Killer Ambition by Marcia Clark
Series: #3 in the Rachel Knight series
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Publication Date: 2013
Source: e-galley provided by publisher
The Short Version:
When the daughter of a powerful Hollywood Director is kidnapped DA Rachel Knight gets involved in the case from the very beginning.
Why I Read It:
The Rachel Knight series is one of my favorites and I’ve been waiting for this one ever since I finished the last.
From the publisher:
Would you kill to protect your career? Los Angeles DA Rachel Knight is about to find out just how far–and how deadly–Hollywood ambition will go in her latest harrowing case. It started with the disappearance of a pretty young socialite who’s the daughter of big-time producer Russell Antonovich. When the girl turns up murdered, Rachel is pitted against Hollywood’s biggest power players as well as her own boss, who is desperate to stay on Hollywood’s good side. Along with her fierce and loyal sidekick, Detective Bailey Keller, Rachel uncovers an oily darkness beneath the glittering surface of the Hollywood elite. It began with the commission of Hollywood’s most cardinal, and most common, sin: the theft of a groundbreaking idea. And it quickly becomes clear that those who know the truth will kill to keep it secret….
Rachel Knight is a prosecutor with the Special Trials unit. This allows her to be involved in the potentially high profile or complex cases from the very beginning. For that reason when the first call comes in about the kidnapping of Russel Antonovich’s daughter comes in, Rachel is right there with her friend Detective Bailey Keller.
This book plays out like an episode of Law and Order. The first half is primarily about the investigation and the trial takes up the second half. There’s some overlap of course because the trial can’t possibly go smoothly and the investigation and strategizing continue up to the very end.
Marcia Clark knows her stuff when it comes to prosecuting high profile cases and I’m guessing that her experiences provided inspiration for many parts of this story.
I don’t want to say much more about the plot because there are many twists and turns along the way.
I will most definitely be watching for the next Rachel Knight book and I highly recommend this series. They can be read as standalones but there are some ongoing storylines that play out better if you read them in order.