My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Marcia Clark is a good writer and her plots are clever. I enjoyed her earlier books featuring a female prosecuting attorney in Los Angeles, so I eagerly read her latest, "Blood Defense", featuring a female defense attorney. Samantha Brinkman, a struggling attorney looking for a big case, finds one when a police officer is accused of killing a beautiful television actress and her roommate. When she begins to investigate the case against Dale Pearson, she soon decides that the actress was not the intended target, but her roommate. How can she prove it? Through diligent, and often illegal, techniques, Samantha begins to uncover very disturbing information. Suddenly her office is fire-bombed and her apartment is trashed. She's obviously getting too close to the truth. Her client, Dale, reveals information that almost shatters her and makes her wonder about his innocence. She winds up his case to her satisfaction and you think the story is over, but it's not. Without spoiling the plot, the ending is a shocker you'll never expect. I doubted there would be a sequel to this book, but apparently there is one.
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