"Builds real drama out of its tabloid crime...
Knight is a likable crusader for truth in Tinseltown."
Brilliant and tenacious, DA Rachel Knight lives and breathes her work and disdains office politicsa combustible combination that often gets her into trouble. She is a stalwart member of the elite Special Trials Unit, a small group of handpicked prosecutors that handles the toughest, most sensitive, and most celebrated cases in the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office. At the end of a typical ten-hour day, Rachel has her sights set on an ice-cold martini at the Biltmore Hotel, where she lives. But on her way she's sidetracked by the wail of sirens and the commotion of a crime scene. Cops swarm around a seedy motel, where Rachel is surprised to discover that Jake, a dear friend and fellow prosecutor, has been murdered.
The suspicious and potentially explosive circumstances of Jake's death are never far from Rachel's thoughts as she takes on her fallen colleague's most politically charged case: the mysterious assault on a young woman from an influential L.A. family. Rachel enlists the help of her best friends and partners in crimefightingToni, a fellow Special Trials prosecutor, and Bailey, a tough-as-nails LAPD detectiveto covertly undertake her own investigation into Jake's murder. Rachel's drive to clear Jake's name exposes a world of power and violence that will have her risking her reputationand her lifeto find the truth.
Marcia Clark combines the vibrant voice of her heroine, Rachel Knight, with her insider's expertise in L.A. courts and criminality in this exciting debut. Intimately detailed, riotously funny, and viscerally paced, Guilt by Association marks the launch of a major new presence on the crime-fiction landscape.
Mulholland Books, Hardcover (April 2011), ISBN: 978-0316129510
Mulholland Books, Paperback (March 2012), ISBN: 978-0316198967
In this gripping follow-up to the highly praised national bestseller Guilt by Association, Los Angeles D.A. Rachel Knight finds her life and her career in jeopardy when she becomes the object of a brilliant psychopath's obsession.
No one tackles the high stakes murder cases more fearlessly, or successfully than Special Trials Deputy D.A. Rachel Knight. But with her latest homicide investigation, she's under a new sort of pressure: someone has been watching her every move. Someone who's Rachel's equal in brains, but with much more malicious intentions.
It begins when Rachel takes on an impossible case: the murder of an unknown homeless man. Few leads. No reliable witnesses. Rachel is told to stop pursuing the case, but everything changes when she and her best friend Detective Bailey Keller discover that the homeless man's killing is connected to the brutal axe-murder of a beloved LAPD cop two years earlier. A murder that ended with the defendant walking out of the courtroom, acquitted by a jury who did not believe that a beautiful woman could have committed such a heinous crime. But the closer they get to the killer, Rachel and Bailey find themselves in the cross-hairs of a remorseless psychopath. One who will stop at nothing to keep her crimes a secret.
Harrowing, smart, and riotously entertaining, Guilt By Degrees is a thrilling ride through the world of the streets and courtrooms of Los Angeles with the unforgettable Rachel Knight.
Mulholland Books, Hardcover (May 2012), ISBN: 9780316129534
Mulholland Books, Mass Market Paperback (April 2013), ISBN: 9780316129541
When the daughter of a billionaire Hollywood director is found murdered after what appears to be a kidnapping gone wrong, Los Angeles Special Trials prosecutor Rachel Knight and Detective Bailey Keller find themselves at the epicenter of a combustible and high-profile court case. Then a prime suspect is revealed to be one of Hollywood's most popular and powerful talent managers—and best friend to the victim's father. With the director vouching for the manager's innocence, the Hollywood media machine commences an all-out war designed to discredit both Rachel and her case.
Mulholland Books, Hardcover (June 2013), ISBN: 9780316220941
Mulholland Books, Paperback (March 2014), ISBN: 9780316220934
A Columbine-style shooting at a high school in the San Fernando Valley has left a community shaken to its core. Two students are identified as the killers. Both are dead, believed to have committed a mutual suicide.
In the aftermath of the shooting, LA Special Trials prosecutor Rachel Knight teams up with her best girlfriend, LAPD detective Bailey Keller. As Rachel and Bailey interview students at the high school, they realize that the facts don't add up. Could it be that the students suspected of being the shooters are actually victims? And if so, does that mean that the real killers are still on the loose?
Mulholland Books, Hardcover (July 2014), ISBN: 9780316220972
Mulholland Books, Mass market paperback (March 2015), ISBN: 9780316220958