Speak of the Devil (Anna Curtis Series #3)

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In this thriller by “the female John Grisham” (The Providence Journal), 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, sex-crimes prosecutor 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 ...

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Overview

In this thriller by “the female John Grisham” (The Providence Journal), 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, sex-crimes prosecutor 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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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 fiancé, 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. Agent: Amy Berkower, Writers House. (Aug.)
From the Publisher
Praise for Discretion:

Named One of the Top Ten Best Books of 2012 by Strand Magazine

"Leotta, a federal former prosecutor, writes with authority and authenticity. Imagine one of the best episodes of the TV series, Law and Order: SVU but set in Washington, D.C., instead of New York City. Besides the realistic feel of the courtroom machinations, Leotta also takes readers on a journey inside the elite of Washington and the world of escort services."

“A first-rate thriller. Leotta nails the trifecta of fiction: plot, pace and character. Ranks right up there with the wonderful Linda Fairstein.”

“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, Assistant U.S. Attorney Anna Curtis. If you liked Law of Attraction—and who didn’t?—you’ll love this one!”

“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.”

“Fresh, fast, and addictive, and 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.”

“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.”

“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.”

Associated Press Staff
Praise for Discretion:

Named One of the Top Ten Best Books of 2012 by Strand Magazine

"Leotta, a federal former prosecutor, writes with authority and authenticity. Imagine one of the best episodes of the TV series, Law and Order: SVU but set in Washington, D.C., instead of New York City. Besides the realistic feel of the courtroom machinations, Leotta also takes readers on a journey inside the elite of Washington and the world of escort services."

David Baldacci
“A first-rate thriller. Leotta nails the trifecta of fiction: plot, pace and character. Ranks right up there with the wonderful Linda Fairstein.”
George Pelecanos
“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.”
John Lescroart
“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, Assistant U.S. Attorney Anna Curtis. If you liked Law of Attraction—and who didn’t?—you’ll love this one!”
Douglas Preston
“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.”
Lisa Scottoline
“Fresh, fast, and addictive, and 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.”
Michael Palmer
“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.”
Associated Press Staff
Praise for Discretion:

Named One of the Top Ten BestBooks of 2012 by Strand Magazine

"Leotta, a federal former prosecutor, writes with authority and authenticity. Imagine one of the best episodes of the TV series, Law and Order: SVUbut set in Washington, D.C., instead of New York City. Besides the realistic feel of the courtroom machinations, Leotta also takes readers on a journey inside the elite of Washington and the world of escort services."

David Baldacci
“A first-rate thriller. Leotta nails the trifecta of fiction: plot, pace and character. Ranks right up there with the wonderful Linda Fairstein.”
John Lescroart
“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, Assistant U.S. Attorney Anna Curtis. If you liked Law of Attraction—and who didn’t?—you’ll love this one!”
Douglas Preston
“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.”
Lisa Scottoline
“Fresh, fast, and addictive, and 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.”
George Pelecanos
“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.”
Michael Palmer
“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.”
Kirkus Reviews
Former federal sex-crimes prosecutor Leotta's third novel propels her protagonist, Anna Curtis, into the dark world of gang violence. Anna Curtis works as a federal prosecutor on the mean streets of Washington, D.C., where just about anything and everything that can happen does. This time around, the plucky, beautiful, blonde Anna finds herself caught up in a case that leads right back to the vicious Hispanic gang MS-13, or the Mara Salvatrucha, a real-life gang known for its violence and disregard for life and the law. When things go wrong in the bust of a brothel, Anna takes over the prosecution of a gang member caught by police. But even though the case has terrible overtones, Anna is on a personal high because she's finally agreed to marry the man of her dreams, widower Jack Bailey, head of the homicide division of the federal prosecutor's office. Along with Jack, Anna inherits Olivia, Jack's precocious 6-year-old daughter, whose mother, Nina, a police officer, was killed in the line of duty years ago. When Anna's present case is linked to Nina's death, Anna pulls the files and finds disturbing information that could lead her to Nina's as-yet-unidentified killer; but before that can happen, a bombshell is dropped on Anna's world, and she finds herself being preyed upon by the gang and wondering if her life will ever return to normal. The plot is cohesive, and the details surrounding MS-13 and its particularly virulent brand of violence ring true. Although Anna comes off a bit selfish in her refusal to drop prosecution of the case after being threatened, thus putting Olivia and Jack in danger, too, and an incident of courtroom violence seems far-fetched, the story still works. Leotta shows her strongest suit when she places her action in the courtroom in this pleasing third effort.
Brad Meltzer
"The moment you start reading, you'll realize Allison Leotta doesn't just write about this world. She lives in it—and works in it. She's absorbed all its darkest parts. That's why Speak of the Devil comes to life in the most haunting and best way."
Catherine Coulter
Praise for Speak of the Devil:

"If you relish hard-hitting, take-no-prisoners cops and a sharp, committed prosecutor who doesn't hesitate to face down evil, Speak of the Devil is for you. . . . An excellent book."

