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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Competition by Marcia Clark

The Competition        

Los Angeles prosecutor Rachel Knight makes her third appearance in The Competition.  I have not read the previous novels in this series, but this one is very good and works well without having read the previous novels.

Two masked gunmen enter a school gym during a pep ralley and, armed to the teeth, begin shooting everyone in sight.  The chaotic attack ends in the library where it appears the shooters shot each other.

Rachel Knight and LAPD detective Bailey Keller are devastated by the carnage.  It is difficult enough to acknowledge the loss of life and the grieving parents as the two interview survivors and attempt to piece together all of the available evidence, but when it appears that the two young men believed to be the suicidal shooters are victims themselves, things get even worse.  The real perpetrators are still at large.  And they aren't finished.

The relationship between Knight and Keller works well;  they understand each other and enjoy each other's company.  I liked that the two women are at the forefront and that other strong and capable women are included.

Read in April.  Post scheduled for June 23

NetGalley/Mulholland Books

Police Procedural.  July 8, 2014.  Print length:  416 pages.


  1. Sounds like an intense read! It makes me wonder about the real perpetrator and what his/her intentions are.

  2. Yep. Wondering.... With all of the random shootings lately, this one did keep me interested!

  3. I have yet to read any of the Marcia Clark books, but I have a couple on my Kindle to read. I should get to them soon!

  4. Wendy - I downloaded more from NetGalley. Hope you enjoy the ones you have!

    Irene - I was pleasantly surprised; when a celebrity writes a book, it can sell on that factor alone regardless of the quality.

    The plot was interesting, the inclusion of two strong female protagonists was a bonus!