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  • Series: Playaway Adult Fiction
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  • Publisher: Tantor Audio Pa (October 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616572647
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616572648
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)

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In Leotta's solid suspense debut, Anna Curtis, an earnest but decidedly green Washington, D.C., assistant U.S. attorney, learns some unforgettable lessons about domestic abuse. The rookie prosecutor is dismayed when a client, Laprea Johnson, the battered girlfriend of ex-con D'marco Davis, who's charged with assaulting Laprea, recants her testimony in court, allowing D'marco, the father of Laprea's four-year-old twins, to go free. D'marco happens to be represented by Nick Wagner, a former Harvard Law classmate of Anna's who soon starts pursuing Anna romantically. When months later Laprea's lifeless, pregnant body turns up in the garbage dump behind D'marco's building, D'marco is charged with her murder. D.C. homicide chief Jack Bailey and Anna become friends as they prepare the case against D'marco, while Nick, who's lost Anna's affections, tries to win her back. Leotta, herself a D.C. sex crimes prosecutor, makes some smart observations about the conflicts legal eagles face in the pursuit of justice.
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“This is a major debut, and Leotta is a female John Grisham." (The Providence Journal )

“With this riveting debut legal thriller, Leotta joins the big leagues with pros like Lisa Scottoline and Linda Fairstein. A vulnerable, tenacious heroine, surprising twists and turns, and equal parts romance and danger are a recipe for success. Readers will feverishly hope for a second book.” (Library Journal (starred review) )

“[A] racy legal thriller . . . tackling a still-taboo subject.” (The Washington Post )

“A beautifully written and suspenseful debut, offering not only an inside look at crime and the courts in DC, but an exploration of the family dynamics that affect so much of who we are and what we do.” (Barbara Delinsky ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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.

Visit www.allisonleotta.com.

Customer Reviews

Great book, lots of twists to keep your interest.
Roxanna Beddington
This book read so well that I had a hard time believing it was her first book.
JeanN
Great character development, plot/subplots, and dialogues.
Lynette L Knowles

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Until reading Allison Leotta's novel, Law of Attraction, I'd forgotten just how much I enjoy legal thrillers. This debut is a pleasure from start to finish. The central character is Anna Curtis, a freshly-minted Assistant U. S. Attorney. Anna prosecutes misdemeanor domestic violence cases, and as the novel opens we witness the Laprea Johnson case from the first intake. Anna's opposing counsel for the trial is an old law school pal, Nick Wagner. Despite a strong attraction, Anna knows that she can't get involved with a public defender--and certainly not one she's up against! But after the unsatisfactory conclusion of the Johnson case, Anna and Nick's relationship changes. And it changes once more when they find themselves on opposing sides of the Johnson case for a second time.

While it is no doubt annoying for a novelist to be compared to her fictional creation, it is clear that Allison and Anna share more than a hair color. Allison Leotta also graduated Harvard Law and became an AUSA in Washington, DC. Her intimate familiarity with Anna's world really shows. She is unquestionably strongest when writing from Anna's POV, and somewhat weaker when channeling her inner city characters. At one point one of them claims, "All due respect, Ms. Curtis, but you don't know my life." `Nuff said. Still, Leotta manages to create some interesting and layered characters.

For a novice novelist, she does an excellent job with exposition, and really explains the ins and outs of what prosecutors are up against. The prose and dialogue are strong as well. It's not that the writing is particularly beautiful, but it isn't clunky either. It's just easy reading without being dumb.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By N. Rogers VINE VOICE on December 12, 2010
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I did not see this ending coming. Allison Leotta's debut is not only entertaining, it also keeps you guessing. The story centers around a young prosecutor of domestic violence--something Anna gained far too much personal experience with at a young age. Assigned to Laprea's case, Anna is disappointed when Laprea lies on the stand to protect her abuser (and the father of her twins). The tale turns even more tragic when Laprea turns up dead shortly after another fight with D'marco, who had convinced her he was going to change. Since Anna's familiar with the case's background, she ends up assisting in the prosecution of the homicide. What seems like an easy win turns out not to be when a shocking revelation about the deceased comes from the autopsy. Every one of these twists kept me intrigued. Law of Attraction is an excellent mystery mixed with romance as Anna finds herself attracted to two attorneys on opposite sides of the case.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By D. H. Williams on May 7, 2011
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"The courthouse coffee was terrible, but the morning after Valentine's Day
was not time for a domestic violence prosecutor to go uncaffeinated."
This opening brings you right into the proceedings and delivers a compelling premise: Asst. U.S. Attorney Anna Curtis, domestic violence prosecutor, gets blindsided by her client, Laprea Johnson, who lies on the witness stand to free her boyfriend. Soon after Laprea is found dead and Anna's own boyfriend, public defender Nick Wagner, is representing the accused.
The subject of domestic violence is hard to deal with (and sometimes hard to read) on two levels - the violence itself (the descriptions are vivid) - and the worst kind of betrayal, danger at the hands of one you trust the most. Robert McKee - the Story Structure Guru - defines one of the most deeply affecting villainies as "evil disguised as good".
Anna is a smart, but somewhat naïve, new lawyer learning her way. She has to figure out whom to love, who to trust and how to balance work, the tedium of the "papering" process, politics and a real desire to help her clients, who frequently resist her efforts.
Leotta paints a detailed and warm portrait of the camaraderie and supportiveness of the women in the department and the challenge of finding someone who understands your world but won't take advantage of that knowledge. Sometimes the book also seems to be having trouble balancing out romance and the mystery. But one is left curious to know where Anna will go from here and with whom.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Emily Reynolds on November 4, 2012
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After reading the reviews here I purchased the book and was quite disappointed. The story line was good but there was too much extraneous detail. Without that detail, this book could have been about 50 pages long. And there was too much romance and too little action for my taste in a mystery. With practice, I'm sure this author will improve - I'll check her out again in a couple years. (I had also bought book 2, "Discretion" and it wasn't any better.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert Pace on June 14, 2011
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Alison Leotta, whose real-life job is as a federal prosecutor in Washington D.C. specializing in felony sex crimes and domestic violence. Leotta has found a compelling niche in the crime thriller category, and she doesn't stray far from her roots by introducing us to Assistant U.S. Attorney, Anna Curtis in her debut novel 'Means of Attraction'. Curtis is a wide-eyed rookie serving to find justice for what society often ignores as just another battered woman. Something about one of her clients resonates with her own past though, and complications follow when our heroine's boyfriend--an attorney himself--defends the assailant who now stands accused of murder, just days following his release based on recanted testimony by the victim. Sadly, fiction here reflects real-life all to often.

Torn between her legal duties and her personal life, Anna makes career threatening choices that jeopardizes everything--including her life. She uncovers the shocking truth behind the crime in a compelling and dramatic conclusion.

It is an excellent debut novel in a crowded field. It twists through the gritty alleys, both real and metaphorical of our nations Capitol to the polished glass and steel enclaves of Washington's most elite Ivy League lawyers. Pick it up and read it, highly recommended.
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