The blurb: Mulholland Books presents… GUILT BY ASSOCIATION
A Deputy DA specialising in high-profile cases, Rachel Knight is addicted to her work and fiercely loyal to her friends. But when her colleague Jake is found dead in a seedy Los Angeles hotel room next to the body of a teenage male prostitute, Rachel realises she might not know those around her as well as she thinks.
The police want to write off Jake’s death as a straightforward murder/suicide. Rachel doesn’t believe it’s that simple. Warned off the case but determined to track down her friend’s killer, the investigation takes her through the dark and tangled city from its wealthy suburbs to its seamy downtown heart.
And a truth so dangerous it could kill her.
My review: I love crime fiction and there is nothing more satisfying than reading a crime novel where you can’t see the seams, nothing distracts you from the brilliance of a fast-paced, elegantly written plot and that keeps you on your toes until the last page.
That’s what Clark has done here and it’s great to see that in a debut novel and I can add Marcia Clark to the list of authors who I feel safe in the hands of!
The lead character, Deputy DA Rachel Knight is a well-rounded character with light and dark incorporated into her character which I warmed too, although could have done without the fashion mentions! She’s a workaholic and a strong intelligent woman, the more strong female characters out there the better, I say! I don’t want to give too much away and I was kept in the dark until the end, the twists were brilliant and they’ll keep you guessing. A well-written, fast-paced and intelligent crime offering!
8 out of 10 stars! ********