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Discretion by Allison Leotta
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Read from July 20 to 24, 2012

Engaging political thriller.


Former Federal Prosecutor Allison Leotta uses her personal experiences garnered over a twelve-year period in the prosecution of sex crimes, domestic violence, and crimes against children to create a novel that keeps her readers engaged throughout this fast-paced legal thriller. Her first novel “Law of Attraction,” was given accolades by the top publications in America. Suspense Magazine named the book one of the best legal thrillers in 2010.

When the beautiful escort Caroline McBride is thrown off a balcony to her death, Assistant U.S. Attorney Anna Curtis takes her place alongside Samantha Randazzo, a no-nonsense FBI agent in the investigation, to prove a man in high places is their killer.

The team finds themselves in the midst of a scandal that has the top politicians and many of D.C’s powerful men who are clients of the high-end escort service Discretion. Someone wants to keep the madam’s records suppressed and will do anything, even murder, to destroy the records before they become public knowledge and destroy many careers and lives in the process.

Meanwhile, Anna’s relationship with Chief Homicide Prosecutor and her boss, Jack Bailey, may work against her being accepted for her determination and results on this and future cases because she may be tagged as a woman sleeping her way to the top. She needs to decide which is more important; the relationship or her career.

Allison Leotta has crafted a thriller with a storyline that could easily be a headline in newspapers as a real life case. The plot is well laid out with characters that are true to life. Readers can easily feel connected to each of them, be it wanting to champion the underdog or slap the arrogant.

This book is one any fan of the thriller genre can sink their teeth into. “Discretion” is one of those books that will have you up until the wee hours of the morning or sneaking a chapter in at lunch to see what happens next. It is a must read!

Reviewed for Suspense Magazine
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