Sunday, July 13, 2014

Book Review-Guilt by Association by Marsha Clark

Guilt by Association
A Rachel Knight Novel
By:  Marsha Clark
Publisher:  Mulholland Books

Rachel Knight DA is a member of the elite Special Trials Division for Los Angeles which investigates and prosecutes high profile cases.  As the book opens Rachel is celebrating a win in court with her friends, Toni and Jake.  Jake receives a phone call and he and Toni leave early with promises from Rachel she will leave soon.   Since she lives only 6 blocks away at the Biltmore she often walks to and from work.  On her way home she sees police cars and fire trucks in front of a less than reputable hotel.  When she arrives she sees them bringing out the body of her friend and colleague Jake.  She is shocked to see him in such a seedy place and the circumstances of his death are even seedier.  Rachel would like to spend all of her time investigating Jake’s death, but she inherits cases from Jake’s desk and one of them is the rape of a high profile physician’s younger daughter.   As Rachel delves into Jake’s death she is taken from the elite upstanding neighborhoods to the ghetto.  

When I began to read this book I didn’t realize who the author, Marsha Clark was.  I thought wow this author really seems to have deep insight into the workings of the DA office so I went back and read her profile.  No wonder the book flowed so well.  This book held my attention from the beginning to the end.  

The characters and storyline was completely believable.  There were twists and turns with sub plots that culminated in a well-executed finish.  I thought I had it all figured out only to be totally surprised at the end. 
 Call me sheltered or whatever, but I didn’t realize that affluent neighborhoods were called hoods.  I felt the word was a little over used but that is my opinion.  In no way does it take away from the plot or the suspense and it certainly didn’t keep me from reading the book from beginning to end. 

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Mulholland Books, through NetGalley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

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