A Review of Killer Ambition by Marcia Clark

Killer Ambition

by Marcia Clark


Killer Ambition is the third book in the Rachel Knight series. I have already reviewed the first two, so I won’t rehash them. This book takes a different tack, and concentrates on gathering evidence and witnesses for a trial, and then continues on to the trial. In the first two books, Ms. Clark is more concerned with finding the person who committed the crime, and then arresting them. That part takes up the first quarter of this book, and the evidence is pretty sparse. In fact, when the prosecution rested, I thought that if I was on the jury, I would be voting to acquit.

Killer AmbitionSo Killer Ambition is really more of a courtroom drama than a police procedural. Since Ms. Clark is a lawyer and prosecutor, this book probably feels more natural to her. The story of what happens behind the scenes rings true. You feel like Ms. Clark is letting you in on something that you don’t get to know about unless you are a member of some secret society. Like she is telling some stuff that you aren’t supposed to know about.

Once again the writing is excellent, the dialog feels quite real, and all of the events believable. I’m not a big fan of courtroom dramas, I prefer a mystery, but I think that Ms. Clark did a good job of this one. I’m curious about whether the next Rachel Knight book, The Competition, will be a mystery or a courtroom book, or maybe something else.

I give Killer Ambition 4 Stars out of 5. I recommend it to people who like courtroom drama, but suggest that you start with the first book in the series, Guilt by Association. This book relies heavily on the previous books, and therefore you will understand all of what is going on if you start with the first book.

I received this book for free from NetGalley.

Book Description

When the daughter of a billionaire Hollywood director is found murdered after what appears to be a kidnapping gone wrong, Los Angeles Special Trials prosecutor Rachel Knight and Detective Bailey Keller find themselves at the epicenter of a combustible and high-profile court case. Then a prime suspect is revealed to be one of Hollywood’s most popular and powerful talent managers–and best friend to the victim’s father. With the director vouching for the manager’s innocence, the Hollywood media machine commences an all-out war designed to discredit both Rachel and her case. KILLER AMBITION is at once a thrilling ride through the darker side of Tinseltown and a stunning courtroom drama with the brilliant insider’s perspective that Marcia Clark is uniquely qualified to give.

Book Details


Series: A Rachel Knight Novel
Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: Mulholland Books (June 18, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0316220949
ISBN-13: 978-0316220941
Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6 x 1.8 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.6 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.

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.

Marcia has published three novels which feature Los Angeles Special Trials prosecutor Rachel Knight: Guilt by Association, Guilt by Degrees, and Killer Ambition. TNT has optioned the books, and a drama series is currently in development. Marcia is attached as an executive producer.

The Book Description and Details are from Amazon. Killer Ambition


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