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Guilt by Degrees (Rachel Knight #2)

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  755 ratings  ·  182 reviews
Someone has been watching D.A. Rachel Knight--someone who's Rachel's equal in brains, but with more malicious intentions. It began when a near-impossible case fell into Rachel's lap, the suspectless homicide of a homeless man. In the face of courthouse backbiting and a gauzy web of clues, Rachel is determined to deliver justice. She's got back-up: tough-as-nails Detective...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 672 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Mulholland Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Mary Gramlich
If I can make the case, will that close the deal?

Rachel Knight has been successfully running from the ghosts of the past that haunt her every day. She is at the top of her legal game in the Los Angeles DA’s office, but still holds back when it comes to her personal life even with her best friends. When Rachel picks up a case that every other lawyer wanted to kick to the curb, the unexpected drawback is the tragic memories she kept under control would come back. Rachel has to take control of her...more
Annie Michelle
a most excellent 5 star read, who knew she was a better writer than a prosecutor...:)

guilt by degrees 5 stars
I am loving this series By Ms. Clark, Rachel and her friends are a breath of fresh air, no courtroom stuff is also a plus for me. How about a gal who waits to have sex until she is sure, say what? The only steamy sex scenes I am into are my own thank you!
The storylines and great characters are more important to me than the Lawyer, courtroom drama, this could be because there are many, man...more
Very disappointing read for me. I wanted to enjoy this book, but I CANNOT like a mystery that spends so much time on nonessential details, for example: What the protagonist and villain choose to wear in the morning, at what restaurants they eat and what they ate there, the favorite vodka (Russian double platinum - who cares?), the expensive watch that one of the villains wears, etc etc etc. GIVE ME A BREAK! This is also a travelogue of Los Angeles, a very self-involved city with many self-involv...more
Another great mystery with my new favorite heroine, Rachel Knight. I really enjoyed this novel because not only was there a twisty turny mystery to try to follow along with I was given more details to Rachel's backstory and what made her tick. And we get a possible nemesis in Lilah. I predict that woman popping up in future books!

My only critique was the overuse of the info dump. First with Rachel's back story involving her older sister Romy and then with Lilah's back story. I'm sure it could ha...more
Reading Guilt by Degrees it dawned on me that this series has all the makings of a successful TV show - a right mix of humor and suspense, colorful characters and interesting cases. Once again Rachel's passion for her work and her impulsiveness have landed her in hot water with her superiors and with DAs from other departments. Now she and Bailey are back at it - this time around trying to unravel the mystery of a puzzling murder of a homeless man. Surprisingly enough this murder seems to be som...more
Paula  Phillips
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I see all the rave reviews for this title and I credit Clark for being able to create credible characters in a thoroughly authentic law environment. That is the thing Clark does best: how does a law office sound, what do people actually do, and how do crimes actually get prosecuted successfully? What are the snags? I wouldn’t, however, call it “gritty.”

Clark is a rare creature, and so is her creation, Rachel Knight. Knight manages to get up (late) every day in her suite at fancy L.A. hotel where...more
Clark returns with another explosive book, sure to keep readers enticed and publishers happy. Rachel Knight is guilted into prosecuting the case of a murdered homeless man. With no leads, no forthcoming witnesses, and even fewer who care about the victim, the case is sure to go cold before long. With ties to a cop’s murder two years ago, Knight begins making connections previously unknown that adds depth and drama to the homicide. A dead end case might have hope yet, but time is slipping away an...more
PROTAGONIST: Rachel Clark, prosecuting attorney
SETTING: Los Angeles
SERIES: #2 of 2
RATING: 4.25

Rachel Knight, a prosecuting attorney in the Special Trials Unit in LA, is in court on a routine case when she becomes incensed by the shoddy work being done by prosecutor Brandon Averill in a case involving the homicide of a homeless man. When the case is dismissed, she decides to take it on herself—what if the defendant is guilty and is being let off because Averill completely botched the prosecution?...more
Cassandra Moore
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* SPOILER WARNING: This may contain spoilers for the first book, Guilt by Association. *

