Blood Defense : Samantha Brinkman

  • by Marcia Clark
  • Narrated by Tavia Gilbert
  • Series: Samantha Brinkman
  • 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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Middling Legal Drama by Famous Prosecutor

Workable and workmanlike legal drama by Marcia Clark, the lead prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson case who retired from law immediately after that famous trial and became a writer.

After writing a series of books featuring a prosecutor, Clark turns in this first entry of a new series to the defense. Samantha Brinkman is an interesting character whose past emerges as she defends a cop accused of killing a famous young starlet and her roommate, along with a few other cases along the way.

While the story itself is probably no more and no less than a decent episode in a TV series, maybe worth a feature length film, it does not carry enough weight as a courtroom drama or as a thriller. The ultimate resolution of the murder case is particularly disappointing (though the set-up for follow-up entries is rather good).

Worse than anything else is the narration. Tavia Gilbert has read a lot of YA, and whatever weight you might expect from Brinkman's character is lost because she sounds like a teen sleuth, like Nancy Drew. That's not altogether terrible -- until she gets to action sequences, where she goes completely over the top and becomes simply unbearable to listen to.

I'm of the opinion that narrators rarely ruin good books, that it's usually in the writing. And no narrator was going to make this story more than an average legal thriller. But Gilbert's performance most definitely detracts from the best aspect of Clark's writing, the character of Sam Brinkman.

The forthcoming second entry to this series does not yet list a narrator. Thanks to the final chapter set-up, I will likely give it a go -- unless Gilbert is the reader, in which case I will NOT listen to it.
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- Dubi

Narration turned me off.

Would you try another book from Marcia Clark and/or Tavia Gilbert?

I have read all the Marcia Clark and enjoyed them very much. Two hors into this book I quit listening to it. The story is intriguing but the narration was overly energetic and fast for me to listen to for the whole book. Will have to read it on vacation sometime

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- Sheila C. Warner

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-01-2016
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio