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The Competition (Rachel Knight, #4)
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 student shooters have attacked the students in the Gym during an assembly. Chasing students and faculty through the halls until they end up in the library where both commit suicide. Rachel is horrified with 33 dead, and many others wounded. However when the investigation gets going things are not quite what they seem. It's possible the two dead "shooters" in the library may not be the actual killers. Rachel and Bailey have to deal with terrified students and teachers who all seem to tell different stories. This story creates a plot that expands from various towns around Los Angeles to Boulder, Colorado, and Utah looking for answers. With a suspect who recently mustered out of the military, and who while working at a gun range sets off a series of events that will further endanger other schools. When the second mass shooting occurs a a local movie theater, Rachel and Bailey need to be investigating 24/7 getting answers. With a very well planned out conclusion, this yarn reads very quickly. This one is packed with high octane action, and snappy dialog to make this an enjoyable and riveting read. Main characters Rachel and Bailey work very well together when intense pressure has their backs up against a wall. Also, the supporting characters really help round out a very well developed plot and story. Author Marcia Clark has become a pretty good story teller. Her Rachel Knight novels have all been enjoyable and riveting reads. I'm giving, "The Competition", four stars out of a possible five stars. Although it reads very quickly there are a couple times early on where it slows to a crawl. The action and dialog do make this one a winner. Be sure to check it out. This one and the other Rachel Knight series books. The series is progressing and interesting with each new book.
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