Blood Defense (Samantha Brinkman Series #1)

Blood Defense (Samantha Brinkman Series #1)

by Marcia Clark


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First in a new series from bestselling author and famed prosecutor Marcia Clark, a “terrific writer and storyteller” (James Patterson).

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503954007
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 05/01/2016
Series: Samantha Brinkman Series , #1
Pages: 389
Sales rank: 274,923
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About 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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Blood Defense 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
csmmom More than 1 year ago
I love Marcia Clark's novels. She does a great job of keeping the reader interested in the story. This is a different series than the Rachel Knight Series but I loved those as well. Samantha Brinkman is an attorney and she doesn't have the easiest job, she is a defense attorney. I highly recommend this if you like James Patterson novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had read Marcia Clark's Rachel Knight series and enjoyed it. So I thought I'd try her Samantha Brinkman series. It's just as great. This first book in the series hooked me. I kept trying to figure out what was going to happen. What an ending that I hadn't expected. Definitely one to be recommended. Now I'm ready to read the second book, Moral Defense.
gapsawordnerd More than 1 year ago
Wow! This book was really good although I could have done without the profanity. I got this book to read and review for this simple reason, the description for the book said “the author was a prosecutor for the famed O.J. Simpson trial.” I have never heard of her as an author so now I want to read some of her other books! The story begins with an intro that states “Actress Chioe Monahan and her roommate Page Avner, were found stabbed to death in their Laurel Canyon apartment.” Samantha aka Sam Brinkman a hotshot lawyer along with her best friend Michelle a paralegal/receptionist/ and a fearless investigator Alex a former client, who has expert hacking abilities, are the main characters in this book. Sam hasn’t been able to pay her bills in two months and her beloved old car ‘Beulah’ was on its’ last legs. Michelle is egging her on to try and take on the “Canyon Killer” case. They now have a suspect, Dale Pearson, a detective from the Hollywood division. Sam needs the money and Dale needs a lawyer. At first looks, everyone thought Dale had a lawyer but turns out he didn’t. Before Samantha could make the call to offer her help, Dale Pearson is calling her and asking if she knows about the case and would think about representing him. He comes in that evening to her office and they discuss his case the good, the bad, and the ugly. By the end of their conversation, she is telling him, what her retainer fee is and that she needs it up front. As he leaving he tells her what all her clients tell her: “I know you don’t believe me right now, but I’m not like your other clients, I really didn’t do it.” Every chance Samantha gets she leaves the press, her calling card. Sam leaves just enough information to keep them coming back for more and help them remember her client and case in a more positive light. She has to stay one step ahead of the prosecution in order to make the public think about whether or not her client did or did not commit the crime. But Sam is finding out that Dale does have a nasty temper and he had been going out with Chloe one of the murdered victims. Chloe on the night she was murdered had broken up with Dale. What kind of conclusion could one draw on those facts except that just maybe Dale had indeed killed Chloe and her roommate, Page. There are many surprising turns in this storyline. Dale Pearson has one of his own, a personal shocking revelation for Samantha, that is a kick in the gut and not anything anyone would ever suspect. Will Samantha and her co-conspirators Alex and Michelle be able to do enough sleuthing to get Dale off this murder conviction? There is danger at every turn with Samantha’s enemies out for blood. But Samantha does not back down even when they are trying to kill her and her crew as they are on the verge of breakthrough. Will their winning strategy be what they need? If you grew up playing the murder mystery board game “Clue” where you played until someone guesses whodunit then you might really like this book! I collected the clues as I read along and I still wasn’t sure till the end of the book, who was the Canyon Killer! This murder mystery definitely had some thrilling mayhem thrown into it and there were a few characters that threw some red herrings into the storyline just to distract and throw you off track. The final verdict must be proven without reasonable doubt whodunit! Reader Beware: some sex, drugs, and profanity!
jayfwms More than 1 year ago
The characters in this book are developed in depth and are quite unique, whether good or bad, with most of them some combination. In addition to the very real characters, the plot has many threads and more surprises than I ever thought possible. I have enjoyed Clark's previous books, but have to say that this one tops the list. Beware! The story isn't over when the bad guys loses and the good guy wins. The setting is well-defined and true LA. The story is highly imaginative , but remains realistic. This book should be a national best-seller.
booklover- More than 1 year ago
This is the start of a new series by this author. I have to admit ... I don't know too much about Marcia Clark as a state prosecutor ( think OJ ), but I think she's a terrific writer. I read her first series, featuring Rachel Knight, and now I keep her on my 'watch for new books' list. Samantha Brinkman is a criminal defense attorney trying to keep her office afloat. She has two associates. Michelle is her forever best friend and her investigator, Alex, a former client with some super computing hacking skills. Sam lands a high profile case ... an up and coming TV star and her roommate are murdered ... and a veteran LAPD detective is the accused. Though she has her doubts about his innocence, she takes the case ... not knowing that he has a secret ... one which will turn her life upside down and inside out when revealed. He might truly be innocent ... or he may be one of the most dangerous sociopaths she has ever run across. This is a well-written, tightly weaved novel with characters that come across as real people with real issues. Samantha is a 30-something woman who is dealing with some not-so-savory characters, yet maintains her position of not crossing the personal line she has .. well, most of the time. She's also dealing with personal issues in her relationship with her mother. She and her associates are a tight-knit group, watching each others' backs. There are lots of suspects that are investigated, numerous threads being followed ... that lead them right into a place that is fraught with danger. I thoroughly enjoyed BLOOD DEFENSE, and hope to get my hands on the next in this series, MORAL DEFENSE. Many thanks to the author / Thomas & Mercer / NetGalley who provided a digital copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.