Something in the Water
There is definitely something in the DC water when it comes to crime fiction. Not satisfied with best selling crime writers such as Tom Clancey and George Pelecanos living in the District, DC also boasts
There is definitely something in the DC water when it comes to crime fiction. Not satisfied with best selling crime writers such as Tom Clancey and George Pelecanos living in the District, DC also boasts Allison Leotta, ex federal prosecutor and author of a series of four novels based on her fictional DC sex-crimes prosecutor, Anna Curtis. From the outset her books received rave reviews. Her first novel Law of Attraction earned a starred review in Library Journal and her follow up Discretion was named one of the Top Ten Books of 2012 by Strand Magazine and Best Suspense Novel of 2012 by Romance Reviews Today. The third book in the series Speak of the Devil, was named a Best Book of 2013 by Suspense Magazine.
It is telling that Leotta occupied the same role as her main female protagonist. Both work as prosecutors on harrowing cases of child abuse, domestic violence and sex-crimes. This first-hand experience leads to an attention to detail and a level of accuracy that makes the novels especially engaging—and all the more chilling. There is something particularly riveting about a book set in your home city. You recognise the locations and maybe even the character types; although there are definitely plenty of the characters in Leotta’s books that you really would not want to be too familiar with! Moreover this is not just the tourist DC of national monuments and the seat of Government. You get mentions of things familiar to residents of the District, such as the local jail and Ben’s Chili Bowl!
So, if the idea of a car chase down Independence Avenue gets your juices flowing, then I recommend that you pick up a copy of Leotta’s latest novel A Good Killing.
This fourth book in the Anna Curtis series sees the heroine make her way back to her hometown on the outskirts of Detroit to support her sister who has been wrongfully accused of the murder of their old high school coach. As her investigations develop she discovers that the town is covering up a number of disturbing secrets and that uncovering the truth can be a dangerous game.
Leotta’s books are not only great suspense novels. They are sexy too. This is a great book to pack in your holiday suitcase or read while you are stuck on the Metro on your way to work in temperatures of 90 degrees plus!