Clark kicks up the suspense in Guilt by Degrees. What starts out as a seemingly simple stabbing develops into a life-threatening mystery for Rachel. One murder mystery leads to a second connected murder. This book is quite a bit different from the first, which is a refreshing break from most mysteries I've read with cookie cutter plots and new character n...more
Rachel Knight is a valiant prosecutor. When she sees a slacker DA dump a case because the victim is obviously not worth his time she gets mad enough to take the case. This sets off a perilous investigation for her and Baily as they dig deep to find out the story behind what seems to be a random murder of a homeless man- what they find is a devilish tangle of intrigue that could cost them their lives. As ever with Rachel's story, lots of subplots weave in and out of the story, each page is full t...more
This author came highly recommended, so I jumped on the chance to read and review her entire collection of Rachel Knight stories. I began with this one, not realizing at the time that this novel is actually book two of the series. However, that wasn't a problem at all. While there was some mention of characters and plot details from book one that were "spoilers" for that book, it wasn't crucial to the plot of this one to have read them in order.

I felt that the character of Rachel was well-devel...more
Susan Johnston
Despite knowing of Marcia Clark from the OJ trials, I did not know what to expect when I first opened this book. As an insider into the workings of the LAPD and DA's, she has a deeper understanding of how things work and do not work as the wheels of justice grind slowly in Los Angeles. That didn't mean, however, that she could write a compelling and complex mystery.
It started slowly for me, not bereft of action, but a slow build of the characters until about mid-way, I found I really cared what...more
Lori McD
4+ stars

** Book provided by Netgalley and Mulholland Books in exchange for an honest review. **

2nd book in the Rachel Knight series. The author, Marcia Clark, is the infamous D.A. from the OJ Simpson trial. Regardless of how you feel about her performance there, she brings in a BANG of a great character in Rachel Knight and an amazing new crime drama series. Rachel is strong, fierce, competitive, tenacious, and wicked smart. She doesn't back down and she doesn't back off.

Detective Bailey Keller...more
Some people are proficient in their fields, but unable to craft an intriguing novel relating to it. In the past week, I read another legal thriller by a former prosecutor (who shall remain nameless) and ended up not even finishing it because the characters were so horrible. The MC was a complete doormat who let her friends and colleagues walk all over her, and I can't read a protagonist that doesn't stand up for herself. Thankfully, that is never the case with Marcia Clark's novels, and with eac...more
Bill Mackela
This is book two in the series featuring Rachel Knight and her two female associates, Toni LaCollier and Bailey Keller. Rachel and Toni are prosecutors in the District Attorney’s Special Trials Office, and Bailey is a detective in the LAPD Major Crimes Division. I am working my way though this series towards the new release, The Competition, compliments of NetGalley and the publisher, Mulholland Books.

In many ways, this book is even better than book one. The dialogue and story feel even more aut...more
Kathy Davie
Second in the Rachel Knight legal thriller mystery series and revolving around an L.A. prosecutor. And if you're reading this series at all, you have to read this one if only because of how it affects future stories!

My thanks to NetGalley and Mulholland Books for providing this ARC for my enjoyment.

My Take
Whoa, Clark got me twisted up right from the start with this mysterious murder in full view of a crowded sidewalk that appears to relate to a brutal murder from the past. I just didn't know it...more
Jennifer McLean
Jul 22, 2014 Jennifer McLean rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery readers
Recommended to Jennifer by: net galley
This is my final book review centering on Marcia Clark's mystery novels. Ms. Clark is one of the best authors I've ever encountered and her prowess as a writer shows in "Guilt By Degrees", her second book in the Rachel Knight series.

In this book we learn more personal information about Rachel Knight, the deputy district attorney for special trials in L.A. We learn about her personal life and the struggles she's endured by delving into her back history. We also learn what a private person she is....more
Rachel Knight is a District Attorney in L.A.. She works with her best friend Bailey, a Police Detective, and a cast of characters working both sides of the law. She breaks up with her boyfriend early, and has some limited interaction with a past boyfriend. Not enough meat to make either relationship seem plausible. There is a possible reconciliation in the end but you would have to read the next to know for sure.

