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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

 

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

 

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.

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