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Moral Defense
     

Moral Defense

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by Marcia Clark
 

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“[Moral Defense] has it all: a hard-charging lawyer heroine, tough-as-nails cops…as well as fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants pacing and page-turning twists.” —The Associated Press

For defense attorney Samantha Brinkman, it’s not about guilt or innocence—it’s about making sure her clients walk.

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“[Moral Defense] has it all: a hard-charging lawyer heroine, tough-as-nails cops…as well as fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants pacing and page-turning twists.” —The Associated Press

For defense attorney Samantha Brinkman, it’s not about guilt or innocence—it’s about making sure her clients walk.

In the follow-up to bestselling Blood Defense, Samantha is hired as the legal advocate for Cassie Sonnenberg after a brutal stabbing left the teenager’s father and brother dead, and her mother barely clinging to life. It’s a tabloid-ready case that has the nation in an uproar—and Sam facing her biggest challenge yet. Why did Cassie survive? Is she hiding something?

As Sam digs in to find the answers, she’s surprised to find herself identifying with Cassie, becoming more and more personally entangled in the case. But when Sam finally discovers the reason for that kinship, she faces a choice she never imagined she’d have to make.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 09/12/2016
In Clark’s outstanding sequel to Blood Defense, Samantha Brinkman, an L.A. defense attorney, agrees to represent 15-year-old Cassie Sonnenberg, whose father and brother were fatally stabbed in their home by an assailant who also left Cassie’s mother at death’s door. When Samantha interviews Cassie, the girl says that she initially hid under her bed and thus escaped the killer’s notice. She got only a brief glimpse of the fleeing culprit, who appeared to be a skinhead. Since Cassie’s mother, Paula, a city councilwoman, recently received death threats for successfully advocating passage of a strict new law targeting gangs, it seems plausible that a gang member was behind the bloody mayhem. But even as Samantha tries to protect Cassie’s interests, she must deal with the life-threatening consequences of prior decisions she made on other cases in furtherance of her private code of justice. Clark deepens her already fascinating lead, while adeptly juggling several subplots. Agent: Dan Conaway, Writers House. (Nov.)
Kirkus Reviews
2016-08-22
A murdered family leaves only one survivor in this second roller-coaster case for Los Angeles attorney Samantha Brinkman.Not content with stabbing high school senior Abel Sonnenberg to death, or maybe just surprised that a sudden case of food poisoning has sent his parents home early from their date night, someone attacks Stephen and Paula Sonnenberg as well, leaving him dead and her critically wounded. Detective Westin Emmons, of the Glendale Police, naturally takes a lively interest in Cassie Sonnenberg, the adopted 15-year-old daughter who somehow managed to survive this massacre, perhaps because she carried it out. Tiegan Donner, Cassie’s teacher and counselor, begs Sam to represent Cassie, who certainly needs someone in her corner, and Sam settles in to listen to the first of many stories Cassie will tell her, some of them backed up by hard evidence, others not so much. While this pot is boiling furiously, Clark cuts away repeatedly to two other cases: a request by Sam’s father, Dale Pearson, an LAPD cop she’s already defended on murder charges (Blood Defense, 2016), to look into Julio Valenzuela’s allegations that Dale’s fellow officer Kevin Hausch used excessive force in his arrest; and the ongoing saga of Ernesto Orozco and his son Arturo, who want Sam to identify the person who secretly arranged for Arturo’s brother, Ricardo, to get sent to a prison unit where rival gang members were certain to kill him—not knowing that the sneaky culprit this time was Sam herself. Cassie’s case, complicated by a disturbing echo of Sam’s own teenage years, builds to a rare intensity that’s undermined every time Clark (The Competition, 2014, etc.) drops it for one of Sam’s other two problems, one of which seems likely to hang over her head in the sequel. Teen angst, dueling conspirators, human smugglers, cops of every moral stripe, and a lawyer heroine whose behavior ranges from the naively credulous to the downright criminal. Whatever you read legal fiction for, it’s here, along with quite a bit of other stuff.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781503938694
Publisher:
Amazon Publishing
Publication date:
11/08/2016
Series:
Samantha Brinkman Series , #2
Pages:
426
Sales rank:
39,871
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 16.10(h) x 1.20(d)

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Meet the Author

California native Marcia Clark is the author of Guilt by Association, Guilt by Degrees, Killer Ambition, and The Competition, all part of the Rachel Knight series. A practicing criminal lawyer since 1979, she joined the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office in 1981, where she served as prosecutor for the trials of Robert Bardo, convicted of killing actress Rebecca Schaeffer, and, most notably, O. J. Simpson. The bestselling Without a Doubt, which she cowrote, chronicles her work on the Simpson trial. Clark has been a frequent commentator on a variety of shows and networks, including Today, Good Morning America, The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, and MSNBC, as well as a legal correspondent for Entertainment Tonight.

