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First in a new series from bestselling author and famed O. J. Simpson trial prosecutor Marcia Clark, a “terrific writer and storyteller” (James Patterson).

Samantha Brinkman, an ambitious, hard-charging Los Angeles criminal defense attorney, is struggling to make a name for herself and to drag her fledgling practice into the big leagues. Sam lands a high-profile double-mu

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Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published May 1st 2016 by Thomas & Mercer
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Xe N Samantha and her team assumed that Aubrey was probably a friend of the homeowners who had told him he could use the place. The male homeowner had set…moreSamantha and her team assumed that Aubrey was probably a friend of the homeowners who had told him he could use the place. The male homeowner had set up the camera in the bedroom (and that appeared to be the only place with a "security" camera) in hopes of catching some of the action that went on while he was out of the country.

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Kaceey - Traveling Sister
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
A blast from the past.

We all remember Marcia Clark from the days of OJ. Right? She was brilliant then, though we all know how that ended.
Well, Ms. Clark has resurrected her career as a crime thriller author. And, with her extensive background would certainly have first-hand insight into the criminal world, more than most, and it shows here.

In the first novel of her new series, the main character is Samantha Brinkman, a struggling lawyer whose clientele isn't exactly the paying type.

With the l
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Zoeytron
Being troll-bait for haters is part of the gig.'

Criminal defense attorney Samantha Brinkman works out of a small raggedy office in a questionable part of town. The office is furnished in 'early "I don't give a damn"' decor, sports an on-its-last-legs computer, and an out-dated copier. The looks of the place where she hangs her shingle don't really matter too much. Not many walk-in clients in that area. Indeed, most of her customers are in custody.

Very readable, with a goodly amount of humor. The
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Jean
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Marcia Clark, famous for her role as lead prosecutor in the 1994-95-murder trial of former football star O.J. Simpson, is now a mystery fiction writer. I was excited to receive an ARC copy of her new book, Blood Defense, from NetGalley. I also wish to thank Thomas & Mercer and the author for providing me with this opportunity to read this first in a series legal thriller in exchange for my unbiased review.

Ms. Clark’s protagonist in this book is a defense attorney named Samantha Brinkman. Is
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Wendy'sThoughts
May 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 Captivating, Page-Turning Stars
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They say write what you know... Well, Marcia Clark knows trials, fame, twists, turns and surprise outcomes. She also knows how to write extremely engaging novels and this is another one. Very exciting to have a brand new series by her. Looking forward to more.

A gifted copy was provided by Thomas & Mercer via NetGalley for an honest review.

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Monnie
May 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Like many folks, I was glued to the TV set during the infamous police chase and subsequent capture and trial of former NFL star O.J. Simpson, charged with the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and waiter Ronald Goldman. The trial was riveting, and it was especially interesting to me to watch the teams of attorneys on both sides in action. The lead prosecutor was Marcia Clark from the Los Angeles District Attorney's office. She impressed me - maybe in part because I'd never before seen ...more
Liz
Nov 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley

Ok, so Marcia Clark, the prosecutor in the OJ trial, writes a mystery in which the main character is a defense attorney. And her attitude seeps through. Samantha isn't one of those “true believers, who didn't care how many victims their clients had disemboweled, who thought they were all just poor, misunderstood unfortunates”. But she is a fighter for her clients.

I like Ms. Clark’s writing style. She imparts a dry sense of humor onto Samantha. As she comments on a prosecutor “wearing a dress fr
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Lori
Apr 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
I'm sorry but I don't understand how this book has gotten such high ratings. The story was stupid and the characters had no depth. I was only able to finish it because I have a compulsion to finish what I start (thanks mom...). Bottom line, don't waste your time.
Matt
Mar 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Launching her new legal series, Clark introduces the reader to defence attorney Samantha Brinkman. While she is hard-working, Brinkman struggles with a bare-bones staff; her best friend as receptionist and a recently-released criminal as investigator. Brinkman and Associates put their hearts into their cases, but cannot seem to find a way out of a sea of debt. After the murder of television star, Chloe Monahan, and her roommate, the city is abuzz with speculation. Who would want to kill such a s ...more
Kris - My Novelesque Life
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of legal supsense thrillers
On occasion NetGalley will have books listed on their site that are not available to request but you can "wish for it." The publisher/author may later decide to grant a reviewer wish. (I am not at all sure how this decided). I have "wished" for a few books and not really thought much about it. I was so excited to see one of my favourite authors, Marcia Clark, had her newest book on NetGalley. And, then I saw it was a "wish for it" item. SIIIIIIGH. Less than a week later I get an email entitled.. ...more
Elizabeth
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of Marcia Clark's novels. The fact that this book is first in a new series is just a bonus. Her plots are tight, intense and full of action. As I was reading and, of course, attempting to second guess the author, I found that I was consistently wrong. Not a first for me, but it certainly made me want to continue to read so that I could guess again.

