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I was excited to read Marcia Clark s latest book Final Judgment , because I have really enjoyed her Rachel Knight series, and a main character who is a lawyer really appealed to me.Having never read any of the prior books in this series, there were parts of the book that referred to prior books that I hadn t had the pleasure of reading Despite that, I didn t find it too confusing, and I didn t feel that it restricted my enjoyment of the story in any way.The beginning of the book starts off strong, with the main character, criminal lawyer Samantha Brinkman, enjoying a lovely vacation with her boyfriend before being called back after her boyfriend s stock investment crashes To make matters worse for her boyfriend, he had encouraged his elderly mother to invest heavily, creating a significant amount of emotional turmoil for the boyfriend s character Samantha and her boyfriend return to Los Angeles to look into what happened, and they mystery unfolds from there.I was reminded of Michael Connelly s Lincoln Lawyer series as I started reading this book There are a lot of Los Angeles references, and the author does a good job describing locations and impressions of the main character as she interacts with others The descriptions really allowed you to feel like you were there, and I could almost feel the Los Angeles heat as Clark described some of the locations The storyline of the stock investment was interesting, and seemed like a unique issue to weave into the larger mystery.As the book progressed, for me, it lost steam I found some of the decisions of the main character to be frustrating, and didn t think a lawyer in real life would make the same choices While no one ever wants to read a book where the main character is flawless, I just felt that some of her decisions seemed unbelievable, and some of her actions made her less likable for me I won t go into specifics, for fear of spoilers, but the conclusion of the book just seemed too far out for my liking.I m sure that, as a lawyer, I am harder to please with books about lawyers, but I just felt that this book missed the mark for me It seemed that it would have been better suited for a detective or PI story, rather than one featuring a criminal lawyer so centrally I felt like it was missing aspects of Samantha that were related to her role as a lawyer, rather than her focus on an investigation I would have liked to learn about her legal approach and practice than was offered.Overall this was an ok read for me, and I was glad I finished the book and wrapped up the story Even though this book wasn t my favourite of hers, I will certainly read Marcia Clark books moving forward, as there were enough things I liked about this book to bring me back again I also loved her other series, so I think that it is worthwhile for me to check out Samantha Brinkman stories.I thank Netgalley and Thomas Mercer for providing me with a digital copy for my honest review. I am a big fan of author Marcia Clark and of this series, with protagonist Samantha Brinkman and her band of fellow characters There are just enough twists and turns in the mystery to keep me fully engaged in the tale Author Clark puts in plenty of good LA details, so I feel as though I ve had a mini vacation while reading the book, always a plus And the main character s slightly off center traits are refreshing, even as they are not entirely believable But, the author lived a similar life, so who am I to say In any event, I look forward to each new addition to the series, and this one does not disappoint Sam now has a boyfriend She doubts her life can be remotely normal for long and is quickly relieved of further worry when bad luck comes knocking There s a Ponzi scheme or maybe just a simple robbery but most assuredly there s a murder, or two This is a great book and I m hoping there will be I received my copy from the publisher through NetGalley. A Murder Investigation Draws Firebrand Attorney Samantha Brinkman Into Her Boyfriend S Past In This Novel Of High Risk Suspense By Bestselling Author Marcia Clark When It Comes To Relationships And Self Preservation, Defense Attorney Samantha Brinkman Has Always Been Cut And Run But It S Different With Her New Lover, Niko, An Ambitious And Globally Famous Entrepreneur Sam Is Putting Her Faith In Him She Has To He S Also Her New Client A Suspect In The Murder Of An Investor Whose Shady Dealings Turned Niko S Good Life Upside DownHe Had The Motive Revenge As Did Many Others Who Banked A Fortune On The Wrong Man That S A Point In Niko S Favor So Is His Alibi For The Day Of The Slaying Until That Alibi Mysteriously Disappears As Sam S Feverish Search For Another Viable Killer Begins, The Investigation Only Leads Deeper Into Niko S Past And Its SecretsFrom The Darkest Suspicions To Final Judgment, Fighting For Niko Is Sam S Job To Do It, She Must Risk Everything On A Man Who Could Make All Her Worst Fears Come True Fast paced and action packed, there is never a dull moment with this non traditional legal thriller by Marcia Clark, in which an investment scam quickly turns to murder, rape, and revenge This is the fourth book in the Samantha Brinkman series and suffice it to say Samantha s approach to the law is far from orthodox So, don t expect a traditional legal thriller, as you might even say, Samantha is than willing to give the law a little nudge when it looks like justice might not be served This tendency to nudge the law means that our protagonist had than a few skeletons in her closet and these skeletons seem to always find a way to resurface This means that it is helpful to have read the earlier books in the series before you tackle this one, but not required The author provides enough background so that you never fill lost I can say this because I have read only one other book in the series and this one is by far the better of the two A fun read that kept me entertained even when once or twice it required the suspension of disbelief.Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. This is another of those publisher provided freebies via the publisher and NetGalley, thank you very much that got moved to the top of the stack almost immediately I love this series, of which this is the fourth in fact, I ve loved every single book I ve read by this author In all honesty, I have to say this isn t my favorite of the bunch, but neither have I lost even a titch of enthusiasm for quirky attorney Samantha Brinkman, her tech savvy investigator Alex and her BFF and paralegal Michelle Love shy Sam has been hooked up with hunky Niko for a while now as this opens, they re enjoying a rare beachside vacation, when Niko gets a disturbing phone call An investment opportunity he recommended to his elderly mother has gone belly up she and a host of other investors have been wiped out Back at home, when Niko takes Sam to meet the guys behind the deal think Bernie Madoff times two , each points the finger at the other Devastated over his mother s loss, Niko who lost a bundle himself but remains far from destitute vows to get everyone s money back His determination is intensified when his mother suffers a stroke that threatens her life.That determination proves to be a negative, however, when one of the dealmakers turns up dead, the other goes missing and Niko turns out to be the prime suspect Sam