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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 JakeLos 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....

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Number of Pages : 356 Pages
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Guilt by Association Reviews

  • Lou
    2018-11-29 21:38

    This was a delightful surprise of a story. For a debut novel Marcia Clark has done well in delivering a nicely paced out story and ends the story with a tight and excellent closing. From an author who has been there done it and got the t-shirt so to say in having the experience and expertise in Law, the crime world and the pursuit of justice. Her expertise is apparent in her clear cut writing and explanations of the ins and outs of the law that the main protagonist of this story also a District Attorney faces in the this story. The fluid storytelling alongside with her knowledge is indeed promising a good future with her novels to come as she brings us to the heart of darkness and serves up justice upon those guilty.I am a fan of the TV series Law and Order, I felt like I was in the head of one of those D.A characters stripped from the screens.I have not read in the past many law thrillers or stories featuring a D.A as a main protagonist due to feeling daunted a bit in thinking that it would read as too cerebral or have too much Legal terms. Indeed I am pleasantly surprised she’s made me into a fan of her legal thrillers at least. This story does not have any of the above just like James Ellroy’s’ praise on the cover mentions it does have plenty of thrill. When James Ellroy, a master crime storyteller, gives praise he has always been right in my experience, a man who has penned The Black Dahlia a momentous work covering true crime.Pornographers, rape, arson and murder are the crimes included within these pages and our D.A is one smart and disciplined woman in the pursuit of justice of these crimes.The story features investigations around a web of high profile characters involving a multimillionaire powerbroker, a D.A, and young gang bangers.To sum it all up it was a an easy read, not full of legal boring stuff but a darn good story, a thrill ride in the pursuit of justice, lock in and be hooked like I was. She has changed my whole perception on legal thrillers.“An air of sadness and shock floated around her like the broken tendrils of a spider web. The sight pulled at my heart. I knew that emotionally broken feeling very well –the world-shattering discovery that the safety net of security she’d always taken for granted was just a fairy tale. Whatever had happened there, Susan would never be the same. It’d been a while since I’d handled a case with a live rape victim, but my past experience had taught me that rape victims often don’t know who they hate more-the cops and prosecutor who make them relive the nightmare over and over, or the animals who put them in the position of having to do it. It would take some winning over to let Susan know I understand that.”“The lines were delivered with maximum heartrending angst. Teens can wring drama out of the way paint dries, but having been in love with a boy who’d been killed under strange and mysterious circumstance was the jackpot of teen tragedy. Unless he then turned into a vampire. That was the megajackpot.”

  • Mary
    2018-12-04 02:55

    I would have given this 2.5 stars if there was a half star option. There were some good things about the book but I was able to see where the plot was going very early on and had a good idea of who did what before it was revealed in the story. There just were not any surprises.Also got tired of the all the negative slams towards defense attorneys. She makes negative comments about how defense attorneys look, calls them scum bags and numerous other negative comments. And yet, the prosecutor protagonist in the story, Rachel Knight is taking on the role of what defense attorneys do all the time. When one of her co-workers, Jake is found dead in a run-down apartment building with a male teenage prostitute, the FBI investigates and leans towards the obvious conclusion that Jake was being blackmailed by the teenager and he killed him and committed suicide himself. Rachel Knight is upset that her coworker is assumed to be in a seedy situation and rants against the obvious path that the FBI took without exploring all the options. That is exactly what defense attorneys fight against all the time. Arrogant law enforcement who think they know what and how something happens and never bother to explore any other possibilities.Come on Marcia .... surely you could have written a bit more balanced view of how the criminal bar works. It is the defense attorneys after all who defend an individuals constitutional rights. Oh yea, you ranted against the Constitution also when you lamented about that "pesky 4th Amendment and how it gets in the way." Interesting also that the protagonist thinks it is just fine to carry a concealed weapon herself without a permit. Another example of the arrogance of the prosecution and law enforcement. How typical.Also, got really tired of her lament over other people's food. Every time they say down for a meal, Rachel is eating something bland and healthy and drooling over the other persons food choice. Yet, her healthy habits don't extend to her daily alcohol beverages.

  • Darcia Helle
    2018-12-06 21:08

    Given Marcia Clark's law background, I was looking forward to a great legal mystery, along with some courtroom drama. This book did not live up to my expectations at all.The pace is incredibly slow, particularly throughout the first half of the book. Much of this is due to the amount of extraneous detail given on mundane things. We're constantly standing at the closet with Rachel Knight, studying her designer wardrobe as she ponders what to wear that day. From there, we spend a ridiculous amount of time watching characters eat. And these people never eat something simple, like a hamburger. Rachel wants salad nicoise or seared ahi tuna. Next we have the ever present alcohol. Not one day passes in this story when the characters aren't, at some point, focused on booze. Again, we're forced to endure branding. We have Glenlivet, pinot grigio, and Patron Silver. The constant name-dropping and repetitiveness is mind-numbing. I could - and did - skim ahead five pages at a time without missing a thing.Next we have the character development, or lack thereof. All of the characters feel very cookie cutter to me. They aren't so much ordinary as they are stereotypical. Not one of them surprised me in any way. The book is written in first person, so Rachel's character should have been especially compelling. Instead, I felt she came off as unlikable and arrogant. She behaves as if her stature puts her above the law. For instance, throughout most of the book she carries a concealed weapon for which she does not have a permit. She doesn't want to risk being denied a permit to carry, so she simply chooses not to apply for one and she carries her gun anyway. Yet, if a simple commoner did the same, she'd have no problem putting that person in prison. She also makes quite a few negative comments about defense attorneys, which I found absurdly comical given the fact that she is doing exactly what a defense attorney would do as she seeks to prove her friend's innocence.At the start of the book, we're told how exhausting Rachel's job is. She has no social life because she simply doesn't have time. Then, throughout most of the book, Rachel is working under the radar on a case that she has been warned away from. During all this, she occasionally works one of the cases assigned to her, though she is rarely in her office and seems to have all sorts of time for her secret sleuthing. During the story, I kept wondering how someone who claimed she had to work 16-hour days suddenly had all this free time.The plot itself is interesting, although somewhat predictable. I did enjoy learning more about a DA's involvement in investigating and prosecuting cases. Sadly, that was largely overshadowed by all the meals and designer labels we were forced to endure.I do think there is potential here that could have been formed into a far more enjoyable story. Had Marcia Clark not been such a well known prosecutor, I don't believe this book would have been published as it stands. She needed to work with a good editor first.** I was given this book by Mulholland Books via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review. **

