In this gripping legal thriller by “the female John Grisham” (The Providence Journal), sex-crimes prosecutor Anna Curtis must stop a vicious street gang before it destroys more lives—and her own family.
On the very night she gets engaged to the man she loves, Assistant US Attorney Anna Curtis’s professional life takes a shocking turn that threatens everything she holds dear. A few miles away from where she’s enjoying her romantic dinner, 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 an ongoing fight against human trafficking in DC. 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 when she discovers a web of long-buried secrets and official lies that lead straight to her doorstep. And everything Anna counted on—the happiness she seemed so close to securing—comes into question as Diablo moves in for yet another kill.
Allison Leotta draws on her experience as a DC sex-crimes prosecutor to take you into the back rooms of the US Attorney’s Office, the hidden world of the Witness Protection Program, and the secret rituals of one of America’s most dangerous gangs. Universally praised by bestselling authors from Catherine Coulter and George Pelecanos to Lisa Scottoline and David Baldacci, Leotta weaves fact and fiction to create her best novel yet.
In Leotta s suspenseful third thriller featuring federal sex crimes prosecutor Anna Curtis (after 2012 s Discretion), undercover cop Det. Hector Ramos interrupts a vicious attack on a small bordello in Washington, D.C. Members of MS-13, a particularly violent gang, are quickly apprehended, but why does one of them have a photo in his pocket of Nina Flores, the late wife of Anna s fianc , Jack Bailey? Anna and Det. Tavon McGee learn that a frightening man known as the Devil may be leading the gang, and the case becomes more disturbing with every new detail, especially once Jack discovers the origin of Nina s photograph. Hector has secrets of his own, while Anna and Jack get unsettling news from an unexpected source that causes upheaval to their personal lives. The interagency investigation builds to an exciting climax in the courtroom.
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Makes me think of it as a great episode of law&order svu, but better! The twists and connections made make this a total page turner. Anna Curtis is so easily likable you won’t want to put it down!