Booklist
"Leotta . . . knows her subject all too well. Fans of Linda Fairstein and Law and Order: SVU will be right at home here.”
Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Entertaining."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451644852
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 8/6/2013
  • Series: Anna Curtis Series , #3
  • Pages: 282
  • Sales rank: 817,861
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Allison Leotta

Allison Leotta was a federal sex-crimes prosecutor in Washington, DC, for twelve years. In 2011, she left the Justice Department to pursue writing full time. She is the acclaimed author of Law of Attraction, Discretion, and Speak of the Devil, and founder of the award-winning blog, The Prime-Time Crime Review. Leotta lives with her husband, Michael, and their two sons outside of Washington, DC. Visit her online at AllisonLeotta.com.

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Speak of the Devil


  • Anna fiddled with the napkin on her lap and willed her stomach to calm. Get it together, Curtis. In court, she was tough. She was fearless. As a sex-crimes prosecutor in D.C., she looked in the eyes of the city’s most dangerous men, pointed at them, and described the worst things they’d ever done. But this was different.

This was her life. And tonight she had to execute the most important personal decision she’d ever made.

The Tabard Inn consistently ranked as one of the most romantic restaurants in D.C., which was why she’d chosen it. The evening was warm and clear, and she’d scored a table in the outdoor courtyard. Waves of ivy covered the brick walls; patches of dark sky peeked through a canopy of potted trees. Attractive diners sat around candlelit tables, swirling expensive glasses of wine. The setting was perfect.

Now if the guy would only show up.

Her phone buzzed with an incoming text. She glanced down hopefully, but the message was work-related.

Det. Hector Ramos: Parking near brothel. Heading in soon.

She texted back.

Good. Be safe.

She set the phone down and watched the door, wondering when Jack would walk through—and how it would feel to meet his eyes now that she’d made her decision. He was ten minutes late, which wasn’t like him. Maybe he wasn’t coming. That wouldn’t be surprising, given their recent history. She would either have the most romantic moment of her life or crushing humiliation. She felt like the Bachelorette, only with slightly less cleavage showing.

•  •  •

Two miles away, Tierra Guerrero counted the lines radiating from the circle of rotten ceiling. Seven. Not a perfect spider, then, but nobody’s perfect. She was just glad to have something to look at. The ceilings she worked under became intimately familiar, and the spidery crack provided a welcome distraction.

It was distracting her, even now, from Ricardo’s wet grunts in her ear. His red face bobbed a few inches above hers; his humid breath filled her lungs. The bed rocked with his relentless pumping. Most johns were limited to fifteen minutes, but the brothel owner could go as long as he wanted.

Her hips ached from being pummeled against the mattress all day. She wanted a hot shower, dinner, and a long night’s sleep. “Ooh.” She ran her fingers down Ricardo’s back and tried to sound like a woman overcome with lust. “Sí, sí, sí.” To her ears, the moans sounded lame, but most dates responded to even the feeblest signs of passion. Ricardo was no different. He squeezed her arms and pumped faster.

The room was small and shabby, lit by a cheap bedside lamp. A sheet hung from the ceiling, separating two sagging mattresses. The privacy curtain was unnecessary at the moment, though—the other mattress was empty. Tierra was the only girl working today, which meant lots of money, but also lots of wear and tear. She glanced longingly at the stack of poker chips on the nightstand. She hoped Ricardo would be fair when she exchanged the chips for cash. She was supposed to get half the money from her tricks, but Ricardo seemed like the slippery type. She sighed and went back to watching the spidery crack. How much longer could he keep this up?

The sound of male voices drifted in from the living room. They were louder and angrier than the usual murmur of men waiting their turn. She glanced at Ricardo, but his eyes were squeezed shut, his face scrunched in ecstasy. His body might be on top of hers, but his mind was far away.

The bedroom door burst open and crashed into the wall. Three young men strode in, all wearing trench coats, all carrying machetes. Tierra tried to sit up, but she was pinned by the brothel owner’s body.

“Ricardo!” she screamed.

Too late.

One of the men hitched an arm around Ricardo’s neck and yanked him off her. He slammed the owner against the wall, held the machete to his throat, and spoke in a low growl.

“This is for the Mara Salvatrucha.”

