Thursday, July 3, 2014
GUILT BY ASSOCIATION by MARCIA CLARK
I've just had proof that you should be careful how you select books to read. For some reason when I saw coverage of the O.J. Simpson trial, I didn't like Marcia Clark, the prosecutor. I really can't say why unless it was because she was losing the case. But I've read a book by the defense attorney without qualms, so why wasn't I reading Clark's mystery novels that I had heard were very good? I finally took advantage of an offer I couldn't refuse to read her Rachel Knight series of which this is the first.
Guess what? I thoroughly enjoyed this first one and have gone directly into the second.
For one thing, I like Rachel Knight. She's a deputy district attorney who is a smart lawyer, not dumb enough to take ridiculous risks (most of the time), has great friends, and she lives in a hotel (sigh). She's trying to get over a relationship with another attorney but is attracted to someone in this story.
Her friends are smart and fun, a lawyer and an investigator, and the plot is interesting. It begins with the rape of a wealthy physician's daughter. Knight is under a lot of pressure to arrest the boy he suspects is responsible. At the same time she is investigating against orders the death of another deputy district attorney everyone liked. He died under very suspicious circumstances in a cheap motel.
I found this to be a page turner with great characters, an involving story, and plenty of red herrings to throw me off for a few minutes. And now I'm well into another case with Knight, happy in the knowledge that I have two more to go. This almost makes the current heat and humidity bearable.