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Guilt by Degrees (Rachel Knight #2)

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  1,907 Ratings  ·  262 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
Apr 28, 2012 Mary Gramlich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 28, 2016 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars rounded up. This is the 2nd book in Marcia Clark’s Rachel Knight series, a series of thrillers that focus on LA deputy D.A. Rachel Knight, a member of the Special Trials Unit. This time around, a case involving the killing of a homeless man falls into Rachel’s lap. A quick and easy read with some interesting twists that kept me guessing. Marcia’s legal knowledge helps to create a realistic story, although was a bit farfetched at times.

The OJ trial mesmerized me and I was eager to read
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 an honest review.

2.5 stars

So I began reading this book, book 2 of the Rachel Knight series, immediately upon completion of the first. In some ways, this was a step down, but I did enjoy how Clark wove this mystery into the story. Unlike the other two I’ve read, this one does not have a simple resolution.

At the outset I should note that although these are part of a series, every sin
Mar 20, 2017 Sakinah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

One of the books that surprises you from the first lines and continues take you by surprise every couple of pages.
It was kind of complicated story but very enjoyable and unpredictable.
The end however was a little but disappointing. After listening to 12 and half hours you think everything will end completely and beautifully but it appeared that the author had a different opinion and another books to publish
Feb 23, 2016 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
ADA Rachel Knight is back in author Marcia Clark's second novel in series with, "Guilty By Degrees". Also returning is is special DA. investigator, detective Bailey Keller, along with Rachel's sometime boyfriend Lt. Graden Hales. Rachel works in LA's Special Trial Unit, the ones that get the most exposure. However, an impatient Rachel jumps on an inept, and lazy ADA in court one day, and ends up picking up a case that's a real dud. The younger brother of a previously slain LAPD officer was murde ...more
Jun 28, 2014 Annie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 07, 2012 Kate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 07, 2014 Carrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 24, 2016 Cora rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good but, at times, confusing. This one took longer than I expected to finish. Still, I have to say she's a good writer.
Kathy Davie
Jul 25, 2014 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, thriller
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
Judy Collins
A special thank you to Mulholland Books and NetGalley for a complimentary reading copy in exchange for an honest review.

Famous as lead prosecutor in the murder trial of O.J. Simpson, Marcia Clark still works as a lawyer, but she's also an author. First came 1997's "Without a Doubt," a memoir of the case, and more recently, a series of legal thrillers.

Clark's first four novels starred the same main character, Rachel Knight. Like Clark, Knight was a prosecutor in the Los Angeles district atto
Jun 03, 2012 Maddy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-reads
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?
Cassandra Moore
Mar 14, 2012 Cassandra Moore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Find this and more reviews at Wickedly Delicious Tales.

* 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
Jun 08, 2013 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
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
May 14, 2012 Trish rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, audio, series, crime
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
Paula  Phillips
Jun 03, 2012 Paula Phillips rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Andrea Corley
From the very beginning of Guilt by Association, I loved Rachel Knight and knew that I'd love the entire series. So it was no surprise to me that I actually loved Guilt by Degrees even more!

I thought that the story was thorough and page-turning. Even though Marcia Clark started out as an attorney, she has totally mastered her new career choice of author! I feel that she covers all aspects of a trial, ones that an ordinary author that may not be aware of so that gives her a unique ability!

Sep 22, 2016 Joe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: legal-thriller
I am definitely "hooked" on this Rachel Knight character! #2 in the series and I am all ready to read #3. Los Angeles District Attorney, Rachel Knight, is part of a Special Trials department. With her "buddies" and best friends, Detective Bailey Keller and co-worker Toni LaCollier, these 3 make an excellent team. Rachel finds herself siting in court, waiting for her trial when she watches a fiasco unfolding in front of her. A relatively new DA is trying a case and so full of his own ego, he is b ...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
Mary Ronan Drew
Guilt by Degrees by Marcia Clark is a Los Angeles restaurant review shelved under "mysteries." The protagonist and her friends, Toni and Bailey, visit more than a score of restaurants from haute to bas and the food is described as lovingly as that in Viennese mysteries by J Sydney Jones and Frank Tallis and the Vish Puri mysteries by Tarquin Hall.

Back in 2011 I read the first of Marcia Clark's Rachel Knight mysteries, Guilt by Association, and was a bit disappointed. But I was willing to give th
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
Mar 24, 2012 R.Z. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Tara Kable
Aug 20, 2014 Tara Kable rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I received a copy of this book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review....Another home run for Marcia Clark! Who knew she could write better than she could prosecute...LOL!! Just kidding, of course! Love how this series is unfolding and we are learning more about Rachel's demons...On to the next!!
Aug 13, 2012 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. The plot had so many twists and turns that I had to go back a couple of times and track my way forward. A great surprise ending! Rather violent at points, but I skip over most of those. No need for nightmares.
Ivy Pittman
May 27, 2014 Ivy Pittman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Smooth thriller to the End.
Ian Wood
Marcia Clark is the woman who blew the OJ Simpson murder trial, so what made her think she could write believable novels about a prosecutor is worth finding out, which explains why I picked this up! She tried over twenty cases in her thirteen years but I don't know what her success rate was. She wrote a book about that trial Without a Doubt, which I've read.

There's a detailed review of this tedious novel on my blog. My recommendation is to go read that instead of reading this warty novel

This nov
Holly Haze
May 26, 2017 Holly Haze rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It should come as no surprise that Marcia Clark can write a crime novel so well. She knows her way around a court room and she knows how to deal with detectives, police, crime labs, etc. what is surprising to me, even after several books in, is how incredibly gifted she is at storytelling. District attorney Rachel Knight is a great main character. This is book 2 in the series and she team is up once again with her best friend, Detective Bailey Keller. I honestly can't say enough good things abou ...more
May 03, 2017 Beverly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the Guilt series. I feel that Marici Clark is a terrific writer and storyteller. The story is fast-paced and a great triller. The plot is strong and extremely dark. The characters are well-developed. The dialogue is razor sharp and humorous. Clark has an in-depth analysis of crime and punishment.
David Weinfeld
Jun 21, 2017 David Weinfeld rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good story, tense & intriguing. Kate is a very dedicated asst district attorney.
This was my least favorite of all the Rachel Knight books.
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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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