This was the first Marcia Clark novel that I read so I had no idea about her talent. The first part was a little slow and if she was sitting in front of me, I'd tell her that her constant reference to the weather (Los Angeles) gets pretty boring. (You want weather? Come to Ottawa). The other item that drags on is that we have to know what everyone is wearing and this does not move the story forward nor does her bouts of non-stop drinking and hangovers. However, her description of Los Angeles and its inhabitants is priceless and then, about the half way mark, Clark got me hooked. Her real genius is in the way she writes up the trial: the foibles, surprises, failures and humanity. At this point, the novel becomes a page turner and by the end of it, I couldn't wait to read another. On a special note, I LOVED the Dorian character: mean, crusty, zero tolerance and the best in her field (with a killer sense of humor). Lots of fun, twists and surprises in this one; you won't be disappointed.