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Killer Ambition

(Rachel Knight #3)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  1,953 ratings  ·  245 reviews
When the daughter of a billionaire Hollywood director is found murdered after what appears to be a kidnapping gone wrong, Los Angeles Special Trials prosecutor Rachel Knight and Detective Bailey Keller find themselves at the epicenter of a combustible and high-profile court case. Then a prime suspect is revealed to be one of Hollywood's most popular and powerful talent man ...more
Hardcover, 1st, 452 pages
Published June 18th 2013 by Little, Brown and Company (first published January 1st 2013)
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Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
A good book makes me sweat real sweat. Killer Ambition had me sweating from the midpoint on.

The casual chatter between the main character and her friends rings true. That’s the way friends talk to each other, and it’s hard to deliver it well. Clark does.

I only saw one ‘stock’ character in this and other books in the series (and common in books featuring assistant or deputy prosecutors) – that’s the boss who is more concerned with his political career than justice or so inept his interference ham
Sherry Fundin
I have been enjoying the Rachel Night series, though I am confused about her relationship with Graden and impressed with her ability to be a lawyer, manipulating people and letting the facts talk for her where my mouth would be going ninety miles an hour with some swear words thrown in and because truth…justice…MY ASS!

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Killer Ambition by Marcia Clark.

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Aug 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
The kidnapping of a young woman, daughter of a prominent Hollywood director, raises flags all over Tinseltown. Discovery of her body turns it into a murder investigation and the flag turns scarlet. Knight is involved from the get-go in a case that defies anything she’s experienced to date. All the evidence leads to a single suspect, but no one wants to believe it could be true, even the family. As Knight’s case appears solid, reaction from media, industry insiders, and the general public only fu ...more
Mar 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Got an ARC from the bookstore I frequent. 04-06-2013

I really like Ms. Clark's books as they have more twists and turns than a mountain road. Now if she starts filling her books with too much information from the previous titles well her calibre as a writer will go down in my estimation, so far she hasn't done that and I really appreciate that as a reader.

Without giving anything away I will say this title is appropriately named and has a good ending, not great just good. The new characters introd
Kathy Davie
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, mystery
Third in the Rachel Knight legal thriller mystery series and revolving around Rachel Knight, a prosecutor in L.A. A billionaire producer's daughter is kidnapped.

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

My Take
Clark pulled me in by the second page. I had to know who that second person was, and slowly Clark unveiled the events of that night. It was an intriguing reveal with all the detecting you could want in a case that appeared open-and-shut. There are
Jun 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013-reads
Hmmm, wonder where Clark got the idea and experience to do a novel about a case with ties to Hollywood, celebrity and an all-invasive press corps trying the case outside the courtroom while putting all the details of the attorney's lives on display for all the world. . . These parts of the novel worked so well -- obviously, her own experiences and role as commentator since that one case have equipped her to tackle these things.

The relationships between Rachel and her friends/coworkers/romantic
Aug 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
I've read all three of Marcia Clark's Rachel Knight novels. The first two were very good detective novels. The stories revolved around police investigation work. This latest installment also has investigation, but unlike the first two, there is a full trial. I liked this aspect. Because the author is a former District Attorney, it was very believable. This particular story also delves into the lack of moral values of certain Hollywood show business types. As I got closer to the finish, I had a h ...more
Kristen Jett
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, thriller
KILLER AMBITION contains all of the things that make a Rachel Knight book exciting.

Sass and personality? Check.
A fascinating crime to solve? Check.
More twists and turns than a canyon road? Check.

Picking up right where the last book left off, Rachel Knight is thrown into a celebrity case when the daughter of a hotshot movie director is kidnapped...and doesn't turn up after the ransom is delivered. The case quickly turns out more complicated than it originally seems, and the political side of it
Angel **Book Junkie**
May 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Let me start out by saying I received this book for free through Goodread's First Read.. Second I do not normally like this genre of books and third FIVE stars all the way! I loved loved loved everything about the book. This is really how I felt as I read the book.

