For defense attorney Samantha Brinkman, it's not about guilt or innocence—it's about making sure her clients walk.
In the follow-up to bestselling Blood Defense, Samantha is hired as the legal advocate for Cassie Sonnenberg after a brutal stabbing left her father and brother dead, and her mother barely clinging to life. It's a tabloid-ready case that has the nation in an uproar—and Sam facing her biggest challenge yet. Why did Cassie survive? Is she hiding something?
As Sam digs in to find the answers, she's surprised to find herself identifying with Cassie, becoming more and more personally entangled in the case. But when Sam finally discovers the reason for that kinship, she faces a choice she never imagined she'd have to make.
Thomas & Mercer, Hardcover (November 2016), ISBN: 978 1503939776
Thomas & Mercer, Paperback (November 2016), ISBN: 9781503938694
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.
"Former L.A. prosecutor Clark kicks off a promising new series with this top-notch whodunit...Clark sprinkles jaw-dropping surprises throughout and impressively pulls off a shocker that lesser writers can only envy."
—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"[Clark] has the start of another successful series in this page-turner featuring a ballsy protagonist with a secret past."
"Clark’s deft handling of her characters through a multilevel maze of conflicts delivers an exhilarating read."
"Blood Defense is a suspenseful page-turner that will have you on the edge of your chair."
—Night Owl Reviews
Thomas & Mercer, Hardcover (May 2016), ISBN: 9781503936195
Thomas & Mercer, Paperback (May 2016), ISBN: 9781503954007