Guilt By Association by Marcia Clark is a great legal mystery thriller. There are many twists and turns that kept me guessing all through the book and that’s one of the things I look for in a mystery. This book delivered.
Rachel Knight is an Assistant District Attorney in Los Angeles, who has just won a big case. Her and her friends, Jake and Toni, are out celebrating the win. Before the night is over Jake is dead, in what appears to be a murder-suicide. Rachel knows that there has been some mistake, and she intends to prove it. What follows is her investigation into the death and her handling the other cases that Rachel has inherited from Jake’s death.
The writing style flows easily and this is a quick read. The writing style is very descriptive and I was able to learn about what a Assistant District does on a daily basis. You can tell that Marcia Clark knows the inner-workings of the legal system. I found that very interesting. Sometimes the descriptions seemed a little too much, especially when describing clothes and restaurants. At times I found myself skimming through those parts.
The characters were well developed, well-rounded and very human. It was very easy to like Rachel and root for her, as well as some of the other characters. The interactions between the characters seemed very natural and real, and at times I felt like I was right there watching the happenings. That’s a plus in my mind.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a detailed legal thriller. It is hard for me to believe this is a debut novel. I believe this is the first book in the series written by Marcia Clark and I have the other three to read. I am looking forward to that.