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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Blood Defense by Marcia Clark (#1)

4.0 out of 5 stars -- Fast-paced legal thriller, first in a new series keeps you guessing.

Samantha Brinkman is a sassy, sneaky, snarky defense attorney who tries to get away with more tricks than many of her sleazy defendants. When a high profile double murder case involving an actress comes her way, she's eager to get the media exposure and the courtroom time. And, of course, she does want to get her client, an LAPD detective, a "not guilty" verdict no matter what -- and she is willing to resort to some desperate measures to cast doubt so the jury won't convict. Assisted by her two employees: her best friend and an ex con hacker, she tries to find evidence of some kind that will at least get the jury's attention off her client. While investigating, she is derailed because of a shocking revelation by her client, Dale, and begins to have some serious doubts about him.

Lots of action, the body count rises, and there are many red herrings as Samantha et al prepare for and work the trial and put on Dale's defense. Since I have no experience in the real world of courtroom drama, I have no idea of some if the things that happen in this book are too farfetched to be realistic, but even while shaking my head in a bit of disbelief, I still thoroughly enjoyed the story. I liked the character of Samantha -- with all her issues, she's an interesting woman and even though she definitely walks a thin line with some seriously questionable behavior that is totally immoral -- I can't wait to read the next in the series.

This is the first book I've read by this author and I would like to thank NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for the e-book ARC to review.

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