I am sensing a theme after only reading two in the series. Rachel will always be wor...more
If you would ask me if I thought the second Rachel Knight novel is as good as the first one, I’d have to clearly say yes. Marcia Clark has brought Rachel Knight back with her besties along with some apprearances from some colorful characters from the first book, Guilt by Association.

This time around the case is much more complicated, taking curves and strikes among the game. I have to tell you with a small spoiler that someone in Rachel’s corner gets killed. We also learn more about Rachel’s sis...more
Guilt by Degrees

Recently, I read my first Marcia Clark novel (The Competition) as a NetGalley ebook, and to my surprise, I liked it a lot. I'm not sure why I was surprised--having a previous career as a high profile lawyer doesn't preclude the ability to write.

The characters and the dialogue in The Competition drew me in. I enjoyed the camaraderie of Rachel Knight, Bailey Keller, and Toni Lacollette and liked the mix of humor that the friendships interjected in the midst of an intense investiga...more
Disclaimer: ARC copy from Netgalley.

Guilt By Degrees, by Marcia Clark, is an excellent read. I am constantly surprised by how good her writing is. Once again, the heroine in our story is Rachel Knight, rising star of the Special Trials Unit in Los Angeles. This story takes us through murder, manhunts, and death threats. An innocent man is arrested for a crime he didn't commit, and when the regular prosecutor drops the ball on the case, Rachel steps up and takes the case for herself. Upon inves...more
Guilt by Degrees by Marcia Clark was the second book in her Rachel Knight series to be offered at NetGalley for review. In my opinion, this book seemed more like the first in a series than the original first book did. Maybe the first one was too cut-and-dry. Maybe she worked on her writing in the interim between the two books. Either way, I have to admit that this book was an improvement over the first novel.

As with the first book, the main character was Rachel Knight. She's a feisty D.A. who ha...more
Guilt by Degrees by Marcia Clark - Another great suspense filled thriller! Rachel Knight and Bailey Keller search for the killer of a homeless man, no leads , no witnesses, with some video evidence, it still isn’t clear who stabbed the victim, Simon Bayer. The video shows Simon grabbing a woman just before he is stabbed, who turns out to be Lilah, who was was married to his brother Zake, a police officer who was murdered in his home two years before. Now the cases seem to be tied together. I cou...more
Marcia Clark is well started on an illustrious second career in writing fiction. Guilt by Degrees is better than book one concerning Rachel Knight and the Los Angeles DA’s office. She does not shy away from difficult subjects such as a homeless death and the lack of interest it originally generates among the other lawyers. The plot builds tension and interest as Rachel looks into the homeless man’s life to gain answers, putting her into danger. This is a gripping read as the facts are uncovered....more
I'm not in love with Rachel Knight. I want to hear less about what restaurant she eats at, the cocktails she likes, and the clothes everyone is wearing. The focus on these details seems irrelevant and distracting to the story. It also makes me very, very hungry and annoyed. Not a good combination when I am looking for a good book to help me relax my brain at the end of the day.

I think the story itself is well written, and the characters are reasonably engaging. I am starting to wonder if the mai...more
Mary Brown
Guilt By Degrees by Marcia Clark is the second book I’ve read by this author and I’ve loved them both. Rachel Knight is back and teams up with her detective friend, Bailey, to work the case of a homeless man’s death. Together they work tirelessly to put the case together and solve the murder. They also must figure out if the past murder of a policeman is related, and if so, how it’s related.

The characters are well developed and I learned a lot more of Rachel’s back history, which made her seem...more
If you like mysteries in the police-procedural style, you'll like "Guilt by Degrees." Clark weaves a complicated tale of murder and revenge that will hold you riveted until the end.

I read the book in unedited galley form, and if presumably, the editors get to work on this very messy copy and produce a well-finished book, you will have an exciting can't-put-it-down reading experience.
Ivy Pittman
Smooth thriller to the End.
The second in a legal/police mystery series by former Los Angeles ADA Marcia Clark (of the OJ trial fame). I heard this on CD and the reader did an excellent job. I hadn't read the first book, but I didn't feel I was missing anything. This was a very good book - good interesting characters with interesting back stories, but not so much as to weigh down the current action. The main character, Rachel Knight, is an ADA waiting for her own case's preliminary hearing to start when the incompetent ADA...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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