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Guilt by Association (Rachel Knight #1)

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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...more
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Lou
This was a delightful surprise of a story. For a debut novel Marcia Clark has done well in delivering a nicely paced out story and ends the story with a tight and excellent closing. From an author who has been there done it and got the t-shirt so to say in having the experience and expertise in Law, the crime world and the pursuit of justice. Her expertise is apparent in her clear cut writing and explanations of the ins and outs of the law that the main protagonist of this story also a District...more
Mary
I would have given this 2.5 stars if there was a half star option. There were some good things about the book but I was able to see where the plot was going very early on and had a good idea of who did what before it was revealed in the story. There just were not any surprises.

Also got tired of the all the negative slams towards defense attorneys. She makes negative comments about how defense attorneys look, calls them scum bags and numerous other negative comments. And yet, the prosecutor prota...more
Trish
It is safe to say Marcia Clark is going to be a big hit in the world of crime novelists. This debut novel has the polish and pace of a seasoned ranconteur crossed with experienced editing, and it will be an out-of-the-box bestseller. I suppose that shouldn’t surprise anyone who is familiar with Marcia Clark and her work: former district attorney and lead prosecutor on the O.J. Simpson murder case, author of Without a Doubt , and contributor to TV and The Daily Beast. Clark, described in her earl...more
Maddy
PROTAGONIST: Rachel Knight, deputy district attorney
SETTING: Los Angeles
SERIES: Debut
RATING: 4.25

Quite often, the relationships that we form at work are among the most meaningful in our lives. That certainly is the case for Rachel Knight and Jake Pahlmeyer, both deputy district attorneys in Los Angeles. In the office, they are each other’s best friends. Surprisingly, though, they never share the details of their personal lives. So when Jake dies in what looks like a murder/suicide with the othe...more
Darcia Helle
Given Marcia Clark's law background, I was looking forward to a great legal mystery, along with some courtroom drama. This book did not live up to my expectations at all.

The pace is incredibly slow, particularly throughout the first half of the book. Much of this is due to the amount of extraneous detail given on mundane things. We're constantly standing at the closet with Rachel Knight, studying her designer wardrobe as she ponders what to wear that day. From there, we spend a ridiculous amount...more
Dalton Lynne
I won an advance copy of this book at LibraryThing. Anyway, I was torn between a three-star or a two star. I settled for two because it echoed my sentiments more accurately. It wasn't that I *didn't* like it, but rather, 'it was okay' fit better for me. It wasn't horrible, but it wasn't great or even all that good, imo.

While some of the writing and dialogue was catchy, it seemed as if the author was trying *too* hard at times and because of that I couldn't connect with some of her characters .....more
Matt
Clark wastes no time in claiming her territory in this debut novel. Clark tantalises the reader with her quirky style and humour, sure to win her many fans, especially with all her insider knowledge of being an ADA in Los Angeles! When an ADA and teenage boy are found dead together , eyebrows rise and tempers boil. When a naked photo of the boy accompanies the body, all bets are off. ADA Rachel Knight must discreetly find out what happened to her former colleague and beau, while being assigned t...more
Jenn (One of Many, We are Legion)

Thank you to Netgalley and Mulholland books for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review.


This is book 1 of the Rachel Knight crime mystery series, and as with The Competition, I received an invitation to read this, along with the other two books in the series. Having already read the fourth, I’d been introduced to Ms. Knight already. So it was now time to go back to the beginning.

Unlike the fourth book, this book spends much more time setting up Rachel’s relatio...more
Kathy Martin
Rachel Knight is a prosecutor for the DA in Los Angeles. She is smart, tenacious, and smart-mouthed. When her colleague is found dead in a compromising situation, Rachel isn't content to turn the case over to the FBI. She and her friend police officer Bailey Keller begin their own investigation. Meanwhile, Rachel also has to deal with one of the cases passed on to her after her colleague's death - a young girl in an affluent part of town is raped. Her father, a prominent physician and political...more
Sanda
I received the entire Rachel Knight series from the publisher (they know me so well - not a chance I would've started with the new release without having read the first 3 books first) in exchange for an honest (i.e. 'the only kind I ever write anyway' :) review.

