Law of Attraction by Allison Leotta
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Law of Attraction is Allison Leotta’s debut legal thriller and she ably brings a harsh story to the table. Her own background as a federal sex crimes prosecutor and graduate of Harvard Law School is apparent throughout this riveting novel...
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As a newly minted Assistant U.S. Attorney in Washington, D.C., Anna Curtis has already developed thick skin to deal with the brutality she encounters with her daily stack of domestic violence cases. Yet when Laprea Johnson walks into Anna’s life—battered by her boyfriend on the morning after Valentine’s Day—there’s something about this particular case that Anna can’t quite shake, something that reminds the prosecutor of her own troubled past.

At the trial, Laprea makes a last-minute reversal, lying on the witness stand to free her boy-friend. Shortly after he is freed, Anna is horrified to hear that Laprea’s body has been found in a trash heap. Hastily assigned to prosecute the murder case alongside intimidating chief homicide prosecutor Jack Bailey, Anna’s heart sinks when she learns that her own boyfriend, public defender Nick Wagner, is representing the accused.

Torn between bringing the killer to justice and saving her personal life, Anna makes a series of choices that jeopardizes her career, her relationships, and her very life as she uncovers the shocking truth behind the murder.

Weaving expert knowledge with deft storytelling, federal sex-crimes prosecutor and Harvard Law School graduate Allison Leotta takes readers on a thrilling ride through D.C.’s criminal justice system. From the back rooms of the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the flirtations and machinations of Washington’s Ivy League lawyers to the struggles of its poorest citizens on the gritty streets of Anacostia, Law of Attraction is a gripping debut from an exciting new talent.
 

About Allison Leotta

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Allison Leotta was a federal sex-crimes prosecutor in Washington, DC, for twelve years. In 2011, she left the Justice Department to pursue writing full time. She is the acclaimed author of Law of Attraction and the upcoming Speak of the Devil, and founder of the award-winning blog, The Prime-Time Crime Review. Leotta lives with her husband, Michael, and their two sons outside of Washington, DC. Visit her online at AllisonLeotta.com.
 
Published October 12, 2010 by Touchstone. 292 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Romance, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Aug 16 2010

The story is well paced and plotted, but Leotta tends to overexplain legal procedure and the D.C. geography...but the second half of the book picks up the pace and holds the reader’s attention to the end.

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BellaOnline

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Reviewed by Edie Dykeman on Jul 24 2013

Law of Attraction is Allison Leotta’s debut legal thriller and she ably brings a harsh story to the table. Her own background as a federal sex crimes prosecutor and graduate of Harvard Law School is apparent throughout this riveting novel...

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Reviewed by Betty on Jul 24 2013

Law of Attraction is an absorbing novel about domestic violence, those that commit it, those that continually allow it to happen...it's a fast-reading, at times riveting novel, and a good start for a series, if the author is considering a sequel.

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Spinetingler Magazine

Above average
on May 24 2011

The prose flows, and the emotional highs and lows of Anna’s romantic involvements and how they affect her work and the plot contribute substantially to the story.

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