This Marcia Clark Murder Mystery Is 100% O.J.-Free

After working on it for the past five years, former O.J. Simpson trial lead prosecutor Marcia Clark is finally ready to share her debut novel. Titled Guilt by Association, it’s out today from Little, Brown imprint Mulholland Books.

Clark told the L.A. Times earlier this week that her book is a “beach read”, and certainly the plot description at seems to bear that out. The synopsis begins:

DA Rachel Knight lives and breathes her work and disdains office politics—a combustible combination that often gets her into trouble… 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.

Among the half-dozen reviews quoted on the same page, one jumps out. That would be the rave wrangled from fellow LA crime aficionado James Ellroy: “You must read this book: it is wildly and complexly plotted, ebulliently witty and filled with riotous humor; it details the inner workings of the Los Angeles legal system with unprecedented accuracy and verve–and to top it off, it is a damn, damn, good thriller.”

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.