I just finished “Blood Defense” by Marcia Clark. Remember her as a prosecutor from the OJ Simpson trial? This is the first book in her new Samantha Brinkman series. Samantha is a bold, fearless criminal defense attorney trying to make a name for herself in LA. This case involves the brutal murder of a Hollywood starlet and her roommate. Sam is defending the LAPD detective, Dale Pearson, charged with the crime. As she investigates, we go along with her trying to decide if he’s guilty, innocent, a sociopath or a nice guy unjustly accused. A surprise revelation from her past puts another curve into the situation. Just when you think you have it figured out, Marcia throws in a plot twist. Don’t skip the Epilogue! It’s not the typical “they lived happily ever after” ending. It’s more of a OMG eye-popper!
I can’t wait to read the next book in this series, “Moral Defense”, coming out in November. Marcia’s personal experience gives readers insight into the way defense attorneys think and how the legal system works. She challenges you to think about legal justice versus moral justice. Most of the action takes place outside the courtroom with no offensive, graphic violence or profanity. Sam’s character is well developed, and leaves us wanting to know what she’ll do next. Hopefully future books will explore Michelle (her lifelong best friend) and Alex (her charming, brilliant, ex-con investigator) more fully.