April 23, 2011

Review "Guilt by Association" by Marcia Clark

Published by Little Brown
ISBN: 9780316186353
I received an ARC-EBook Bound galley Edition from NetGalley, at no cost to me, for my honest opinion.
  Synopsis (from NetGalley): 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.
  My Thoughts and Opinion: After reading the synopsis, the vast reviews and yes, being one of the millions, glued to the infamous TV trial of the century, my curiosity was piqued as to Ms. Clark's debut novel. I was a bit leery, however, that it would be filled with a lot of legal jargon but after reading a few chapters I knew that wouldn't be the case (no pun intended). The suspense pulled me in within the first few pages. I immediately liked the strong willed main character Rachel Knight. The writing style flowed and it kept my interest for the entire read. The author created a story line that wove a cast of characters and 2 separate crimes together to the end, keeping the reader guessing to the last page. However, I felt that there was more "detective" work by the main character than her role as a D.A., not much in the way of a "legal" storyline. As I said, the book held my interest, but I wouldn't say it was a page turner, can't put down read. I also thought, and this is my opinion only, that there was too much "filler" of where and what the characters ate and drank. I expected, and again this is only my opinion, more substance.


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bermudaonion said...

I liked this one more than you did. I thought it was great and hope to read more about Rachel and her friends.

Gigi Ann said...

I agree with you about fillers, I hate them, sometimes I get so fed up with the fillers, I go to the last chapter and see who did it and put the book on the shelf, never to be read again. However, there are other books that I can struggle through the filler and read the book to the end. I'm on the fence on this book, it appears that bermudaonion didn't mind the fillers.