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Guilt by Degrees (Rachel Knight Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Marcia Clark
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.

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'It's no big surprise that Marcia Clark knows her way around a courtroom, and a murder mystery - but she's also a terrific writer and storyteller.'
-- James Patterson

'Spying on the system's inner workings proves increasingly addictive, and it's refreshing to find a lead character pursuing a stressful life because she actually enjoys it. A blade-sharp read.'
-- Financial Times

"Marcia Clark knows her villains, and GUILT BY DEGREES gives us one you won't forget. She also gives us one of the toughest and most appealing heroes to come along in a very long time. Prosecutor Rachel Knight is smart, funny, and just about fearless in her pursuit of justice and a good martini. GUILT BY DEGREES kept me guessing to the last page - and then impatient to read more about Rachel Knight."
-- Joseph Finder

'Exemplary...Clark humanizes her tough lead, and gets the mixture of action and investigative legwork just right' -- Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Marcia Clark is a former Los Angeles deputy district attorney, and was the lead prosecutor in the OJ Simpson murder case. She co-wrote a bestselling non-fiction book about the trial, Without a Doubt, and is a frequent media commentator and columnist on legal issues. She lives in Los Angeles. Visit Marcia's website at www.marciaclarkbooks.com, follow her on Twitter @thatmarciaclark or find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thatmarciaclark.

Product Details

  • File Size: 681 KB
  • Print Length: 449 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1444707523
  • Publisher: Mulholland Books; 1 edition (May 8, 2012)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005SCAMDU
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,637 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If I can make the case, will that close the deal? April 28, 2012
Format:Hardcover
Rachel Knight has been successfully running from the ghosts of the past that haunt her every day. She is at the top of her legal game in the Los Angeles DA's office, but still holds back when it comes to her personal life even with her best friends. When Rachel picks up a case that every other lawyer wanted to kick to the curb, the unexpected drawback is the tragic memories she kept under control would come back. Rachel has to take control of her emotions and her life. Right now, every ounce of her inner strength is being called up to keep her from jumping off the emotional deep end.

When Rachel took on the case to find the murderer of a homeless man, her fellow lawyers in the DA's office dismiss her. The timeline for results is short so she pulls in her friends on the police force and together they walk through what on the surface appears to be a random murder on the streets of Los Angeles but in reality is anything but that. Rachel digs deep to get answers and when they start popping even Rachel is shocked by the turn of events and the undercurrent that is pulling her toward terrifying results. The heartless crime that drove the start of all this him to this life is even more disturbing than anything Rachel has ever reviewed.

Then the tide turns completely against Rachel and every demon that has ever knocked on her subconscious comes barging through the door Rachel knows she will finish this case but at what cost. It no longer is a game to find out what happened to someone else as much as it is keeping herself out of the morgue and when evil is looking for you is there any place you can hide?

Marcia Clark writes stories that are filled with mesmerizing details, characters you relate to, and an abundance of unbelievable plot diversity. Ms. Clark knows how to give the reader a proper balance of startling information added to take your breath away revelations.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Connelly, Crais and now CLARK! April 28, 2012
Format:Hardcover
I mention them together because they are LA based writers writing LA based stories -- they're also big leaguers... and with her second ficiton book "Guilt by Degrees" Clark, in my opinion, joins the big boys. I liked her first book "Guilt by Association" but frankly, didn't know if it was fluke. Nope. Clark tops her first with "Guilt by Degrees" and demonstrates a command of the genre and its world combined with characters, voicing and nuance, and yeah, twists and turns and suspense in a genuine mystery. When I finish her books I come away feeling that I've had a great, fun ride, but also that Clark has earned her ending and built it as solidly, though unexpectedly, as Knight does her cases. She also introduces a new bad-guy who's really fun and intriguing - a damaged character whose psychological "cracks" started early and blossom into chasms as an adult making her understandable, dangerous and never ever characteurish. Clark holds your attention, ratchets up the suspense, and takes us on a ride filled with humor, camraderie, mystery, and danger -- I'm already looking forward to the next one.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rachel's back! May 6, 2012
Format:Hardcover
So Rachel Knight is back .... larger than life and just as sassy as before.

