I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Guilt by Association by Marcia Clark
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.
A prominent high-profile attorney and a male prostitute. Both found dead in the same seedy hotel room.
A 15 yr old from a powerful family is raped, and the sole suspect is the Latino boy she was tutoring.
Rachel Knight, a deputy district attorney with high-profile cases, is up and coming. She is winning her cases, and her superiors are taking notice. Rachel world is rocked when her closest work friend, Jake, is found dead in a seedy hotel room with what looks like his male prostitute lover. Determined to find out what happened to her friend, Rachel begins a quest for the truth, whatever that may be. In the meantime, Rachael has just been assigned Jake’s biggest case: the rape of the 15 yr old daughter of a prominent family. Through it all Rachel as her closest friends, Toni (another DA in her office) and Bailey, a detective on the police force. More the Rachel starts to investigate, the more she is discovering she may not have known Jake, and her superiors want her to leave the case alone. The rape case which is supposed to be a “slam dunk” turns out there is more that meets the eye. Rachel soon discovers that these two cases might not have been separate after all.
From the beginning, I liked Rachel. She is determined and headstrong and enjoys a good martini. Marcia Clark’s story kept you on the edge of your seat. I felt that some of the dialogue could have been less choppy. However, her characters were well-developed. Like Rachel, I too wanted to know what was going on and what happened to Jake. I enjoyed this book but felt that it could have moved a little quicker. There were periods that I felt it didn’t move the story along. This book is the first of a four-part series, and I am looking forward to getting the others.
Reviewed by Mia