The Huffington Post is running Allison’s weekly column reality-checking Law & Order: SVU.

Strand Magazine named DISCRETION one of the Top 10 Books of 2012!

The AP/Washington Post said, “Sex and politics collide in DISCRETION, an intriguing new thriller…Leotta, a former federal prosecutor, writes with authority and authenticity. Imagine one of the best episodes of the TV series ‘Law and Order: Special Victims Unit,’ but set in Washington, D.C…Leotta takes readers on a journey inside the elite of Washington and the world of escort services.”

Romance Reviews Today  nominated DISCRETION for Best Book of the Year and gave it a ”Perfect 10″ rating.

Night Owl Reviews named DISCRETION a ”Top Pick,” calling it “fabulously written with many surprises in store.”

Allison was featured in the National Law Journal and U.S. News and World Report.

Mysterious Reviews calls DISCRETION, “one of the best [mysteries] of the year.”

The New York Journal of Books predicts DISCRETION “will be a “huge hit.”

The Washington Post’s Crime Scene interviewed Allison about her latest book, DISCRETION.

Allison was featured on Fox-5 News.

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Discretion earned some wonderful advance reviews:

Discretion is the best legal thriller I’ve read this year, beautifully crafted and frighteningly real. Leotta knows her stuff cold and will bring you into a world of big money, corruption, high-end prostitution and murder. If you’re a fan of Grisham or Richard North Patterson, you simply have to buy this novel.
Douglas Preston, #1 bestselling co-author of The Monster of Florence and Cold Vengeance

Discretion is a first-rate thriller. Leotta nails the trifecta of fiction: plot, pace and character. Ranks right up there with the wonderful Linda Fairstein.”
– David Baldacci

“Allison Leotta is by far one of finest new thriller writers today. Discretion will have you on the edge of your seat turning page after page, chockfull of twists and turns. This story is so far the best thriller I’ve read this year.”
– Andrew Gulli, editor of Strand Magazine

“Allison Leotta is quickly making her place at the table of D.C.’s finest crime and legal thriller novelists. She’s an assured and authentic voice, and a highly entertaining storyteller. Discretion is another winner from this talented writer.”
George Pelecanos

“Allison Leotta scores big again with Discretion, her top-notch follow-up to Law of Attraction. Smart and sexy, Discretion showcases Leotta’s rock-solid plotting as well as another star turn for her protagonist, U.S. Attorney Anna Curtis. If you liked Law of Attraction and who didn’t? – you’ll love this one!”
– John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author

Discretion is fast, fresh, and addictive. Allison Leotta’s experience as a federal sex-crimes prosecutor shines through on every page. The result is a realistic legal thriller that’s as fun to read as it is fascinating.”
Lisa Scottoline

Discretion is a terrific read. Slick, sexy, and very smart. Allison Leotta is a master at creating tension and then mercilessly tightening it. This is the kind of book I love to read, crafted by a wonderfully imaginative writer, who really knows what she is talking about. Allison Leotta is headed to the top of the heap.”
 —Michael Palmer

“Plots within plans, treachery and betrayal, but it’s the characters who rule these pages. Allison Leotta expertly rachets up the suspense and brings a deft perception to a world that is cutting-edge current.”
– Steve Berry, author of The Columbus Affair

“Fantastic! Smart, gritty, and fast-paced—Discretion is everything a great thriller should be. I’m a Leotta fan for life.”
Allison Brennan, New York Times bestselling author of The Prey



The ABA once again named Allison’s blog, The Prime-Time Crime Review, one of the best legal blogs in America.

WTOP’s Mark Plotkin interviewed Allison along with George Pelecanos. Click here for the podcast.

Watch Allison’s interview on the Baltimore morning news, or read this feature on her in the Washington Post.