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Forget that I read the unedited version. Forget that there were some writing mistakes. I loved the characters and will definitely go back and read books one and two and I sure hope to read more about Rachel Knight. The characters in
Dec 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I just love Rachel Knight more and more in each book. And this one is the best yet because it has an amazing Hollywood storyline and a trial sequence like none I've ever read before. Marcia Clark has outdone herself!
Cindy Ward
Jun 18, 2013 rated it liked it
This book had a strong start, the first 60% was great, but then it kind of dragged on through the ending. Once they got in court it was not as exciting. Overall it just seemed too long.
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Four and a half stars.

I really enjoyed this book. To me, this is the book that Clark is perfect at writing. This one spends far more time in the courtroom than the first two (but, I enjoyed both of those a lot, too). "Watching" Rachel in her element was really enjoyable, and I found myself reading wayyy past my bedtime. Definitely will read the next one. Hope Clark writes more!
Margaret Dee
Jun 06, 2018 rated it liked it
This was part of our mystery book club. Best of this series, less talk of clothes and traffic and more time spent developing the story. Story was key here with relationships between friends integrated into the story line.
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a rather good novel. We had just watched the O.J. Simpson series, so I was curious to see what a book by Ms Clark would be. I got bogged down about a third thru, but then it got better. Got it for a dollar, so the price was right.
May 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
The third Rachel Knight book in series from author Marcia Clark was by far the best thriller of her's I've read. At just over 620 pages, "Blind Ambition", delivers a well scripted suspense legal thriller. Not really a fan of the first two books in this series, this one was an eye opener. Author Marcia Clark keeps her protagonist Rachel Clark in her element, and not running around L.A. playing detective. A riveting tale that is primarily set within the confides of a court of law that keeps Rachel ...more
Aug 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-thrillers
Killer Ambition – Slick and stylish.

Killer Ambition by Marcia Clark is part of the Rachel Knight series of which this was my first reading which charmed from the first page to the last. Written by a former Californian prosecutor she brings all her experience to bear as she shines a light on the relationship between the District Attorney’s Office and the LAPD. Marcia Clark’s writing style is addictive and her choice of characters is inspired, it is also great to see two strong intelligent women w
Andrea Corley
With each book that I read in the Rachel Knight series, I find it harder and harder to pick which one I liked more! I find that each book fulfills different yearnings that quinces my reading thirsts!

I like the fact that the main characters don't really change throughout the series! You may hear less from a few throughout the different books, but for the most part, they are all back, with much more greatness with each book! Of course, new characters are introduced as each story is different, but
Gloria Feit
Dec 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
A kidnapping goes wrong, and two young persons are found knifed to death. One is the teenage daughter of a popular Hollywood director; the other, the son of a writer who had accused that same father of stealing a script that started him on the road to fame. As Rachel Knight, the Special Trials prosecutor and detective Bailey Keller begin to assess physical evidence, it turns out that a top talent agent, the director’s partner and best friend, looks good for the crime.

That is the setting for the
Jul 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
By the time I started reading the third book in the series I knew to expect Rachel's recklessness and propensity to purse the truth at all costs (and the fact that these two combined kept constantly getting her into all sort of trouble). This book also happens to feature the case that I found most interesting (the second book was a close second - I know, I know, couldn't help it lol) - this murder takes us into the heart of glamour, wealth and deception that is Hollywood (or at least Marcia Clar ...more
Jul 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
3 stars, review to come...:)

killer ambition... 3 stars

Let me start out by saying I really, really liked the first 2 books and I like this one too. but, What made me give this book only 3 stars was the whole jury selection thing which I skimmed over! leave out the trial and jury selections and this would have been a 5 star for me. The relationships and story line are enough to carry the stories Ms. Clark so wonderfully writes.
The humor is wonderful as is the friendships Rachel has with her two "
"Killer Ambition (A Rachel Knight Novel"), by Marcia Clark is the third novel in this legal thriller mystery series, that centers around Rachel Knight, a prosecutor in L.A. I have read her previous two books, and enjoyed this novel the best so far.

