• Snap Judgment

  • Samantha Brinkman, Book 3
  • By: Marcia Clark
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (506 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the third installment of Marcia Clark's bestselling series, attorney Samantha Brinkman's investigation into a family's deadly secrets is compromised by a threat from her past.

When the daughter of prominent civil litigator Graham Hutchins is found with her throat slashed, the woman's spurned ex-boyfriend seems the likely suspect. But only days later, the young man dies in what appears to be a suicide. Or was it? Now authorities are faced with a possible new crime. And their person of interest is Hutchins. After all, avenging the death of his daughter is the perfect reason to kill. If he's as innocent as he claims, only one lawyer has what it takes to prove it: his friend and colleague Samantha Brinkman.

It's Sam's obligation to trust her new client. Yet the deeper she digs on his behalf, the more entangled she becomes in a thicket of family secrets, past betrayals, and multiple motives for murder. To win her case, she's prepared to bend any law and cross any boundary that stands in her way. Sam has always played by her own rules, and it's always worked...so far. But this case cuts so deep and so personal that one false move could cost her everything.

©2017 Marcia Clark (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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Excellent addition to the Samantha Brinkman series...

I have thoroughly enjoyed all four of the Samantha Brinkman books. This is a very well developed character with multiple flaws, she is not the superwoman type attorney making this a very believable story. Based on who the author is it makes you wonder if there is some truth in the fiction.
In this book Brinkman finds herself representing a father whose daughter has been murdered. Her boyfriend is the prime suspect and then he dies - murder or suicide? Now the father is the suspect... The boyfriend was quite unsavory, the daughter has lots of secrets. She had been an overachiever who grew up in a very controlling environment, now free and in college...
There are a few cases going on simultaneously and all are very interestingly intertwined.
Angela Dawe does an excellent job narrating.
This is a very good book and is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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Excellent legal thriller!

My only issues with Snap Judgement are that the plot develops too slowly and that Angela Dawe narrates the audio book. Taking the narration issue first, I find Angela Dawe's voice irritating, but she did an good job of narrating. The plot line is outstanding, but the middle of the novel develops too slowly; the novel is unnecessarily wordy. Marcia Clark continues to develop as a writer. The Samantha Brinkman series is about serious social and legal issues whereas Clark's earlier Rachel Knight series was light and fun. There is nothing light or fun about Snap Judgement: when high school and college age girls send nude selfies to their boyfriends they are taking a risk that can ruin their lives. In summary, this is a complex, serious, and worthwhile novel. Despite my concern with excessive wordiness and a slow developing plot it deserves and earns 5 stars.

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Good Read/Great Dialogue

I enjoy this series. Sam is a thinker. I would like it better if the language was cleaned up.

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Another EXCELLENT book from Marcia Clark!

Marcia Clark doesn't disappoint with this 3rd installment of the Samantha Brinkman series. Her writing and story telling ranks right up there with the best in the Mystery/Thriller/Legal Drama genres. Great character and plot development. Sam Brinkman, while extremely likable, is a gritty, no-nonsense defense attorney with a passion for seeking the truth and defending her clients no matter how difficult (and sometimes dangerous) the task becomes. I highly recommend this book and this series. Also, check out Marcia Clark's "Rachel Knight" series. Both are excellent!

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Another great story by Marcia Clark

I absolutely love the incredibly talented narrator Angela Dawe! She makes the story even better! Just love her performance!

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Great Series. Great Characters.

This is my fourth audio book in the series by Marcia Clark. I have to say I enjoy these as much as James Patterson and John Grisham books, whose work I have been a fan of four years.

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Long, drags

I read one of Marcia Clark’s book before and really liked it. I felt her writing was really good, but can’t now recall the name or plot of that book. At any rate, liking that one was the reason I chose Snap Judgment. This book was weighed down by way too much detail — what they ate and drank in the office, which street or freeway they drove to interview all the many peripheral characters. The actual meat of the story is pretty good. You just have to chew through a lot of cardboard to get to it. The reader has a good voice and great crisp enunciation. I’m just glad we finally got to the end.

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Bring On Book 4!

This was a good ride with enough twist and turns that kept me on my heels. Once again Marcia Clark spins a tale that has surprises and yet not so surprising outcomes. Just when you think you know what's going on you find that you are only seeing a glimpse of the entire picture and when you do see the full picture you are a bit gobsmacked. I like Marcia Clark's writing style as she keeps the story moving at a steady pace and always throws in a side-line story to keep things interesting. At no time did I feel it lag or lose my interest.

Although I enjoyed this book I didn't find it as exciting as the first book, Blood Defense, but a whole lot more interesting than the second, Moral Defense. With any luck Ms. Clark will grace us with a 4th book in the series. I'm not ready to say goodbye to Samantha, her paralegal/admin/best-friend Michelle (Michee), her hacker/investigator/felon Alex, and their other notable friends. And I'm certainly interested to see where things go next between Samantha and the mob-boss Cabezon.

As for narrator Angela Dawe, she did an outstanding job. She really made me forget that it was one person doing all those voices. She created each voice just right for her characters. I totally bought her pot toking character Phil. Ms. Dawe is a very talented voice actor doing good things with this book series.

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Love it!

Marcia Clark I love your sick, twisted mind. Your sense of humor is refreshing. I'm sad that I have finished the series.

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Great series and narration!

This is a great series, I really enjoyed every bit of it. I like Samantha Brinkman's character a lot. She is strong, smart, and doesn't let anyone push her around.

There are a few stories going on throughout the book which I enjoyed. It is not full of filler nonsense and things are always happening. The story is well written and flows very well making it easy to follow along.

As for the narration it was very good. I like Angela Dawe a lot narrating this book. She did a great job. Reads with emotion and gives everyone their own voice.