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Guilt by association
Clark, Marcia.

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A Deputy DA specializing in high-profile cases, Rachel Knight is addicted to her work and fiercely loyal to her friends. But when her colleague Jake is found dead in a seedy Los Angeles hotel room next to the body of a teenage male prostitute, Rachel realizes she might not know those around her as well as she thinks.
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Little, Brown and Co., 2011.


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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.

Author Notes

Marcia Rachel Clark (nee Kleks), was born in 1953. She came to national prominence as the lead prosecutor in the notoriously high-profile criminal trial of O.J. Simpson in 1996. Prior to the trial, she had served the Los Angeles District Attorney's office for thirteen years, winning all her murder convictions.

Clark wrote Without A Doubt, a recount of the trial and the reasons for concluding that Simpson was, without a doubt, guilty of double murder. The book was published in 1997 and was a bestseller.

After the trial and a bitter custody battle for her two sons, Clark ended her law career. She has appeared as a regular guest on cable political and news talk shows.

Clark resides on the west coast with her two sons.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Don't be dissuaded by the celebrity-author factor: Clark, lead prosecutor in the O. J. Simpson trial, pairs her knowledge of the L.A. judicial scene with a surprising flair for fiction in a remarkably accomplished debut novel. L.A. prosecutor Rachel Knight is stunned when her office soul-mate, Jake Pahlmeyer, is found shot to death in a sleazy motel along with a 17-year-old boy, raising ugly suspicions that she doesn't want to acknowledge. Given Jake's top case to work the rape of the teenage daughter of one of the DA's prominent contributors Rachel is warned by her boss to leave her colleague's death alone. But with her big heart and hard head, she uses her network of sources and risks career and safety to pursue both cases, teaming up with Detective Bailey Keller and following leads to Hispanic gangs and porno rings in the seamiest parts of the city. Clark offers a real page-turner here, with smart, fast-moving prose; a skillfully constructed plot; and a protagonist well worth knowing. Rachel, whose past is only hinted at, is a well-rounded character who's as tough with suspects as she is sensitive with young victims. A top-notch legal thriller that will leave readers wanting more. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Here's that rare example of a celebrity thriller author justifying a major promotion campaign by delivering a genuinely high-quality novel.--Leber, Michele Copyright 2010 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Clark, the lead prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson trial, makes a triumphant fiction debut that catapults her to the same level as Linda Fairstein, her fellow assistant DA turned legal thriller novelist. Clark's alter ego, L.A. deputy DA Rachel Knight, suffers a shocking loss when a close colleague is suspected of committing a murder-suicide. Unable to reconcile her view of the accused with the official investigation, Knight persists in digging on her own, even though her office has been recused from the case. The workaholic also has her hands full with a case she inherited from the dead prosecutor-the rape of a 15-year-old girl, Susan Densmore, whose doctor father, a prominent financial backer of Knight's boss, is convinced that he knows who the assailant is. Clark (Without a Doubt with Teresa Carpenter) deftly handles the multiple plot lines. Readers will want to see a lot more of Knight, who combines strength of character and compassion with all-too-human foibles. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

Clark is the former Los Angeles district attorney who cowrote Without a Doubt, a best-selling nonfiction account of the O.J. Simpson trial that she prosecuted. Her fiction debut introduces Rachel Knight, a prosecutor in the Special Trials section of the L.A. DA's office. Knight is shocked to discover that one of the victims in a seedy motel slaying is her colleague Jake Pahlmeyer. When the FBI treats the crime as a murder-suicide and casts Jake in the role of murderer, Rachel is compelled to investigate further. At the same time, she is assigned one of Jake's unfinished cases involving the rape of the daughter of one of the DA's most generous supporters. Both investigations have the potential to end her career and possibly her life. VERDICT Rachel Knight is a heroine along the lines of V.I. Warshawski and Kinsey Millhone. Employing a quick and humorous writing style, not to mention surprising plot twists, Clark most likely has another best seller on her hands. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 11/15/10.]-Lisa O'Hara, Univ. of Manitoba Libs., Winnipeg (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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