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If I'm Dead Audiobook

If I'm Dead: A Rachel Knight Story

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Publisher's Summary

It started with a haunting image: a Ford Explorer, iridiscent in the moonlight and alone on a desolate stretch of beach. Its owner, Melissa Gibbons, has gone missing. Her husband says she flew the coop. But Los Angeles Deputy DA Rachel Knight is convinced otherwise: Melissa Gibbons has been murdered.

So begins the confounding case that Rachel must present before a disbelieving jury. A dissatisfied heiress and her philandering husband - what really happened? The husband has a fiendishly convincing case that Melissa faked her own death and fled. But with the support of her trusty sidekick, Detective Bailey Keller, Rachel pieces together a much more sinister truth.

In this short, standalone Rachel Knight thriller, listeners follow our savvy and riotiously entertaining heroine through the surprising world of LA crime.

©2012 Marcia Clark (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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    Simone 01-22-17
    Simone 01-22-17 Member Since 2016

    Follow me on Goodreads too!

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    "An Expert Point Of View"

    What I like about this series is that I feel like I am getting a behind-the-scenes look at court room drama from the point of view of an expert. It's pretty interesting!

    I liked book 1 (and 1.6) enough to keep going with the series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Go Go Granny 04-16-16
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    "Short story"

    This story was short. The story centered on the case after the arrest which is unusual and it may explain why the story was so short. Overall the story was predictable and something to listen to while cleaning the house

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Woodstock, IL, United States 04-24-12
    Michael Woodstock, IL, United States 04-24-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "Really....a rehashed story beginning to end."
    What disappointed you about If I'm Dead?

    Nearly everybody who has ever read a legal mystery knows this book's ending by rote memory. I will give you a hint....murder trial with no body....and the defense attorney turns to the back of the room and says...I am sure you can finish the scene. I didnt expect an award winning novel for a couple bucks but I did expect an original storyShame on the author for this one.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Matthews, NC 04-19-16
    Wayne Matthews, NC 04-19-16 Member Since 2017

    I am a husband/dad/granddad who loves books. My reviews are my subjective opinions. My hope is they will help others make buying decisions.

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    "Marcia Clark is a better author than I expected"

    This is my second Marcia Clark short story, both in the Rachel Knight series. This one is a legal thriller. It is a full murder case in a short story. January LaVoy, one of the best narrators, does not disappoint.

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    Karen 02-01-17
    Karen 02-01-17 Member Since 2011

    Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.

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    "Good Intro to the series & Previews"
    If you could sum up If I'm Dead in three words, what would they be?

    imaginative , snark, clever describes the entire series.
    Love the dynamics between Knight and Bailey. They keep the stories a bit lighter but by no means are these chick lit.


    If you’ve listened to books by Marcia Clark before, how does this one compare?

    This short story is great to introduce you to author's style and reader's ability to execute author's intent. This story explains that our heroine gets a case right at the crime scene, and why Knight seems like a detective.
    Short story well written for 1 hr listen with a clever ending. Chapter 2 is an excerp of book #1
    note: I do use the new 1.25x speed to get the author's intent.


    What about January LaVoy’s performance did you like?

    she has a great range and can deliver sarcastic humor very well. She performs as the author intended. Check out her Harlan Corban stories.


    Any additional comments?

    I like both series, Racheal Knight's character is a much lighter as the author uses lots of humor and sarcasm to lighten a dark subject.
    Samantha Brinkman series has a bit stronger secondary characters and has less humor, but by no means does that take away from the series. If you start with book#1 and use new 1.25x speed just ignore the reviewers. Reader did just find. She just didn't do as excellent a job as book#2 reader Ms Angela Dawe but you had to stay with it so reader Tavia Gilbert could hit her stride. She didn't disappoint. Note: I listened to Ms Dawe's read first, excellent, but it just makes you want to go back to book #1. Frankly I liked book #1 story much better than #2 but the readers made all the difference, hence Ms Dawe's #2 read got rave reviews. Unfortunately reader Tavia Gilbert could not get the intensity author intended for book #1 which is why it didn't have the same tempo as book #2.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Vrooman 06-22-16
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    "Not as good as her other books I Story is good"

    Story is good but surprise ending is not believable. Wanted a little bit more. Narrator was excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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