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Guilt by Association

(Rachel Knight #1)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  4,550 ratings  ·  628 reviews
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
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Published April 20th 2011 by Mulholland Books
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Feb 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller, arc
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
Aug 06, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Apr 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ear ...more
Sep 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars rounded up. This is the first 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. The OJ trial mesmerized me and I was eager to read Marcia’s debut novel. It was published in 2011 and introduces the dedicated, witty and rule-breaker Rachel when her colleague is found dead and she takes over his case. The dialogue is snappy and there is a good plot. Although at the end there obviously was mor ...more
Feb 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads
PROTAGONIST: Rachel Knight, deputy district attorney
SETTING: Los Angeles
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
Jun 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
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
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 ..
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
Aug 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Guilt by Association by Marcia Clark is a 2011 Mulholland Books Publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review by the publisher and Netgalley.

Let's start by addressing the elephant in the room. Yes, this is Marcia Clark, the prosecuting attorney for the O. J. Simpson case. So, I think some people may have been expecting some dark, legal thriller novel with a great deal of legal jargon , witnesses on the stand , juries and all that.

I was so happy to see this wa

I was given this book by Mulholland Books via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review.

This debut novel "Guilt by Association" by none other than the famous Marcia Clark, the former district attorney and lead prosecutor on the O.J. Simpson murder case, was somewhat of a disappointment for me. After following the O.J. Simpson murder case years ago, on a daily basis on TV, I was so impressed with her legal style, experience level and quick wit, that I was some how expecting to see these traits
Katie Muriel
Jun 28, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, thriller, 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
Kathy Martin
Jul 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Paula  Phillips
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Are you a fan of legal thrillers ? Enjoy the writings of authors like Lisa Scottoline and Mark Gimenez , James Scott Bell ? If so, then Marcia Clark is your new must read author as she sends out her debut novel "Guilt by Association". Our novel is focused around the main character District Attorney Rachel Knight . Guilt by Association starts with Rachel's work soulmate Jake being found murdered in what only looks like a double murder suicide , next is a boy and in Jake's pocket - a nude photo of ...more
May 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was not a bad read at all. In fact, I'm giving the next book a shot.
No pun intended.
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
Jun 11, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, mystery, first-reads
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
JJ Marsh
Nov 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
May 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Mar 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Holly Haze
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So far, I've loved all of Marcia Clark's books. She's a brilliant writer. Rachel Knight and her sidekick detective, Bailey are quite the duo. Obviously smart, as the D.A. and lead detective, so not only are they strong, but have hilarious banter. I liked all the characters in this one. When one of their own is found dead, these two go over and beyond to solve the seemingly closed case....and they may break a few laws of their own along the way. In the end, it's all connected. I can't wait to get ...more
Jul 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Novel received courtesy of 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.
Jan 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed legal thrillers. I definitely enjoyed listening to "Guilt by Association." It was an absorbing book to listen to and I loved both the story and the characters. Rachel is a particularly strong woman and the word play between her and Bailey is amazing.
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.
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read the second book in this series before the first one. But it did not matter, both books are great. Because of the setting, I really loved knowing the buildings that she talked about in her book, I had jury experience there and have worked in the past with Assistant United States Attorneys in the past and loved the press interviews with her during the O.J. Simpson trial.

Rachel Knight, the main character is a Special Trials Deputy Prosecutor. She lives in the luxurious Biltmore hotel and had
Tory Wagner
Jul 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, twbc, legal
Marcia Clark, well-known for her role as the lead prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson murder case, has written her first fiction book, Guilt by Association featuring a female district attorney, Rachel Knight. Rachel is looking into two case, the suspicious death of a fellow DA and the rape of a young girl. Rachel actively investigates both cases with Bailey, a friend and detective on the police force. The first few chapters were not particularly engaging, but as the cases unfolded my interest was piq ...more
Jason Porter
I got the book hoping it would be a courtroom thriller....seeing as how it's written by Marcia Clark. There wasn't even one scene in the courtroom. The only court action was in the fact that the main character was a DA and there was a brief mention of how everything wrapped up in court.
It's a good book if you're looking for a who-done-it mystery....
January LaVoy has done better but she has a very captivating voice that makes it easy to stay focused
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Filled with old saying instead of good writing. The emotions were not realistic. For a character who claimed she was work driven, she spent a lot of time in bars or drinking in the office.
Finally the main character was able to describe an entire floor of a house (big houses) from either the entryway or as she crossed the thresh hold.
May 31, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three and a half stars.

Not a bad start to a series. The plot of the book had a lot going on (....maybe too much) with a quick (....maybe too quick) wrap-up. The biggest ding of this book, for me, was the amount of unnecessary detail. Do I care that she drinks her coffee with 2 artificial sweeteners and 2% milk? No.

That said, I may try another one. I liked Rachel and Bailey (oh, and that third friend who completely dropped off the face of the earth).
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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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