Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Guilt by Association

In June of 1994 I was a married mother of one with a full time job in addition to a demanding college schedule. I was young, I was crazy, I was busy, and none of those things kept me from paying close attention as the saga of OJ Simpson began to unravel.

I remember the slow speed chase, the jury selection, and on January 25, 1995, when the trial began I was captivated. It was, after all, hard to avoid the spectacle with all the media coverage it garnered.

For lead prosecuting attorney, Marcia Clark, the trial ended on a sour note. Not only did OJ Simpson & his team walk out of the court room victorious but her career as a D.A. was over... even though this wasn't her first high profile murder trial (she did prosecute Robert John Bardo successfully), it was quite decisively her last.

Perhaps it was my own past with Ms. Clark that drew me to her novel, but what ever it was - I am pleased to have read it.

Title: Guilt By Association
Author: Marcia Clark
Publisher: Mullholland Books (Little Brown)
Genre: Fiction/Crime/Suspense
Pages: 368 (hardcover)
On Sale: April 20, 2011

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.

My Take:
An amazing first fiction novel from the prosecutor made famous through the OJ Simpson murder trial. Grounded in what she knows Marcia Clark introduces us to gritty LA District Attorney Rachel Knight. With a supportive team of fellow attorneys and investigators Rachel digs into the mysterious death of a colleague and uncovers something quite unexpected.

It was not lost on me that the authors middle name is Rachel nor that the characters last name could very well be a play on the heroic white knight. I really felt a piece of the author in this, as though she were reliving or wishing for the career she left behind. None of these things affected the quality of the story or the writing, which they very easily could have.

Fantastically paced with an engaging storyline and characters I want to know more about; I'm hoping that Ms. Clark has more Rachel Knight stories to offer.

1 comment:

Chris said...

What has she been doing in the intervening years, one wonders...