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The Competition

(Rachel Knight #4)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  2,169 ratings  ·  317 reviews
In Marcia Clark's most electrifying thriller yet, Los Angeles DA Rachel Knight investigates a diabolical high school massacre.

A Columbine-style massacre at a high school in the San Fernando Valley has left a community shaken to its core. Two students are identified as the killers. Both are dead, believed to have committed a mutual suicide. But in the aftermath of the shoot
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Published July 8th 2014 by Mulholland Books (first published January 1st 2014)
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Feb 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Author Marcia Clark, TV correspondent and former prosecutor, manages to distinguish her crime series by the strength of her writing and by the presentation of the material: she gives her readers an undeniably authentic inside look at the search for criminals, sharing along the way terminology and methods, points of law and methods of prosecution. She leavens the work by including the taunt-slinging humor that a hard-working, hard-living law enforcement team shares while investigating major crime ...more
Jennifer McLean
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all mystery fans
Recommended to Jennifer by: Penguin/Dutton books
I'm reading a new author with a great new series out and you're never gonna guess who the author is. Ok, yes, her name is in the title, but do you actually know who she is?? She's that Marcia Clark. Yep. The one who prosecuted O.J. Simpson. Holy Cow. I KNOW! That's what I thought when I found out. She can write? Cool! Let me tell you, THIS WOMAN CAN WRITE.

I don't think I've made myself clear yet, so let me get all dramatic on you. Marcia Clark is the best new author I have ever come across. Real
Jenn (One of Many, We are Legion)
3.5 stars

Thank you to Netgalley and Mulholland Books for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for a review.

I don’t read a lot of crime thrillers, and I really don’t know why, since I always seem to enjoy them when I do. Since I don’t read them often, I cannot compare this to the typical crime thriller. What I can say is that this was a worthwhile, exciting read, with excellent, excellent pacing.

First things first. This is apparently the fourth in a series about a prosecutor, Rachel
Aug 15, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
This is my first Marcia Clark novel and it is in the middle of a series. I didn't feel there was missing back story since I didn't read the first ones yet. I liked this book. It was a Columbine type story that was more like a legal thriller/crime story. The MC was well drawn and she possessed a normal personality. I also liked most of the other characters.

My only real complaint was with the story itself. It was tedious in the red herring chase when it seemed obvious who did it. It felt a little
Kris - My Novelesque Life
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: John Grisham and Lisa Scottoline fans

Written by Marcia Clark
2015; Mulholland Books (544 Pages)
Genre: mystery, law, police, suspense, thriller, series

Rating: ★★★★1/2

In the latest Rachel Knight novel, Rachel and Detective Bailey Keller are headed to a local high school where there has been a Columbine-style shooting complete with the killers taking their own lives. As Special Trials Prosecutor, Rachel and Bailey go through evidence and witnesses they soon realize that the facts do not add up and th
Jul 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is my first introduction to Marcia Clark and Rachel Knight. Luckily this book can be read as a stand alone novel. I really liked this book. While the story line was a little hard to read as I can remember hearing about the Columbine shooting and than there was the Connecticut shooting. So any time that I read a story that is closely similar to read life it is hard. But only for a brief moment as I can detach myself and remind myself it is just a story. This is a good sign and testament ...more
Andrea Corley
In the past, I mentioned that with each book, I had a harder time figuring out which story I liked best, but I think that The Competition was, HANDS DOWN, my favorite title of the entire series!!!! I am devastated to think that Marcia Clark may end with the series here! I think that she has such a great thing going with this series and I certainly hope that this isn't the end for Rachel Knight and her crew!

It's not very often that you find a series, that you enjoy the entire cast of main charact
Scott Parsons
Jul 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the fourth novel in Marcia Clark's Rachel Knight series. Having read and reviewed the previous three, I would say that this is the best one so far. I became quite engrossed in this one and read it very quickly.

