Angeles' most elite division. Her close colleague, Jake, is found dead with a teenage male prostitute at a seedy hotel. The evidence points to Jake having secretly been a gay pedophile who committed a murder-suicide. Rachel doesn't believe the accusation and wants to clear his name, but the Feds aren't trying hard enough. She's determined to solve his murder even if it means risking her career by doing things illegally. She also must take over Jake's toughest case: the rape of a young woman from a rich, influential family. Dead end follows dead end, but she and her friends aren't going to give up...even after someone starts taking shots at them.
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ISBN-10: 0316129518
ISBN-13: 9780316129510
Author: Marcia Clark
Genre: Crime Fiction
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Date Published: April 20, 2011
ISBN: 9780316129510
Format: hardcover
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