Guilt By Association: A Rachel Knight novel Hardcover – 12 May 2011
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You must read this book: it is wildly and complexly plotted, ebulliently witty and filled with riotous humor; it details the inner workings of the L.A. legal system with unprecedented accuracy and verve - and to top it off, it is a damn, damn, good thriller. (James Ellroy)
Marcia Clark's debut novel showcases her experience and knowledge of the legal system. The pace, plot and dialogue are as sharp as they come in the genre. (David Baldacci)
This introduction to LA special prosecutor Rachel Knight charms from the first line then surfs a tide of knockabout humour, sassy backchat and armour-piercing observation (Daily Telegraph)
Knight makes a compelling protagonist - rebellious, straight-forward, salty (Guardian)
An accomplished debut...Clark is a polished writer who knows her material (Sunday Telegraph Australia)
Her first legal thriller, about a tenacious Los Angeles DA, is on the money (Daily Mail)
A corker of a debut novel (Kirkus Review)
A triumphant fiction debut...Readers will want to see a lot more of Knight, who combines strength of character and compassion with all-too-human foibles. (Publishers Weekly)
Remarkably accomplished...A top-notch legal thriller that will leave readers wanting more. (Booklist)
In Rachel Knight, author and OJ Simpson prosecutor Marcia Clark has created a feisty heroine with class and style - a terrific character for a heart-thumping new thriller series set in LA.See all Product description
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Los Angeles District Attorney Rachel Knight is a member of the small, select group known as Special Trials, and as such, she's used to dealing with the most complex and high profile cases. Rachel and the rest of the group are used to spending a lot of time in each other's company, but they talk shop; they don't talk about their lives outside the job.
When another member of the group, Jake Pahlmeyer, and a young boy are found dead in a rent-by-the-hour motel, Rachel is in total shock. She must also take over his toughest case: the rape of a young woman from a rich family.
But that's not all. No matter the gossip swirling around Jake's death, no matter that she didn't know what Jake did in his time away from the office, Rachel knows something's not right, and she's willing to put her job-- and her life-- on the line to uncover the truth.
Normally I would steer well clear of a book written by a celebrity author, but the synopsis sounded so good that I knew I had to give it a try. I'm glad I did. Clark shows skill in developing an engrossing plot that moves at an assured pace. Her familiarity with Los Angeles came through loud and clear, and the character of Rachel was extremely well done.
How well done? Her intelligence and skill at her job were very evident, and a few of her flaws made me shake my head (a sure sign that the character is becoming real to me as I read). If you eat out with Rachel, be warned: she's always on a diet and thinks nothing of stealing food from everyone else's plate. Keep your fork handy. Also, Rachel gave details every time she made a wardrobe change. I'm not a typical female, so the fashion updates got a bit boring. And... Rachel enjoys her alcohol a bit too much. She needs to take care.
Clark also has a good turn of phrase, as when she describes the entrance to the county jail as "the gates of Mordor", or when she talks about a faded woman looking "as though she'd been run through the wash too many times."
I thought I had the mystery solved-- several times. Each time I had the solution in the bag, Clark put a knot in the plot and made me rethink everything. I like that. Am I looking forward to more books featuring Rachel Knight? You bet I am!
The main character clearly draws on a lot of the personal experiences of the author, and is a flawed but likeable, sassy criminal prosecutor who ends up doing a lot of detective work when one of her other team members is murdered.
There is a lot of action and intrigue in the book, preventing it from becoming a dry, infodump-heavy procedural. My only complaint was the main character's obsession with clothes, shoes and makeup -- I prefer my women protagonists to be a bit more focussed on the important stuff.
All in all, this is a great book for airports or the beach, one that's easy to get right back into if reading gets interrupted while you change planes or order another umbrella drink.
In this book, we are introduced to the cast of characters such as bartender Drew who becomes Bailey’s love interest and Graden Hales who becomes Rachel’s.
The story is about one of the DA’s own, Jake, and a young boy who is supposedly gay. They are found dead together. This brings up the question was Jake gay as well. Rachel has been told to stay away from Jake's murder investigation as the FBI is working the case.
The second story is about the rape of a young gal whose parents are extremely wealthy. The father puts pressure on Rachel to arrest the boy he believes is the rapist but Rachel is not so sure that the boy did it.
Naturally, Bailey and Rachel want to know the true facts in both cases. Several suspects are looked at until they finally find the rapist. When they do, he has driven his car off a cliff and wrapped it around a tree. At this point, they haven’t had any significant progress on Jake’s case.
There must be more involved. Are the two stories tied together somehow? To answer those questions, you will need to read this book.
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