  • Trish
    2018-11-30 01:55

    It is safe to say Marcia Clark is going to be a big hit in the world of crime novelists. This debut novel has the polish and pace of a seasoned ranconteur crossed with experienced editing, and it will be an out-of-the-box bestseller. I suppose that shouldn’t surprise anyone who is familiar with Marcia Clark and her work: former district attorney and lead prosecutor on the O.J. Simpson murder case, author of Without a Doubt, and contributor to TV and The Daily Beast. Clark, described in her earlier life as "extremely able and hardworking," applied that same attention here, and didn’t rest until she’d nailed the formula for a fast-paced crime novel featuring a body-conscious, justice-driven District Attorney in the L.A. Special Trials Division. As in all good mysteries, Guilt follows the trail of at least two seemingly divergent cases, but also follows the love interests of friendly, sharing, and chatty folks in the major divisions of city crime detection. Rachel Knight, D.A., is the central character and first-person narrator. It is the realistic details of evidentiary proofs, prosecution and defense that ring so true in Guilt, but it is the food choices and clothing descriptions that make it L.A. In this mystery we are treated to gangs, both Latino and Aryan Brotherhood, pornography and prostitution, rape and murder. If it sounds like a lot, you may not be suited to actually work in the D.A.’s office, but you can still enjoy reading about it. This is a very good one for an indulgent weekend on the couch.

  • Karen
    2018-12-19 20:51

    3.5 stars rounded up. This is the first book in Marcia Clark’s Rachel Knight series, a series of thrillers that focus on LA deputy D.A. Rachel Knight, a member of the Special Trials Unit. The OJ trial mesmerized me and I was eager to read Marcia’s debut novel. It was published in 2011 and introduces the dedicated, witty and rule-breaker Rachel when her colleague is found dead and she takes over his case. The dialogue is snappy and there is a good plot. Although at the end there obviously was more to come, this legal thriller had a satisfying ending.

  • Maddy
    2018-12-19 18:49

    PROTAGONIST: Rachel Knight, deputy district attorneySETTING: Los Angeles SERIES: DebutRATING: 4.25Quite often, the relationships that we form at work are among the most meaningful in our lives. That certainly is the case for Rachel Knight and Jake Pahlmeyer, both deputy district attorneys in Los Angeles. In the office, they are each other’s best friends. Surprisingly, though, they never share the details of their personal lives. So when Jake dies in what looks like a murder/suicide with the other victim being a boy who seems to be Jake’s lover, Rachel doesn’t know what to think. Trying to determine what the truth is, she finds disturbing evidence that looks like Jake may have cultivated an inappropriate relationship.Rachel has a heavy case load and is warned off investigating Jake’s case by her superiors. Instead, she is told to concentrate on the rape of a young woman whose father, Frank Densmore, is an important man in the community. He is used to being in control and has already determined who the perpetrator is, a young man who Susan Densmore was tutoring to move from life in the streets and obtain an education. Trying to placate Frank proves to be quite a challenge.Working with a friend who is a homicide detective, Bailey Keller, Rachel continues to try to clear Jake, despite the fact that if she is found out, she may lose her job. Bailey also helps her with the Densmore case. They are an excellent team. Rachel is further assisted by Lieutenant Graden Hales, a real hunk who shows more than professional interest in his underling. The only area that wasn’t quite credible for me was Rachel’s work on Jake’s case. Although she had been told not to work on it, she continued to do so, spending quite a lot of time researching and pursuing leads. It didn’t seem that this would be easy to hide from her superiors. Secondly, Lieutenant Hales provided her with information that helped her figure out what really happened. This seemed quite unprofessional for someone of his level. Nonetheless, GUILT is well plotted and provides a fascinating glimpse into the world of the prosecutor.GUILT BY ASSOCIATION marks Clark’s crime fiction debut, and an excellent one it is. Rachel is an inspired creation—a caring and loyal friend and extremely dedicated to her job. Clark’s own experience as a prosecutor shines through. Rachel shows real compassion and sensitivity to the people that she is trying to help. For example, she takes pains to treat Susan with respect and not further victimize her during the inquiry. She also has a wry sense of humor that breaks the tension of a dangerous investigation.A real enhancement to the book is that Marcia Clark knows whereof she speaks. She was the deputy district attorney who served as the lead prosecutor on the O. J. Simpson murder case. GUILT BY ASSOCIATION is her first work of fiction, and it certainly looks like she will succeed in her new career. The second book in the series is due out in 2012, and I will definitely be adding it to my To Be Found list.

