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Discretion: A Novel (Anna Curtis Series) Hardcover – July 3, 2012

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Book 2 of 4 in the Anna Curtis Series

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Discretion is a first-rate thriller. Leotta nails the trifecta of fiction: plot, pace and character. Ranks right up there with the wonderful Linda Fairstein.” —David Baldacci

“Allison Leotta scores big again with Discretion, her top-notch follow up to Law Of Attraction. Smart and sexy, Discretion showcases Leotta’s rock-solid plotting as well as another star turn for her protagonist, Assistant U.S. Attorney Anna Curtis. If you liked Law Of Attraction—and who didn’t?—you’ll love this one!” —John Lescroart

“Allison Leotta’s Discretion is the best legal thriller I’ve read this year, beautifully crafted and frighteningly real. Leotta knows her stuff cold and will bring you into a world of big money, corruption, high-end prostitution and murder. If you’re a fan of Grisham or Richard North Patterson, you simply have to buy this novel.” —Douglas Preston, #1 bestselling co-author of The Monster of Florence and Cold Vengeance

Discretion is fresh, fast, and addictive, and Allison Leotta's experience as a federal sex-crimes prosecutor shines through on every page. The result is a realistic legal thriller that's as fun to read as it is fascinating.” —Lisa Scottoline, bestselling author of Come Home

“Allison Leotta is quickly making her place at the table of D.C.’s finest crime and legal thriller novelists. She’s an assured and authentic voice, and a highly entertaining storyteller. Discretion is another winner from this talented writer.” —George Pelecanos

Discretion is a terrific read. Slick, sexy, and very smart. Allison Leotta is a master at creating tension and then mercilessly tightening it. This is the kind of book I love to read, crafted by a wonderfully imaginative writer, who really knows what she is talking about. Allison Leotta is headed to the top of the heap.” —Michael Palmer, New York Times bestselling author of Oath of Office

Discretion is full of treachery and betrayal, but it's the characters who rule these pages. Allison Leotta expertly ratchets up the suspense and brings to life a fictional world that is cutting-edge current.” —Steve Berry

“Fantastic! Smart, gritty, and fast-paced—Discretion is everything a great thriller should be. I’m a Leotta fan for life.” —Allison Brennan, author of The Prey

“Assistant U.S. Attorney Anna Curtis and FBI agent Samantha Randazzo are the dynamic duo who energize Discretion, a fast, entertaining thriller that centers on the murder of a high class call girl in the office of a United States Congressman.” —Phillip Margolin, New York Times bestselling author of Capitol Murder

"Allison Leotta is by far one of finest new thriller writers today. Discretion will have you on the edge of your seat turning page after page, chockfull of twists and turns. The best thriller I've read this year." –Andrew Gulli, editor of the Strand Magazine and No Rest For The Dead

“Sex and politics collide in Discretion, an intriguing new thriller from Allison Leotta. Leotta, a federal former prosecutor, writes with authority and authenticity. Imagine one of the best episodes of the TV series Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, but set in Washington, D.C., instead of New York City. Besides the realistic feel of the courtroom machinations, Leotta also takes readers on a journey inside the elite of Washington and the world of escort services.” --Associated Press

Named the Best Suspense Novel of the Year by Romance Reviews Today (`)

About the Author

Allison Leotta’s debut novel, Law of Attraction, was named one of the best legal thrillers of 2010 by Suspense Magazine. A former federal prosecutor in Washington, D.C., Leotta left the Department of Justice in 2011 to pursue writing fulltime. Visit

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Product Details

  • Series: Anna Curtis Series (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; 1St Edition edition (July 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451644841
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451644845
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,323,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

For twelve years, Allison Leotta was a federal prosecutor specializing in sex crimes and domestic violence in Washington, D.C. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Michigan State University. She lives with her husband, Michael Leotta, and their two sons just outside of D.C.

Allison also blogs about what TV crime dramas get right and wrong, from her perspective as a former prosecutor. The ABA has named her blog, The Prime-Time Crime Review, one of the best legal blogs in America, for the last three years. Her weekly recaps of Law & Order: SVU are carried by The Huffington Post.


