Publisher: Mulholland Books
Publication Date: 3/25/14
My Rating: 3 Stars
Los Angeles D.A. Rachel Knight faces down the murderously ambitious side of Hollywood in Marcia Clark's newest thriller.
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.
A special thank you to Mulholland Books and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Marcia Clark’s KILLER AMBITION (A Rachel Knight Novel), captures the adventures of LA’s Special Trials DA Rachel Knight and BFF Detective Bailey Keller with humor, drama, and suspense!
After having finished reading an ARC of Clark’s latest novel, THE COMPETITION (July 8, 2014)—which I would recommend, involving a suspenseful high school massacre— wanted to go back and read the earlier books in the series, so playing catch up.
KILLER AMBITION, involves the glamour, glitz, and power of Hollywood, rights to screenplay, and kidnapping of teenager Hayley, the only child of mega producer Russell Antonovich. She is the daughter of billionaire Hollywood director, found murdered after a kidnapping gone wrong. To complicate matters, the prime suspect is a powerful talent manager and best friend to the victim’s father.
Of course the media is front and center and pressure heats up as Rachel Knight always seems to be high profile—for a suspenseful high stakes trial, a drama with well- planned legal strategies who knows her way around a courtroom. I enjoyed the first portion of the novel better, as prefer the investigative part— versus the trial as felt it dragged a little; however, kept me hanging in to learn the outcome.
Clark’s experience and expertise definitely lends itself for great insight into this world, reflective throughout this thriller. I enjoy the recurring characters, personal aspects, and interactions with friends and her character’s investigative style.