  • Sanda
    2018-11-20 18:43

    I received the entire Rachel Knight series from the publisher (they know me so well - not a chance I would've started with the new release without having read the first 3 books first) in exchange for an honest (i.e. 'the only kind I ever write anyway' :) review. When I first started reading this book I actually did not realize who Marcia Clark is (though the name did sound familiar). A helpful goodreads user mentioned it in response to me listing this book in one of the "What are you currently reading?" threads. Not that Marcia Clark's identity (as the lead prosecutor in the O.J. trial and a former D.A. - in case you, like me, do not read the little author blurb until AFTER you've read the book) as such matters but it did help explain her level of insider knowledge when it comes to investigations and legal proceedings.Once I picked up Guilt by Association I did not come up for air until I finished reading all 4 books in the series. I do think it's important to point out that this is not a typical thriller or a police procedural. If you are looking for a James Patterson style book, this is not it. As I keep mentioning in my reviews, knowing what you're getting into, goes a long way towards preventing book related disappointments. Surprisingly enough, this one felt like there were elements of chick lit mixed in - something I actually found quite refreshing and interesting. The fact that the book (actually all of them in the series) centers around strong female characters was definitely a strong selling point for me.Rachel Knight is a D.A. in a Special Trials Unit. She works the high profile cases (she also happens to be a hardcore workaholic) - though not just in the courtroom; she actually takes an active part in the investigation itself(one of her two best friends, Bailey, is a detective with the Major Crimes Division of the LAPD and they just happen to do quite a bit of sleuthing together). Rachel is exceptionally good at her job. She lives in a hotel and at times has a bit of Bridget Jones in her. Her love life is kind of complicated. Who and how she is to a large extent defined by a tragedy from her childhood - something she does not really talk about. And through it all she has her friends, Bailey and Toni (another D.A. who works in her Unit). All in all, she has the makings of a captivating protagonist. In Guilt by Association, Rachel gets assigned the case that hits close to home - one of her coworkers (another D.A. named Jake) was found murdered under controversial circumstances. As Rachel and Bailey try to uncover the truth, Rachel is also forced to dig into Jake's private life and has to wonder if sometimes we don't know as much as we think we do about those we work with. Don't expect a super fast-paced action - Marcia Clark takes her time, allowing the reader to really get to know the characters, instead of focusing solely on the case at hand. This is another one of those perfect summer/vacation/beach reads. This series is a bit like potato chips - don't expect to be able to "have" just one and leave it at that. Before you know it, you'll be through all four of them and loving every second of it.

  • Matt
    2018-12-20 00:38

    Clark wastes no time in claiming her territory in this debut novel. Clark tantalises the reader with her quirky style and humour, sure to win her many fans, especially with all her insider knowledge of being an ADA in Los Angeles! When an ADA and teenage boy are found dead together , eyebrows rise and tempers boil. When a naked photo of the boy accompanies the body, all bets are off. ADA Rachel Knight must discreetly find out what happened to her former colleague and beau, while being assigned the dead man's open file, the rape of a 15 year old. An apparent slam dunk case, Knight weaves her way through the evidence with her crew of cops and discovers that while the family is rich, even their money cannot control the way the truth bends. Meanwhile, still working covertly, Knight peels back the story on the murder-suicide and discovers there may have been another reason these two were together. Connecting the dots is harder when banned from the case, but Knight is not discouraged. When peeling back legal onions, expect shocks and tears, both of which are found aplenty. Clark's style is sure to leave other authors in the genre pool quaking at their keyboards, especially if this is just the beginning of an explosive series.Clark, famous for her attempted prosecution of OJ Simpson, has surely found herself a new and successful career. I read a few short stories related to this series and was hooked then, promising myself that I would dive in to the full-length series when I had some time. So far, I have not been unimpressed. She takes the fledging female attorney role and individualises it, leaving the woe is me at the door and creates a strong, focussed individual, ready to fight crime and make her mark. With a loose gang of professional women working together, Clark spins the Women's Murder Club sub-genre and does so masterfully.Clark competes with some of the best writers of the genre and does not disappoint. While I do not expect legal thriller fans to toss other authors' books overboard and buy up anything Clark in sight, I know she will become a water cooler name, both for her writing style and acerbic wit. Not to be read while drinking hot coffee, for the spit and spray or fountain from nose possibilities.Kudos, Madam Clark for this excellent beginning in what I hope will soon be a long and adventurous writing career.

  • Dalton Lynne
    2018-12-14 22:44

    I won an advance copy of this book at LibraryThing. Anyway, I was torn between a three-star or a two star. I settled for two because it echoed my sentiments more accurately. It wasn't that I *didn't* like it, but rather, 'it was okay' fit better for me. It wasn't horrible, but it wasn't great or even all that good, imo. While some of the writing and dialogue was catchy, it seemed as if the author was trying *too* hard at times and because of that I couldn't connect with some of her characters ... primarily, with the protagonist. (Minor Spoiler alert) - The broken relationship that supposedly hurt Rachel SO much was a result of HER choosing to call it off, and yet she acts all sobby-teary-eyed when she sees the guy again because of the pain of 'loss' ... excuse me? SHE dumped him! And it wasn't because he'd done anything horrible, it was because of Rachel's OWN hang-ups, so I'm sorry but I just couldn't buy into the heartbreak. It seemed forced. Other things were a tad annoying too, such as Rachel's tendency to habitually correct the way a white trash junkie said "ask", but generally overlook the atrocious grammar of other people (such as the latino or the black person or the troubled teenagers). Then there was the extra effort (in the form of a few added lines) made to demonstrate that Rachel 'could care less' about the sexual tendencies of a person. Okay, that's all well and good and I agree with that, but the manner in which it was done made it seem as if the author was trying to make sure *we* understood (through Rachel) that she (the author) doesn't have hangups about certain groups of people. The plot itself was okay, but it wasn't anything super intense or compelling, and many of the characters didn't come alive on the page enough for me to care a whole lot about them or the story itself. While I do enjoy legal thrillers/mysteries, I can't find much about this particular one to recommend it.

