August 13, 2013

Speak of the Devil by Allison Leotta

Speak of the Devil by Allison Leotta is a legal thriller starring the series heroine, Anna Curtis, the federal sex-crimes prosecutor in Washington D.C. Dealing with dark themes that are inspired closely by real crimes the author prosecuted, this is one truly worthy read for fans of this genre.

Book Description
On the very night she gets engaged to the man she loves, sex-crimes prosecutor Anna Curtis’s professional life takes a shocking turn that threatens everything she holds dear.

While Anna is enjoying a romantic dinner capped off by a marriage proposal, a few miles away two separate groups are gearing up to raid a brothel. A vicious killer known as Diablo—the Devil—leads one group. A few minutes later, Anna’s own investigative team heads in to search the brothel, as part of the fight against human trafficking in D.C. Both groups are caught off guard, with deadly results.

As Anna investigates the bloody face-off, the boundaries between her work and home life begin to blur. Though eager to focus on her new fiancé, the chief homicide prosecutor Jack Bailey, and her soon-to-be stepdaughter, Olivia, this case and the search for Diablo are never far from her mind.

When Anna discovers a web of long-buried secrets and official lies leading straight to her doorstep, the truth about this case threatens to rob her of the happiness she seemed so close to securing. And everything Anna counted on becomes a question mark as Diablo moves in for yet another kill.” – Speak of the Devil

My Thoughts
Speak of the Devil is a crime story that surrounds the life of Anna Curtis, a young prosecutor in Washington D.C. She is at a good place in her life now, but when she realizes that the very scary criminal world is coming too close to her personal life, everything can change.

I really enjoy reading the stories that the author writes about Anna Curtis. She is strong, smart, and the kind of woman we need more of in the world. In this book, you see her more vulnerable, but that only made me like her character more.

The author’s personal experiences working as a real life sex-crimes prosecutor in Washington D.C. definitely shines through in her writing. She writes with precision on the topic that goes beyond what someone merely researching the subject to write about could dream of doing. She is a star in her field of work, and I will definitely be reading more books by her in the future.

Speak of the Devil is an intense story that fans of this genre will appreciate. If you enjoy a good crime story, be sure to read this book! I highly recommend it.

* Thank you to the publisher of Speak of the Devil, Touchstone, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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