The Competition by Marcia Clark
Release Date - July 2014
Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth
In what could, or even was, a story ripped right from the headlines, Marcia Clark's latest Rachel Knight novel is one that definitely brought out some emotions. The Competition is a book that once I started it, I just couldn't stop reading for even a second. This made for a very, very late night.
As the district attorney in L.A., Rachel Knight's seen a lot of things, but a mass shooting at a local high school really hits home. It first appears that the shooters committed suicide after their murder spree, but evidence soon points to the fact that they made it look that way and they're still on the run.
It isn't long before Rachel and investigators learn the killers wanted to outdo the shooters at Columbine. Worse, it looks as though the killers plan to reenact other horrific events, and to stop them, they'll have to get and stay one step ahead.
The Competition isn't an easy read, but it's a really, really good one. There were some aspects along the way that I wondered why police were so easily fooled. While I learned the identity of one gunman along with the investigators, the other was one I pegged early on. Despite that, I couldn't put the book down. The characters, the detailed look into each horrific event, and the setting all made this book feel real. If you like legal suspense and/or police procedurals, don't miss Marcia Clark's latest.