stands by her man intent on proving him innocent but as her investigation continues with extensive help from Alex and, surreptitiously, from her detective dad , the she suspects Niko may not be totally innocent But then, given her penchant for vigilanteeism, can she really blame him for wanting to even the score It s a guessing game to the finish as to the killer s identity, how much of her so far secretive background Sam will decide to share with Niko and, depending on that decision, what the fate of their relationship will be Great fun every page of the way Fast paced and action packed, there is never a dull moment with this non traditional legal thriller by Marcia Clark, in which an investment scam quickly turns to murder, rape, and revenge This is the fourth book in the Samantha Brinkman series and suffice it to say Samantha s approach to the law is far from orthodox So, don t expect a traditional legal thriller, as you might even say, Samantha is than willing to give the law a little nudge when it looks like justice might not be served This tendency to nudge the law means that our protagonist had than a few skeletons in her closet and these skeletons seem to always find a way to resurface This means that it is helpful to have read the earlier books in the series before you tackle this one, but not required The author provides enough background so that you never fill lost I can say this because I have read only one other book in the series and this one is by far the better of the two A fun read that kept me entertained even if once or twice it required the suspension of disbelief. There were some definite inconsistencies with this one that I am hoping will be remedy by the time this novel goes to print In once case, Samantha takes an Uber to work, a few paragraphs later she s driving to the jail to visit with a client, but then a few paragraphs after that, she s talking about having to take an Uber home Then she makes plans with her father, sets a time, but when she calls him a few pages later, suddenly the time has been changed as though it was never set to being with On the whole, it was a good addition to the story I love watching Samantha in action even though I often didn t agree with how she went about things , but I do wish we got to see of her in court, or actually being a lawyer This entire book she seemed like she was doing the work of a PI or a Detective than she was a lawyer not to mention things that would get her disbarred at the least if she were to be found out Overlooking those things, this was another one of those stories that this author is so good at weaving together She manages to do a lot of showing instead of telling, making you feel like you a part of this story And, as typical with this series, she manages to tell two completely different stories that while they stand alone, they also completely intertwine with each other I believe this story will appeal to those who enjoy well written thriller novels, and I can t wait to read from this author DISCLAIMER I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review This has not affected my review in any way All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own. My Favorite Morally Challenged Defense Attorney Again Is Challenged Both Professionally and, As Expected, MorallyThe novel opens with Sam, the morally challenged defense attorney, on the beach in Bora Bora with her love interest, Niko Upon return to reality, she learns from Niko that he lost a bundle when his investment firm loses everything in a cryptocurrency trade He can absorb the lost, but he had convinced his mother to invest her entire life savings with this investment firm Even though Niko reassures his mother that he will cover the loss, she suffers another and very serious stroke Then, one of the firm s owners is murdered and the other disappears and suspected also to have been murdered What little evidence that exists all point to Niko The novel launches from this starting point Sam not only is juggling her love life and her future with Niko, trying to defend Niko and find another plausible suspect, but she is defending a repeat offender before a very unforgiving judge, and trying to find a rapist of a madam s young daughter.My attention was captured quickly I wanted to keep reading at every chance I had There are plenty of twists, turns and misdirections that in the beginning seem to be digging a deeper hole for Niko Returning are her lovable officer manager and best friend, Michy, her investigator and hacker, Alex, her biological father, a detective in the LA Police Robbery Homicide Division, and an evil from her past.The B storylines are rich and extensive Various aspects of Sam are revealed in her dealings with her office mates, her father, and especially Niko The author wove these storylines into the main storylines seamlessly, and usually in normal discussion that occur between these characters I have read the previous three novels in this series, I learned , may be relearned a little, about all five characters.There is some sex, but not graphic Vulgar and questionable language is at a level that some readers may feel uncomfortable I did not have any problems with the level of these The violence is described second hand, so that should not be an issue If you have read and enjoyed the previous novels, this next issue should not be a problem I mentioned this issue in my first sentence above Sam is quite morally challenged as well as two other of the main characters Sam routinely makes the wrong decisions and seems to be fine with it Reader beware.The reading of this novel was easy as the action flowed There were many dead ends that may make it seems to be slower I enjoyed how the author wove the three main storylines to show how harried Sam was during this novel s timeline While it is a common technique, I liked Sam s sharp and cutting asides Lastly, all the hanging threads were tied up by the end of the novel.Overall, this novel was a very satisfactory read for me I rate it with five stars Also, if you have not read any of the previous novels, do not fear starting with this one first Adequate background has been provided so you should not have a feeling that there is something missing.I have received a free e book version of this novel through NetGalley from Thomas Mercer with an expectation for an honest, unbiased review I wish to thank Thomas Mercer for the opportunity to read and review this novel early. Final Judgment is the fourth book in the Samantha Brinkman legal thriller series I can certainly see how this would appeal to another reader, but it simply wasn t to my taste what with the endless descriptions of blue scrunchies and the latest fashions. Samantha Brinkman, LA attorney, finds her vacation with new boyfriend Niko interrupted by the news that a risky investment has gone awry, and everyone has lost fortunes The investment advisers, Bryan and Tanner, blame each other, but when they both disappear, it s time for Sam to investigate Sam, who survived a childhood trapped with a pedophile stepfather, finds that the abuser from her past was one of the investors Was the investment really bad, or did someone just run off with the money This is an incredibly well plotted page turner filled with fascinating characters and a satisfying ending highly recommended Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC.