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
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.
I have read the other Marcia Clark books with Racheal Keller as the DDA in it and by far, this is the best one yet! I love how she methodically put together a wonderful foundation for a double homicide that take twist and turns that you really can not see, until they are upon you. With detective Keller as her sidekick, Racheal pieces the puzzle together and it comes down to the wire with ther verdict. It can go either way!
The story starts really slow to builds into a believable tale. Ms Clark's knowledge of in's & outs kept me always guessing at how you could really prove upcoming ideas. The ONLY part that was a TOTAL FAIL was talking of how extraordinary potatoe vodka is then using ONLY Grain vodka as name brands.....Ooops - just a littlev more experience needed!
I have really come to like Marcia Clark's series featuring Rachel Knight. I somehow think the character is based (loosely) on herself, and so I have to say - Marcia is a cool chick. That said, her books tend to go just a tad too long, but the narration from January LaVoy nails it every time. NEVER let anyone else do this series narration!
Eric Damian Kelly
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.
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.
"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.
Avid general reader with a fondness for British and Irish Writers and world history.
This was the first (and probably last) Marcia Clark for this reader. Almost from the beginning, a rather arrogant tone from the author was evident and the level of the writing seemed aimed at an audience of her supposed inferiors. The tone was pervasive throughout and could not be attributed to the narrator. The plot was thin and tiresome.
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