Tuesday, December 07, 2010

What is Allison Leotta reading?

The current featured contributor at Writers Read: Allison Leotta, author of Law of Attraction, her debut legal thriller.

Her entry begins:
It’s embarrassing to admit this as a thriller writer, but I put down the top thriller of our time to read a non-fiction book about the 2008 presidential race.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is pretty much required reading for folks in my profession, and I’ve been meaning to read it for a while. I was about 75 pages into Dragon Tattoo, when I casually picked up Game Change by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin. My husband had the political tome sitting innocently enough on our dresser. I flipped to the first page. It starts: “Barack Obama jerked bolt upright in bed at three o’clock in the morning.”

I was hooked.

I’ve heard that you can become addicted to crack after trying it just one time. For me...[read on]
Among the early praise for Law of Attraction:
"A feminist John Grisham legal thriller. I loved it -- couldn't put it down!"
--Carole Barrowman, The Morning Blend TV show

"With this riveting debut legal thriller, Leotta, a federal sex crimes prosecutor in Washington, DC, joins the big leagues with pros like Lisa Scottoline and Linda Fairstein. A vulnerable, tenacious heroine, surprising twists and turns, and equal parts romance and danger are a recipe for success. Readers will feverishly hope for a second book."
--Library Journal (starred review)

"Leotta’s expertise as a federal prosecutor permeates every page of Law of Attraction. The book is compelling on multiple levels. First, it is a fast-paced legal thriller. Secondly, and more importantly, it is a glimpse inside the world of the troubled psyche of domestic violence victims. This is both an entertaining novel and one with psychological teeth. Don’t pick it up if you have anywhere to go any time soon."
--New York Journal of Books
Allison Leotta is a federal sex-crimes prosecutor in Washington, D.C. She has been a federal prosecutor for ten years. Like the heroine in Law of Attraction, Leotta started out in the U.S. Attorney’s Office prosecuting misdemeanor domestic violence cases. She now handles the most serious sex crimes in D.C. Leotta is a graduate of Michigan State University and Harvard Law School.

Visit Allison Leotta's website and blog.

Writers Read: Allison Leotta.

--Marshal Zeringue