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Blood Defense by Marcia Clark

I’m currently reading “Moral Defense” by Marcia Clark (yes, THAT Marcia Clark) and am excited, since it’s the second in a series, and I loved the first, “Blood Defense.” As I work on that, I wanted to be sure to share my review of “Moral Defense” and introduce you to Samantha Brinkman.
Blood Defense (Samantha Brinkman, #1)Blood Defense by Marcia Clark

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m still processing this book….it’s an amzing tour de force by an author who manages to show you a realistic portrayal of courtroom drama, without boring you with the day-to-day drudgery. If you love mysteries and thrillers: BUY. THIS. BOOK.

The storyline follows Samantha Brinkman, a young lawyer, and her employees in her new private criminal defense practice. They land the case of the century: the double-murder of a young starlet and her roommate. The defendant claims he didn’t do it – and it looks like he might not have. Or did he?

As more weird coincidences start appearing, Samantha, Michelle, and Alex head into the eye of the storm to find a way to clear their client.

Obviously, Clark knows what goes on behind the scenes in these big cases and she serves up the best pieces of what we’e come to love from legal thrillers like Law and Order.

I don’t want to give away too many details, but this isn’t your Harlan Coben balls-to-the-wall thriller with turns everywhere. It’s a slowly unravelling story which keeps you guessing until the very end. And I did not see the ending coming. Not in any way.

The legal thriller questions what it means to be innocent and what it means to get justice. And in the end – I’m still sitting here shaking my head! It’s incredible. Read it until the last page, please.

I’ll definitetly be picking up the next in this series.

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The 7th Canon by Robert Dugoni

The 7th CanonThe 7th Canon by Robert Dugoni
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well, Robert Dugoni has done it again!

I first be a me a fan of his after reading the Tracey Crosswhite series, which were remarkable for the eerie, creepy sense of foreboding that Dugoni inserted into the book. You spent the whole time waiting for the other show to drop.

The 7th Canon continues this dark atmosphere, though from a different point of view. Peter Donley is a defense attorney who works for his uncle in San Francisco. When a local priest is arrested for the murder of a young boy at his shelter in a rough neighborhood, Donley is drawn into the case, and the chance to exorcise his own demons.

One of the things Dugoni does best is creating interesting characters and weaving their stories together in compelling ways. This novel was no different; from Donley to the private investigator who is dealing with his own loss, to the the vaguely psychotic cop who responds to the scene, this novel really has a great cast.

I can’t say that this novel will really keep you guessing, it’s fairly obvious about halfway through what’s going on, maybe minus a few details. But it’s in seeing how it all plays out that keeps you reading.

And it’s worth it.

It unclear whether Dugoni plans to make Donley into a series, but if he does, I’ll be picking up the next one.

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People Magazine also loves “Damaged”

I was reading the new issue of People Magazine this week, when I saw that they gave a shout-out to Lisa Scottoline’s new novel, Damaged, out now!

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I recently reviewed Damaged on Goodreads and loved it! Check it out below:
Damaged (Rosato & DiNunzio, #4)Damaged by Lisa Scottoline
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

First things first: This book is fourth in a series, but can be read as a standalone.Some of the story lines continue, but readers can pick up on them quick enough.

“Damaged,” is about a lawyer named Mary who gets involved in a straightforward case: A young boy is being denied the special education services he needs to be successful. He was also involved in an altercation with a teacher’s aid at school and Mary is representing him.

The case quickly becomes more complicated than it first appears and Mary becomes heavily personally involved, perhaps too much, just as she’s getting ready to get married.

There is a bit of a “mystery” element but the main meat the story is in the characters and their journey together. And you really do begin to care about these characters and what happens to them. I and put the book down for the last third. I really loved this book.

This book hits you right in the feels. It’s gut-wrenching at points, from the young boy who is at risk of losing everything, to the family matters which are at the heart of the novel. The emotion is palpable and makes this read very worthwhile.

It’s not for those looking for a high-action thriller, it’s for people looking for a good story about good people. It’s all in those emotions.

I will be reading more from this author and more books in the series, hands down.

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