Guilt by Degrees by Marcia Clark

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20 Critic Reviews

Spying on the system’s inner workings proves increasingly addictive, and it’s refreshing to find a lead character pursuing a stressful life because she actually enjoys it. A blade-sharp read.
-Financial Times

Synopsis

Someone has been watching D.A. Rachel Knight--someone who's Rachel's equal in brains, but with more malicious intentions. It began when a near-impossible case fell into Rachel's lap, the suspectless homicide of a homeless man. In the face of courthouse backbiting and a gauzy web of clues, Rachel is determined to deliver justice. She's got back-up: tough-as-nails Detective Bailey Keller. As Rachel and Bailey stir things up, they're shocked to uncover a connection with the vicious murder of an LAPD cop a year earlier. Something tells Rachel someone knows the truth, someone who'd kill to keep it secret.

Harrowing, smart, and riotously entertaining, GUILT BY DEGREES is a thrilling ride through the world of LA courts with the unforgettable Rachel Knight.
 

About Marcia Clark

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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 May 8, 2012 by Mulholland Books. 449 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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All: 20 | Positive: 17 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Excellent
May 15 2012

Her second girlfriend novel, counterpart to the buddy novel, is serious fun.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Mar 19 2012

Clark humanizes her tough lead, and gets the mixture of action and investigative legwork just right, more than making the case for a long life for this West Coast analogue to Linda Fairstein’s Alex Cooper.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by John Valeri on May 06 2012

With Guilt by Degrees, Clark has managed to do the arduous and make it look easy: she has taken the strongest elements from an already assured debut and melded them into near perfection.

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Financial Times

Good
Reviewed by Christopher Fowler on May 05 2012

Spying on the system’s inner workings proves increasingly addictive, and it’s refreshing to find a lead character pursuing a stressful life because she actually enjoys it. A blade-sharp read.

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Mysterious Reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by Betty

This intense and riveting thriller has creatively drawn characters racing against time in the context of a convincing law-and-order driven investigation.

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The Christian Manifesto

Excellent
Reviewed by Melissa Willis on May 03 2012

From plot to characters to suspense to mystery to writing, this book is a complete package and one I highly recommend.

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Night Owl Suspense

Excellent
Jun 13 2012

This book was just as good as the first one... The connections, within connections keep the readers guessing all the way to the page turning finale.

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Booking Mama

Good
Reviewed by Julie on May 07 2012

Highly recommended for fans of police procedurals and mysteries as well as fans of stories with kick-butt female characters!

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S. Krishna's Books

Good
Reviewed by Swapna Krishna on May 09 2012

The writing is smart and the story moves at an exciting pace.

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Milo's Rambles

Good
Reviewed by Milo on May 21 2012

Guilt by Degrees is another example of an author at the top of her game.

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The Bowed Bookshelf

Below average
Reviewed by Trish on Sep 28 2012

Knight herself mentions that her heart bleeds for the poor victims of crimes that she prosecutes, but she doesn’t show it.

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Buried Under Books

Good
Reviewed by Stephen Brayton on Jun 02 2012

I will definitely be looking forward to more Knight reading.

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The Reading Reviewer

Good
Reviewed by Mary Gramlich on May 08 2012

Marcia Clark writes stories that are filled with mesmerizing details, characters you relate to, and an abundance of unbelievable plot diversity.

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I'm Booking It

Below average
Reviewed by Laura on May 31 2012

I didn’t necessarily feel the same added realism of having someone that really knows the legal system as I did with her earlier book, but nothing strained credulity more than the average mystery.

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The Review Broads

Below average
Reviewed by Ava on May 07 2012

A good, solid Rachel Knight novel, although it didn’t blow my socks off like Guilt by Association.

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A Lovely Shore Breeze Blog

Good
Reviewed by Caite on Aug 07 2012

Guilty by Degrees is a well written, quite well done book, one that mystery fans, especially fans of legal and police thrillers, will want to pick up.

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Stitch-Read-Cook

Good
Reviewed by Aislynn Thompson on Jun 23 2012

...this book is filled with intrigue, a spunky, smart and feisty heroine who fights for justice.

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Emma Cunningham

Good
Reviewed by Emma Cunningham on May 09 2012

I think the best mark of an “author to watch” is one who makes a point of improv­ing her writ­ing and sto­ry­telling skills with each book, and Clark absolutely makes each book top the last.

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The Mystery Bookshelf

Good
Reviewed by John Sheridan on Jul 04 2012

If you’ve read and liked the first novel then you’ll want to pick up the second one as well as it features many of the same aspects that worked well the first time around.

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Wickedly Delicious Tales

Good
Reviewed by Cassandra on Apr 12 2012

I was impressed with Guilt by Degrees and even found it surpassing the first.

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