Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Guilt by Degrees (Rachel Knight #2) by Marcia Clark (Book Review)

Disclosure of material connection- I was provided a copy of the book by the publisher via NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are 100% my own.

About the book-

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.

Harrowing, smart, and riotously entertaining, Guilt by Degrees is a thrilling ride through the world of LA courts with the unforgettable Rachel Knight.

My thoughts-

This is the second book in Marcia Clark's book series featuring D.A. Rachel Knight. I hadn't realized Marcia Clark wrote novels at all until I came across the first book in the series,Guilt by Association, and really enjoyed reading it so much that I couldn't wait to read more books in the series. Guilt by Degrees was an enjoyable novel. I always love book series' because they allow us as readers more time to get to know these characters that we may have become attached to and aren't quite ready to say goodbye to like we would have to do in a one and done stand alone novel. It allows more room for character development and to delve further into the protagonist's world. Rachel night is a complicated person, so it is going to take several novels to get her full story, so I am thankful this is a series because there is still so much I want to know about her. In this particular story, Rachel Knight and company are attempting to solve a murder case of a homeless man. In the process of learning about the case and more about the victim, Simon, we discover this case may be related to another murder that took place in the past where the victim is someone close to Simon. I enjoyed the interweaving of the two stories and how everything feel into place. I didn't feel like there was enough of Graden in this book, so I hope there is more focus on the love story in the next book. As far as this novel goes, the only complaint I have is the same as it was for the first novel, it is just way too wordy. I do not mind reading a lengthy novel if all of the details are important to the story, but I feel like there are too many instances in Clark's novels of spending more time than necessary describing things that are unimportant. I found myself skimming over several passages because of this, but I definitely still enjoyed the book and I don't think the overly-wordy descriptions should stop anyone from giving these books a chance. I have already started reading the third book Killer Ambition myself! I recommend Guilt By Degrees to anyone who enjoys courtroom thrillers or suspense novels. 
About the author-

Marcia Clark began her law career as a criminal defense attorney. In 1981, she became a prosecutor in the Los Angeles District Attorney's office where she handled a number of high profile cases prior to and including the O. J. Simpson trial.

In May of 1997, Clark wrote a book the Simpson case called Without a Doubt. It quickly rose to #1 on several best seller lists including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal LA Times, among others.

In addition to her law career, Clark has toured the country giving lectures on women's issues, was a legal analyst and expert for several television networks between 1998-2000, has appeared on several other shows including "The Oprah Winfrey Show", "Larry King Live", "The Today Show", "The Early Show", "Good Morning American" and many others. She has also been involved in writing several tv pilots. 

Guilt by Degrees is the second novel in a series of novels about prosecutor Rachel Knight. These books have been optioned as a television show and are currently in development for TNT. She will serve as Executive Director of the show.

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