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Review: Guilt by Association

April 19, 2011

When District Attorney Rachel Knight’s friend and colleague is found murdered she is assigned one of his cases – the rape of a young lady who’s father is wealthy and connected.  The victim’s father is sure he knows who committed the crime and he demands an arrest immediately.  Rachel is intent on solving the crime rather than appeasing the father.

At the same time she’s trying to solve the rape case, Rachel’s trying to clear the name of her murdered friend, even though she’s been told to stay out of it.    Rachel knows she’s getting close to one of the cases when someone comes after her, and she has to figure out which case before it’s too late.

Guilt by Association by Marcia Clark is the first book published by Hachette‘s newest imprint, Mulholland Books, and let me tell you, it’s a fantastic one!  I thought this book was great and didn’t want to put it down.  You can add Marcia Clark’s name to the list of attorneys who have made a name for themselves writing fiction.

Rachel Knight is a great character.  She’s hard working and tough and she’s willing to bend the rules when it suits her purpose.  She’s snarky and has a little bit of the black humor that those in law enforcement seem to possess.  I have to admit that I pictured Marcia Clark  as Rachel while I read the book.

The mystery is well done, even though I thought it was a little convenient that both of the cases Rachel was working on ended up being tied together.  That didn’t bother me at all, though – after all, this is a work of fiction.  I thought Clark did a great job of building tension and she kept me guessing until the end.  I’ve heard she’s hard at work on another book, and I’m hoping it features Rachel and a few of the other characters from this book.  If you enjoy legal thrillers, you need to pick up Guilt by Association – I have a feeling Marcia Clark has quite a future as an author and you’re going to want to start from the beginning.

Review copy provided by Mulholland Books.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
36 Comments leave one →
  1. April 19, 2011 5:44 am

    And just think, book in a series usually don’t really hit their stride until later on, so we have a lot of good stuff to expect!

  2. April 19, 2011 6:11 am

    I saw that Nicole reviewed this one yesterday but I didn’t have a chance to read it. There are a ton of lawyer crime thrillers out there, so I’m always looking for that one thing that sets it apart. Possibly a smart female character that makes good decisions for once!?

  3. April 19, 2011 6:27 am

    I really liked this one too. My review is coming tomorrow!

  4. April 19, 2011 7:34 am

    I am usually suspicious of ‘famous’ ( if you are old enough to remember the OJ trial) people from other occupations that decide to write a book.
    I am very glad this one succeeded.

  5. April 19, 2011 7:51 am

    I am not really a huge fan of this genre, but I am glad that you enjoyed it so much. I had been wondering if this was the same Marcia Clark, and now I see that it is! I had no idea she was writing books now!

  6. April 19, 2011 7:59 am

    It’s been awhile since I’ve read a good mystery. This sounds fun!

  7. April 19, 2011 8:32 am

    CMash Loves To Read, used this book today on Tuesday Teasers meme. It was the first I had heard of the book. It sounds like I need to put it on my tbr list. Thanks for such a nice review.

  8. April 19, 2011 8:44 am

    Like Caite, I’m always a little hesitant about books written by people “famous” for other things. I can see where Marcia Clark’s experience as a DA would be helpful though. Good to hear that it works well and I’m looking forward to reading it soon.

  9. April 19, 2011 8:49 am

    I had never heard of the book before. I always enjoy a good mystery. Thanks for the review!

  10. April 19, 2011 9:29 am

    Didn’t know Hachette had a new imprint. Very funny to read that Julie’s review is tomorrow – you guys must be in total sync this month!

  11. April 19, 2011 9:37 am

    I had passed on this book because I couldn’t get over my dislike of Marcia Clark during the OJ trial. However, after reading your review, I think I’ll try it.

  12. April 19, 2011 11:10 am

    It’s been a while since I read a good thriller. Thanks for sharing this review.

