Friday, August 9, 2013

ARE YOU LISTENING? KILLER AMBITION: A REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

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KILLER AMBITION 
A Rachel Knight Novel
BY MARCIA CLARK 

ABOUT THE AUDIO BOOK:
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. KILLER AMBITION is at once a thrilling ride through the darker side of Tinseltown and a stunning courtroom drama with the brilliant insider's perspective that Marcia Clark is uniquely qualified to give. - See more at: http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/marcia-clark/killer-ambition/9780316220941/#sthash.0vv8GcBw.dpuf
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. KILLER AMBITION is at once a thrilling ride through the darker side of Tinseltown and a stunning courtroom drama with the brilliant insider's perspective that Marcia Clark is uniquely qualified to
give.  

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 
Marcia Clark began practicing law as a criminal defense attorney. She became a prosecutor in the L.A. District Attorney's Office in 1981, and spent ten years in the Special Trials Unit where she handled a number of high profile cases prior to the O.J. Simpson case, including the prosecution of stalker/murderer Robert Bardo, whose conviction for the murder of actress Rebecca Schaeffer resulted in legislation that offered victims better protection from stalkers as well as increased punishment for the offenders.

Since the Simpson trial, Ms. Clark has toured the U.S. and Canada giving lectures on a variety of women's issues including domestic violence and inspirational/motivational speeches, as well as lectures on the latest high profile cases, public service careers, and of course, the Trial of the Century.

In May of 1997, her book on the Simpson case, Without a Doubt was published and quickly rose to #1 on the New York Times, Wall St. Journal, Washington Post, LA Times, and Publisher's Weekly bestsellers lists.

From February 1998 to 2000 Marcia was under contract as a legal analyst and expert commentator for NBC, CNBC and MSNBC. She appeared weekly as the substitute host of Geraldo Rivera's "Rivera Live," and also hosted "Equal Time" for CNBC and "Judge and Jury" for MSNBC. Marcia has appeared on the "Oprah Winfrey Show," the "Larry King Show," the "Today" show, "The Early Show," and "Good Morning America," among others, and provides legal commentary on a wide variety of cable shows such as "Anderson Cooper 360" and "Issues with Jane Velez Mitchell."

Marcia Clark (with writing partner, Catherine LePard) has sold hour-long pilots to the FX network, Lifetime, and VH1 and developed a half hour comedy for NBC. She has also developed reality projects for CBS and was an executive producer of a one hour reality pilot for CBS.

Marcia has published three novels which feature Los Angeles Special Trials prosecutor Rachel Knight: Guilt by Association, Guilt by Degrees, and Killer Ambition, which is due out in June 2013. TNT has optioned the books and a drama series is currently in development. Marcia is attached as an executive producer. She's currently at work on her fourth novel.
 

OTHER BOOKS BY MARCIA CLARK:
                   

                    

PRAISE FOR KILLER AMBITION:
"A refreshing and suspenseful portrayal of high-stakes trials, criminal lawyers on both sides of the aisle and the strategies behind their every move.... Rachel and her posse of girlfriends, colleagues and their love interests are engaging enough to hope for their continued growth and success in investigations that are equal to Rachel, and author Clark's, many and formidable talents in the courtroom." (Paula L. Woods, Los Angeles Times).

"Suspenseful and gripping.... the best yet in the series. Clark's own expertise enables her to realistically portray the drama and vicissitudes of a criminal prosecution." (Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)).

"Legal thrillers don't get much better than this.... Boasting a feisty protagonist, a winning supporting cast, and steadily escalating courtroom drama, KILLER AMBITION finds Clark at the top of her game." (Michele Leber, Booklist (Starred Review)).

 
MY THOUGHTS/REVIEW:
Marcia Clark who gave us other Rachel Knight courtroom thrillers like GUILT BY ASSOCIATION and GUILT BY DEGREES, now has a new book you don’t want to miss, KILLER AMBITION. In this Clark courtroom crime, Rachel Knight, who is the Deputy District Attorney, is once again taking on the Hollywood hot shots as she becomes involved in the case of a kidnapping. With the suspect apprehended, Clark then takes readers into the courtroom she personally knows so well for the trial.

KILLER AMBITION has Rachel prosecuting the accused in a fascinating, seemingly hot from headlines Hollywood court case. The defense tries to turn the tables on Rachel by bringing up her past but it is just a diversion to take the light off their guilty client who is actually being aided by those in politically high places. So many questions arise. Were the two teenagers who disappeared really kidnapped? What was their relationship? One is the daughter of a high profile Hollywood family and the other a boy who certainly is not from the same social circles. What happens to these two and how the crime is solved is part of the fast paced first half of the book.

In the novel’s second part, Clark is really in her element in this courtroom drama. Using her personal background as a trial lawyer (O.J. Simpson if the author’s name rings a bell), Clark take readers through the trial and into parts we don’t see as we watch them on television or read about them.

I found KILLER AMBITION to be a fascinating story that held my attention right away. The twists and turns kept me guessing until the end. I happen to love those courtroom cases we watch on the news and Clark’s narrative grabbed me from the start and sat me in the courtroom to witness the process, suspense, hard work, and emotions involved in a case such as this. Rachel Knight is a character who you don’t have to have read about in the other two books in order to root for her. KILLER AMBITION stands well on its own but I am glad I have now read all of the series and look forward, PLEASE, to more from Ms. Clark and Rachel Knight in the future. 
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58 comments:

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I would like to see if he is found guilty.
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When you stated it's a book you will not want to miss then I'm hooked your reviews are always -- "RIGHT ON." I agree with Marcia Clark is one the best when it comes to being a author that connects with her readers. Thanks for the opportunity.

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