Snap Judgment

Snap Judgment

by Marcia Clark


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ISBN-13: 9781542045995
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 08/29/2017
Series: Samantha Brinkman Series , #3
Pages: 460
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

California native Marcia Clark is the author of Blood Defense and Moral Defense, the first two books in the Samantha Brinkman series, as well as Guilt by Association, Guilt by Degrees, Killer Ambition, and The Competition, all entries in 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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Snap Judgment 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Aqswr More than 1 year ago
Third in a series about Sam Brinkman, our criminal defense attorney with a difficult childhood and a penchant for high profile cases and troubling former clients. The high profile case involves the death of a freshman USC daughter of a frequent Court TV sparring partner; not quite a friend but more than an acquaintance. As the sordid details of her last several days come into focus, and her sleazy boyfriend seems the likely perpetrator of her death, he turns up dead. Soon her fellow attorney is a person of interest in the death of the boyfriend. Author Marcia Clark does an excellent job of creating a first class mystery complete with police and legal aspects designed to keep readers glued to their books. I admit to finding the B-story less than compelling, as I have throughout the 3 books. The overarching mysteries have more than made up for the lesser tales. But honestly, I wish they'd disappear, they are just distractions. Nonetheless, these are great books that I truly enjoy. I received my copy from the publisher through NetGalley.
vkmarco More than 1 year ago
This is the third of three in Clark’s series featuring criminal defense attorney Samantha Brinkman. Samantha is not my favorite female protagonist. A damaged soul due to a childhood history of abuse, I have empathy for her but her professional ethics…and those of people around her…are quite sketchy. There are two storylines. The first about the deaths of two college students is multi layered, with twists revealed as the novel progresses. The second involving a criminal known to Samantha from her past is a bit of an intrusion and I think dragged the pace of the book. For those who like a good mystery/legal thriller albeit without the courtroom scenes, this will make an enjoyable read.
MoonTalk More than 1 year ago
Samantha Brinkman Finally Has a Client Who Can Really Pay and Tries To Save Her and a Witness’s Life. The novel opens with what looks like a diary of a young freshman coed, Alicia, who is a victim of revenge porn. In it, she blames her boyfriend. Shortly thereafter, she is found dead in her bathtub with her throat cut. She is the daughter of a prominent local civil litigator, Graham Hutchins. Again, shortly after Alicia’s death the boyfriend is discovered in an apparent suicide by hanging. Graham Hutchins is a regular with Samantha (Sam) Brinkman on a cable crime show. In case the boyfriend’s death is determined not to be a suicide, he retained Sam to follow the investigation and be his lawyer if he becomes a suspect. While Sam’s father, Dale, has recently been promoted to the elite Robbery/Homicide Division, this case was not his, so his access to police information is limited. This means that Sam and her investigator, Alex, have to conduct a parallel investigation. Trying to sort through her pothead friends and other witnesses is slow. Some urgency is added because the mother of the boyfriend hired her own medical examiner because the LA County medical examiner was on the fence on the manner of death is suicide, inconclusive, or homicide. The storyline proceeds from here and navigates through a labyrinth of friends, witnesses and other undiscovered information to determine who killed the boyfriend and Alicia. There is a continuation of a second storyline from the first two novels. In this novel, she is in debt to a crime boss, Cabazon, who now asks a favor in locating the only witness against his nephew who is charged with murder. It is clear that Cabazon wants ensure this witness will never testify. If she does not comply, there probably would be lethal consequences for her, Dale, Alex and her office manager, paralegal, and bookkeeper, Michy. The author provides adequate background that not having read the first two novels in this series will not be a hindrance in reading this novel. As usual with this author, she weaves in the B-storylines well into the two main storylines in such a natural way that they do not interrupt the main stories. You will learn more about Michy’s and Alex’s love life, Sam’s untrusty steed, her car Beulah, and Sam’s relationship with Dale, Michy and Alex. Now, the previous novels have all had schemes thought up by Sam to get her out of trouble, but this one had schemes that stretched believability a little far in my opinion. While I did question these, I continued to read and enjoy the novel. Overall, Snap Judgement was an enjoyable and entertaining read and a worthy addition to the series. I do recommend reading it whether you have read the previous novels in the series or not. With the minor issue described above I rate this novel four and a half stars but that is not an option, so I am giving it a five star rating. I have received a free Advanced Reading Copy of this novel through NetGalley from Thomas & Mercer with a request for an honest, unbiased review. I wish to thank Thomas & Mercer for the opportunity to read this novel early.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms. Clark sets a great puzzle before the reader... and each clue/piece looks it might fit, but just doesn't initially. Really keeps the reader engaged and guessing. A great mystery with such wonderful characters... highly recommended!