I loved Guilt By Association and couldn't wait for the sequel. The book defines the term Page-Turner. I usually read for twenty minutes in bed before I fall asleep at night, but with this book I kept going from chapter to chapter until 1am ! Guilt By Compulsive Reading ! The narrative is so compelling it really drew me in, and the characters are so finely drawn that I feel I am living their story.

There are of course a lot of mystery writers out there but none with the edge Marcia Clark has. Her style is compelling, spare and eminently readable with none of the irrelevant verbosity of other writers in the genre - the kind that sends me to sleep after twenty minutes.

My only regret is that I came to the end of the story. I do hope a third book is in the offing. I can't wait.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Guilt By Degrees July 19, 2012
Format:Hardcover
In the second book of the series, Assistant D.A. Rachel Knight takes over the case of a murdered homeless man when a fellow D.A. from her office totally messes up the case. But when she starts investigating, she finds out the homeless man was the brother of a policeman killed two years early and that the accused may be innocent. The more she digs in the more she stirs up and is determined to find justice.

The story held my attention as the mystery and legal proceeding unfolded and I enjoyed the development of the characters and getting to understand how Rachel Knight ticks. What I found that made me wander and loss some interested was the superficial fillings of mundane things which seemed to be written to fill the pages and not move the story forward. But the unresolved issues at the end of the book didn't sit well with me. It's like the book wasn't finished and I would have to read the next in the series to find the conclusion.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a great read. . . April 28, 2012
Format:Hardcover
This is a GREAT read, even better than the authors previous book "Guilt By Association". You can see the years of legal experience that the author has, combined with an amazing ability to create a compelling story and execute it perfectly.
You feel like you know the characters. Simply put, its great Crime fiction form someone who knows the topic well, and has the ability to tell a great story. I look forward to the next installment!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A misstep backward for Clark
Thank you to Netgalley and Mulholland books for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Published 2 days ago by Aurania
4.0 out of 5 stars Cop Killer?
My second book by Ms.Clark and she does a good job of spinning a suspenseful tale. When a homeless man is stabbed on a busy street Rachel Knight and the other members of her team... Read more
Published 3 days ago by joyful27
5.0 out of 5 stars Rachel Knight series will not disappoint
The Rachel Knight series is excellent! Fiction with a non fiction touch of reality. what a great combination. Ex LA DDA writing
about a fictional LA DDA. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Gary Sterner
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting premise, but falls flat.
This author came highly recommended, so I jumped on the chance to read and review her entire collection of Rachel Knight stories. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Krystal
4.0 out of 5 stars Love This Series
Wow, I am new to the Rachel Knight series, but I am so appreciative of Marcia Clark's ability to craft an interesting character driven series. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Janet
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad she gave up "the day job"
Despite knowing of Marcia Clark from the OJ trials, I did not know what to expect when I first opened this book. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Fuzzy's Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars Guilt by Degrees
This a very good read keeps you on edge of seat.
You think you know who did it but you don't.
I can't wait to get the next Rachel Knight novel.
Published 23 days ago by LuAnn
5.0 out of 5 stars Always a great read!
Iiked all of it Marcia Clark always writes an exciting, and always believable.Can,t wait for the next one!Thanks for a good read!
Published 1 month ago by Rosemary Rutledge
5.0 out of 5 stars *ARC FOR HONEST REVIEW* Marica Clark shows her talent well ...
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Marica Clark shows her talent well in this book. Seat gripping page turner! Well written! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Peggy Salkill (UNDERCOVER BOOK REVIEWS)
2.0 out of 5 stars Whole lotta drinking going on
Well, Rachel, Bailey and Toni still drink a lot of call brands and they eat a lot of food but at least in this one, driving around LA takes more than 20 minutes. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Anonymouse
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