Blood Defense by Marcia Clark

Published May 10, 2023

Blood Defense by Marcia Clark

Book info

  • Title Blood Defense
  • Author Marcia Clark
  • Year 2016
  • Genre Thriller

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.


This was a brilliant legal thriller, written in great and believable detail - which you would expect from someone who has the experience that Marcia Clark does. The characters are great, dogged and determined, not always doing the right thing but getting to the right answer in the end. It’s the beginnings of a rags to riches story, but I have to admit the twist of who the defendent ended up being was a surprise! Really good and I look forward to reading the next in the series.

Rating: 5 / 5

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