This book takes a different approach, and concentrates on gathering evidence and witnesses for a trial, and then continues on to the trial.

So Killer Ambition is really more of a courtroom drama than a police procedural. Since Ms. Clark is a lawyer and
Nov 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, netgalley, kindle
I had never heard of this author when I was invited to review four of her books for Netgalley. I'm really glad I went ahead and downloaded them. This is the third book in the series that features L A Special Trials prosecutor Rachel Knight and her friend Detective Bailey Keller. They are called in on the kidnapping of Hailey the daughter of a famous director. Ransom was paid, but the girl was never brought back, and her body is found later.
This was a really good book, and I never guessed who re
Karla Huebner
Held my interest and seemed a competent example of its genre, although the petty competitions between the protagonist and her friends were annoying (as a character trait, not that characters have to be likable). Before I learned that the author was involved in prosecuting the O.J. Simpson case, I was skeptical that a deputy DA would be going out to the crime scene with the police, but I suppose the author would know better than I do. However, there was a major clue (cafe scene) that ultimately s ...more
Aug 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
I found myself interested in the book all the way through. It was a nice change to look at a murder case from the point of view of a D.A. I enjoyed the book very much!
Nov 25, 2014 rated it did not like it
This took too much time to develop and I found it boring so I abandoned it.
Gwen P
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I've read the previous books in this series as well as all the books in her other series (Samantha Brinkman) and while I generally prefer Samantha Brinkman a bit better, "Killer Ambition" is definitely the best of the Rachel Knight books so far.
The bare bones of the plot are covered in the description above, though I was actually surprised that it gives away the main suspect. They zero in on the suspect very early in the book so I guess it's not hurting anything and a
Sherri Bryant
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, thriller
Killer Ambition by Marcia Clark is the third installment in the Rachel Knight series. One of my favorite things about this series is not that it’s a Rachel Knight series. No, Marcia Clark, does better and goes one step further by writing a series with several characters that the reader gets to know and bond with.

This story packs a punch right in the feels when Rachel and Bailey are brought in to investigate the murder of the daughter of a Hollywood mover and shaker after it appears she has been
Nov 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Do you converse with strangers? I do, frequently. This time it was in the library. A fellow crime section wanderer told me, after a bit of crime fic chat, that I'd probably like Marcia Clark as she was a prosecutor. Clark was , in fact, lead prosecutor in the OJ Simpson case. I do like an authentic courtroom battle, or what is presented as such. This book had twists, turns, layers and a cast of thousands. Well, a lot. This book was the third in the series but can be read as a standalone.

I was su
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
In this fourth novel in this series, Deputy Prosecutor Rachel Knight and her close friend Detective Bailey Keller, are called in to investigate the kidnapping, and then murder, of a teenage girl. With this crime, the author gives us more a sense of Rachel's backstory, as this case brings her back to her own childhood, when her sister was abducted. Rachel remembers the guilt she herself felt, even though she was only 7 years old, as well as her father's anger and drinking. She also remembers how ...more
Lara Ryan
Aug 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, netgalley, 2017
I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Admittingly, I have had this book for a long time. I received all 4 books in the series, but until this point only managed to get through the first two due to time constraints. As I mentioned in my review of the others, this series reminds me a lot of James Patterson's Women's Murder Club series because it centers around a strong female lead with an arsenal of 3 equally strong female friends. All having careers in the
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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.

Other books in the series

Rachel Knight (4 books)
  • Guilt by Association (Rachel Knight, #1)
  • Guilt by Degrees (Rachel Knight, #2)
  • The Competition (Rachel Knight, #4)
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