I really enjoyed Marcia Clark’s first book, Guilt by Association, and was looking forward to this follow-up. In the end, I was satisfied with Guilt by Degrees.
Summary via Goodreads:
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.This book had the same basic format as the first, with the same group of smart women, all professionals in the legal field, getting very involved in a case. This one again centered around Rachel, and her character is developing some very nice depth, with a back story taking shape.
I particularly liked an incident at the beginning of the book- the one that led to Rachel’s involvement in this case. While she was waiting for her own case to be called, she saw a murder charge that was being mishandled, and worse yet, no one cared because it was a homeless man that was murdered. She stepped in, in spite of knowing this would inflame her enemies. She also had to face the irony that her job was explicitly about handling the high profile crimes, and that those of lower ability and motivation were assigned to cases like this one.
The mystery was intriguing, and the work to solve it was first rate. I didn’t necessarily feel the same added realism of having someone that really knows the legal system as I did with her earlier book, but nothing strained credulity more than the average mystery.
The book was very consistent up until the end. I wasn’t entirely happy with the resolution, but it wasn’t enough to spoil the book for me, and I’m definitely looking forward to the next one.
Thank you to Little, Brown and Company for sending me this book to review.