Two best-selling authors, Marcia Clark and Jeff Abbott, discuss and sign their newest thrillers today at Murder by the Book. Clark, the lead prosecutor in the infamous O.J. Simpson trial, brings her newest courtroom procedural, Killer Ambition. Set in Hollywood, a town Clark is quite familiar with, Killer Ambition follows Rachel Knight, a prosecutor working on the murder of a famous director's daughter. The chief suspect? The director's best friend. Despite evidence to the contrary, the director declares his friend’s innocence and convinces the media that Knight's out to get headlines, not the truth. Abbott, a Rice University alum and Austin resident with 13 suspense novels to his credit, presents his latest release, Downfall. The story chronicles the adventures of ex-CIA agent Sam Capra. Forced into action when a woman with assassins on her trail asks for his help, Capra finds he's the assassins'; new target. The only way for Capra to save both himself and the woman is to expose the organization behind the conspiracy, which, oops, is headed up by some of the most powerful men and women in the world.
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Fri., July 19, 6:30 p.m., 2013