Guilt by Association by Marcia Clark
(A Rachel Knight Novel)

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10 Critic Reviews

That the novel is marked by authenticity is no surprise given Clark’s credentials...but what may surprise some readers is the quality of the writing, plus the considerable charm of Rachel and her buddies.
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Synopsis

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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Marcia Clark began practicing law as a criminal defense attorney. She became a prosecutor in the L.A. District Attorney's Office in 1981, and spent ten years in the Special Trials Unit where she handled a number of high profile cases prior to the O.J. Simpson case, including the prosecution of stalker/murderer Robert Bardo, whose conviction for the murder of actress Rebecca Schaeffer resulted in legislation that offered victims better protection from stalkers as well as increased punishment for the offenders. Since the Simpson trial, Ms. Clark has toured the U.S. and Canada giving lectures on a variety of women's issues including domestic violence and inspirational/motivational speeches, as well as lectures on the latest high profile cases, public service careers, and of course, the Trial of the Century. In May of 1997, her book on the Simpson case, Without a Doubt was published and quickly rose to #1 on the New York Times, Wall St. Journal, Washington Post, LA Times, and Publisher's Weekly bestsellers lists. From February 1998 to 2000 Marcia was under contract as a legal analyst and expert commentator for NBC, CNBC and MSNBC. She appeared weekly as the substitute host of Geraldo Rivera's "Rivera Live," and also hosted "Equal Time" for CNBC and "Judge and Jury" for MSNBC. Marcia has appeared on the "Oprah Winfrey Show," the "Larry King Show," the "Today" show, "The Early Show," and "Good Morning America," among others, and provides legal commentary on a wide variety of cable shows such as "Anderson Cooper 360" and "Issues with Jane Velez Mitchell." Marcia Clark (with writing partner, Catherine LePard) has sold hour-long pilots to the FX network, Lifetime, and VH1 and developed a half hour comedy for NBC. She has also developed reality projects for CBS and was an executive producer of a one hour reality pilot for CBS. Marcia has published three novels which feature Los Angeles Special Trials prosecutor Rachel Knight: Guilt by Association, Guilt by Degrees, and Killer Ambition, which is due out in June 2013. TNT has optioned the books and a drama series is currently in development. Marcia is attached as an executive producer. She's currently at work on her fourth novel.
 
Published April 20, 2011 by Mulholland Books. 373 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Crime. Fiction
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Kirkus

Good

That the novel is marked by authenticity is no surprise given Clark’s credentials...but what may surprise some readers is the quality of the writing, plus the considerable charm of Rachel and her buddies.

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Examiner

Excellent
on Apr 18 2011

Guilt by Association is a dazzling debut that marks the emergence of a new literary luminary. Clark clearly enjoyed revisiting her days as a prosecutor, and readers, too, will appreciate the journey.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
on Apr 20 2011

You never know what’s coming around the curve. . . . Reading Guilt by Association is like taking a ride down the virtually mythical Mulholland Drive in a new Tesla roadster.

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Dallas News

Above average
on Apr 22 2011

Clark’s writing isn’t particularly literary, and it can feel ham-handed when she tries to be lyrical.

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Independent.ie

Above average
on Jun 12 2011

...her skills as a writer give this title more than pure nostalgia value.

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Spinetingler Magazine

Above average
on Jan 08 2012

For a first novel, the effort is fairly well done, with good dialogue and plot movement, as well as some subtle twists.

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The Christian Manifesto

Good
on Mar 17 2011

It is pure entertainment and out and out fun. It’s got a fantastic sense of humor to offset the more serious investigation of brutal crimes along with a wonderful touch of compassion.

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Book Fetish

Good
on Jul 28 2011

Marcia Clark utilized her years of legal experience to pen an intelligent and riveting legal crime drama that starts out like a freight train and doesn’t let up.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Good

...GUILT BY ASSOCIATION is a well-crafted and enjoyable first outing for a tough team who I'd be perfectly happy to see again.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Below average

Although this book has a lot going for it, the mystery itself is a bit convoluted and the ultimate culprits could be better set up.

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