When I first started reading this book I actually did not realize who Marcia Clark is (though the name did sound familiar). A helpful goodreads user mentioned it in response to me listing this book in one of the "What are you currently r...more
Sheldon
Guilt by Association is a mystery novel by Marcia Clark, the lead prosecutor on the O.J. Simpson murder trial back in the '90s. The lead character, Rachel Knight, is a Los Angeles DA whose friend and colleague, Jake, is found dead in an apparent murder-suicide. While investigating this case, which she is warned to stay away from as it's supposed to be a federal case, she is also assigned one of Jake's unfinished cases, the rape of a teenage girl in the Pacific Palisades.

The novel takes the usual...more
SenoraG
I have to admit, I almost passed on reading this book because Marcia Clark is not my favorite person. Then I thought if the old saying "write what you know" is true, she should be able to write a damn good book. I tried it and I was very surprised at just how good it was.

Ms. Clark does write what she knows and writes it in such a way that keeps up glued to the pages. The 'big' story is that of DA Rachel Knight finding out that her partner and friend Jake has been found dead and possibly was invo...more
JJ Marsh

Rachel Knight has it all under control. She‘s one of LA’s hardest-working deputy DAs, she’s on a permanent diet and she’s just about stopped cursing in court. Her best friends are her Special Trials colleagues; smart-mouthed, stylish dresser Toni, and gentle Jake, the other hardest worker on the team. Rachel has relationship issues, and thanks to her therapist, Carla, she knows why. Not that it helps.
When Jake’s body is recovered from a sleazy motel alongside that of a seventeen-year-old rent b...more
April
GUILT BY ASSOCIATION by Marcia Clark is a suspense fiction set in present Los Angeles,California.The plot is easy to follow,detailed,and will keep you on the edge of your seat. The characters are engaging,easy to follow,will capture your heart. This is a fast paced,action packed story of murder,suspense, public prosecutors,and the legal system. It is written in the first person,from the view of the heroine,Rachel.Rachel,a tenacious,DA of the Special Trials Unit,a small group of a prosecutors who...more
Deborah
Oh, my, here comes Marcia Clark, the former Prosecutor in the renouned OJ Simpson murder trial, and she's got a legal thriller up her sleeve! Not only that, but it's a damned good one!

Ms. Clark is a writer. She absolutely knows her stuff and she shares details with us of her protagonist, Rachel's life as a DA who must investigate the murder of a couple of people in her life. One of those people an ex-boyfriend, and the other a young woman who was his last assignment. She plants funny sidekicks a...more
Bill Mackela
This is a very well written first novel by a prominent Los Angeles attorney. Ms. Clark knows what goes on behind the scenes in the L. A. legal system and is able to portray the human side of dealing with the criminal investigations and the victims of the crimes. She does this using a couple of prosecutors from the District Attorney’s Special Trials Office, Rachel Knight, and her friend, Toni LaCollier, along with Bailey Keller, a detective in the LAPD Major Crimes Division. The three of them wor...more
Katie Bowie
DNF!

I wanted to like this book. I really did. Reading some of the reviews made me think it might be different than your standard cop/lawyer/courtroom thriller, but it really wasn't. Sure, it had some amusing moments, but for me, they were lost under the inexcusable racial, sexual, and gender stereotyping and slurs that I just couldn't forgive. By the time I got to page 150 and found the slur 't*anny,' I was done. I almost struggled on because I was invited on NetGalley to read this (as well as t...more
Kelley
Novel received courtesy of Goodreads.com Giveaway

Marcia Clark's, "Guilt by Association", is the first book in her new series starring DA Rachel Knight. I enjoyed getting to know Rachel and her cohorts and look forward to continuing the series. The murder mystery was engrosssing with a plot twist at the end that I never saw coming.
Chuck Barksdale
Jake Pahlmeyer, my office soul mate—dead. In a rat hole like this. I closed my eyes and told myself I’d been wrong. Irrationally, I refused to ask the lieutenant. If no one confirmed it, it wouldn’t be true.


