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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Back in 2009 a friend of mine loaned me a book “Without a Doubt” by Marcia Clark. It was about the O. J. trial for which Clark was the head prosecutor. I was impressed by her writing skills. When she wrote the Rachel Knight series I read each of the books. I felt as a former prosecutor she was writing about what she knows best as Knight was a prosecutor. Now Clark has stepped out of her comfort zone writing about a defense attorney. The new series features Samantha Brinkman a criminal defense attorney. Clark has Samantha doing the legal expert bit on local T. V. shows just as Clark herself did. The plot begins with the murder of two women, a T. V. star Chloe Monahan and model Paige Avner. The police eventually arrest a local LAPD detective who was Chloe’s boyfriend.

The book is well written, the pace is fast with lots of suspense as the plot twists and turns. There is some action toward the end of the book. As with the other Clark books there is humor. All of Clark’s principal characters are strong, intelligent women with a sarcastic wit. Clark writes a very realistic story that seems right out of today’s headlines. I am looking forward to the next book in the series. Tavia Gilbert does a good job narrating the story.
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- Jean "I am an avid eclectic reader."

Like father, like daughter.

This is an intense suspense novel with a sick twist at the end. The protagonist is Los Angeles defense attorney Samantha (Sam) Brinkman. A man is arrested for the murder of two women and she agrees to defend him. Sam has never met her real father who her mother says is dead. She then learns that the man she is defending is her dad. Late in the trial she finds the actual murderer.

This is a complex story that is well written but not so well narrated. The twist at the very end changes the listener's perspective of everything. It's definitely worth a listen.

The audiobook was released today. The Kindle book is available at no extra cost with Kindle Unlimited or for $5.99 without it. In either case the audiobook can then be purchased for $1.99.
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- Wayne "I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!"

Book Details

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