I just started reading Marcia Clark's (yes, the one of OJ fame) debut crime fiction novel "Guilty by Association."
Synopsis: Brilliant and tenacious, DA Rachel Knight lives and breathes her work and disdains office politics—a combustible combination that often gets her into trouble. She is a stalwart member of the elite Special Trials Unit, a small group of handpicked prosecutors that handles the toughest, most sensitive, and most celebrated cases in the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.
At the end of a typical ten-hour day, Rachel has her sights set on an ice-cold martini at the Biltmore Hotel, where she lives. But on her way she’s sidetracked by the wail of sirens and the commotion of a crime scene. Cops swarm around a seedy motel, where Rachel is surprised to discover that Jake, a dear friend and fellow prosecutor, has been murdered.
The suspicious and potentially explosive circumstances of Jake’s death are never far from Rachel’s thoughts as she takes on her fallen colleague’s most politically charged case: the mysterious assault on a young woman from an influential L.A. family. Rachel enlists the help of her best friends and partners in crime-fighting—Toni, a fellow Special Trials prosecutor, and Bailey, a tough-as-nails LAPD detective—to covertly undertake her own investigation into Jake’s murder. Rachel’s drive to clear Jake’s name exposes a world of power and violence that will have her risking her reputation—and her life—to find the truth.
A couple years back I went to Bouchercon world mystery convention and one of the panels I attended was the introduction of MULHOLLAND BOOKS, a new imprint of Little, Brown and Company which is a division of Hachette Book Group. The imprint focuses on suspense novels: crime novels, thrillers, police procedurals, spy stories, even supernatural suspense. The authors included Marcia Clark (what a surprise) as well as Mark Billingham, Duane Swierczynski, and Sebastian Rotella to name a few. New to me authors that definitely piqued my interest. Since the imprint began, they've grown a great deal. Their authors now include
The links lead to each author's website. Mullholland's website is great and also includes original fiction to read including Mark Billingham's original short story, THE WALLS which is available to read or listen to in audio book form. Interested in reading some popcorn fiction - check out the short pulpy fiction stories by various authors. It'll keep you occupied a while.
Clark has a new novel, a follow up to her first book, Guilt by Degrees which will be coming out May 8, 2012. Be sure to check out the site.
This week I'll be attending another mystery convention in my hometown Left Coast Crime. No doubt I'll discover many new to me authors and will be introducing you to them in the near future.
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