Ms. Clark's characters were quirky. Her main character, Samantha, is a down and out lawyer who deals with some of the dregs of society
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Linda Strong
May 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the start of a new series by this author. I have to admit ... I don't know too much about Marcia Clark as a state prosecutor ( think OJ ), but I think she's a terrific writer. I read her first series, featuring Rachel Knight, and now I keep her on my 'watch for new books' list.

Samantha Brinkman is a criminal defense attorney trying to keep her office afloat. She has two associates. Michelle is her forever best friend and her investigator, Alex, a former client with some super computing h
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FrankieReads
Apr 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
Let me begin by telling you that I really wanted to like this book. The main character, Samantha, seemed promising and the book synopsis was intriguing. However, there were quite a few aspects of this story that were problematic. First is Marcia Clark's somewhat desperate grasp at relevancy through poorly written slang and excessive, but unnecessary, references to social media and pop culture. It read like a middle aged, suburban mom attempting to connect with her younger child by emulating term ...more
David Reviews
Apr 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Blood Defense is a fast-paced crime thriller set in Los Angeles. Criminal defence attorney Samantha Brinkman finds that funds are running low for her practice, and she requires work fast. When TV star Chloe Monahan and her flatmate Paige Avner are found stabbed to death at home in their flat, it’s big news. A high profile case is just what Sam needs, and she and her team are relieved when she’s appointed to defend the chief suspect Dale Pearson, a veteran LAPD detective.

Author Marcia Clark writi
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Ariel
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: series-first
Disappointing. Upsetting. Boring. Uninteresting. The most bothered I got was at the end, when a few big reveals took the book from "forgettable" to "just no". I absolutely loved Ms. Clarke's "The Competition" - it was intelligent, well-researched, fantastically paced; it took a sensationalist subject and really examined it. Her other Rachel Knight books weren't as good, but enjoyable.

It's hard to believe this is written by the same author. It almost ended up in my DNF, but instead I skipped thro
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Matt
Apr 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

Sam is neither a hero nor anti-hero. That is, I feel like I'm supposed to root for her, but then she does things that cause me to respect her less. But these actions aren't interesting enough for her to be an anti-hero. Minor spoiler: When Sam stole the registration sticker off a license plate, that was a turning point for me. Maybe I shouldn't admit this, but I was more bothered by this than the revelation at the end of the novel.

I kept forgetting that the narrator is supposed to be 30
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Book Riot Community
I’m a huge fan of Marcia Clark’s novels (seriously, if you haven’t read her previous series, don’t let the famous name fool you. Marcia Clark is an amazing writer), so when I heard she had a new series coming out, I was immediately intrigued. This new series features criminal defense attorney Samantha Brinkman who is hired to defend a detective accused of killing a TV star. It might seem like a common premise for a legal thriller, but Clark delivers incredible twists and turns. She writes her ch ...more
CL
May 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love a good strong female character and Samantha Brinkman is just that. I would equate her with several other female lawyer characters written by famous authors and cannot wait to read the other stories with her character. Marcia Clark does a great job writing this book. Samantha’s practice is having a cash flow problem and she needs work to keep her practice going. When the opportunity comes up to defend a TV star it may just save them. Page turner. I would like to thank the Publisher and Net ...more
Ilze
︻╦╤─LOVED IT!!!

︻╦╤─Hands down one of the best books I have read this year and probably one of the best legal thrillers I have ever read.

︻╦╤─I loved being shocked and surprised by the turn of events. And this book is filled with unexpected twists and turns. For the most of the book I didn't know what is true and what isn't, even though I had my guesses I was never 100% sure.