The plot involves a high school massacre which is based on the Columbine incident. It appears that the killers are trying to outdo previous villains with a higher body count. Hence, the title: The Competition. Initially the police believe that two bodies found at the scene are thos
I really enjoyed The Competition by Marcia Clark. I read one other of her Rachel Knight books and I enjoyed getting back with familiar characters and also feeling like I was back in LA. I did live north of LA for a few years and knowing the places that the main character, Rachel Knight went brought memories. This book works very well as a standalone even though it is a part of a series. Marcia Clark refers to previous Rachel Clark cases but brings the reader up to date very quickly with just a f ...more
Oct 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clark's latest literary venture takes readers into a highly touching and controversial topic; school shootings. When two masked gunmen open fire in a gymnasium full of students, panic erupts as the body count rises. Called in to investigate, ADA Rachel Knight and Detective Keller determine that the killers may not be dead, as originally presumed. When the suspected gunmen are found slain in the library, Knight and Keller realise they may have stumbled upon a far more devious and complicated plan ...more
Jul 24, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
The Competition is a solid mystery novel that is better than I anticipated. The phenomena of celebrity lawyers becoming novelists is nothing unusual but I daresay it evokes a certain amount of skepticism in the average mystery reader. I certainly had that my doubts when I received this novel to review. Marcia Clark is mainly known as the lawyer that prosecuted O.J. Simpson. Little did I know she wrote three books before The Competition, all involving a district attorney by the name of Rachel Kni ...more
May 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a very strong story. I know this is fiction but it brought back to me the times I've heard on the News of shootings in schools.

This opens up almost immediantley with the shooting. The young teacher throwing her arms as wide as she can to protect the youngsters. The girl hidden under the table whose head gets shot at close range. At times this author had me wriggling in my seat. I don't usually read discriptive words as plainly told as this, so much so I could see it in my minds eye and f
I was given the book, "The Competition (Rachel Knight, #4)" by author Marcia Clark and publisher Mulholland Books via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. This was the fourth book in the series, and I found it the best. I have now read all the books in the series.

This novel centers around a school shooting, leaving dozens of children dead.... including the two shooters. But are they dead...or did they get away? As Rachel and her best friend, Detective Bailey Keller start putting the puzzl
Linda Strong
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the 4th book featuring Rachel Knight, Los Angeles DA. While it is more interesting to read them in order, this one is a terrific stand-alone.

This time around it's a school shooting, leaving dozens of children dead.... including the two shooters. Or are they dead? As Rachel and her best friend, Detective Bailey Keller start putting the puzzle together, they find things that just don't add up....and the chase is on.

I don't think many of us have ever forgotten the Columbine shooters, the ar
Aug 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook-arc
I have become quite a fan of Marcia Clark's Rachel Knight Series, and this book was a great addition. In this one, prosecutor Rachel Knight and detective Bailey Keller are investigating a high school shooting. At first glance, it seems the two suspects killed themselves, but Rachel and Bailey soon find that the appearances are deceiving.

This book has great characters and a compelling storyline. It captured and held my attention throughout, and I thought it was a very good book.
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Homegrown terrorism vs cops and society. Well narrated and recommended.
Sherry Fundin
I am really eager to begin to read this one because I am hoping to find out the answers to a past that has haunted her.

I can empathize with her ability to keep from letting the occasional curse word escape. LOL I can relate to her being cold all the time and dressing for warmth. I do too. I crave 80 degrees.

These characters have grown on me in a big way. This is my fourth book in the series and I have enjoyed watching Marcia Clark’s writing grow and develop. This is the best one yet.

The Competit
Aug 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: completed
A Columbine shooting is the setting for this mystery novel. Clark writes with a great deal of intensity and turns out a pretty good police procedural, except when she is pushing her characters to bend the law, twist their stories, etc. In fact, to paint a Deputy District Attorney to have such a prominent place in the investigation stretches reality to its breaking limit. While they would be on scene-- while they would be involved-- it would be an advisory capacity-- so much more than as a lead i ...more
David Weinfeld
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
well written story of prosecutor and police working together. The plot is a bit difficult to read because it involves mass shootings at schools and other locations by young sociopaths. The 'competition' is between mass killers.
Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
ADA Rachel Knight returns for a fourth novel in, "The Competition", from author Marcia Clark. This fourth book is the best read yet of this thrilling series. The subject matter takes on a very difficult, and delicate topic of a mass shooting in a high school. Marcia Clark really grabs the reader from the very first page with her narrative. Rachel Knight and her sidekick detective Bailey Keller arrive on this scene which is one of the worst type of a nightmare scenarios. Two apparent high school ...more
So first the bad news - this is the weakest link in the series so far (at least to me). The blurb made me all excited because the book is dealing with a socially relevant and at the same time sensitive subject of high school massacres. This was the first time that the plot didn't hold any surprises whatsoever, everything seemed painfully obvious (again, at least to me) and I found that a bit frustrating. Whereas in previous books I would have my suspicions about where the clues were leading to ( ...more
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a most excellent 5 star read!

This was a grisly read, mass shootings by a screwed up teenager is always a bummer.
I must say I am enjoying Rachel and her gang of merry do gooders. I love the camaraderie of the characters, I love that Rachel lives at the Biltmore Hotel, I love that she and her friends are always hungry and I love that they are all workaholics!
Rachel and Bailey get the call that a Columbine like shooting has just happened at a nearby school and they are on the case.
Who are the sho
Lee Dunning
Jul 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the fourth in the series (well, at least the fourth in terms of whole numbers), and Ms. Clark continues to improve. For the most part, this is not an action-packed thriller, but a hardcore police investigation combined with the legal side of building a case against some truly brutal killers. It's a fascinating look into the workings of a high profile legal case.

The only area I really felt it fell flat was during a scene where one of the suspects is tracked down. Instead of keeping an ey
Gloria Feit
Feb 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An essential element of a crime novel is the inclusion of a red herring or two to keep the reader guessing. Well, in this latest Rachel Knight caper, there are a lot more than that, as the plot twists and turns toward completion. The story begins with two males shooting automatic weapons at a high school audience at a pep rally, killing and wounding many in a Columbine-like massacre. And that’s the beginning of what appears to be a competition with other similar events in an effort to outdo the ...more
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books
A delightful legal police procedural/legal thriller that will keep you enthralled until finished. I read in one setting.Rachel receives a call from Bailey telling her to ready as she is picking her up at once. Bailey has been sent to a mass shooting at a local highschool as the lead investigator. At first is believed that both shooters are dead until the coroner tell them the position of the bodies make suicide impossible. Both shooters are at large. To help avoid public panic that information n ...more
May 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow...just wow. We join Prosecutor Rachel Knight and LAPD detective Bailey Keller on an amazing and crazy ride following a school shooting. There are so many brilliant and heart-pounding twists and turns it is impossible to put the book down and not walk away wanting to know what is coming next. I don't want to get into much detail because that would give away the awesomeness of this book. It is so well written and each page leaves you hanging on the edge of your seat.
I am a crime buff. I love

This book is a police thriller about a Robbery/ Homicide Detective and a Special Trials Prosecutor racing to catch the perpetrator(s) of a Columbine- like school shooting.

This is my first book by this author and I expected a Law &Order type of story. The opening chapter made me hold my breath. The assassinations of the students was written in a way that I felt the horror. I enjoyed reading about trying to solve the case. The inside lingo gave it an authentic voice even if the slang was a ta
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, mystery

The Competition – A Rachel Knight Novel is an entertaining summer read that kept me on my toes. In the wake of a school shooting Knight and Keller join together to solve the how’s and why’s of this tragic crime. I personally love mysteries that feature a female heroine and The Competition features two clever, resourceful and witty women. A lead detective and a prosecutor, this team knows how to solve crimes and insure that criminals won’t get off on a technicality. The criminals are well develop
Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fast paced legal thriller! This is the 4th book in the Rachel Knight series and the best so far!
In this installment Rachel & Bailey are tracking down the gunman from a school shooting. As the story unfold, soon there are more mass shootings and the case twists & turns. While trying to uncover the killer, several teens and parents are questioned about the incidents. We begin to learn more about the psychological state of mind of the shooter.
There is a very real component to the writing a
Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While the subject of this story is school/mass shootings, it was a fascinating look into what law enforcement is faced with after such a tragic event. I thought all characters were portrayed in a believable fashion, particularly the parents of the suspected shooters. In the grief that surrounds the loss of young life, I think it is easy to forget that the parents of those responsible lost their children too. It can be convenient or easy to point fingers at those parents for their parenting metho ...more
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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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Rachel Knight (4 books)
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