When the daughter of a billionaire Hollywood director is found murdered after what appears to be a kidnapping gone wrong, Los Angeles Special Trials prosecutor Rachel Knight and Detective Bailey Keller find themselves at the epicenter of a combustible and high-profile court case.
Then a prime suspect is revealed to be one of Hollywood's most popular and powerful talent managers - and best friend to the victim's father. With the director vouching for the manager's innocence, the Hollywood media machine commences an all-out war designed to discredit both Rachel and her case. Killer Ambition is at once a thrilling ride through the darker side of Tinseltown and a stunning courtroom drama with the brilliant insider's perspective that Marcia Clark is uniquely qualified to give.
©2013 Marcia Clark (P)2013 Hachette Audio
Always moving. Always listening. Always learning. "After all this time?" "Always."
I am a sucker for a legal procedural thriller, especially if it's set in Los Angeles. I listened my way through Michael Connelly's Mickey Haller series ("The Lincoln Lawyer" (2005), etc.) a few months ago. I loved the sense of place, but I was annoyed by the legal mistakes I couldn't help but notice.
Maria Clark knows California law and the Los Angeles Criminal Courts, and "Killer Ambition" is great. Clark conveys the true tension of being a trial lawyer, from missing witnesses (it happens); snarky opposing counsel trying to pull a fast one with discovery and evidence (no, I don't believe you just found that important letter); the agony of jury selection (watching the other side excuse that juror you were counting on); expert witnesses that are experts only in their own minds; and a judge who might as well just sit with the other side, he's made so many (wrong) decisions in their favor. There's so much more, but i don't want to give away the story. Clark captures the tension and excitement of trial perfectly. I actually found myself yelling objections to evidence the Judge allowed in as I drove up the 5 freeway to Court. (I don't usually talk to my books, but I am a civil trial attorney and couldn't help it.)
Clark weaves downtown Los Angeles through the book -The Biltmore, Pershing Square, Engine Company No. 28 . . . She has a true love for those very real places, and it shows.
I read (on paper) Clark's other two Rachel Knight books, "Guilt by Association" (2011) and "Guilt by Degrees" (2012). I liked them well enough to want to read/listen to more, but I loved "Killer Ambition."
January LaVoy is a perfect voice for Rachel Knight. At times, though, other characters voices were a little too dramatic and high pitched.
For those of you that are wondering, yes, the author is That Marcia Clark - the legal commentator, and lead prosecutor on the OJ Simpson trial. I'm mentioning it last so it doesn't overshadow her fine storytelling.
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I have read the previous 2 Rachael Knight Books, so naturally I had this one on my wish list The main characters were back, and the story was awesome
YES... especially the last 2 chapters. I couldnt do anything at my desk @ work but sit still and listen
everything... she is one of the best out there. i enjoy how she brings the characters to life
yes!! hated when it ended
I actually posted on Marcia Clarks Facebook page telling her how much i love her series and enjoyed her book. She ACTUALLY RESPONDED to my post!!! Can't wait for the next book!! June 2014
I thought this book was excellent. Great characters, intriguing plot development and a satisfying ending. I will definitely read another Marcia Clark novel.
Another great story from Marcia Clark!
I am a huge fan of both her Rachel Knight AND Samantha Brinkman series. Ms. Clark’s stories are engrossing and finely-honed. She weaves common story threads through each series to tie the novels together, but each book stands proudly on its own merit. Ms. Clark’s writing style is warm and inviting. And I love her heroine’s sense of humor…much like my own.
“Killer Ambition” takes the reader not only inside the workings of the DA’s office, courtroom, and juries, but also into the cut throat world of Hollywood. I enjoyed it immensely.
January LaVoy provides yet another stellar, engaging narration of Marcia Clark’s work. She is my favorite narrator. Her narrations are true performances…not merely reading the text, but truly acting out each scene.
I really enjoyed this book and all the twist and turns it had. With each chapter I felt like I was right there in the story. I couldn't stop listening to it. I recommend this book.
Yes, absolutely. As with her other books I have read/listened to, I am always impressed with her writing. There is always twists in the plot to keep you guessing and she balances it with some drama and comedy as well.
Witness for the Defence I would say - just because they are both mysteries surrounding a murder and you really don't find out who the killer is until the end.
Yes, I specifically add her's to my wish lists. I think she is a wonderful narrator and her voice suits Rachel Knight's character perfectly! I think I have read all of the Rachel Knight books and cannot wait for more!
Certain spots made me laugh for sure - that's one of the things I love about her books - they are mysteries but also have some funny parts to lighten it up.
Busy attorney and mom that likes to catch up on books while I commute.
This was, by far, the best book in the series. Finally, Marcia Clark takes you from the crime to the courtroom in a case that reminds you a little of the OJ trial - big Hollywood defendant, kills a woman and a man by cutting their throats, and the DNA evidence falls apart due to problems with the LAPD's crime lab - sound familiar? But this story has a much different ending and justice is finally served. I also loved the introduction of new prosecutor Declan and hope he will be back in the next book.
The turns and twists as well as the thrilling unpredictability made this novel extremely difficult to stop listening! Love the descriptive writing Marcia Clark engages the reader with!
This is the second book I have read (listened too) by Marcia Clark. She is a really good crime writer. I am sure her experience in the court room has a lot to do with how well written and believable the stories are. Love the fast pace. Will read more of her books.
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