Blood Defense

Blood Defense

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Samantha Brinkman, an ambitious, hard-charging Los Angeles criminal defense attorney, is struggling to make a name for herself and to drag her fledgling practice into the big leagues. Sam lands a high-profile double-murder case in which one of the victims is a beloved TV star, and the defendant is a decorated veteran LAPD detective. It promises to be exactly the kind of media sensation that would establish her as a heavy hitter in the world of criminal law. Though Sam has doubts about his innocence, she and her two associates (her closest childhood friend and a brilliant ex-con) take the case. Notorious for living by her own rules and fearlessly breaking everyone else's, Samantha pulls out all the stops in her quest to uncover evidence that will clear the detective. But when a shocking secret at the core of the case shatters her personal world, Sam realizes that not only has her client been playing her, he might be one of the most dangerous sociopaths she's ever encountered.
Publisher: Seattle : Thomas & Mercer, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781503954007
1503954005
Characteristics: 389 pages ; 22 cm

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Nov 06, 2017

Samantha Brinkman, an ambitious, hard-charging Los Angeles criminal defense attorney, is struggling to make a name for herself and to drag her fledgling practice into the big leagues.Sam lands a high-profile double-murder case in which one of the victims is a beloved TV star, and the defendant is a decorated veteran LAPD detective. It promises to be exactly the kind of media sensation that would establish her as a heavy hitter in the world of criminal law. Though Sam has doubts about his innocence, she and her two associates (her closest childhood friend and a brilliant ex-con) take the case. Notorious for living by her own rules and fearlessly breaking everyone else's, Samantha pulls out all the stops in her quest to uncover evidence that will clear the detective. But when a shocking secret at the core of the case shatters her personal world, Sam realizes that not only has her client been playing her, he might be one of the most dangerous sociopaths she's ever encountered. It promises to be exactly the kind of media sensation that would establish her as a heavy hitter in the world of criminal law. Though Sam has doubts about his innocence, she and her two associates (her closest childhood friend and a brilliant ex-con) take the case. Notorious for living by her own rules and fearlessly breaking everyone else's, Samantha pulls out all the stops in her quest to uncover evidence that will clear the detective. When a shocking secret at the core of the case shatters her personal world, however, Sam realizes that not only has her client been playing her, he might be one of the most dangerous sociopaths she's ever encountered. (Description edited from the description on the author's website.)

While I liked this book, I thought the plot boarded on the implausible at times; nevertheless, I intend to continue on with the second novel in the series. (So far she has written three novels in the series.)

I did notice that several characters described by Ms. Clark in Without a Doubt, her account of the Simpson trial, find their way into her novels, first in the Rachel Knight series and now in the Samantha Brinkman series, not by name of course. Especially noticeable, at least to me, is that the uneasy relationship with her mother she describes in Without a Doubt carried over to Rachel Knight and particularly with Samantha Brinkman.

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Zoelexi777
Aug 07, 2017

This book was fabulous. This is the first time reading Marcia Clark and I couldn't put the book down. There were a lot of twists and turns with a very surprise ending. If you like a legal mystery you will enjoy this book.

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Jun 28, 2016

I pushed away my glass of wine, flagged down the waiter, and ordered a real drink.

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