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Killer Ambition: A Rachel Knight Novel | [Marcia Clark]

Killer Ambition: A Rachel Knight Novel

When the daughter of a billionaire Hollywood director is found murdered after 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.
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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

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    Cynthia Monrovia, California, United States 07-02-13
    Cynthia Monrovia, California, United States 07-02-13 Member Since 2012

    Ardent Audible listener with a long commute!

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    "It's a Perfect (Rachel) Knight"

    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.

    [If you found this review helpful, please let me know by pushing the helpful button. Thanks!]

    15 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    E. D. Kelly Muncie, IN USA 04-17-14
    E. D. Kelly Muncie, IN USA 04-17-14 Member Since 2004

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    "Riveting but not Overwhelming"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Good story with interesting characters and reasonable back-stories. Fully engaging but not tense. In general, a good read. I am downloading another one of this series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cathy Northern CA Coast 04-17-14
    Cathy Northern CA Coast 04-17-14 Member Since 2002
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    "Not impressed with attention to detail"

    I enjoyed the story, which is as the publisher describes. I am a detail-oriented person, and found the inattention to detail just a little unsettling. As an example, Rachel starves herself and constantly appears to be watching every calorie. However, she seldom has an evening without alcohol. The drinking didn't detract from the story, but as every calorie-counter knows, alcoholic drinks contain lots of calories. That's just a little example, there were others. I was entertained by the story, but would prefer cleaner editing. Just saying in case others are also slightly rankled by inattention to detail.

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    Crystal Corona, CA, United States 07-16-13
    Crystal Corona, CA, United States 07-16-13
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    "Killer Story!!"
    What did you love best about Killer Ambition?

    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


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    YES... especially the last 2 chapters. I couldnt do anything at my desk @ work but sit still and listen


    What about January LaVoy’s performance did you like?

    everything... she is one of the best out there. i enjoy how she brings the characters to life


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes!! hated when it ended


    Any additional comments?

    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

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    Benjamin Hutchinson, MN, United States 07-16-13
    Benjamin Hutchinson, MN, United States 07-16-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Vapid"

    "I barely control my anger as I ...." "I reach for my *insert detailed description of alcoholic drink*..."

    That's the plot. Well, the most interesting parts of the plot. Sorry for the spoilers.

    The only person I would recommend this book to is Marcia Clark's therapist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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