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Moral Defense 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
nookerCB 4 months ago
This is the 2nd book in this series. Marcia Clark, of O. J. Simpson fame, writes a nice suspenseful book about the lawyer, her juvenile client, her somewhat shady cop father and a nice cast of minor characters. I do not rehash plots, since everyone else feels the need to, I just tell it like it is. I was a bit surprised that the lawyer, Samantha, had such questionable ethics but a good heart. In the end, she redeems herself, but seems as shady as her father, who she met as an adult and is still finding her way around him. I do love her office staff. All in all a good read and worth it with all the plot twists. So read it already!
Deb-Krenzer 8 months ago
Wow, my feelings went back and forth and back forth again. Who committed this gruesome murder? A whole family is killed but their 15 year old daughter who admits to molestation by her older stepbrother and her stepfather. That's just one, but the major plot twist in this story. This is one with many subplots that I just could not put down. While I miss Rachael, Samantha is slowly starting to fill her shoes. There is some legalese, but not that much. It's mostly a fight with the cops and trying to find dependable witnesses for the defense And believe me, with the defendant telling so many lies, that is a really hard job. This was a great story, with great characters and a definitely entertaining read that I could not put down. Thanks Thomas and Mercer for approving my request and for Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
jayfwms 9 months ago
This new story of Samantha Brinkman is as good or better than the previous story. Once again, once I started this book I could not put it down until the end. Sam deals with the case of a 15 year old murderer, while juggling a range of other issues that threaten to overwhelm her. I was floored by how all the sub-threads came together to support the story. Los Angeles itself is one of the players as Samantha draws on the many resources of the city. Samantha Brinkman is not a super hero but a damaged woman who overcomes her issues to do what she believes is right. You don't have to read the previous book in this series to appreciate this story. The plot includes some returning characters and some new characters, but all are included with solid background to flesh them out. This is a most exciting and entertaining book.
BookloverUT 9 months ago
Samantha Brinkman is a defense attorney whose major goal is to make sure her clients are acquitted. She is hired as a legal advocate to Cassie Sonnenberg, who is accused of murdering her adopted brother and father. Her adopted mother is clinging to life at the local hospital. Samantha’s childhood was full of abuse and because of that, she feels a kinship with Cassie. When Samantha learns the truth, can she make the right decision for justice’s sake? Marcia Clark is a smart lawyer who worked as a prosecutor for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office. The character she created for this novel is a scarred, tough, and intelligent defense attorney who plays by her own rules. A subplot in this story deals with Samantha trying to get out of trouble after she mishandles a case where her guilty client is killed. It was hard to like this lead character because I felt I didn’t respect her. Even though this novel was very well plotted and written, I felt the foul language made the novel sound somewhat nonsensical. A writer with several books under her belt doesn’t need to use curses. It takes away something from an otherwise smart addition to a mystery series. An Advanced Reading Copy was received in exchange for an honest review.
booklover- 9 months ago
Another winner by Marcia Clark! Samantha is hired as legal advocate for Cassie Sonnenberg, a 15-year-old accused of brutally stabbing to death her older brother, her father and the attempted murder of her mother. Sam is determined to do her best for this teenager, especially when word leaks that she was sexually abused by her brother and her father. As Sam digs in to find the answers, she’s surprised to find herself identifying with Cassie, becoming more and more personally entangled in the case. But when Sam finally discovers the reason for that kinship, she faces a choice she never imagined she’d have to make. It's a roller coaster ride of emotions. There are lies and secrets. Is Cassie really a victim? There are surprises around every corner and the ending is a shocker. I highly recommend the Samantha Brinkman books for anyone who likes legal thrillers. Many thanks to the author / Thomas & Mercer / NetGalley who provided a digital copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.