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Guilt by Association by Marcia Clark
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Apr 20, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction, mysteries, debut-author
Read from April 19 to 20, 2011

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 earlier life as "extremely able and hardworking," applied that same attention here, and didn’t rest until she’d nailed the formula for a fast-paced crime novel featuring a body-conscious, justice-driven District Attorney in the L.A. Special Trials Division.

As in all good mysteries, Guilt follows the trail of at least two seemingly divergent cases, but also follows the love interests of friendly, sharing, and chatty folks in the major divisions of city crime detection. Rachel Knight, D.A., is the central character and first-person narrator. It is the realistic details of evidentiary proofs, prosecution and defense that ring so true in Guilt, but it is the food choices and clothing descriptions that make it L.A. In this mystery we are treated to gangs, both Latino and Aryan Brotherhood, pornography and prostitution, rape and murder. If it sounds like a lot, you may not be suited to actually work in the D.A.’s office, but you can still enjoy reading about it. This is a very good one for an indulgent weekend on the couch.
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Reading Progress

04/19 page 52
14.0% "Whoosh...the sound of my hair blowing back...starts with a slang-throwing D.A. in L.A. Furious pace for high heels..."
04/20 page 210
57.0% "I thought the name Marcia Clark sounded familiar. O.J. Simpson? A nonfiction book called Without a Doubt? This novel is screamin' fast."
05/30 marked as: read

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message 1: by Carol (new)

Carol Back and forth I go deciding whether I should purchase this book (for our library) and then decided, what am I nuts? of course there is going to be demand. Glad to hear it is worth the money and a good read too!

Trish Oh yeah. I think she just catapulted into the ranks of big boys...

message 3: by Carol (new)

Carol That's justice for you.

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