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Crime Novel Review: Guilt by Association (Rachel Knight #1) by Marcia Clark

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Crime Novel Review: Guilt by Association (Rachel Knight #1) by Marcia ClarkGuilt by Association by Marcia Clark
Series: Rachel Knight #1
Published by: Mulholland Books on 3/1/2012
Genres: Adult, Crime Fiction, Mystery
Pages: 356
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley

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About the Book:

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's death, a decision that exposes a world of power and violence and will have her risking her reputation--and her life--to find the truth.

With her tremendous expertise in the nuances of L.A. courts and crime, and with a vibrant ensemble cast of characters, Marcia Clark combines intimate detail, riotous humor, and visceral action in a debut thriller that marks the launch of a major new figure on the crime-writing scene.

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Guilt by Association is the first book in the Rachel Knight series by Marcia Clark.  Complete with a rape and a double homicide, not to mention a  witty District Attorney, this book has everything a lover of crime novels could ask for.


Rachel Knight works as a DA in Los Angeles, CA where there is plenty of crime for her to deal with.  When one of her fellow DA’s ends up dead in a seedy motel with a young boy in what appears to be a murder suicide, Rachel is determined to clear his name.  The only problem being that the Feds don’t want her anywhere near the case.  Not to mention she has her own cases to be working on, one being the rape of a teenage girl.


For the most part, I enjoyed Rachel as a character.  She’s a smart woman who is good at her job, which is always nice.  When it’s implicated that Jake, her DA friend who has been murdered, was involved in some illicit activities involving the young boy he was found dead with, Rachel refuses to believe the worst in Jake like the Feds do.  Her loyalty is something I also really admired about her.  Although she didn’t know Jake well outside of work, the two bonded over the fact that they’re both total workaholics.


When she isn’t digging into cases that she’s supposed to stay away from, Rachel is also dealing with the rape of a young girl from the richy rich side of town.  Her father is convinced he knows who the killer is, but Rachel isn’t so sure.  Now it’s up to her and her detective friend Bailey are out to find the culprit by doing actual police work.


Both of the plot lines in the novel kept me interested throughout the whole thing.  I love a good crime story, as well as trying to put all of the pieces together.  Guilt by Association does a really good job of riding the line between putting things together for you and being too difficult for you to figure out on your own.  Nothing is ever what it seems to be in crime novels, and this particular novel is no exception.


My only real issue with this book is that it tended to drag on a little in parts that weren’t dealing directly with the crimes at hand.  Rachel went to eat at various restaurants throughout the book, which is fine, but there was always this really detailed description of each one as well as the type of people who eat there, which I didn’t necessarily care about.
When it came to the actual cases, the gathering of evidence, interviewing people, being out in the field, all of that was really interesting and held my attention.  Most importantly, it made me want to know who was responsible and see them brought to justice.


Overall, Guilt by Association gets 4 out of 5 controllers for me.  Great crime novel, well written, if a bit slow in places.  I would definitely recommend picking this one up.



My Rating



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