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(Anna Curtis #2)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  1,283 ratings  ·  158 reviews
From former federal sex-crimes prosecutor and critically acclaimed author Allison Leotta— a new thriller exploring the intersection of sex and power in Washington, D.C.’s most secretive worlds.

When a beautiful young woman plummets to her death from the balcony of the U.S. Capitol, Assistant U.S. Attorney Anna Curtis is summoned to the scene. The evidence points to a sexual
Paperback, 432 pages
Published March 24th 2015 by Pocket Books (first published May 15th 2012)
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Some of the same problems the first book had.

Sometimes it is hard for me to give up on an author. Especially when I see traits in their writing that I really like and are marred by other aspects in their stories. This is exactly what happened when I read the first two books in this series. Leotta is pretty good when she is focusing on the thriller part of the story, but for my taste she incorporates a little too much romance. Actually, maybe it's not even the amount, but just the fact that I don
Jun 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, read-in-2014
I enjoyed this quick fast-paced thriller. Perfect for the busy holidays as it grabbed my attention right away. I learned a lot about sex crimes prosecuting in Washington DC and it made for an interesting and exciting read. I like the strong female lead character. This might have even been a 5 star read, but for me, the romantic relationship felt a little contrived. I also felt that racial descriptions were overused, usually the reader can figure this out in the context of the story without it be ...more
3.5 stars. A good, solid read just like the first book. I really liked the premise of the book and I was never bored reading it. I do think the ending was a teeny bit rushed but the reveal was still relatively shocking and enjoyable. Looking forward to more Anna Curtis!
Jul 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A high end escort tumbles to her death. So this is news how? You better believe it is news when it is discovered that the woman fell from Congressman Emmett Lionel's balcony. Sounds like a case for U.S. Attorney. Anna Curtis. She works for the sex crime division. Anna will have her hands full as she makes her way around the world of sex, secrets, and scandals. Luckily for Anna, she will be joined by her love interest, chief homicide prosecutor, Jack Bailey.

I did enjoy this book. new author, Alli
This is book 2 in the Anna Curtis series in which Curtis is a sex crimes federal prosecutor who is dating a higher up, but in a different department (homicide) Jack Bailey. Leotta's books are based in Washington D.C. and the author is a former federal prosecutor herself so she knows her stuff. I love that her books have strong female characters and this book in particular has at least 3 females including the main character. "Discretion" is about a high end escort who falls to her death from a ba ...more
Sep 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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finished this one this rainy saturday morning, 2 sep 17. good story. 3 stars. i liked it. first i've read from leotta. washington, d.c. escort services, murder, politicians, lawyers, bing bang boom. makes use of the jefferson case, something to do with the constitution, searching, seizing, that sort of thing. some recent case...2007. good read.
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Leotta's story lines are reminiscent to me of the show Law & Order SVU-which I love.

As a former prosecutor Leotta has a solid grasp of her content and convey's it quite convincingly. I enjoyed this book and will be continuing with the series.
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much better than the first! I like the cases a lot more than the romantic drama, but that's usual for me.
Wendy Hines
Jul 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When a high end call girl plummets to her death from the balcony of one of Congress' powerful representatives, Anna Curtis is called in. She's a U.S. Assistant Attorney who specializes in sex crimes. She's in a relationship with Jack Bailey, chief homocide prosecutor and next in line for the US Attorney General position. Although they decide to work the case together, that decision is soon lifted from them. Jack is taken off of the case and Samantha Randazzo, a FBI agent, is given the case to wo ...more
Pamela Kramer
Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Allison Leotta will get some loyal fans after they read her second novel, "Discretion." It's a combination of mystery story, thriller, politics and love, and it all takes place in Washington, D.C.

Not only will the reader vicariously visit DC hotspots like Poste (in the Monaco Hotel -- very posh and pricey) and Rosa Mexicano, but the reader will enter the Capitol building and learn about secret hideaways. Murder in the Capitol on the very first page (well, the fourth to be exact).

