Guilt by Degrees by Marcia Clark

A Review of Guilt by Degrees by Marcia Clark

Guilt by Degrees

by Marcia Clark

This is book two in the series featuring Rachel Knight and her two female associates, Toni LaCollier and Bailey Keller. Rachel and Toni are prosecutors in the District Attorney’s Special Trials Office, and Bailey is a detective in the LAPD Major Crimes Division.  I am working my way though this series towards the new release, The Competition, compliments of NetGalley and the publisher, Mulholland Books.

CLARK_GuiltbyDegrees-660x1024In many ways, this book is even better than book one. The dialogue and story feel even more authentic. Ms. Clark really can write. My only complaint is that she, like many authors, had to leave a few dangling questions at the end. I guess that some authors think that will entice you to pick up the next book. Totally unnecessary, if the author writes a great story, you will be anticipating the next book, whether there is a cliffhanger or not. I personally like all the threads of a story to be completed at the end of a book. But since I don’t have to wait, I’m not objecting too much.

I really like the “buddy film” feel that comes across with the three women. They work hard, get in some tight spots, but always have some jokes and fun along the way. This is a very enjoyable book, and series. I am going to start book three, Killer Ambition, later today.

I give this book 4 1/2 Stars out of 5, and a Big Thumbs Up. So far this series is really good. I think that most people who like to read mysteries with female lead characters will enjoy these first two books. You may as well start with book one, Guilt by Association.

I received this book for free from NetGalley.com.

Book Description

Whip-smart Los Angeles D.A. Rachel Knight returns in Marcia Clark’s gripping follow-up to the national bestseller GUILT BY ASSOCIATION.

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: tenacious 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.

Rachel suspects 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 Los Angeles courts with the unforgettable Rachel Knight.

Book Details

Series: A Rachel Knight Novel
Hardcover:
448 pages
Publisher: Mulholland Books; 1 edition (May 8, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0316129534
ISBN-13:
978-0316129534
Product Dimensions:
9.4 x 6.3 x 1.6 inches
Shipping Weight:
1.5 pounds

About the Author

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.

Book description and author information from the publisher, Mulholland Books, Guilt by Degrees.

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A Review of Guilt by Association by Marcia Clark

Guilt by Association

by Marcia Clark

This is a very well written first novel by a prominent Los Angeles attorney. Ms. Clark knows what goes on behind the scenes in the L. A. legal system and is able to portray the human side of dealing with the criminal investigations and the victims of the crimes. She does this using a couple of prosecutors from the District Attorney’s Special Trials Office, Rachel Knight, and her friend, Toni LaCollier, along with Bailey Keller, a detective in the LAPD Major Crimes Division. The three of them work together to get around some of the barriers that are in place when their colleague, Jake Pahlmeyer, is found dead in a rent-by-the-hour motel, along with the body of an underage boy, who is a known male prostitute. The police are calling it a murder-suicide, and the F. B. I. are all over it.

Ms. Clark gives all Guilt by Association smallthree women very full, rounded, and mainly believable personalities. They are each quite different, but you see their similarities, and really think that they would be friends, both inside and outside of the office. Rachel Knight is the main character, but all three women make up a team of comrades. The rest of the cast of characters are also quite interesting and believable. The multiple story-lines are well thought out and really work. There are many lighter parts, and not much gore. There are a few tense sections, but this is more of a mystery rather than a thriller.

All in all, this was a great introduction to a new series, and one that I am going to continue to read and review. Ms. Clark has just released the fourth novel in this series, The Competition, and instead of just reading and reviewing that one, I decided to start at the beginning. The publisher and NetGalley had made all four books available, so I will be reading and reviewing them in order. I am really looking forward to the next book, Guilt by Degrees.

I give Guilt by Association 4 1/2 Stars out of 5, and a Big Thumbs Up. I recommend this book to people who like mysteries without a lot of gore or violence, and like modern women as main characters.

I received this book for free from NetGalley.com

Book Description

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. – See more at: http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/marcia-clark/guilt-by-association/9780316129510/#sthash.FCBnnYvP.dpuf

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.