Allison’s debut novel, “Law of Attraction” is out in hardcover, paperback, large print, and audiobook editions.  It has been translated into German and Turkish.  Check out the very different interpretations for the covers:





Large Print edition





“Fast-paced … a racy legal thriller … taking on a still-taboo subject.”
– Lisa Rein, The Washington Post

“A winning legal thriller … creating a buzz with critics.”
– David Ashenfelter, Detroit Free Press

“This is a major debut, and Leotta is a female John Grisham.”
– Jon Land, The Providence Journal

“The balance between romance and suspense can be difficult to sustain in a mystery. In this debut novel, Leotta smoothly blends both into an engaging legal thriller that’s far better than anything I’ve read from Grisham or the like.”
– Carole Barrowman, The Minneapolis Star Tribune

One of the best books of 2010.
– Suspense Magazine

“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)

“One of the most notable new faces to debut in 2010 is Allison Leotta. By day, she’s a federal prosecutor specializing in sex crimes and domestic violence. By night, she turns her experiences into visceral prose. Her debut, Law of Attraction, is a riveting page turner about an up-and-coming prosecutor who gets entangled in a brutal murder case.”
– Nevin Martell, Washington City Paper

This debut novel strikes all the right chords, drawing on the author’s experience as a federal prosecutor in the nation’s capital….Law of Attraction is an impressive accomplishment, particularly for a novice writer. Leotta has fashioned a gritty, suspenseful novel that is part courtroom drama and part mean streets chronicle with a smidgen of romance. The characters are well formed and multi-layered and Leotta deftly portrays the thin line those in the law must walk between personal and professional ethical behavior. This is a new writer to watch.”
– Leslie Doran, Mystery Scene Magazine

“A riveting yet realistic legal thriller. . . A fun, fast-paced read; I could hardly put it down.”
– David Lat, Above The Law

“With her exceptional debut novel, Allison Leotta has written a thrilling and intriguing legal mystery with just the right hint of romance. I stayed up late in to the night to see how it would end. Leotta, who is a federal prosecutor, captures much of the complexity and ambiguity inherent in the legal process while completely engaging the reader.”
– Maria Munoz, Fresh Fiction

“This stunning novel is Allison Leotta’s debut, and I must admit to being mightily impressed. I don’t think anyone else could have written this story so well. Her obvious knowledge and years of experience show on every page . . .  I highly recommend that all of you legal thriller fans get a copy of Law of Attraction as soon as possible. I promise you won’t be disappointed.”
– Lori Ann, Romance Reviews Today

“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.”
– Mary Hanlon Stone, New York Journal of Books

“Talented newcomer Allison Leotta doesn’t hold back in her gritty debut legal thriller. Sharing an insider look into the intricate dynamics of the criminal justice system blended with the powerful draw of intense and realistic characters, Leotta has created more than your typical thriller. This is an author to keep your eye on. . . . [Leotta is] an up-and-coming literary giant.”
– Suspense Magazine

“A sexy, fast-paced legal thriller. Reminiscent of Linda Fairstein … Leotta’s character is hipper, younger and has a much more active sex drive.”
– Bill Castanier, The City Pulse

“I loved Allison Leotta’s debut novel.  It is realistic, gritty and filled with twists and turns.  Her female lawyer character is compelling and engaging. You won’t expect the dramatic ending. This is a great read for anyone who loves legal thrillers, cares about domestic violence or wonders how lawyers can live with themselves. Read it and learn—and enjoy.”
—Alan Dershowitz, author of The Trials of Zion

Law of Attraction is a beautifully written and suspenseful debut, offering not only an inside look at crime and the courts in DC, but an exploration of the family dynamics that affect so much of who we are and what we do. A fabulous book!”
—Barbara Delinsky, author of Not My Daughter

Law of Attraction is a great ride, with plenty of twists and turns leading to a shocking end. It kept me reading late into the night and guessing until the very last page. Allison Leotta brings a fresh voice to the thriller genre. A stunning debut indicating a bright future.”
—Robert Dugoni, author of Bodily Harm

Law of Attraction is a compelling look into the courthouse conflict between prosecutors and public defenders. The unfolding of this harrowing homicide makes Allison Leotta an intriguing new voice in legal thrillers.”
—Julie Kramer, author of Silencing Sam

“Allison Leotta takes the most neglected type of court case—domestic violence—and infuses it with both heart and great drama.  Incredible plot and pacing make this a fantastic read!”
—Lisa Black, author of Takeover and Evidence Of Murder

“A super legal thriller.”
– Harriet Klausner, The Mystery Gazette

“A dynamic, gritty, spell-binding story with a gripping mystery.”
– Barbara Vey, Beyond Her Book / Publishers Weekly

“A feminist John Grisham legal thriller.  I loved it — couldn’t put it down!”
– Carole Barrowman, The Morning Blend TV show