Recognized as the lead prosecutor during the O.J. Simpson murder, Clark has made a mark as an author as well. First came Without a Doubt, her 1997 memoir about the infamous trial. In 2011, Clark launched her first crime series, featuring protagonist Rachel Knight, Los Angeles Special Trials prosecutor. This year, with Blood Defense, she introduced readers to Samantha Brinkman, who is on the other side as a criminal defense attorney. We caught up with Clark, 63, on Nov. 3, just a few days before Moral Defense, the second book of the Brinkman series, was released.
What's on your nightstand?
At the current time I'm reading nonfiction books. They are both good. The first is called Gut (by Giulia Enders and Jill Enders). It's a good read about how your body works. And the other is Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari.
Both pleasure reads, correct?
They are nonfiction, but they are entertaining, so yes.
What did Marcia Clark read as a child?
I've always loved to read crime fiction, from my first memory, starting with Nancy Drew books, although I also went through a science fiction phase.
And then what were your go-to authors as you got older?
Raymond Chandler, James Ellroy, Dashiell Hammett.
So, more mystery and less bloody forensic stuff?
I've always loved the elements of hard mystery. I really like noir. I really appreciate great writing. I was never into the CSI stuff. It's never been my cup of tea. It always felt to me that it was a cheap grab. Crime porn, you could say.
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