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Someone has been watching D.A. Rachel Knight - someone who's Rachel's equal in brains, but with more malicious intentions. It began when a near-impossible case fell into Rachel's lap, the suspectless homicide of a homeless man. In the face of courthouse backbiting and a gauzy web of clues, Rachel is determined to deliver justice. She's got back-up: tough-as-nails Detective Bailey Keller.

As Rachel and Bailey stir things up, they're shocked to uncover a connection with the vicious murder of an LAPD cop a year earlier. Something tells Rachel someone knows the truth, someone who'd kill to keep it secret.

Harrowing, smart, and riotously entertaining, Guilt by Degrees is a thrilling ride through the world of LA courts with the unforgettable Rachel Knight.

©2012 Marcia Clark (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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  • Kathleen
  • Minneapolis, MN, USA
  • 08-28-12

The second Marcia Clark book

This is the second in Marcia Clark’s Rachel Knight series. Rachel, an assistant D.A., is waiting in court for a bail hearing when she sees an extremely ineffective D.A. from her office totally screw up a bail hearing for a client. She jumps in after the fact and offers to appeal for the defendant. She earns the ire of this incompetent but cunning Assistant D.A. The murder involved what appeared to be a homeless man and no one was much interested, but she and her cohort, Lieutenant Bailey Keller find evidence that the person being held for the murder didn’t do it and have the charges dismissed. They also find out that the so-called homeless man is the brother of a LAPD police detective who had been murdered two years previously. His wife had been tried for the murder and the jury found her not guilty. And now his brother had been murdered as well. Suddenly the case has more importance. Rachel and Bailie keep doggedly investigating to determine the truth of who killed both brothers. These books have a good deal of witty commentary between Bailie and Rachel, and the tension is maintained throughout the book. The narrator does a very good job of portraying especially the two women, but others as well.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Rollin
  • Cholula, Mexico
  • 02-26-17

An airport book but a fun airport book

I picked this up after watching the OJ series on Netflix, where Iearned that Marcia Clark went on to write thrillers. The plot is intricate and interesting, as well as some of the characters. One reviewer said it's a chick lit whodunit. Yes, there is that. But I did enjoy this book and would recommend for anyone interested in a fast paced and interesting procedural and cop thriller.

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  • Debbie
  • Tehachapi, CA, United States
  • 09-01-16

Very good book

Really enjoyed this book and I love how the characters seemed so real to me. Action packed and full of twists and turns. I recommend this series!!!

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Loved it

there was plenty of twists and turns, left room for doubt, but in the end all the evidence was there to support the original theory!

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Another Clark hit

Love this series, I have read three of them and they have all been good. I love the detective/prosecutor duo. Keep writing Marcia Clark.

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Outstanding Writing!!

What made the experience of listening to Guilt by Degrees the most enjoyable?

Just the twist and turns that that story had. From what looked like a simple re-file of a case to the multiple manipulative turns and dangerous situations that Racheal had to go through, was just incredible. Marcia Clark is spot on in this novels and January LaVoy is very good with the various voice overs.

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

The plot did keep me on the edge of my seat by having the different twist and turns. I like how it is connected character wise to the other three books in the series.

What about January LaVoy’s performance did you like?

I think she did a great job at the various voice overs for the different characters. She did and OUTSTANDING job at doing the male characters, as well as the various female voices in the audiobook. I enjoyed listening to her.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Well I was moved and intrigued by how Lila Baer was stalking her and in my mind for no good reason, until everything started to come together.

Any additional comments?

I normally like to read a book and hold it in my hands. However, Amazon gave me a free credit to get one book off of Audible.com and I took advantage of it. I must say, listening to the book, really gives a story a different look and feel for the better.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 07-16-12

Guilt By Degrees

I saw the name Marsha Clark and decided to try out the book. I had read her book "Without A Doubt" about her role as ADA in the O. J. Simpson trial. The story was interesting enough but what did not ring true to me was that ADA Knight was going around each day with the detective Baily investigating the case. In real life I do not think an ADA would have the time do play investigator. I would have prefer to have court room drama instead of a detective story. January LaVoy did a good job with the narration. Other than the above comment the story was interesting and had some twist and turn of interest. The ending appears to be setting up for another book.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Kim
  • Fairview, TX, United States
  • 06-10-12

OK plot; immature, shallow characters

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

A narrow minded twenty-something.<br/>

What was one of the most memorable moments of Guilt by Degrees?

The opening scene murder

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Guilt by Degrees?

I would have rejected it for publishing

Any additional comments?

The author has good plot ideas but needs to go to character development school. The characters are naive, immature, and shallow.

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  • SJ
  • San Diego
  • 05-05-15

Oh dear.

Just so awful. Such a brilliant mind, then just lazy writing, stuffed with silly, meaningless details, can't believe why this was published.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Laurie
  • Florence, KY, United States
  • 08-15-13

Good job, Marcia

This is the second of Marcia Clark's books that I have read, and I am fast becoming a fan of Rachel Knight. I would have to guess that the character of Rachel is based ( a little) on Marcia herself, and if it is, then she is is one cool chick. Thanks to Audible for finding a great narrator - please don't change January LaVoy!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful