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Guilt by Association by Marcia Clark
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Jun 28, 11

Read in June, 2011

A surprisingly good debut novel by the infamous D.A. of OJ Simpson's trial. D.A. Rachel Knight is socked by the apparent murder-suicide involving a co-worker. Though she didn't know him well, she can't believe Jake would be involved in a sexual tryst with an underage boy in a seedy motel. With the help from her police detective friend, Bailey, she surreptitiously investigates Jake's case while working on the case she inherited in his absence. The daughter of a wealthy Los Angeles doctor was raped in their home and the girl is convinced that the likeliest suspect - the gangbanger she's been tutoring - is innocent. Rachel's inclined to agree but leads and subsequent events point in increasingly confusing directions.

Clark employs a nice combination of legal and police maneuvers to solve both crimes. Her characters are wise-cracking, women with minor faults and she doesn't fall into the trap of portraying all male characters as bad guys. Rachel is still rebounding from a failed relationship with a good guy but the hunky cop working Jake's case may be the one to help her move on.

Los Angeles figures prominently as Rachel and Bailey traverse differing neighborhoods and half the restaurants in the city. The resolution of the plot is both surprising and plausible. A good start to what promises to be an entertaining series along the lines of LIsa Scottoline's wry legal thrillers.
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