  • Sue
    2018-12-15 18:50

    I was given this book by Mulholland Books via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review. This debut novel "Guilt by Association" by none other than the famous Marcia Clark, the former district attorney and lead prosecutor on the O.J. Simpson murder case, was somewhat of a disappointment for me. After following the O.J. Simpson murder case years ago, on a daily basis on TV, I was so impressed with her legal style, experience level and quick wit, that I was some how expecting to see these traits portrayed in her debut novel.Deputy District Attorney Rachel Knight's life changes in a instance when her colleague and friend, Jake is found dead at a horrendous crime scene, a murder/suicide with the other victim being a boy who seems to be Jake’s lover, Rachel doesn’t know what to think. Trying to determine what the truth is, even when she is not assigned to the case due to conflict of interest, she digs deeper.There were some good things about the book but I was able to see where the plot was going very early on and had a good idea of the direction in the story. There just were not any surprises.Also, I got really tired every time they say down for a meal, Rachel is eating something healthy and drooling over the other persons food choice. Yet, her healthy habits don't extend to her daily alcohol beverages. The plot itself was okay, but it wasn't anything special, and many of the characters didn't come alive on the page enough for me to care a whole lot about them or the story itself. While I do enjoy legal thrillers/mysteries, I can't find much about this particular one to recommend it.

  • Kathy Martin
    2018-12-19 00:57

    Rachel Knight is a prosecutor for the DA in Los Angeles. She is smart, tenacious, and smart-mouthed. When her colleague is found dead in a compromising situation, Rachel isn't content to turn the case over to the FBI. She and her friend police officer Bailey Keller begin their own investigation. Meanwhile, Rachel also has to deal with one of the cases passed on to her after her colleague's death - a young girl in an affluent part of town is raped. Her father, a prominent physician and political supporter of Rachel's boss, wants the crime solved immediately.Investigating Jake's apparent death in a murder-suicide possibly having a child pornography twist and investigating the rape, takes Rachel and Bailey all over LA interviewing people from all walks of society. Could the rape have been done by Luis, the gangbanger the rape victim was tutoring? What about the skinhead who was seen in the neighborhood? Or was it the security guard who missed a number of check-ins on the fateful night? Soon it becomes apparent that the two cases are not as unconnected as they might first appear. Rachel was an interesting character with all the tenacity one would expect from someone in the DA's office. But she also had her vulnerabilities, notably in the area of relationships. A tragedy in her past and the presence of an ex-boyfriend she still has feelings for tell us something about her. We also see her make tentative forays into dating again with the police lieutenant who has Jake's case. The story was entertaining and suspenseful. I would eagerly read more books in the series to learn more about these interesting characters.

  • Katie Muriel
    2018-11-29 02:02

    DNF!I wanted to like this book. I really did. Reading some of the reviews made me think it might be different than your standard cop/lawyer/courtroom thriller, but it really wasn't. Sure, it had some amusing moments, but for me, they were lost under the inexcusable racial, sexual, and gender stereotyping and slurs that I just couldn't forgive. By the time I got to page 150 and found the slur 't*anny,' I was done. I almost struggled on because I was invited on NetGalley to read this (as well as the following three books), but I just couldn't. I can safely say I don't think I'll be reading the other three.The white protagonist's sassy Black bff, the Black dude whose name was Tyrone, the Hispanic secretary who calls everyone 'mija' and says things like 'dios mio!' all the time... yeah. No, thanks. This book could have survived without all of that. To be honest, I probably still wouldn't have liked it very much because it's not really a standout of its genre. I give it one star for not finishing it, and even though it had a decent premise and okay writing overall (minus what I've already pointed out), I can't give it more than that because of the unnecessary stereotypes and slurs and a predictable plot.

  • PaulaPhillips
    2018-11-20 02:46

    Are you a fan of legal thrillers ? Enjoy the writings of authors like Lisa Scottoline and Mark Gimenez , James Scott Bell ? If so, then Marcia Clark is your new must read author as she sends out her debut novel "Guilt by Association". Our novel is focused around the main character District Attorney Rachel Knight . Guilt by Association starts with Rachel's work soulmate Jake being found murdered in what only looks like a double murder suicide , next is a boy and in Jake's pocket - a nude photo of the boy . Was Jake gay and did he kill this boy ? Rachel is ready to do whatever it takes including working off the clock, to clear Jake's name , but in the meanwhile she has another case keeping her busy - a rape case of a 15yr old girl, however something doesn't line up and the main suspect doesn't look the least like a rapist . As the novel gets on we find the link between the two cases and it will be the least obvious as Guilt by Association will keep you guessing till the very end. Was Jake innocent and what was Kit doing there in the hotel room ? Was Susan raped by a friend or foe ? How are the two cases connected? Find out all this and more in Marcia Clark's awesome new novel "Guilt by Association".

  • Cora
    2018-12-10 18:47

    This was not a bad read at all. In fact, I'm giving the next book a shot.No pun intended.

