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Publisher's Summary

In the third installment of Marcia Clark's bestselling series, attorney Samantha Brinkman's investigation into a family's deadly secrets is compromised by a threat from her past.
When the daughter of prominent civil litigator Graham Hutchins is found with her throat slashed, the woman's spurned ex-boyfriend seems the likely suspect. But only days later, the young man dies in what appears to be a suicide. Or was it? Now authorities are faced with a possible new crime. And their person of interest is Hutchins. After all, avenging the death of his daughter is the perfect reason to kill. If he's as innocent as he claims, only one lawyer has what it takes to prove it: his friend and colleague Samantha Brinkman.
It's Sam's obligation to trust her new client. Yet the deeper she digs on his behalf, the more entangled she becomes in a thicket of family secrets, past betrayals, and multiple motives for murder. To win her case, she's prepared to bend any law and cross any boundary that stands in her way. Sam has always played by her own rules, and it's always far. But this case cuts so deep and so personal that one false move could cost her everything.
©2017 Marcia Clark (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved
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5 out of 5 stars
By shelley on 08-31-17

Excellent addition to the Samantha Brinkman series...

I have thoroughly enjoyed all four of the Samantha Brinkman books. This is a very well developed character with multiple flaws, she is not the superwoman type attorney making this a very believable story. Based on who the author is it makes you wonder if there is some truth in the fiction.
In this book Brinkman finds herself representing a father whose daughter has been murdered. Her boyfriend is the prime suspect and then he dies - murder or suicide? Now the father is the suspect... The boyfriend was quite unsavory, the daughter has lots of secrets. She had been an overachiever who grew up in a very controlling environment, now free and in college...
There are a few cases going on simultaneously and all are very interestingly intertwined.
Angela Dawe does an excellent job narrating.
This is a very good book and is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Wayne on 08-31-17

Excellent legal thriller!

My only issues with Snap Judgement are that the plot develops too slowly and that Angela Dawe narrates the audio book. Taking the narration issue first, I find Angela Dawe's voice irritating, but she did an good job of narrating. The plot line is outstanding, but the middle of the novel develops too slowly; the novel is unnecessarily wordy. Marcia Clark continues to develop as a writer. The Samantha Brinkman series is about serious social and legal issues whereas Clark's earlier Rachel Knight series was light and fun. There is nothing light or fun about Snap Judgement: when high school and college age girls send nude selfies to their boyfriends they are taking a risk that can ruin their lives. In summary, this is a complex, serious, and worthwhile novel. Despite my concern with excessive wordiness and a slow developing plot it deserves and earns 5 stars.

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