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.
Rachel Knight has a sharp wit, sharper mouth, and a kind heart. The plot was decent enough but the characters and various descriptions got in the way of this being a better book and getting a thumbs up from me. There were some very funny lines but I don’t know about “riotous humor”. The characters were likable enough, but quite obviously borrowed from other authors.
I grew weary of the dining /drinking being peppered with how much she was going to have to work out and what she was going to wear. Maybe it was done to be more more relatable, but as I ate my french fries and wore my yoga pants, I found it cumbersome and guilt inducing. The specific products and locales mentioned made me wonder if Clark was paid to mention them.
I’ll read a few more to see where Clark take her character, but I don’t expect I’ll give this series a thumbs up. Kinsey Millhone, Kay Scarpetta, Kate Beckett, Eve Duncan Olivia Benson or even Trixie Belden she is not.
I’m sure Clark was an ace attorney, but she has a long way to go to be a fiction writer.