  • Jenn (One of Many, We are Legion)
    2018-12-16 19:54

    Thank you to Netgalley and Mulholland books for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review.This is book 1 of the Rachel Knight crime mystery series, and as with The Competition, I received an invitation to read this, along with the other two books in the series. Having already read the fourth, I’d been introduced to Ms. Knight already. So it was now time to go back to the beginning.Unlike the fourth book, this book spends much more time setting up Rachel’s relationships with her besties, Bailey and Toni, but similarly to the fourth book, this book spends most of its time out in the field investigating the crime du jour, and not much time in the courtroom. There is some token courtroom time, but lift out those few scenes and you’d never even know she’s a prosecutor.The thing about these books is that they are exceedingly readable and addictive. Despite the plotting issues, there’s an air of lightness about Rachel’s character that makes it fun, not depressing, to read about these horrible crimes, yet while still maintaining a sense of urgency (most of the time) in the investigation.Rachel’s age is never disclosed but she is somewhere between her early to mid thirties. She is single when we meet her, having ended a somewhat serious relationship about a year before the book starts. She does meet and begin dating a new suitor during this book, but in no way does it overwhelm the plot - it’s a barely there side plot that mainly serves to show that Rachel is more than just her job.I began reading book two before writing this review, so it’s hard to separate the two books, but here are some of the major issues/annoyances Clark has in her first two attempts.First, the clothing. We get endless descriptions of what Rachel is wearing on any given day. As if that wasn’t bad enough, it makes me crazy annoyed that although it is obviously winter, she lives in Los Angeles and is constantly talking about how cold she is. I get that some weirdos in the warmer climes somehow believe that anything under 70 degrees is cold, but understand that the rest of us think you’re being unreasonable and strange when you’re talking about needing a coat when it’s 65. Likewise, I get that I have a higher tolerance for cold than many people. Nevertheless, when she constantly talks about it being so cold, in LA, that she needs layers, long johns, and a scarf (that she calls a flipping muffler, ugh), it’s going to put many of us off. I did the research - LA proper doesn’t get that cold, even in the winter, even in the coldest, most wintry parts of the area. There’s never a reason she would need flipping long johns, for crying out loud. If this was once, it wouldn’t bother me, but to hear her constantly whine about the cold and needing to bundle up just rang false and it made me see her as pretty silly at times.Second, she spends ample time telling us how she’s basically a live-to-work type person and that she keeps long hours at her job and has little time for a social life. While I know that is true for many in her profession, what Clark shows us is the opposite. In this book she spends a lot of time in the field, and frequently kicks off “early,” then goes drinking with her buddies. If she worked normal hours, I wouldn’t look down on her for it, so why is Clark pushing so hard to convince me that Rachel works tedious hours?That brings me to number three - Rachel is, without question, the very definition of a Mary Sue: she is an author insert. Rachel, imo, is the idealized version of what Clark either imagined herself to be when she was a prosecutor, or she’s what Clark wanted to be. Attractive, smart, with a great prosecutorial track record, virtually everyone who meets her likes her, with a few exceptions that we aren’t supposed to like anyway, she’s got an impossibly handsome, wealthy, everyone-wants-to-have-him boyfriend, and two besties that anyone would beg to have. She lives in a luxury hotel (there’s an explanation behind it, so just go with it) within minutes walking distance from work, she gets away with things at work and in the field that others would be chastised for, and she’s connected enough to convince others to bend the rules for her. She’s very idealized.However, if you just let that all go, she’s also fun, with a snarky voice that’s enjoyable to read.Clark’s biggest problem, though, is what other reviewers have already pointed out - she spends way too much time writing, in great detail, about their meals, alcohol of choice, and dining establishments in and around LA. One might even think Rachel has a drinking problem, as she seemingly drinks martinis or wine almost every night (at points ordering a bottle just for herself). It’s fun sometimes, because that’s where she catches up with other characters and develops her relationships, but I really don’t need to know what she had for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day, and I definitely don’t need to know that she likes to drink every single night (especially when she’s supposed to be a workaholic - how does she find the time?!).The crime mystery itself was somewhat predictable, and the ultimate conclusion a bit anticlimactic. I felt like the story really lost some steam in the last quarter. This is Clark’s first fictional novel, to my knowledge, and there were times that her characters lagged behind the deductions and conclusions that were already made obvious to the reader by those very characters. I also found that there were times they made deductive leaps that just weren’t justified by the knowledge they had, which made for some confusing explanations during the resolution of the book. That is, in her attempt to connect the dots, Clark sometimes made deductions that just didn’t make sense, and she would explain them away with further deductions pages later to connect all the threads. In short, it was sometimes sloppy. To that end, I can confidently say that her writing and plotting improves in future books.That said, I still enjoyed the ride. There is a life in Rachel’s voice that makes these highly enjoyable, and for a first novel (fiction, that is), this is pretty good.

