A Review of The Competition by Marcia Clark

The Competition

by Marcia Clark

The Competition grabs you on page one. School shootings don’t lend themselves to much levity, and Ms. Clark has wisely toned it down. She hasn’t removed it all, but you don’t get the constant joking and fooling around among the three female friends. In fact, Toni is nearly absent from this book. There is still a bit of the back and forth jabs and comments from LA Special Trials prosecutor Rachel Knight and LAPD detective Bailey Keller, who team up once again to try to figure out their most puzzling and horrible case yet. They have to find out who is behind these mass killings, because one of the killers has written a letter to Rachel saying that he won’t stop until she catches him.

competition-225This fourth book in the Rachel Knight series is Ms. Clark’s best effort yet. She keeps the same great dialog and authentic descriptions, but steps up the intensity. This has been a very fun trip, starting the series with book one, Guilt by Association, and then continuing reading in order, finishing up with Ms. Clark’s newest book. I strongly recommend that you do the same, but if you want to jump in here, reading The Competition, and then go back and start at the beginning, it would work. There aren’t too many spoilers in this book, and it doesn’t rely on your knowledge of the previous stories, but the other three should be read in order.

Having experienced the whole series so far, I must say that I think that nearly any reader who enjoys mystery stories will really like this series. There isn’t any foul language or graphic violence that may put off some readers, and there is humor and interesting interaction between the characters, who are more round than flat. The stories are engaging and interesting, and so far, not at all repetitive. As long as you don’t mind books with nearly all female main characters, I think you will enjoy this series.

I give The Competition 5 Stars out of 5, and a Big Thumbs Up! Read it, you will enjoy it, and then make sure you read the first three books too.

I received this eBook for free from NetGalley.

Book Description

In Marcia Clark’s most electrifying thriller yet, Los Angeles District Attorney Rachel Knight investigates a horrifying high school massacre.

A Columbine-style shooting at a high school in the San Fernando Valley has left a community shaken to its core. Two students are identified as the killers. Both are dead, believed to have committed a mutual suicide.

In the aftermath of the shooting, LA Special Trials prosecutor Rachel Knight teams up with her best girlfriend, LAPD detective Bailey Keller. As Rachel and Bailey interview students at the high school, they realize that the facts don’t add up. Could it be that the students suspected of being the shooters are actually victims? And if so, does that mean that the real killers are still on the loose?

A dramatic leap forward in Marcia Clark’s highly acclaimed Rachel Knight series, The Competition is an unforgettable story that will stay with readers long after the last page has been turned.


Book Details

ISBN-13: 9780316220972
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 7/8/2014
Series: A Rachel Knight Novel Series
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.00 x 9.30 x 1.50


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 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 Publishers Weekly bestsellers lists.

Clark is the author of three previous novels that 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. Clark is attached as an executive producer.

Book Description and Details are from Barnes & Noble. The Competition


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