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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Susan Tunis on July 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Today's thriller writers come from an astonishing array of backgrounds. Their books come to life because these cops, doctors, pilots, engineers, spies, bankers, veterinarians, physicists, and the like are intimately familiar with the worlds their characters move in, and in many cases have years of real-life experience to draw upon. Certainly that is the case with novelist Allison Leotta, who has just published Discretion, her second novel featuring Assistant U.S. Attorney Anna Curtis, who prosecutes sex crimes in Washington, D.C. Leotta herself held the very same job for years. As I read the grittier sections of this novel, I found myself thinking, How does this nice writer lady know THIS much about the world of prostitution? Oh. Yeah. It's the sort of truly in-depth knowledge you can't get from mere research. It's the sort of in-depth knowledge that allows a writer to authentically inhabit her characters.

While Sex Crimes is Anna's beat, as the novel opens, she gets called away from a self-defense class (Can you blame her?) to the scene of an assault at the Capitol. It's a sex crime, but it's also a murder. She meets Homicide Chief Jack Bailey at the scene, and that's how she gets drafted onto another case with him. They worked well together in Leotta's debut, Law of Attraction: A Novel. (In fact, the whole team is together again, including the memorable Detective McGee. Plus, there's a notable new addition in the form of FBI Special Agent Sam[antha] Randazzo.) Anna had been looking for a high-profile case to boost her career, but this may be a little more than she bargained for.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By mpark on March 30, 2013
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Leotta is easily the Grisham of women. This murder mystery has it all, plot, pace, and character development. I couldn't put it down. Not too heavy on law and law enforcement but just enough so you know what's going on. Twists and turns aren't too predictable. I highly recommend it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Judith Peterson on May 14, 2013
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There is nothing like a book that is written so well that you can't stop reading it. "Discretion" is that book. It's filled with thrills of how, who and why as well as love and hard times on those living a hard life. People from all walks of life worked together. It was special to read a book that shed light and hope on someone who needed a helping hand and she took it with a smile and a "thank you". The beauty of a couple, no matter what their race is, came shining through. People are just that. People.

The ending was INCREDIBLE! I smile as I think back to the last page of the book. I smile at how much I enjoyed this book. I LOVED this book!

Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy today! You won't regret it!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jane Hurst on July 5, 2012
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I highly recommend this book as a perfect summer read that delivers on the thrills while respecting the reader's intelligence. Allison Leotta is a master of pace and plotting, and delivers some unpredictable surprises that make sense. I don't want to describe this book as "escape" reading, because it captures so well the dark side of a city I've lived and worked in for 30 plus years. This is the view behind the monuments and museums, and it's pretty unsettling.
Leotta's diverse characters feel like real people who have reasons for what they do. She respects them and the reader and never leaves you feeling cheapened by the tough worlds she writes about. Underneath the flaws of her characters is a basic goodness that delivers hope, except for the nasty perpetrators of crimes, who are called to account for their moral failings.
This legal thriller is in a class of its own!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By legal beagle on July 3, 2012
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I really loved Allison Leotta's first book, Law of Attraction. It was a great story with lots of authentic details, interesting characters, unexpected plot twists, and a thrilling ending. In Discretion, Leotta has taken it up a notch. This book provides the reader a window into the dark and deeply disturbing realities of the prostitution trade, from the "glamorous" high-end escort business to the lowest depths of drug-addicted street-walking. The excellent writing and intimate knowledge of both Washington D.C. and sex crimes prosecution that made Law of Attraction so good come together again in Discretion, making it just as hard to put down.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lisa D. Sinrod on October 15, 2012
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Allison Leotta knows her stuff when it comes to the inner workings of Washington, D.C., including politicians, power brokers and the ladies of the night who serve them. This sets the backdrop for an intriguing thriller, and I couldn't put it down. I highly recommend it as a good read. The plot is interesting and the characters feel authentic.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Miss Linda on September 13, 2012
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This triller is a fascinating story of a crime in Washington, D.C. that takes many twists and turns. Not only is the plot surprising, but you also learn a lot about how Washington works and the legal system. I had never really known what a grand jury involved, but now I do. The ins and outs of D.C. and the workings of the legal system adds to the realism of this novel and reflects the author's real life experience. This is one good read!
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