Guilt by Association by Marcia Clark – Book Review

I am running my own personal Marcia Clark marathon. She has written four mysteries featuring Rachel Knight, a Los Angeles DA and I have received all four books from Mulholland through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and fair review. The fourth book, The Competition comes out tomorrow, July 8.


Guilt by Association (A Rachel Knight Novel)
Author: Marcia Clark
Publication:Mulholland Books, April, 2011
373 Pages
Hardcover, Paperback, Kindle, Audio
Legal Thriller
Content: Rape is one of the crimes in the book but it is not acted out. Very little foul language. Some violence because it’s a thriller. What do you expect?


Book Description from Amazon:

Los Angeles D.A. Rachel Knight is a tenacious, wise-cracking, and fiercely intelligent prosecutor in the city’s most elite division. When her colleague, Jake, is found dead at a grisly crime scene, Rachel is shaken to the core. She must take over his toughest case: the assault of a young woman from a prominent family.

But she can’t stop herself from digging deeper into Jake’s death, a decision that exposes a world of power and violence and will have her risking her reputation–and her life–to find the truth.

With her tremendous expertise in the nuances of L.A. courts and crime, and with a vibrant ensemble cast of characters, Marcia Clark combines intimate detail, riotous humor, and visceral action in a debut thriller that marks the launch of a major new figure on the crime-writing scene.

My thoughts:

I love mystery and suspense, but when I heard Marcia Clark was writing in that genre I thought, oh well, another attorney that thinks because she knows the business, she can write about it. Guess what, she can write about it and she does it extremely well. Instead of filthy language and steamy sex scenes, Clark presents her book with wit, humor, romance and a collection of colorful characters. I actually improved my vocabulary. There is so much action going on all the time, a type A personality would be in heaven. I was entranced by the descriptions of the restaurant scenes. I’m hoping some of the characters make it to her other books. I’m usually able to figure out the ending, but I wasn’t able to with this book. I think I have a new hero author. I would recommend this book and can’t wait to read the other three.

About the author:



Marcia Clark began practicing law as a criminal defense attorney. She became a prosecutor in the L.A. District Attorney’s Office in 1981, and spent ten years in the Special Trials Unit where she handled a number of high profile cases prior to the O.J. Simpson case, including the prosecution of stalker/murderer Robert Bardo, whose conviction for the murder of actress Rebecca Schaeffer resulted in legislation that offered victims better protection from stalkers as well as increased punishment for the offenders.

Marcia has published three novels which feature Los Angeles Special Trials prosecutor Rachel Knight: Guilt by AssociationGuilt by Degrees, and Killer Ambition. TNT has optioned the books and a drama series is currently in development. Marcia is attached as an executive producer. Her fourth novel, The Competition will be out on July 8, 2014.

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