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In the latest installment in Clark's series that follows the adventures of Special Trials DA Rachel Knight—and features Rachel's best girlfriend, Detective Bailey Keller—the kidnapping/murder of the daughter of a powerful Hollywood producer and director is followed by even more lawlessness. Throughout it all, the author infuses the book with moments of genuine suspense and wry humor. Narrator January LaVoy smoothly conveys the author's lighthearted cynicism. She ably captures Knight, and for Keller, LaVoy lowers her voice, adding a flat, careful, dogmatic pronunciation that both relaxes and quickens during her snappy discussions with Knight. As for the book's male characters, LaVoy opts for a minimal, vaguely masculine tone, with one exception. Clark describes the arrogant, angry filmmaker as short with a voice high enough for him to be mistaken for a female. LaVoy adds her own amusing touch by giving him the sound and the bark of a human Chihuahua. A Mulholland hardcover. (June) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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*Starred Review* With her third legal thriller featuring L.A. Deputy DA Rachel Knight, former prosecutor Clark delivers another winner. Here the author’s alterego becomes involved with Hollywood royalty and all the media attention it entails. It starts when Knight and Detective Bailey Keller begin working on the kidnapping of teenager Hayley Antonovich, only child of megaproducer Russell Antonovich. While the kidnapping turns out to be a ruse devised by Hayley and her boyfriend involving a dispute over the rights to a screenplay, it leads to murder. Trusting forensic evidence, Knight charges a Hollywood insider, a former child star who has become a pillar of the community, with the crimes, thus facing career-ending professional exile if she loses. As the media barrage intensifies, with Knight accused of acting only to get herself in the spotlight, Clark ratchets up the suspense at every turn, with even jury selection becoming a nail-biter. Boasting a feisty protagonist, a winning supporting cast, and steadily escalating courtroom drama, Killer Ambition finds Clark at the top of her game. Legal thrillers don’t get much better than this. --Michele Leber

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Product Details

  • Series: A Rachel Knight Novel
  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Mulholland Books (June 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316220949
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316220941
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,161,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By bookandartlover on June 22, 2013
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Rachel Knight (and company) will keep you turning the pages. I love the mix of investigative work and courtroom drama bound together by smart and many times funny dialogue. If you've read other of the Rachel books, or even if you haven't, this one will not disappoint. The small, but highly entertaining, details about food and drink, clothing, interior design, plus terrific character development give this book wonderful appeal and heart. Can't wait for the next one!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By books4days on June 26, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Marcia Clark never fails to impress! Her writing style is fluid, engaging, and accessible without being too simplistic. Most importantly, her experience in the field is tangible throughout every situation in her books -- it's fantastic.

Clark's work has contributed some of the best novels this genre has seen, and Killer Ambition carries the torch one installment further.

If you haven't read her other two, you'll still love this one, but I highly recommend you keep up with the series! Truly excellent stuff here for any kind of reader!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John on June 26, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Can't ask for more engaging characters and interesting story lines than what I get in all things "Rachel Knight"! If well written, mystery thrillers are up your alley, you should check out all of the Rachel Knight series of books. So looking forward to the next one!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By oxbowbrat on June 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Another page turner. If you haven't yet read any of the Rachel Knight series books, do yourself a favor and start from the beginning. You will not be able to put them down. Marcia Clark at her best. Can't wait for the next one.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Johnie M on June 26, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Once again, Marcia Clark has taken us into the life of Rachel Knight with this amazingly written and action packed story. Only someone like Marcia Clark who has such an in depth knowledge and insight into the legal realm could bring us stories of such depth and with such life like characters, that by the time you have read the book, you feel like you know them!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Irresponsible Reader on July 11, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Hmmm, wonder where Clark got the idea and experience to do a novel about a case with ties to Hollywood, celebrity and an all-invasive press corps trying the case outside the courtroom while putting all the details of the attorney's lives on display for all the world. . . These parts of the novel worked so well -- obviously, her own experiences and role as commentator since that one case have equipped her to tackle these things.

The relationships between Rachel and her friends/coworkers/romantic entanglements remain strong -- although I think it was a bit more in the background this time around, and the book suffered for it.

I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure we spent more time in court in this novel than the two previous. Which is good, on the one hand, because these are supposed to be legal thrillers, so it's good to have the courtroom proceedings. On the other hand, these are supposed to be legal thrillers, and on the whole, the pace and momentum of this books comes to a standstill in the details of the trial. Now, maybe this is just me -- after my Perry Mason phase in high school, most of the courtroom depictions I've read have been by David Rosenfelt or from Paul Levine's Solomon & Lord series -- and while Clark has a fun, light touch -- she's nowhere near as amusing as these two. Similarly, she doesn't have the gravitas and talent of Michael Connelly -- by the time Mickey Haller gets to court, the brakes have failed and there's nothing to slow the runaway freight train of tension, suspense and energy. I'm not saying I want Clark to turn into a clone of any of these gentlemen -- I'm just saying that until she improves, her readers are better served with Rachel & co. doing the bulk of their work in the field.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MARLA MADISON on July 8, 2013
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A great suspense/courtroom drama from Ms. Clark! I enjoyed it better than her last one with Rachel Knight. She weaves an excellent courtroom scene, her knowledge of the process superb. The story kept me riveted, the ending super-satisfying. It also kept me guessing until the end.
For me, Ms. Clark's use of humor was good, but a little overdone, especially in tense scenes I thought she should have scaled it back. A small flaw in a five-star read! Highly recommend.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gordon Thomson on June 26, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I have to say that this latest is a more than worthy successor to its forbears.
What one has come to expect of Ms. Clark, thanks to her extraordinary legal skills and experience is,of course, present in "Killer Ambition." What has been added to this very potent mix is a deeper penetration into Rachel's personal life: her family, her friends and her interior existence.
The series' promise has been fulfilled and surpassed once again.
Brava, Marcia!
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