MonnieR More than 1 year ago
Just like its two predecessors, I loved this book. So much, in fact, that I really hope the author reconsiders the three-book series and brings readers more tales about super-cool but flawed attorney Samantha Brinkman. For those thinking about diving in, I will say the water will be more comfortable if you start at the beginning ("Blood Defense" followed by "Moral Defense"). I had no trouble following the goings-on in any of the books including this one, but I'm also sure I got far more out of each one just because I read the one that came before. And lest I forget, many thanks to the publisher, via NetGalley, for providing me with an advance copy in exchange for an honest review (as was the case with the first two books as well). This one begins as college freshman Alicia, daughter of well-known attorney Graham Hutchins, is murdered. Not long before that, she dumped her abusive boyfriend Roan - and apparently he retaliated by posting online extremely personal photos she'd taken of herself for his eyes only. Nothing screams payback more than a spurned lover, so it's not surprising that Roan is considered the prime suspect. But then Roan is found dead - an apparent suicide. His mother insists he was murdered, though, and the coroner's report is inconclusive. Alicia's father had every reason to avenge his beloved daughter's death, so he suddenly finds himself in the crosshairs of the police. Samantha, better known as Sam, knows Graham; when he calls for help, she agrees despite not really wanting to get involved in the case (he's a well-heeled customer and she's having a tough time paying the bills, so she can't afford to say no). Soon enough, she and her tech-savvy, hunky investigator Alex are up to their eyeballs in pot-smoking college students, secret lives of the rich and famous and pulling out every trick in their bags (some legal, some not so much) to ferret out evidence sufficient to get their client off the hook. In fact, one of the most interesting components of this series is being privvy to the legal goings-on inside and outside a courtroom - told through the eyes of someone who knows (we all remember the infamous trial of former NFL star O.J. Simpson, at which the author was the lead prosecutor, don't we )? As if that weren't enough, Sam gets a very unwelcome visit from a big-time gangster from her past (and from past books in this series). He's privy to one of Sam's big secrets, and he's not above calling in a chit now and again when it suits his purpose. This time, he wants Sam, with help from her police officer father Dale, to locate the only witness to a murder committed by one of his relatives. Sam is convinced that her success will mean certain death for the witness, who's set to spill the beans at that relative's trial. But if she refuses, it just as certainly will mean her own death - so saying no just isn't an option. Can she juggle both cases and come out a winner (or at least still alive)? Everything is resolved in the end, but of course I won't reveal how it all plays out. Now, the only question for me to ask is can we have more of Samantha? Please?
booklover- More than 1 year ago
A young woman sends a text to her boyfriend, breaking everything off with him. Days later, she is found dead with her throat cut. The most likely suspect ... the ex-boyfriend who is known to be controlling and needs anger management classes. But then several days later, he is also found dead of a suicide. Or was it murder? The cops re-open the case .. this time looking at the woman's' father who had the most reason to want him dead. Graham Hutchins turns to Samantha Brinkman when it becomes obvious he is the primary person of interest. Already looking for alternative killers, digging into Hutchins' life, she finds much more than she bargained for. His is a family of secrets and lies and multiple motives for murder. Samantha may be a lawyer, but she is willing to cross the line when she needs to. But this case is going to be really tricky. To make things even worse, she is confronted by a man from her past ... a man who blackmails Samantha. Although third in this series, it's just fine as a stand alone. There are some things pointing back to a previous book, but not enough to take away the enjoyment of reading, if you haven't already. This is a very well written addition to the series. Samantha and her team are realistic characters. I like how all the relationships work ... Samantha and her father, who is a detective. Samantha and her computer guru as her investigator. Samantha and her best friend who runs their office with an iron fist.. and a lot of humor. I strongly recommend starting at the beginning so as to not miss those little gems that make the stories so much better. Many thanks to the author / Thomas & Mercer / Netgalley for the advanced digital copy. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.