This is the 4th novel by Clark I've read, and all I can say is that once again she had me from "go."
It feels repetitious to add anything about the characters in general since I've mentioned how much I enjoy them in all three previous reviews. The characters are funny and smart, determined and loyal. If you want to know more about them, read my previous reviews.
Clark once again creates a plot that grabs the reader when an acclaimed (and fabulously wealthy) Hollywood director's daughter is kidnapped. Although initially it might seem as if Hayley is a spoiled Hollywood brat, the truth is that Hayley is the kind of young woman who makes her own decisions with empathy and ethics in mind.
Rachel Knight is involved from the beginning, and she has a special commitment to this case because of the disappearance of her own sister when they were kids. It isn't long before the wealth and influence of Hollywood begin interfering, however, which is not only frustrating to Rachel and Bailey, but could mean that the guilty party may get off scot free.
(digression: I've used that phrase all my life, and suddenly wondered where it originated. Nothing to do with Scotland as I'd thought, nor does it refer to the Dred Scott case as some believe. Scot was a term for tax, and the Church scot or Rome scot didn't have to be paid. Scot free=tax free.
"The first reference in print to 'scot free' is in the Writ of Edward the Confessor. We don't have a precise date for the writ but Edward died in 1066, which is a long time before Dred Scott." via The Phrase Finder)The courtroom plays a more significant part in Killer Ambition than in the other novels in the series, and Rachel must pull out all the stops to keep the guilty party from going free.
Marcia Clark belongs with the best of the writers in the field; her entertaining characters and well-written and well-developed plots provide hours of reading pleasure. If you like mystery, legal thriller, or police procedurals, don't miss the opportunity to read the Rachel Knight series by Clark. It won't hurt to read them out of order (I did), as each one functions perfectly well as a stand-alone, but of course, it is even better if you can begin with the first one and follow through chronologically.
Guilt by Association #1
Guilt by Degrees #2
Killer Ambition #3 (this review)
The Competition #4
read in july; blog post scheduled for Aug. 9
Legal thriller/Mystery. 2013. Print length: 657 pages.