• Final Judgment

  • Samantha Brinkman, Book 4
  • By: Marcia Clark
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (270 ratings)

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By: Marcia Clark
Narrated by: Angela Dawe
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Publisher's Summary

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 down.

He 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 secrets.

From 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.

©2020 Marcia Clark (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

"The plot twists are both plausible and shocking in this intelligent page-turner. Fans of whodunits featuring ethical dilemmas will be pleased." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

"With its fast-moving plot and winning characters, this fourth entry in the Brinkman series will keep readers turning pages and rooting for Sam." (Booklist

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Failed To Commit

As a Fan of Narrator Ms Dawe, I found Ms Clark’s books, of which I own all. Do not miss this series including book #1 from another narrator, it is worth a second listen. I really enjoyed Ms LaVoy narrations of the Rachel Knight series, but start with this series first as Ms Clark really got her rhythm with this one. Ms Clark makes each scene intriguing so you do not want to stop listening. The publishers summery is spot on so No need to add to it. I do use the 1.2 speed to match the adventure. Give it a try. This story is so current, as someone you may know or heard of, has gone through some of this experience. I know I have!!
Ms Clark’s wit, multiple mysteries within the adventure, and ability to give you a wonderful view of the surrounding areas of downtown and Hollywood via the restaurants featured brings flavor to this series and this story.
Ms Dawe captures all the repeat characters of this series delightfully. With each book including this one she makes you feel right there in the room, car or doing field work. I love her male voices the best, hence becoming a fan. Her range of accents is phenomenal, my favorite one is her Scotts brogue in romance mystery genre.
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Revenge is sweet for Sam!

FINAL JUDGMENT is Book 4 in Marcia Clark's Samantha (Sam) Brinkman series. This novel is about sweet revenge for Samantha. The editor's summary sets up the plot perfectly. The narration by Angela Dawe is pretty good.

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Slowwww

I’m always a fan of the R Knight and S Brinkman series, however, this one felt like a chore just getting through it. Slow and anticlimactic, disappointing.

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Another great story!

I love this series! I hope there are more coming. Marcia Clark weaves a good tale. Characters are solid and well developed. I want to know what comes next for Samantha Brinkman and Associates.

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Samantha Serves Justice

I read this book in record time. Could not quit thinking about it so just spent time reading and listening until the end. I hope it is not the end of the series because Samantha is a defense attorney who knows how justice isn’t always fair. Sometimes, it needs a nudge. This book demonstrated how patience can be rewarding. It might have spent a bit too much driving around and talking but it was all good. The 1st person narrative adds to the reader’s understanding of what Samantha goes through with her actions. Great series but then Marcia Clark should know how the justice system does and does not work. Sometimes it needs a nudge to move it in the right direction. I read and listened. Angela Dawes is a great narrator and she makes the characters live. Hope there is a Book 5.

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Another GREAT story from Marcia Clark!

I am a big fan of this series - of Marcia Clark, generally. I have been absolutely chomping at the bit, waiting for this book to come out. I pre-ordered my hardcover copy, my digital ebook and just picked up my audio book this morning. I don't honestly know if I prefer the audio to reading this one but they are both fantastically entertaining and were so worth the wait! This one has been brilliantly performed, as always. The voices are clear and crisp. I wear hearing aids, so I'm very particular about narration and every book in this series has been smooth sailing for me. That is rare but it leaves me able to swap between my books and audios rather than solely depending on my books, which I appreciate immensely because I'm severely visually impaired and audio is my preference when it is performed well.

The story itself is everything I had hoped! It even opens in my favorite place on Earth, where my husband and I created so many breathtaking memories. I enjoyed being taken back there while being drawn into the story I have been waiting so long for. What a nice bonus! No spoilers here, I'll not share. You'll just have to listen/read for yourself! You should definitely do so. In fact, if you are new to this story but are a fan of this genre or just curious about Ms. Marcia Clark as a writer of fiction - mysteries, legal thrillers in particular - you should go ahead and check out the entire series! You'll be so glad you did! I spent the past week revisiting the whole series in preparation for FINAL JUDGMENT and I loved every book just as much this time around as I had the last time. It's a fun, rollercoaster ride of a thriller series! There's something for everyone.

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Marcia Marcia Marcia

What a read. I must say lawyers make the best authors.
Who best to weave a murder mystery than a prosecuting attorney. If you thought she presented an excellent case during the OJ case she doubled down here. Unfortunately L.A.P.D’s shenanigans up ended her case . Here she shows how you get away with murder.
Every book I’ve read by her leaves me satisfied. When you she her name as author you’re guaranteed a great read!

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Not her best.

I really like Marcia Clark as a novelist but the story here seemed a bit overly dramatic. Made it hard to keep listening at times. That said it won’t stop me from listening to her other books.

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Love the way this Women thinks

Great book fast becoming my favorite author.
I wiling be getting some more of her audiobooks.

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IMO

Another good Samantha Brinkman tale. I hope the title doesn’t signal the end of Samantha!

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  • 04-25-20

Good listen.

An enjoyable listen as always from Marcia Clark, but I have to admit probably not my favourite. It took us down dark and questionable roads, which I may agree with, but not what I expected. It certainly makes you think about your own moral stance. Day you play by the rules, or make up your own?