The Competition

  • by Marcia Clark
  • Narrated by January LaVoy
  • 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In Marcia Clark's most electrifying thriller yet, Los Angeles District Attorney Rachel Knight investigates a horrifying high school massacre.
A Columbine-style shooting at a high school in the San Fernando Valley has left a community shaken to its core. Two students are identified as the killers. Both are dead, believed to have committed a mutual suicide.
In the aftermath of the shooting, LA Special Trials prosecutor Rachel Knight teams up with her best girlfriend, LAPD detective Bailey Keller. As Rachel and Bailey interview students at the high school, they realize that the facts don't add up. Could it be that the students suspected of being the shooters are actually victims? And if so, does that mean that the real killers are still on the loose?
A dramatic leap forward in Marcia Clark's highly acclaimed Rachel Knight series, The Competition is an unforgettable story that will stay with listeners long after the book ends.


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There has been a mass murder at a high school. L.A. prosecutor Rachel Knight has been called to the scene by L. A. detective Bailey Keller. At first it is thought the two killers killed each other but soon the police realize they may have two or more killers on the loose and threatening to commit even more mass killings.

The book is well written, intelligent, and it kept me reading late into the night. The story comes right out of the headlines. Clark does a good job with various plots threads, keeping suspense high. Every time I think I know how this will end Clark sends me down another path. The author tends to focus more on the psychology behind a mass shooting with Keller and Knight in frequent meetings with the two consulting police psychologist.

I know I have made this comment in the other books in this series, but I question why the prosecutor is acting as a detective. I do realize the Marcia Clarke was a well known prosecutor and knows the job. But in real life, does the prosecutor perform the detective role to this extent? If you enjoy a good mystery this is a book for you. January LaVoy does a good job narrating the book.
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- Jean "I am an avid eclectic reader."


Where does The Competition rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is up there! Definitely top 10 (and I have listened to A LOT of audiobooks)

What did you like best about this story?

I like the concept behind the story and how it was presented. The first chapter was really hard to get through, which I did not expect, but it hit very close to home. I almost had to stop listening to it. But then how the rest unfurled. It was amazing! Such incredible writing.

Have you listened to any of January LaVoy’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not listened to any of the other ones, but I might start. There were some things in this book that I felt like were just catch up for people who had never read the other books. I dont know if those other story lines would interest me much.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes! Definitely.

Any additional comments?

I felt the end was rushed. That is the ONLY downside. I don't want to say too much without ruining it, but I do not like where the book ended. And the epilogue seemed excessive and unnecessary.

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- Tina

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-08-2014
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio