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Killer Ambition Audiobook
Killer Ambition
Written by: 
Marcia Clark
Narrated by: 
January LaVoy
Killer Ambition Audiobook

Killer Ambition: A Rachel Knight Novel

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Publisher's Summary

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

    Always moving. Always listening. Always learning. "After all this time?" "Always."

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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!]

    37 of 44 people found this review helpful
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    Crystal Corona, CA, United States 07-16-13
    Crystal Corona, CA, United States 07-16-13 Member Since 2015
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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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    historygirl 02-22-16
    historygirl 02-22-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Well written and intriguing"

    I thought this book was excellent. Great characters, intriguing plot development and a satisfying ending. I will definitely read another Marcia Clark novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alex Canada 07-12-16
    Alex Canada 07-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Another terrific thriller from Marcia Clarke!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Killer Ambition to and why?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of January LaVoy’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robyn Snellville, GA, United States 07-08-16
    Robyn Snellville, GA, United States 07-08-16 Member Since 2011

    Busy attorney and mom that likes to catch up on books while I commute.

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    "A little Hollywood and a little OJ"

    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.

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    eb Key West, FL 06-25-16
    eb Key West, FL 06-25-16 Member Since 2006
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    "Intriguing!"

    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!

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    Mary Martha Adkins 06-06-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome"

    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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    Joanne DeVuono 06-02-16 Member Since 2012
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    "WOW"

    Who knew Marcia Clark was a great writer. Couldn't pot it down. Kept my interest

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    Walter L. Truelove Jr 05-12-16
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    "Outstanding Thriller!!! Edge of your seat read!!"

    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!

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    Thomas L. Evans 02-27-16

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    "DA Turned Author Seems To Work"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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