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Discretion
Allison Leotta

Discretion is a murder mystery. One that revolves around sex and romance. Allison Leotta is a former federal sex-crimes prosecutor. Her thriller explores the escapades of our elected government officials with sex and powerful secretive worlds in Washington D.C.

A young woman plummets to her death from the balcony of a hideaway office of Washington, D.C.’s sole representative to Congress, the most powerful figure in city politics. The victim is one of the city’s highest-paid escorts.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Anna Curtis is summoned to the scene. Her federal office, prosecutes sex crimes. There she tackles jurisdiction with Jack Bailey, the chief homicide prosecutor. Since the evidence points to a sexual assault and murder, they agree to work together. Also on the scene is agent Samantha Randazzo from the FBI, Violent Crime Squad. Sam’s style is much more aggressive than Anna’s. Anna is concerned that vital parts of her case may be suppressed on mistakes or overreaching on Sam's part.The women have to learn to work together when Jack is asked to leave the case. The plot starts to move when these distinctly different personalities find their way into the investigation.

The investigation leads to Discretion, a high-end escort service that caters to D.C.’s elite
and to the red-light underworld. A dangerous encounter with the latter group, earns both women respect from their actions.

There are suspects galore, but un fortunately before the reader has a chance to digest the grizzly events, the murderer is revealed. However there is another murder! One that is not so tidily resolved until the end of the book.

The workings of the capitol are fascinating. Some congressmen have hideaway offices assessable to them. We learn about stakeholders meetings, cocktail parties for congressmen, hosted by organizations with an interest in a bill. They are allowed to influence, but the Executive-branch is not. The Speech or Debate clause of the constitution, protects their chief suspect Congressman Lionel from a warrant to search the premises of the murder his hideaway office.

I enjoyed the book more for the tidbits of insider information from someone who has been on the scene, than the plot.

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Roslyn Discretion
Allison Leotta

Discretion is a murder mystery. One that revolves around sex and romance. Allison Leotta is a former federal sex-crimes prosecutor. Her thriller explores the escapades of our elected government officials with sex and powerful secretive worlds in Washington D.C.

A young woman plummets to her death from the balcony of a hideaway office of Washington, D.C.’s sole representative to Congress, the most powerful figure in city politics. The victim is one of the city’s highest-paid escorts.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Anna Curtis is summoned to the scene. Her federal office, prosecutes sex crimes. There she tackles jurisdiction with Jack Bailey, the chief homicide prosecutor. Since the evidence points to a sexual assault and murder, they agree to work together. Also on the scene is agent Samantha Randazzo from the FBI, Violent Crime Squad. Sam’s style is much more aggressive than Anna’s. Anna is concerned that vital parts of her case may be suppressed on mistakes or overreaching on Sam's part.The women have to learn to work together when Jack is asked to leave the case. The plot starts to move when these distinctly different personalities find their way into the investigation.

The investigation leads to Discretion, a high-end escort service that caters to D.C.’s elite
and to the red-light underworld. A dangerous encounter with the latter group, earns both women respect from their actions.

There are suspects galore, but un fortunately before the reader has a chance to digest the grizzly events, the murderer is revealed. However there is another murder! One that is not so tidily resolved until the end of the book.

The workings of the capitol are fascinating. Some congressmen have hideaway offices assessable to them. We learn about stakeholders meetings, cocktail parties for congressmen, hosted by organizations with an interest in a bill. They are allowed to influence, but the Executive-branch is not. The Speech or Debate clause of the constitution, protects their chief suspect Congressman Lionel from a warrant to search the premises of the murder his hideaway office.

I enjoyed the book more for the tidbits of insider information from someone who has been on the scene, than the plot.


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