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Discretion
by Allison Leotta
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Touchstone, 2012 (2012)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Former D.C. sex-crime prosecutor and Harvard Law School graduate Allison Leotta has been hailed as the female John Grisham. I beg to differ. Instead John Grisham should be hailed as Leotta's tag-along. But Mother always said that comparisons are odious. So I'll just say Discretion is a suspenseful and gripping read. An apt sequel to Law of Attraction, Leotta's first novel.

A young woman falls to her death from a balcony of the U.S. Capitol. Assistant U.S. Attorney Anna Curtis is called to the crime scene. She discovers that the balcony belongs to Washington's Congressman and the young woman is a highly paid escort.

As she delves into the cause of the young woman's death, she is joined in her investigation by Jack Bailey, the chief homicide prosecutor. He also happens to be the love of her life but she prefers to keep their relationship under wraps. She fears her career may stall if her coworkers feel she is using Jack to further her ambition.

The investigation opens a whole bag of worms that could set Washington on its ears. Seems there is a madam or the CEO of an escort service, which appellation the woman prefers who could name names and blow the political life of D.C. sky high.

Murder, mayhem, scandal, suspense, excitement, secret social clubs, the track where D.C.'s prostitutes parade their wares, the power that exists and the men who use it to their own advantage - all to be found in Allison Leotta's Discretion. We all have secrets but this is going too far.

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