Marcia Clark, famous as the main prosecutor in the OJ Simpson trial, started her fiction career with Guilt by Association, which introduces her series character Los Angeles Special Trials prosecutor Rachel Knight. The fourth book in this first-person series, The Competition, was just release...more
Linda Boyd
I picked this book up on a whim, but ended up being very pleasantly surprised. This is really a good book, and I loved the story line. I will continue reading books by this author.
Alysia
I read this book solely for work. I didn't know Marcia Clark was an author and I had no idea what her books were about. I am glad I HAD to read this book.
The story starts off with a fast pace and the murder/ suicide of Jake along side a teen boy prostitute. The LA District Attorney Rachel Knight is horrified to find her friend dead and in such a bad circumstance that she sets off the find the truth despite being taken off the case. With the help of Detective Bailey and a very unlikely "Shot ca...more
Jlaurenmc
I was in middle school during the O.J. Simpson murder trial, but I still remember vividly the news storm that surrounded the trial and the verdict. Marcia Clark, prosecutor in the case, became a household name.

Marcia Clark's first novel, Guilt By Association, combines her extraordinary writing skills with her first-hand knowledge of the Los Angeles legal world. I often dislike celebrity attempts to jump into new careers; Clark's straight-forward prose and winning main character were pleasant sur...more
Debbie
"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. (...more
Kathy
I was at first intrigued by this book specifically because it was written by Marcia Clark. I remember watching her conduct herself as the lead prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson trial in which she was very impressive and was interested to see if she was capitalizing on her name or if she could really write. Well she really can write!

Who better to write about the ins and outs of the Los Angeles court system than former prosecutor Marcia Clark. She knows how the system really operates and she has give...more
Giovanni Gelati
Hello and welcome to Monday, and my usual State of theBlog weekly address! I am going throw in what is going on on the blogtalk show, The G-ZONE, also as there is going to be some serious fun and excitement this week also. To start with, please feel free to visit my new and exciting Author’s Page at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Giovanni-Gelati...
Also feel free to purchase the Digital short Story Vincent Zandri and I collaborated on, ”Down Low-Dead”. As of this writing, we have received fourtee...more
Mary Gramlich
GUILT BY ASSOCIATION written by Marcia Clark
04/11 - Little, Brown & Company - Hardcover, 368 pages

This book draws you in and keeps you interested to the end.

Deputy District Attorney Rachel Knight is a workaholic who handles high-profile cases in the Special Trials Division of the District Attorney’s office. She knows how to play every angle to make sure the criminals get punished and the victims have closure. When another DA in her office is murdered in an unsavory crime Rachel starts to rea...more
Blood Rose Books
Review originally posted on my review blog Blood Rose Books

In her debut novel former prosecutor Marcia Clark, brings to the front to age old question are things always what they seem and just because you know someone does that make you guilty too?

Rachel Knight is one of the top D.A. Prosecutors in the L.A. and she hates to loose a case. She has been in the D.A. office for years now and has formed friendships with her fellow prosecutors, but something tragic is about to happen to the office. One...more
Shonna Froebel
This is a first novel for Clark, who co-wrote a nonfiction book about the OJ trial, after being the lead prosecutor on the case. Her character here is a DA in Los Angeles, and Clark's knowledge and expertise in this area show.
Rachel Knight is a dedicated lawyer who is focused on her work. She still has some issues from her past that she hasn't dealt with and that affect her relationships. She works in the Special trials Unit, a group that handles tough, complex cases.
Rachel lives at the Biltmore...more
Linda
GUILT BY ASSOCIATION by Marcia Clark
Mulholland Books, April 2011
Review by Linda S. Brown, 5/11/11


Los Angeles DA Rachel Knight is a member of the elite Special Trials Unit, a small group of prosecutors that handles the toughest, most sensitive, and most celebrated cases in the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office. When cops swarm around a seedy motel not far from her own residence in the elegant Biltmore Hotel, Rachel is surprised to discover that Jake, a dear friend and fellow prosecutor, has...more
George
GOOD STORYTELLING.

“This steak wouldn't have tasted nearly as good if I'd been lying dead at the bottom of a ravine. I lifted my martini and drank to that.” ― Marcia Clark, Guilt by Association

Former prosecuting attorney, Marcia Clark can weave a darn good crime story. Who knew? Her novel, GUILT BY ASSOCIATION (Rachel Knight #1) is a fast-paced and entertaining tale, with a varied cast of well written, very interesting, characters. The audio book edition was made even better by the excellent narr...more
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Marcia Clark is a former LA, California deputy district attorney, who was the lead prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson murder case. She wrote a bestselling nonfiction book about the trial, Without a Doubt, and is a frequent media commentator and columnist on legal issues. She lives in Los Angeles.
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