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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I just love it when I am able to find a new series at the beginning. And the Samantha Brinkman series does look to be a good one. The writing is tight, the plot flows nicely and some of the imagery was enough to make me chuckle. My favorite was "was dragging like a dog on its way to the groomer." Since I have dogs I was immediately able to picture it and I will admit that I feel that way in the mornings myself.
Samantha is an interesting character who inspires intense loyalty in her friends and willing to skirt the gray area of the law to help out her clients. She is very sharp and makes me very glad that she is on the side of the law for the most part. I also really enjoyed the character of Zach who is her 'brilliant ex-con'. There isn't anything that he can't get a computer to do.
I would be singing the praises of this new series on top of the highest hill if it wasn't for the fact that I wasn't totally satisfied with the ending. And not really the ending itself but part of the epilogue where it felt like one of the plot strings was just tossed in as an afterthought. Despite my dissatisfaction with this one point, I will be waiting impatiently for the next book in this series.
I think that my readers who enjoy legal dramas would really enjoy BLOOD DEFENSE. There is some mention of sex acts that could be considered objectionable so I wouldn't recommend it for the younger generation.
*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed within are my own.