Review: Blood Defense by Marcia Clark

Print Length: 400 pages
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (May 1, 2016)

From Samantha Brinkman, an ambitious, hard-charging Los Angeles criminal defense attorney, is struggling to make a name for herself and to drag her fledgling practice into the big leagues. Sam lands a high-profile double-murder case in which one of the victims is a beloved TV star—and the defendant is a decorated veteran LAPD detective. It promises to be exactly the kind of media sensation that would establish her as a heavy hitter in the world of criminal law.
Though Sam has doubts about his innocence, she and her two associates (her closest childhood friend and a brilliant ex-con) take the case. Notorious for living by her own rules—and fearlessly breaking everyone else’s—Samantha pulls out all the stops in her quest to uncover evidence that will clear the detective. But when a shocking secret at the core of the case shatters her personal world, Sam realizes that not only has her client been playing her, he might be one of the most dangerous sociopaths she’s ever encountered.

My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

I've read other books by Ms.Clark and (for the most part) enjoyed them. This one however... was  harder for me to get into than the other ones. For this story, she seemed to be trying to take things in a "different" direction with her lingo and that was actually a turn off for me. Some instances of this was when she referred to a neighborhood (on more than one occasion) to a 'hood, or when she called a police helicopter a "ghetto bird" (I actually had to look that one up). Then she was almost always referring to someone committing a crime as being guilty of "crime-ing". This did not speak of her life in law - but more as someone who wasn't familiar with the lifestyle and was just trying to throw a story together. 

Now to Ms.Clark's credit she does have a certain gift for tying up loose ends, while managing to engage the reader enough that they want to continue on with the series. I do enjoy the way that she makes her characters strong-willed and able to find details that others have overlooked. The "breaks" that come in this case (along with the surprises) are what makes her stories stand out in the crowd.

Overall - If you can get through the few things I pointed out, then you will probably enjoy this story. There were a lot of good parts to overshadow the bad, but it was enough that some people may not enjoy this story. Speaking just for myself however, there is a good chance I would continue on with this serious not only to see how it plays out, but to see if it becomes stronger the way her last series did. 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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