  13. April 19, 2011 11:11 am

    I tend to really enjoy legal thrillers, and this definitely sounds like a good one. I didn’t connect the author to the OJ trial until I read the comments.

  14. April 19, 2011 11:35 am

    I’m glad you enjoyed this mystery. I guess I’m not surprised that Marcia Clark is now writing fictional mysteries. It’s actually rather predictable. I’m a little skeptical of this book with a story that sounds like many before it. I’m going to put it on my tbr list, anyway, and hope to prove myself completely wrong when I read it and find an exciting & thrilling mystery!

  15. April 19, 2011 11:39 am

    I don’t think I would have picked this up based on the author (I wouldn’t think of Marcia Clark as a fiction writer) but given yours and Nicole’s review I’m adding it to my list. Great review.

  16. April 19, 2011 11:49 am

    Thanks! for the review, will look into, like mysteries.

  17. April 19, 2011 1:12 pm

    Don’t you just love new imprints. This book sounds fabulous.

  18. April 19, 2011 1:14 pm

    I just got this one over the weekend and now I’m even more interested in reading it.

  19. Beth Hoffman permalink
    April 19, 2011 1:45 pm

    Sometimes a legal thriller is just what I’m in the mood for. I’ll be sure to add this to my list!

  20. April 19, 2011 1:58 pm

    I’m glad to know that their first book is a hit! Fun to see that they are on the go now with publishing.

  21. April 19, 2011 2:03 pm

    Kathy, many lawyers are also fabulous writers–there is definitely a connection. Wonderful review. This new imprint also sounds wonderful. 🙂

  22. Carol Wong permalink
    April 19, 2011 3:11 pm

    When I lived in Southern California, I saw Marcia Clark being interviewed on TV a lot. She always was expert at answering the questions so I am looking forward to her books.

  23. April 19, 2011 3:15 pm

    wow, i haven’t heard that name in a while! nice to see that clark has transitioned to writing fiction after ‘the trial of the century’. your review makes it sound like a must-read and i’m off to research both ‘guilt by association’ and mulholland books!

  24. April 19, 2011 3:49 pm

    I just started reading this book and after reading your review I know now that I have a good one waiting for the pages to be turned. Thank you for giving me the push to put more time into reading it.

  25. April 19, 2011 4:13 pm

    Great review 🙂
    And I did not know about this new imprint, cool

  26. April 19, 2011 4:42 pm

    Hi Kathy,

    This is another new author to me, but definitely another for the wish list. I love a good crime/thriller and I am always on the lookout for new titles and this book has some good reviews already

  27. April 19, 2011 10:06 pm

    I will add this one to my TBR list. Thanks for the the wonderful review.

  28. stacybuckeye permalink
    April 19, 2011 11:40 pm

    Interesting. Who knew she’d be a great writer?

  29. April 20, 2011 11:54 am

    This sounds great. Another to add to the tbr pile. Glad you enjoyed it.

  30. April 20, 2011 1:45 pm

    Oh gosh — all the great response this one has gotten has me ready to read.

  31. April 20, 2011 8:15 pm

    Is this OJ Simpson trial Marcia Clark? Oh I wish she would write a thinly veiled account of that trial!!!

  32. April 20, 2011 11:24 pm

    Now that I am a lawyer I thought I would stop enjoying legal thrillers but it is just the opposite (although I am more critical of them). This will definitely go onto my Goodreads list.

  33. April 21, 2011 2:19 pm

    This one sounds fabulous! I will have to keep an eye on it!

  34. April 21, 2011 8:36 pm

    I have to say that when I heard about this one I kind of dismissed it as something that I didn’t want to read. I’m encouraged to hear that it is so enjoyable and you have described it in such a way that I am quite sure I would enjoy it.

  35. April 22, 2011 4:29 pm

    Sounds like this one worked really well for you. Glad you enjoyed it!

  36. April 23, 2011 1:10 pm

    OH this sounds like a real good read. Adding IT!

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