Narrator: Tavia Gilbert
Series: Samantha Brinkman #1
Published by Brilliance Audio on 01 May 2016
Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
Source: Publisher, Submitted
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.
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This is the first book featuring criminal defense attorney Samantha Brinkman. Brinkman and her team take on the case of an LAPD detective, Dale Pearson, who is accused of murdering his girlfriend, a popular TV actress, and her roommate. The case ensures plenty of media attention and could be just what Samantha, who is hardworking but struggling financially, needs. But as more details of Detective Pearson’s relationships and history are uncovered, Samantha realizes this case will test her not only professionally but also personally.
Delivered in Samantha’s first person perspective, it was quite easy to warm up to her character. Samantha is witty and sarcastic allowing for some very entertaining dialogue. Her interactions with her office manager and longtime friend, Michelle, and her investigator, Alex, a clever ex-con, were fun. However, it was the legal elements of this thriller and the courtroom action that were particularly strong. But I found some of the action stuff a bit over the top. The story moved along at a good pace, provided a few nice twists, and it held my attention. But I think I would have enjoyed this more if I had read it rather than listened to it.
While the narration suited the protagonist’s character to a certain degree, it was too theatrical for me. I had to pause it several times because the melodramatic – at times almost hysterical – delivery actual made me jittery and made me want to shout at “Samantha” to freaking calm down.
This was my first book by Marcia Clark, lead prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson murder case, and I enjoyed her style of writing. The second Samantha Brinkman novel, Moral Defense, was recently released and as there is a different narrator, I will definitely check it out.
There were no issues with the audio quality of the production.
I would recommend this to anybody who enjoys legal thrillers with a humorous undertone and a strong female protagonist.
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