With her exceptional debut novel, LAW OF ATTRACTION, Allison
Leotta has written a thrilling and intriguing legal mystery
with just the right hint of romance.
Anna Curtis, Assistant U.S. Attorney in Washington, D.C.,
makes up for her inexperience with a sharp legal mind and a
powerful drive to protect the victims of domestic violence.
When Laprea Johnson, who lied on the witness stand to
protect D'Marco (her abusive boyfriend and baby daddy), is
found dead in a dumpster behind D'Marco's apartment, Anna is
horrified and guilt stricken. She suddenly finds herself
second chair in a homicide case and working closely with
Jack Bailey, the experienced and intimidating chief homicide
prosecutor. She quickly proves her skill as a lawyer as they
seek justice for Laprea and her family.
Complicating matters is public defender Nick Wagner,
D'Marco's attorney. His budding relationship with Anna is
cut short with Laprea's death. What does his willingness to
do anything to defend his client mean for any future
relationship between them?
I really enjoyed reading LAW OF ATTRACTION, and stayed up
late in to the night to see how it would end. Ms. Leotta,
who is a federal prosecutor, captures much of the complexity
and ambiguity inherent in the legal process while completely
engaging the reader. Told from multiple points of view,
each character has a unique voice which is consistent with
his/her personality and life experiences. I liked that fact
that, while Anna is as smart and talented attorney, the
nervousness and mistakes that come with inexperience were
evident. While the legal thriller is not a genre I
routinely read, I would definitely add any new books by Ms.
Leotta to my must read list.
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
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.