  • Sheldon
    2018-12-14 01:56

    Guilt by Association is a mystery novel by Marcia Clark, the lead prosecutor on the O.J. Simpson murder trial back in the '90s. The lead character, Rachel Knight, is a Los Angeles DA whose friend and colleague, Jake, is found dead in an apparent murder-suicide. While investigating this case, which she is warned to stay away from as it's supposed to be a federal case, she is also assigned one of Jake's unfinished cases, the rape of a teenage girl in the Pacific Palisades.The novel takes the usual twists and turns that one would expect from a novel in the mystery genre, which I guess are now commonly referred to as “thrillers.” I really wanted to like Clark's debut effort into fiction more than I did, but there were just too many problems with it that stuck out. I can break this down by an analysis of the two most important elements for a mystery novel: plot and character. Yes, these tend to be very important in most novels, but let me go into detail as to why these stick out so much.First, the plot. The plot in Guilt by Association is actually very well written and thought-out. I enjoyed most of the aforementioned twists and turns, and it's generally well structured and has a good pace to it. Plot is important to a mystery novel because it provides, well, the mystery. And Clark does a good job with it and shows a strong talent in this area. However, that's not to say that it's perfect. There are some slow parts to novel, mostly having to do with some dragged out descriptions. Also, close the end, the plot threads take an unbelievable, and in my opinion rather ridiculous, turn that made me slap my head not over the reveal but more out of frustration at the lack of plausibility. For an author who is going to great pains to be sure that we know this novel is set in the real Los Angeles, this made things seem suddenly unreal. The romantic side plot doesn't really seem to go anywhere, but I'm guesing that's something that would be picked up in later books, assuming this novel is intended to be the first in a series.The second important element mentioned above is the characters. Characters in mystery novel reveal a lot about themselves, difference, “tells,” and make you care about them or identify with them as they go through the mystery. Mysteries tend to be heavily character-driven as the investigator (and the reader along with them) interviews them to determine the truth and whether anyone is lying. And this was where Guilt by Association falls flat on its face. I know that some people would like the spunkiness of the characters and what I could only describe as an attempt an Whedonesque dialogue (think “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” or “Firefly/Serenity”), but they instead came off as annoying. Combined with how most of the characters, primarily those working in law enforcement, come off as complete bad-asses in their jobs, and it winds up making the reader want to put some distance between themselves and the characters rather than draw them in and want to solve the mystery with them. I don't think I could stand another description of Rachel complaining about her healthy eating while being horribly tempted by the tastier food being ordered by the people she's with.In addition, some of the descriptions can be long-winded. Yes, Los Angeles has bad traffic problems, but I think that anyone who doesn't live here already has a basic knowledge of that and isn't going to care, and those of us who do live here already have to deal with it and don't want to read about it. While it was interesting reading about some places I've been to and frequented around Los Angeles, at times it also feels unnecessary and gets in the way of the pacing.Guilt by Association gets two out of five stars, meaning literally “it's okay.” Marcia Clark shows some talent, but this effort felt uncooked. I would be interest to see how her writing style develops in future works, and hope that she could work on the characters and the dialogue a little more to make them more believable and less irritating, especially since she clearly want to make the setting believable. But I would only recommend this novel for serious fans of the mystery/thriller genre. The rest probably won't be missing a whole lot if they skip it.Note: This review is based on an uncorrected advanced reading copy that was provided to this reviewer for free through Goodreads First Reads.

  • JJ Marsh
    2018-12-18 21:50

    Rachel Knight has it all under control. She‘s one of LA’s hardest-working deputy DAs, she’s on a permanent diet and she’s just about stopped cursing in court. Her best friends are her Special Trials colleagues; smart-mouthed, stylish dresser Toni, and gentle Jake, the other hardest worker on the team. Rachel has relationship issues, and thanks to her therapist, Carla, she knows why. Not that it helps. When Jake’s body is recovered from a sleazy motel alongside that of a seventeen-year-old rent boy, Rachel’s world is rocked to its foundations. Worst of all, she’s forbidden to investigate and given a politically sensitive case to handle instead. But she’s resourceful, not to mention persuasive. Assisted by investigating officer Bailey Keller, Rachel sets out to find the truth about both cases, exploring rundown high schools and elite estates. The cases grow increasingly complex and more closely intertwined than anyone could imagine. Turns out sleaze is everywhere.Marcia Clark, herself an ex-attorney, was the lead prosecutor in the OJ Simpson trial. Her investigative experience shines a light on the Los Angeles police procedures and judicial system. Not only does she manage expert plotting and dynamic pace, but her dialogue is whipsmart and sense of location absorbing. Her broad cast of characters comes to life in her spare description and reflection in the eyes of others. Rachel Knight is a complicated, likeable and driven protagonist, with an undeniable determination to see justice done. Clark’s writing is not entirely even. There’s the odd clanger;"Four attractively burly uniformed officers spoke briefly to Bailey, then two of them ran round to the back of the building while the other two brandished their lethal weapon flashlights and pounded on the door."But more than counterbalanced by lines of insight and sensitivity:"No one knows how I feel and time doesn’t heal the wound. The wound just becomes part of you."“How come you haven’t asked?"“Asked what?”“Whether or not I knew Jake was gay.”“Because if he was involved with Kit, he’s not gay. He’s a pedophile.”Kevin nodded with a sad smile. “Thank you.”Overall, Guilt by Association is a fast-paced, exhilarating and highly satisfying read, and I will seek out the first in the series, Guilt by Degrees.

  • April
    2018-11-22 01:56

    GUILT BY ASSOCIATION by Marcia Clark is a suspense fiction set in present Los Angeles,California.The plot is easy to follow,detailed,and will keep you on the edge of your seat. The characters are engaging,easy to follow,will capture your heart. This is a fast paced,action packed story of murder,suspense, public prosecutors,and the legal system. It is written in the first person,from the view of the heroine,Rachel.Rachel,a tenacious,DA of the Special Trials Unit,a small group of a prosecutors who are handpicked to handle toughest,sensitive,and most celebrated cases in the LA District Attorney’s Office. When one of her fellow DA’s is murdered,questions begin to surface,he was found in a compromising way,leaving suspicion not only about his personal life but also about his legal life.Rachel,and his fellow prosecutors take on his politically charged cases.Rachel enlists one of her friends,Bailey,a tough LAPD detective who works covertly to undertake Jake’s murder investigation.They work together to clear Jake’s name,expose violence,power,reputations,find the truth,and try not to get killed in the process. This is a powerful story of murder,suspense,violence,and some funny areas.It is written with details of the legal system and the criminal mind.While this is this authors debut,this is an author to watch out for in the future.”Guilt by Association” is a must read,fast paced,action paced story full of action,that will keep you turning the pages.If you enjoy suspense,action,murder,the LA under goings,you are going to love “Guilt by Association”.This book was received for the purpose of review from the publisher and details can be found at Mulholland Books,an imprint of Little Brown and Company,a division of Hachette Book Group and My Book Addiction and More.

