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In the third installment of Marcia Clark's bestselling series, attorney Samantha Brinkman's investigation into a family's deadly secrets is compromised by a threat from her past.

When the daughter of prominent civil litigator Graham Hutchins is found with her throat slashed, the woman's spurned ex-boyfriend seems the likely suspect. But only days later, the young man dies in what appears to be a suicide. Or was it? Now authorities are faced with a possible new crime. And their person of interest is Hutchins. After all, avenging the death of his daughter is the perfect reason to kill. If he's as innocent as he claims, only one lawyer has what it takes to prove it: his friend and colleague Samantha Brinkman.

It's Sam's obligation to trust her new client. Yet the deeper she digs on his behalf, the more entangled she becomes in a thicket of family secrets, past betrayals, and multiple motives for murder. To win her case, she's prepared to bend any law and cross any boundary that stands in her way. Sam has always played by her own rules, and it's always worked...so far. But this case cuts so deep and so personal that one false move could cost her everything.

©2017 Marcia Clark (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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Excellent addition to the Samantha Brinkman series...

I have thoroughly enjoyed all four of the Samantha Brinkman books. This is a very well developed character with multiple flaws, she is not the superwoman type attorney making this a very believable story. Based on who the author is it makes you wonder if there is some truth in the fiction.
In this book Brinkman finds herself representing a father whose daughter has been murdered. Her boyfriend is the prime suspect and then he dies - murder or suicide? Now the father is the suspect... The boyfriend was quite unsavory, the daughter has lots of secrets. She had been an overachiever who grew up in a very controlling environment, now free and in college...
There are a few cases going on simultaneously and all are very interestingly intertwined.
Angela Dawe does an excellent job narrating.
This is a very good book and is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 08-31-17

Excellent legal thriller!

My only issues with Snap Judgement are that the plot develops too slowly and that Angela Dawe narrates the audio book. Taking the narration issue first, I find Angela Dawe's voice irritating, but she did an good job of narrating. The plot line is outstanding, but the middle of the novel develops too slowly; the novel is unnecessarily wordy. Marcia Clark continues to develop as a writer. The Samantha Brinkman series is about serious social and legal issues whereas Clark's earlier Rachel Knight series was light and fun. There is nothing light or fun about Snap Judgement: when high school and college age girls send nude selfies to their boyfriends they are taking a risk that can ruin their lives. In summary, this is a complex, serious, and worthwhile novel. Despite my concern with excessive wordiness and a slow developing plot it deserves and earns 5 stars.

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Good Read/Great Dialogue

I enjoy this series. Sam is a thinker. I would like it better if the language was cleaned up.

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Another EXCELLENT book from Marcia Clark!

Marcia Clark doesn't disappoint with this 3rd installment of the Samantha Brinkman series. Her writing and story telling ranks right up there with the best in the Mystery/Thriller/Legal Drama genres. Great character and plot development. Sam Brinkman, while extremely likable, is a gritty, no-nonsense defense attorney with a passion for seeking the truth and defending her clients no matter how difficult (and sometimes dangerous) the task becomes. I highly recommend this book and this series. Also, check out Marcia Clark's "Rachel Knight" series. Both are excellent!

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Enjoyable read

Gripping, fast moving plot, great narration & performance well-suited to the book. Didn't figure out who did what before reading it.

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  • Jill
  • New York, NY, United States
  • 11-02-17

Great new series

Marcia Clark has an extraordinary talent of being able to write law in her mystery novels. She does it in a way that doesn’t go over the lay person’s head and is fantastic at writing both for the DA and defense attorney’s point of view. Love the red herrings and plot twists! Great book!

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  • Linda
  • Bowie, MD, United States
  • 09-24-17

Another Edgy Lawyer and PI Case--Samantha Is Hard

Another really good book about a sharp lawyer with attitude. I listened in Audible and Angela Dawe, the narrator, captured the anxiety induced plot to perfection. Only someone with knowledge about investigations and criminals could write a story like this. Marcia Clark, as we know, has the chops. Samantha Brinkman has her posse, Mishie and Alex work closely. She couldn't do without either one but Alex is the guy who can get to places she can't. Like hacking into phones and web sites. He's the guy I'd want in my corner. Her dad, Dale, is also a keeper. I found myself anxious listening because the narrator enthused her narrative with the sensations that a lawyer trying to solve a murder would exhibit. There was a lot going on and I'm glad to say that Samantha handled it all with her usual white knuckle approach. Bertha, her car, may be on the way out but Sam is here to stay. Can't wait for Book 4.

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Love, Love, Love this Series

I have read all of Clarks full length legal novels. With each one, her writing improves. In this series, she has created great characters and it's my favorite of hers.. I would recommend reading the books in order, starting with Blood Defense, so you will best understand the relationships between the characters plus more. I won't spoil the more. The producers description and the reviews by others will give you plenty of background. In many ways this series reminds me of the Lincoln Lawyer series with it's own set of unique characteristics.

The quality of the narration is great. Dawe is fantastic and has the ability to handle both male and female voices with inflection, tone, pitch and emotional expression.

Well worth a listen!

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Suspenseful

Over all the book was good what I struggled with was the male voices they all sounded the same She makes Samantha's father sound like a 13 year old boy .

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