Product Details

Format: Hardcover Book
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Imprint: Mulholland Books
Price: $25.99 US/$28.99 CAN
Pages: 368
Physical Dimensions: 6″ x 9-1/4″
ISBN-13: 9780316129510
On Sale Date: 04/20/2011

About the Author

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.

Book description, details and author information from the publisher website. Guilt by Association

Invisible

A Review of Invisible (Audiobook) By James Patterson and David Ellis

Invisible – Audiobook

By James Patterson and David Ellis

The audiobook version of Invisible adds a lot to the story. The two readers, January LaVoy and Kevin T. Collins, add so much to the narrative that I had to raise the rating of the book, just because of their ability. Mr. Collins plays the part of Graham to perfection, and the sound effects are perfect. Ms. LaVoy performs the rest of the book and is spot on. If I had been reading this book, I don’t know if I could have finished it, but listening in the car as we were driving up to our cottage worked perfectly.

This is a typical book from the James Patterson book factory. The characters feel like a rehash of the last installment, and the storyline is quite similar to any of many of his books. This is light entertainment, with quite a bit of gore and creepiness. There are some plot twists, but if you are like me, you will have everything figured out before the final chapter. The performances from the fine readers made it entertaining, so I recommend that you don’t read Invisible, listen to the audiobook in the car, while you are working out at the gym, cleaning your house, or pulling weeds. You don’t have to get every word, just the gist of the story will be fine.

I give the book, Invisible, 2 1/2 Stars out of 5, but due to the production, I give the audiobook 3 1/2 Stars out of 5. If you have 9 hours and 16 minutes to kill, listen to the audiobook.

I borrowed this audiobook from my local public library.

Book Description

Release date: June 23, 2014

Everyone thinks Emmy Dockery is crazy. Obsessed with finding the link between hundreds of unsolved cases, Emmy has taken leave from her job as an FBI researcher. Now all she has are the newspaper clippings that wallpaper her bedroom, and her recurring nightmares of an all-consuming fire.

Not even Emmy’s ex-boyfriend, field agent Harrison “Books” Bookman, will believe her that hundreds of kidnappings, rapes, and murders are all connected. That is, until Emmy finds a piece of evidence he can’t afford to ignore. More murders are reported by the day–and they’re all inexplicable. No motives, no murder weapons, no suspects. Could one person really be responsible for these unthinkable crimes?

INVISIBLE is James Patterson’s scariest, most chilling stand-alone thriller yet.

Product Details

Audiobook
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company; Unabridged edition (June 23, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1478900342
ISBN-13: 978-1478900344
Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 5.2 x 0.9 inches
Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces

About the Author

James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson’s books have sold more than 280 million copies worldwide. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. Mr. Patterson also writes the bestselling Women’s Murder Club novels, set in San Francisco, and the top-selling New York detective series of all time, featuring Detective Michael Bennett. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.
The book description is from Amazon.  Invisible – Audiobook

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A Review of Barren Grounds: The Story of the Tragic Moffatt Canoe Trip by Fred “Skip” Pessl

Barren Grounds
by Fred “Skip” Pessl

Barren Grounds is a true story of a group of young men who, in 1955, came together to attempt to retrace an epic canoe trip in the wild country of northern Canada. Mr. Pessl wanted to clear the air, to correct some ideas that were previously published in A Death in the Barrens by George Grinnell .  Death on the Barrens GrinnellArt Moffatt, the leader of the expedition, and the author, Skip Pessl were friends, so when A Death in the Barrens portrayed the trip as poorly planned and executed, and doomed from the start, the author felt that he had to tell his and Art’s side of the story.

Mr. Pessl uses excerpts from his journal along with journal entries from Peter Franck to describe the 900 mile canoe trip from Northern Saskatchewan to Hudson Bay. He also includes excerpts from Art’s journal, and some notes from J. B. Tyrrell’s account of his 1893 journey over the same route, published in the Geographical Journal, November 1894.

This was an interesting book told through journal pages that were written during the trip. The major problem with this trip was that Mr. Moffat wanted to film this adventure for a  documentary movie, and asked Mr. Pessl to preserve it on 35mm film. This caused many delays. Nice weather was spent filming and therefore the time on the water was shortened. This, along with the kind of casual, ivy league college, attitude that this was a fun adventure and what could go wrong, This cavalier approach to the beginning of the trip led to tragic results as winter set in.

I liked this book, but wonder who the target audience is. I think that both books should be read together to get the complete picture of this trip. I have started to search for a copy of Death on the Barrens, and will see what Mr. Grinnell has to say.

I give Barren Grounds 4 Stars out of 5, and recommend it to anyone who is interested in outdoor adventures.

I received this Digital Review Copy for free from edelweiss.com.

 Book Description

Release Date: July 1, 2014

In 1955 Arthur Moffatt led an expedition consisting of young college students and recent graduates to the Inuit lands of Nunavut, Canada, to follow the path of the 1893 Tyrrell expedition and to film and photograph the group’s progress. The expedition, a 900-mile epic journey across the Barren Lands of Arctic Canada, has stirred controversy and criticism for over fifty years. The trip has been variously described as “the pioneering venture in modern recreational canoe travel” and as “an excellent example of how not to conduct a canoe trip.” Delays took their toll on the adventurers, exhausted by the seemingly endless paddling through unknown rivers and lakes, the trek across the windswept tundra, and torment by voracious insects. Threatened with diminishing food reserves and increasingly harsh weather, the members of the expedition were forced to travel with greater speed and less caution, and ultimately a fatal mistake was made. Two of the canoes capsized, dumping four men into the frigid waters. Moffatt, the leader, died of exposure. It took the survivors ten days of arduous travel with minimum food and equipment to reach the safety of the Hudson’s Bay Company post.

Barren Grounds features passages from the journals of two young Moffatt party members and excerpts about the 1893 expedition of Joseph Burr Tyrrell, along with entries from the journal of Art Moffatt himself.

Part cautionary tale, part nail-biting adventure, the book will appeal to outdoorsmen and armchair adventurers alike.

Product Details

Hardcover: 212 pages
Publisher: Dartmouth (July 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1611685338
ISBN-13: 978-1611685336
Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds

About the Author

FRED “SKIP” PESSL, a Dartmouth graduate (’55) who was a member of the ill-fated Moffatt party, retired as a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. He lives with his wife, Molly, in Bellevue, Washington.

The book description is from Amazon.  Barren Grounds: The Story of the Tragic Moffatt Canoe Trip

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The ongoing struggle in Ukraine from the eyes of a civilian blogger. You need to read this blog. She is the inside person in the middle of a war. Ukrainians killing Ukrainians. What a tragedy.

Originally posted on julka volk:

Half a year ago it was impossible to imagine that there would be necessity to abolish the working day because of possibility of military operations on the territory of my city.

And now the war isn’t just a word noticed by news announcer about country that is located enough far away from the one where I was lucky to live.

Such definition of war is given by wikipedia: «war means to impose your own will to opponent, the conflict between political entities occurring in the form of armed confrontation.»

“War is the continuation of politics by other, violent means” – this wording is given by officer and writer Clausewitz.

Now I have something to tell about this too.

War is to speak with friends about the location of nearest bomb-proof shelters and not to build any plans for the near or the distant future.

War is a necessity to pass…

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Storytelling: A Disney/Pixar Perspective

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Everyone who has a story to tell can benefit from these tips from Pixar.

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My amazing publishers, Pantera Press, uploaded a post the other day titled: Pixar’s 22 Rules for Great Storytelling. Some of the ‘rules’ are so inspirational that I just have to share them with you all. (And, hey, you know how much I love anything even remotely Disney-related!).

You can click on the link above to read the entire post (and see where all the info comes from). Otherwise, enjoy these true storytelling gems! My favourites are numbers 6, 13 and (especially) 19. Have a read and let me know which ones you like best!

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Aren’t they awesome? I certainly think so!

If you’re interested, you can follow my publishers on Facebook by clicking here.

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Thanks again (as always) for reading!

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I may just have to take a look for something really good, kind of like trying to clean my palate. Any suggestion? If you have an idea, just leave me a comment, please. I would love to read something recently published that would really engage me. Thanks.

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