  • Deborah
    2018-11-27 00:06

    Oh, my, here comes Marcia Clark, the former Prosecutor in the renouned OJ Simpson murder trial, and she's got a legal thriller up her sleeve! Not only that, but it's a damned good one!Ms. Clark is a writer. She absolutely knows her stuff and she shares details with us of her protagonist, Rachel's life as a DA who must investigate the murder of a couple of people in her life. One of those people an ex-boyfriend, and the other a young woman who was his last assignment. She plants funny sidekicks and support people for Rachel and the flavor is enriched alongside the plot. Rachel is a close cover for Marcia herself. And, she's a pistol! She's fiesty and funny just like Marcia. She's tenacious and irrepressible. She is as good as Kinsey Milhone...maybe even better, actually. She's loyal and she's brilliant. I love her tough and tender ways.There's little veiling between Marcia and Rachel and I love that about "Guilt By Association." It's something Ms Clark has no problem embracing for us as if she's a best friend next door caught borrowing our favorite bracelet without permission. You just can't help laughing with her about it as she confesses and shrugs it off. This quality about her and her astute writing skills makes her book just charming and an especially good read.I understand we may be seeing more of Rachel Knight. I hope so. It's about time Marcia Clark got some credit for being the sassy, strong and brilliant woman she's always been. I like her. I like her sense of humor, and I like her book.Read'll love it!

  • SenoraG
    2018-11-26 22:50

    I have to admit, I almost passed on reading this book because Marcia Clark is not my favorite person. Then I thought if the old saying "write what you know" is true, she should be able to write a damn good book. I tried it and I was very surprised at just how good it was.Ms. Clark does write what she knows and writes it in such a way that keeps up glued to the pages. The 'big' story is that of DA Rachel Knight finding out that her partner and friend Jake has been found dead and possibly was involved in some horrible things. She does not believe it and decides to poke around and find out the truth.While doing that she also must take over his biggest case which involves the rape of a young girl. Again, things are not as clear cut as they seem.I really enjoyed the characters. The friendship between Rachel, Tori another lawyer and Baily a policewoman was fun. Outside of work they are just girls hanging out and having a good time. They really clicked with me. It's great to have a bunch a girlfriends to be yourself with.I don't want to give away any of the book so you just need to read it. I was floored by the ending. I had in my mind who I thought it was and things seems to point there but that was Ms. Clark's way of messing with our minds. I never would have guessed.If you enjoy legal thrillers give this one a read. I actually hope there is more to come from Marcia Clark and that maybe I will be able to visit my new friends in another book.

  • Kelley
    2018-12-13 00:01

    Novel received courtesy of GiveawayMarcia Clark's, "Guilt by Association", is the first book in her new series starring DA Rachel Knight. I enjoyed getting to know Rachel and her cohorts and look forward to continuing the series. The murder mystery was engrosssing with a plot twist at the end that I never saw coming.

  • Elizabeth
    2018-12-18 18:41

    I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed legal thrillers. I definitely enjoyed listening to "Guilt by Association." It was an absorbing book to listen to and I loved both the story and the characters. Rachel is a particularly strong woman and the word play between her and Bailey is amazing.

  • Linda Boyd
    2018-12-12 22:45

    I picked this book up on a whim, but ended up being very pleasantly surprised. This is really a good book, and I loved the story line. I will continue reading books by this author.

  • Holly Haze
    2018-12-04 00:38

    So far, I've loved all of Marcia Clark's books. She's a brilliant writer. Rachel Knight and her sidekick detective, Bailey are quite the duo. Obviously smart, as the D.A. and lead detective, so not only are they strong, but have hilarious banter. I liked all the characters in this one. When one of their own is found dead, these two go over and beyond to solve the seemingly closed case....and they may break a few laws of their own along the way. In the end, it's all connected. I can't wait to get #2 of the Knight series from the library:)))

  • Tory Wagner
    2018-11-26 02:39

    Marcia Clark, well-known for her role as the lead prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson murder case, has written her first fiction book, Guilt by Association featuring a female district attorney, Rachel Knight. Rachel is looking into two case, the suspicious death of a fellow DA and the rape of a young girl. Rachel actively investigates both cases with Bailey, a friend and detective on the police force. The first few chapters were not particularly engaging, but as the cases unfolded my interest was piqued, so hang in there as a reader! This is the first in a series, so if you enjoy this one, look for the next.

  • Pauline
    2018-12-09 22:06

    Filled with old saying instead of good writing. The emotions were not realistic. For a character who claimed she was work driven, she spent a lot of time in bars or drinking in the office.Finally the main character was able to describe an entire floor of a house (big houses) from either the entryway or as she crossed the thresh hold.

  • Lynda
    2018-12-14 21:04

    What a surprise. I read this book out of curiosity. Just to see if Clark could write. I really enjoyed it and will seek out more.

  • Mburrows
    2018-12-07 23:06

    The story was good but I felt the writing was dumbed down. The author wanted to make sure that the reader knew exactly what she was trying to say.

