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Blood Defense (Samantha Brinkman Book 1) by [Clark, Marcia]
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Book 1 of 3 in Samantha Brinkman (3 Book Series)

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Samantha Brinkman is scrappy, smart, and strategic—exactly the kind of defense lawyer I’d want if I did a bad, bad thing. And in Blood Defense, there are plenty of characters doing bad, bad things. This feisty attorney combines her professional ambition and unusual sense of justice to handle both her clients and her barely-making-it law practice. And it’s this ambition that lands her a high-profile case.

I love both legal thrillers and courtroom dramas, whether reading or watching them, because—despite my seven eye-opening weeks of law school—I believe in truth and justice. And when so much about life seems disorderly and unfair, I find it reassuring to get lost in a story that demands truth and justice. To discover a book that can do so in a fresh and unexpected way is a good, good thing.

Sam surprised me, doing much of her most impressive lawyering outside the courtroom in the pursuit of justice, and I loved her for it. When I first read Blood Defense, I immediately asked, “Is this novel by the Marcia Clark?” Indeed, this is the Marcia Clark. Talk about street cred—this prominent former LA County prosecutor knows a thing or two about high-profile cases. And luckily for readers, she also knows a thing or two about writing legal thrillers.

- JoVon Sotak, Editor

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On the heels of FX’s blockbuster television series, American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson...Simpson prosecutor–turned–author Clark offers not only an updated ebook version of Without a Doubt, her bestselling account of the 1995 trial, but also launches a new legal thriller series. Unlike in her well-received Rachel Knight books, which featured an L.A. prosecutor, Clark’s latest calls on her earlier career as a criminal defense attorney to fashion protagonist Samantha Brinkman. With the aid of her office manager, Michelle, and criminal-turned-investigator Alex, Brinkman is struggling to build a successful practice when she’s asked to defend a veteran LAPD detective charged with the murder of a popular TV star. Despite a personal dislike of the police, Brinkman is convinced that she can’t pass up such a high-profile case. However, she soon learns there is much more at stake for her than the advancement of her career—accepting the request to defend Detective Pearson quickly sets her on a course that will force her to deal with the truth of her past. VERDICT Clark’s deft handling of her characters through a multilevel maze of conflicts delivers an exhilarating read. —Nancy McNicol, Hamden Public Library


“Former L.A. prosecutor Clark kicks off a promising new series with this top-notch whodunit...Clark sprinkles jaw-dropping surprises throughout and impressively pulls off a shocker that lesser writers can only envy.” Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“[Clark] has the start of another successful series in this page-turner featuring a ballsy protagonist with a secret past.” Booklist

“Clark, who served as a prosecutor for the trial of O. J. Simpson, clearly knows this world well. She has the most fun when she’s showing readers the world of celebrity trials, from the media circus, the courthouse crowds, the crazies, and the police to the inner workings of the trial itself. You’ll push yourself to finish the final pages just to keep pace with the defense team’s discoveries.” —Associated Press

“Once again, Marcia Clark has reinvented herself—and the results are stellar. Her knowledge of the criminal justice system is unrivaled, as is her understanding of how the media influences public opinion of high profile trials—and the actions of those involved. But the real magic of Clark’s writing is her dynamic, richly textured characters and the visceral, often gritty settings they frequent.” Hartford Examiner

“A deftly crafted suspense thriller from first page to last, Blood Defense demonstrates author Marcia Clark (she was the prosecuting attorney in the O. J. Simpson trial) has truly impressive talents as a storyteller.” Midwest Book Review

Blood Defense is a great suspense novel with a fun dose of humor and a lot of twists. Readers will enjoy learning more about Samantha as the series progresses. Anyone wanting a riveting murder mystery with realistic characters and an understanding of the routines of a defense attorney should read this book.” —

Blood Defense is a suspenseful page-turner that will have you on the edge of your chair.” Night Owl Reviews

“Marcia Clark fans will be begging for the Brinkman crew to gear up for their next case.” Suspense Magazine

Praise for Marcia Clark:

“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

“Clark clearly knows the court from the inside out, and her characterization of the proceedings is great fun to read.” Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Clark's expertise truly shines.” Hartford Books Examiner

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  • File Size: 3738 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (May 1, 2016)
  • Publication Date: May 1, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0146LBFIE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,313 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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