Guilt by Association and Guilt by Degrees

by Marcia Clark | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 0316129518 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingcestmoiwing of Hamilton, Ontario Canada on 3/4/2023
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Journal Entry 1 by wingcestmoiwing from Hamilton, Ontario Canada on Saturday, March 4, 2023
This is two books in one volume. Two books in a series written by Marcia Clark, the lead prosecutor of the OJ Simpson murder trial.


Guilt by Association
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.

Guilt by Degrees
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: tough-as-nails 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. Something tells Rachel someone knows the truth, someone who'd kill to keep it secret.

Journal Entry 2 by wingcestmoiwing at Hamilton, Ontario Canada on Sunday, March 19, 2023
This volume contains the first two novels in a series - Rachel Knight is a Deputy District Attorney in Los Angeles.

To enjoy these novels I had to suspend reality and also forget that they were supposedly penned by someone who is an actual lawyer and worked for the District Attorney's office.

Or...maybe it was Clark's not-so-subtle way of revealing the corruption, conflict of interest and blatant disregard for ethics, and the law, that actually does happen within that office.

The characters are interesting and well-drawn with solid back stories that give them relatable and plausible personalities. Rachel Knight, a Deputy District Attorney, spends more time acting like Stephanie Plum or Kinsey Milhone than she does a lawyer. I am not sure when she is trying cases or in court, because she is always out and about either with her best friend, who happens to be a police Detective, or deciding what to wear, or eating at a restaurant. (I use the term "eating" lightly because she seems to an eating disorder as well based on how much she obsesses about food.) Let's not forget that she also has no qualms about carrying, and using a gun, without a carry permit and she keeps a bottle of Glenlivet in her desk drawer and imbibes during working hours. Oh...and she has free rent at a swanky hotel from a victim in a case she won previously (while working for the DA's office)....and a local gang leader supes up her run down (and graffiti-ed car with a paint job and expensive sound system!

In addition, she is having an affair with a Lieutenant in the police department who sneaks evidence to her for a case she is not working on, another lawyer in the DA's office is having an affair with a Judge who she has motions before and there seems to be no confidentiality for victims at all.

If you can get past all that - the mysteries/cases themselves are interesting and entertaining. I think there is a third book in the series but I don't think I'm interested enough to seek it out.

Journal Entry 3 by wingcestmoiwing at LFL - 27 Briarwood Crescent in Hamilton, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Released 2 mos ago (3/21/2023 UTC) at LFL - 27 Briarwood Crescent in Hamilton, Ontario Canada


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