  • Blood Rose Books
    2018-12-11 23:52

    Review originally posted on my review blog Blood Rose BooksIn her debut novel former prosecutor Marcia Clark, brings to the front to age old question are things always what they seem and just because you know someone does that make you guilty too?Rachel Knight is one of the top D.A. Prosecutors in the L.A. and she hates to loose a case. She has been in the D.A. office for years now and has formed friendships with her fellow prosecutors, but something tragic is about to happen to the office. One of Rachel's coworkers is dead and it looks like a murder suicide with her coworker looking like the murderer. If that is not enough, the event involves the victim being a young teen. Evidence is pointing towards Rachel's friend having a very shady side outside of work and taking advantage of disadvantage youth. Rachel finds herself questioning who her friend really was and if he was capable of such things. Rachel wants to get to bottom of her friend's death, but she is also handed his toughest case of the sexual assault of a young woman who is part of the prominent family. The father states he knows who the offender is, but Rachel has a funny feeling about this case too. Rachel struggles to focus on her cases and her friend's death, but there is someone who does not want Rachel to find the truth and as bullets start to fly, Rachel needs to figure which case someone is willing to kill her over.Clark should know a thing or two about working as a district attorney as she was the prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson trail, therefore, when she writes about lawyers and case loads and what happens in the D.A. office I would say that she know what she is talking about. So we know that Clark has the background to write a mystery book (some people may classify this book as a thriller but i do not think it has the suspense and action that is associated with the thriller genre) but can she actually write? Yes she she can, for a debut novel, I felt that there were many of the key aspects needed within a mystery novel that Clark was able to hit. There were twist, turns and I really enjoyed how Clark had the plot unfold in this book. I think that she did a really good job in showing the actual process of an investigation and how evidence is discover and followed by an investigator. I like that evidence did not just fall into Rachel's lap and that she has set backs and dead ends through out the book.I liked Rachel as a character, she has some attitude but I appreciated that she was able to keep some of her retorts and thoughts in her head and not always make some snappy or snide comment. There was actually a filter and it showed that she actually thought before she spoke, which is a change from some other strong female protagonists. This, to me, showed that Rachel to be a little bit more sophisticated and intelligence than those other typical female protagonists. I enjoyed that Rachel had the ability to ask for help when she needed it and was able to take advice from other. I also liked that Clark allowed Rachel to have access to her friends who are willing to help her as well as having her friends discover some of the evidence and not making Rachel out to be extra ordinary. I think all these aspects made Rachel a very real character.The one aspect I questions in this book is the investigative powers of a DA. It seemed to me that Rachel was running a police investigation for Baily (her police friend). I think it would have been more believable if Baily had been the main character and relied on Rachel for law knowledge and contacts that she has made through being a lawyer. However, this fact did not detract from my overall enjoyment of the book. Additionally, I'm not normally one to critique covers, but this one is really lacking, there is nothing there to draw someone to pick the book up other that Clark's name and if you don't know who she is there is really nothing that says "Pick Me". I think that in the future Clark needs to rethink the cover art for her novel, especially because I enjoyed this book.I really enjoyed Clark's venture into fiction writing and I think that those looking for a good mystery book (that is not littered with bodies and more about a more "typical" investigation) should pick up Clark's debut novel. This book is fairly fast past and was able to keep me entertained throughout and even guessing what was going to happen next. I think that Clark may have just found her second calling. I look forward to reading another book by Clark.Enjoy!!!!

  • Giovanni Gelati
    2018-11-23 00:44

    Hello and welcome to Monday, and my usual State of theBlog weekly address! I am going throw in what is going on on the blogtalk show, The G-ZONE, also as there is going to be some serious fun and excitement this week also. To start with, please feel free to visit my new and exciting Author’s Page at Amazon: Also feel free to purchase the Digital short Story Vincent Zandri and I collaborated on, ”Down Low-Dead”. As of this writing, we have received fourteen reviews, 13 five star and one 4 star review. I will make every effort to have my friends from Trenton with the bent noses find the four star person, and have a discussion with them, make them see the error of their ways, and to rectify this heinous error in judgment. The Amazon link for the story is : If you are an author and wish to have some fun with me and collaborate, drop me a line and let’s have some fun. Check out my wall here on Goodreads and Facebook to see the novels, Digital short stories and self-published works I am posting on this week.Now to the blogtalk radio, I have a great lineup again this week Monday to Friday:Monday: H.R. Toye & Cody Toye 4pm EST-Debtor’s Chip Series, Zorza the Alien,Toye Box Collection, and the soon to released Intangible.Tuesday: Douglas Corleone 4pm EST Night on FireWeds.: Diane Sherry Case 12pm EST Starving in MalibuThursday: Big Daddy Abel 4pm EST The Open Mic series and The Jersey Shore Has Eyes ( An Author’s Lab/Collaboration with me to be released in May. It is a Hormedy, a horror/comedy)Friday: Blake Crouch 4pm EST Run and many other novels. is the link for the fun and merriment.On to today’s novel: Marcia Clark, have you heard of her? Maybe the name rings a bell? I am not going over that stuff, I just want to discuss the novel, but yeah, she is that Marcia Clark, of O.J. Simpson fame.The novel is interesting; it gives a pretty neat inside look at what possibly goes on in a prosecutor’s office and the heroine is one tough broad. Good stuff. Check out what is between the covers: 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.”I enjoyed the read. The characters she has created seem real enough; the action comes pretty hard and quick, and the realism is there. I was most interested in reading this to see if she could create the world here, character inhabited, if she could draw me in, capture my interest and hold it for the duration of the novel. I was pleasantly surprised that she did and was glad. If you are a fan of this genre, looking for a good read on a tough as nails broad that makes no excuses but causes others to do so, then this is for you. If the novel fits, you must download it. I hope Johnny Cochrane turns over in his grave on that one. What are you reading today? Have you checked out our new blogtalk radio show The G-ZONE? Check us out and become our friend on Shelfari, The Novel Spot &Twitter. Go to Goodreads and become our friend there and suggest books for us to read and post on. Did you know you can shop directly on Amazon by clicking the Amazon Banner on our blog? Thanks for stopping by today; We will see you tomorrow. Have a great day.