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The Competition

Hardcover, July 2014

ISBN 978-0-316-22097-2

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In Marcia Clark’s most electrifying thriller yet, Los Angeles District Attorney Rachel Knight investigates a horrifying high school massacre.

A Columbine-style shooting at a high school in the San Fernando Valley has left a community shaken to its core. Two students are identified as the killers. Both are dead, believed to have committed a mutual suicide.

In the aftermath of the shooting, LA Special Trials prosecutor Rachel Knight teams up with her best girlfriend, LAPD detective Bailey Keller. As Rachel and Bailey interview students at the high school, they realize that the facts don’t add up. Could it be that the students suspected of being the shooters are actually victims? And if so, does that mean that the real killers are still on the loose?

A dramatic leap forward in Marcia Clark’s highly acclaimed Rachel Knight series, The Competition is an unforgettable story that will stay with readers long after the last page has been turned.

Marcia Clark is the author of Guilt by Association, Guilt by Degrees, and Killer Ambition. A former prosecutor for the State of California, she is now a frequent media commentator on legal issues. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

“With The Competition, Marcia Clark has upped the ante yet again, reaching new creative heights. . . . Pulse-pounding, poignant, and provocative, this is a story that will engage your heart and your mind.” —John Valeri, Hartford Books Examiner

“A real page-turner” —Suspense Magazine

“Another tour de force . . . Clark handles sometimes painfully raw scenes with great sensitivity [as] she ratchets up suspense to a deadly conclusion.” —Booklist (starred)

“[A] ticking time bomb of a thriller . . . The twisty plot and dynamic duo make for a suspenseful, if sobering, page-turner.” —Publishers Weekly