The two main fem
Aug 03, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery, fiction
This mash-up of chick-lit, romance and mystery features a plot that is probably torn from one of the "Law and Order" television shows. It tries to be politically correct, yet the relationships and office romances involving the principal characters would be considered conflicts of interest and bar people from working with one another on any legal matter or projects in most organizations. The inclusion of story elements designed to titillate the reader adds to the air of unreality in this story an ...more
"Discretion" is book #2 in the adventures of federal sex crimes prosecutor Anna Curtis. The murder of a high-priced call girl, pushed from a Capitol balcony, is at the centerpiece of this story. Since a congressman is the chief suspect, you get a trip through the back hallways and hideouts of the Capitol and an interesting primer on the difficulty of investigating a congressman. There also is an ebook ("Ten Rules for a Call Girl") that's a prequel to this story and that you can download for free ...more
Jul 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm really enjoying listening to this series. The characters are interesting and the story moves smoothly along.
Oct 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 o
Gwen P
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book over all, though I thought that something was lacking from the reveals with regard to the mystery, and I'm also not a big fan of Jack as a love interest. I can definitely get past both of those gripes because the story was so fresh and I felt like I learned a lot about a world I had never really even thought about before (secret men's clubs, high priced escorts, millionaire madams). Without getting into specifics/spoilers, I felt like each development in the case just sort of ...more
Dana Killion
This is the second Allison Leotta I've read. Started with Law of Attraction after hearing Leotta speak at a conference. Clearly falls into the the romantic suspense column so if you want heavier crime detail, this might not satisfy. The strengths of the book are Leotta's deft weaving of legal background into the story and creative premise. I didn't figure out who the killer was until revealed. I did have moments of wishing her protagonist were a little stronger and feeling that elements of the r ...more
Entertaining escapist legal mystery series set in D.C. (for those of us who usually enjoy paying attention to national US politics but not so much anymore, but who also don't want to give up the D.C. fix).

Anyone else bothered by the mention of the man (the killer) who looks over the balcony during the act and is spotted by the Capitol guard, but this is then never mentioned again? Wouldn't that guard be, oh say, a WITNESS? Kept waiting for this observation in passing to be mentioned again in the
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another captivating read in the series. I could see where the plot was going but it was still an enjoyable journey.

I liked that it wasn't all smooth sailing in the main romantic relationship. Although the decision Anna comes to at the end of the book is rather corny. I was on board with her rediscovering some independence so it was actually a bit disappointing and silly to read her intentions.

Also, this has got to be one of the most expensive ebooks i've ever bought. Not sure if it's just Kobo
Don Gorman
(2 1/2). The best way I can describe this book to you is to create a new genre for it-chicklit legal thriller. Anna Curtis is a pretty good protagonist, but the touchy feely relationship thing gets way too pervasive on occasion.
A fun, fast moving plot helps this one along, and a couple of solid side characters enhance things as well. Another find from the wife’s bookshelf during sequestration. Reasonable stuff.
Mary Clare
3.5 stars. This was better than "Law of Attraction." Leotta nails the courtroom, legal, law enforcement stuff. The dialogue always leaves something to be desired though, and I actually think the romantic elements detract from the strong story. I'm not a big fan of Jack & Anna...curious to see what happens in #3. ...more
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
4/5. "Discretion" is the second book in Allison Leotta's legal thriller series centred around Anna Curtis, a D.C. prosecutor specializing in sex crimes.

In this case, picking up six months from the previous book, Anna is called to a murder scene where a young woman is found murdered outside of a respected congressman's office. Anna soon realizes that their victim isn't just any young woman; she is actually the city's highest paid escort, and the congressman is a frequent customer- making him the
Erin Krajenke
Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great story by Allison Leotta. I liked Discretion better than Law of Attraction and I cannot wait to start Speak of the Devil. It has been a while since I enjoyed a series so I am glad I discovered this author. Her writing style sucks you into the story right off the bat and remains a fast pace throughout the entire book. While I cannot say the stories have any twists or surprising endings (I can usually figure it out), they are an enjoyable read. ...more
retronerd  Steinkuehler
I read it out of order and it didn't matter. Too lovey-dovey and not enough crime. But she does improve as her later books were slanted the opposite way - more crime and less love. I read them prior to this....
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Interesting mystery. Leotta spared no opportunity to remind the reader that this was a sex crime and to elaborate on the related grit and graphicness. Part of the reason may be due to Leotta's past profession and the need to get the word out that this is not a victimless crime.
Lisa Fedders
Solid writing and great story line. I loved Leotta’s first book, Law of Attraction. This one didn’t compare, but I enjoyed it and it kept you guessing right till he end. This was not a page turner until the last 75 pages, pretty slow to start.
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
I liked it. A compelling read. Some interesting characters to be sure. However conclusion kept book from being a five star read. From onset was somewhat difficult to put down. Was a tad too long. Four stars. Check it out.
May 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, series, 2017
A good second outing for Anna. Interesting plot and she's playing in the big leagues now.
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Did not disappoint. 2nd book down now onto the 3rd - Allison Leotta, thank you for this indulgent series!
Conni Harness
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another really good read from this author. I love the Anna Curtis series!!!
Ellen Listens 24/7
The first was definitely the best so far. This had a good storyline. Very gritty in places. That’s good!
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For twelve years, I was a federal prosecutor in Washington, DC, where I specialized in prosecuting sex crimes, domestic violence, and crimes against children.

I started writing because I saw heartbreaking tragedies, acts of shocking evil, and vulnerable victims every day - but also moments of real heroism, true love, and healing. Given the stories I witnessed, the rich cast of characters I worked

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