︻╦╤─Samantha Brinkman is officially one of my all time favorite heroines and I cannot wait to see what will happen next and
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Rohit Enghakat
This is more of a criminal thriller than a legal one. The book starts off beautifully with the main protagonist, a lawyer, who just about manages to eke out an existence professionally when she is approached by her biological father to take up his case where he is charged with the homicides of two girls, one an upcoming actress and the other, a waitress. Soon bodies start piling up. It initially promises to be legal thriller but midway it meanders away from the main plot and becomes a whodunit c ...more
Caroline Mitchell
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book, which I listened to on audio book. The story was enjoyable and the characters believable and well fleshed out. It did not invoke any emotional reactions as such, but I was travelling and it made for an easy listen. The only thing that spoiled it was the narration, and I had to take several breaks from the story due to the excitable tone of voice. During the more dramatic scenes, I wanted to tell her to calm down. It was too much to listen to for any length, which is a shame, ...more
Veronica
May 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
There were some surprises at the end of this story and I'm not yet sure how I feel about them. I'll read the next book to see how it all fleshes out but I'll be reading the physical book. While the narrator did an okay job in the audio book, there were some parts where her narration reached near hysteria and while, objectively, that fit with what was going on in those scenes, it still pulled me right out of the story. Overall though I liked the story, the murder case was interesting and the disc ...more
Obsidian
May 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Well this is my first Marcia Clark book. I had no idea until now that she has written other books and I may check them out now.

"Blood Defense" is the first book in Marcia Clark's Samantha Brinkman series. Samantha is a defense attorney in Los Angeles doing what she can to keep her struggling one woman firm open. When the opportunity arises that she takes the latest high profile murder case involving a LAPD detective named Dale Pearson and a beloved childhood actress, Samantha takes the case.

To
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Angela DeSilva
This wasn't available on Netgalley so I wished for it and today they "granted my wish." Awesome!

Received hard copy today from publisher! Yaày!
Tom Swift
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Really fun fast paced legal thriller. Clark is a good writer, I will go back and look for her other books. 3.75 stars.
Julie Davis
Apr 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I chose this from the April offerings for the Kindle First program. It grabbed me from the beginning with a likable protagonist and interesting mystery. The legal setting proved to be fascinating with Samantha using the media as well as more expected methods to achieve her goal of getting a fair trial for an almost universally disliked client.

This book provoked an unusual response from me thanks to a plot twist at the very end. It is rare that I give a book such a high rating while simultaneousl
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Petra
My original Blood Defense audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.
This is the first book featuring criminal defense attorney Samantha Brinkman. Brinkman and her team take on the case of an LAPD detective, Dale Pearson, who is accused of murdering his girlfriend, a popular TV actress, and her roommate. The case ensures plenty of media attention and could be just what Samantha, who is hardworking but struggling financially, needs. But as more details of Detective Pearso
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K.L. Romo
Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow!! Talk about your killer endings!!

Samantha Brinkman is a sassy, no-nonsense criminal defense attorney with a run-down office in the middle of LA’s gang territory. She defends the worst-of-the-worst – many of them ruthless gang-bangers that scare the crap out of her.

Samantha is barely able to make ends meet. Her paralegal and life-long friend, Michelle, makes sure the utilities are paid before the electricity is shut off. Her investigator, Alex – a former client who’s a genius at computer ha
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Sarah Joint
Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was really young when the OJ Simpson trial occurred. I remember bits and pieces from my mother catching the highlights whenever she was home. Yet like most people, I remembered Marcia Clark's name and was really curious if she could write. The answer is a resounding yes. Yes, she definitely can. I was glued to this book to the point that interrupting me was really not a good idea. Fast paced, well written, and addicting.
Samantha Brinkman has found her way up. A criminal defense attorney, she
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Jessica Woodbury
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, crime-mystery
I have a high bar for legal thrillers and it's rarely met, but I thought I'd give Clark a try. When I read one I'm looking for good pacing, strong plot, interesting characters, and realistic court scenes. Clark does the last of these, but the rest wasn't there. In particular, I prefer a book that doesn't rely on tropes like the Valiant Prosecutor or the Shifty Defense.

This book has way too much plot, and with so much to cram in the pacing never feels comfortable. There are at least 3 plots, pro
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Suzanne
May 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Marcia Clark writes consistently good legal mysteries. With this first Samantha Brinkman novel, Clark has really written an excellent legal crime story. Her protagonist is salty, pushy and has a past that includes real darkness. The tale relies upon greater Los Angeles today as an active character in the story; not as a noir backdrop but as a thriving, megatropolis with vast stories to tell. The crime is layered and nuanced, as is the relationship between the attorney and the accused. I thought ...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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