•  •  •

The unmarked Jeep Cherokee pulled to the curb two blocks from the brothel. Three of the four officers wore bulletproof vests with the word POLICE stamped in white letters. Only Hector Ramos wore jeans and a black T-shirt. The only Hispanic detective on D.C.’s Human Trafficking Task Force, Hector played the undercover “customer” in many of the brothel busts in the city.

“She’s not a lesbian,” Hector said, tucking the transmitter into his front pocket.

“Of course she is,” said Ralph. “I have proof.”

“She said no when you asked her out?”

“Exactly.”

“That’d make half the women in D.C. lesbians.”

The guys in the back laughed.

“Your mother didn’t say no.”

“That’s the best you got?” Hector said. “Mama jokes? No wonder she turned you down.”

“Your mother loved my jokes.” Ralph took a swig of coffee. “Seriously, though. Why won’t she date police?”

“Lady like that wants a hero.” Hector put his real wallet into the glove compartment and stuffed the decoy wallet into his back pocket. “Not a bunch of children.”

He knew the guys would talk about Anna Curtis the whole time he was gone. The prosecutor was beautiful, friendly, and single. She was both a diversion and an enigma to the police who worked with her. Hector was considering asking her out himself—he might stand a better chance than most. If this bust went well, maybe he’d ask her to go to the firing range or grab drinks after work one night.

He reached around and patted his lower back. His fingers rested momentarily on the Glock, solid and reassuring, tucked into his jeans. He opened the door.

“You boys gonna be okay in this big car all by yourselves?”

“Get the fuck outta here,” Ralph laughed.

“Good luck,” called a voice from the backseat. The UC work was the riskiest part of the operation.

“I don’t need luck.” Hector stepped out of the Jeep. “I got you guys watching my back.” He shut the door and walked toward the brothel.

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  • Posted August 6, 2013

    I have enjoyed all the books in the Anna Curtis series and Speak

    I have enjoyed all the books in the Anna Curtis series and Speak of the Devil does not disappoint. The story is intense, thrilling, and surprising. The gang violence can be a little hard to take so you might skim those because the rest of the story is great.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 15, 2013

    This is my first book by Allison Leotta and I am wondering how I

    This is my first book by Allison Leotta and I am wondering how I could miss such an amazing author.   Leotta writes from her own experiences and cases as a Washington D.C. prosecutor.  Her knowledge of the inner workings of the criminal system is very evident in the writing.  She tells the story with a real look at the secret world of gangs and their violence.




    Speak of the Devil told the scarey, yet attention keeping, story of a horrible gang and a prosecutor willing to put it all on the line to bring them down.   Anna Curtis has been aware of the MS-13’s reign over her city, when their attacks start affecting her personal life she takes her work to the next level.  Between fighting the M-13’s and preparing her case against them and the impending marriage to Jack Bailey her life is non-stop.   I found that with each twist and turn it was harder to put the book down.




    This novel had a great combination of mystery and romance.  I was enthralled by the very beginning .  It will be highly recommend by me to anyone who loves police/court dramas, romance, and thrillers. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    Terrific!! - It's a must-read!

    I've read all three of Allison Leotta's books, and Speak of the Devil is every bit as much of a page-turner as the first two. It has a great mixture of case and personal drama for the heroine and takes the reader along on a riveting ride. Loved this book!!

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  • Posted August 30, 2013

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    Not having read the author¿s two previous novels, I¿m not quite

    Not having read the author’s two previous novels, I’m not quite sure whether or not some background is missing from this one which might have been helpful in the reading. Ms. Leotta served as a federal prosecutor in the nation’s capital for a dozen years, and I would have expected more legal and courtroom material than were included in the plot. Instead, it read more like “Love Story,” a sentimental blob of a tale mixed with a side story about a gang and its vicious crimes, including rape and murder.

    One wonders if the novel is a Crime and legal thriller or a cozy. More attention is paid to the protagonist’s love life and planned marriage than her efforts as a federal prosecutor to develop a case against the gang members. Anna Curtis, the prosecutor, spends more time planning her wedding than preparing the case against the gang, known as MS-13.

    The characterizations are wooden, and all the key players seem to be stereotypes. Anna’s fiancé, Jack, has little more than a walk-on role, and his six-year-old daughter is too cute for words (many of which probably are beyond the ken of a child that age). Similarly, this criticism can be applied to others playing a role in the plot. Ordinarily, I would not raise the subject of an author’s gender. Never have. But in this case, without meaning to come off as misogynistic, I believe pointing out that this novel was written by a woman is more than justified.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2013

    This book was a page turner from the very beginning!  I love a g

    This book was a page turner from the very beginning!  I love a great murder mystery and this did not let me down! After reading this book I googled ms-13 and was shocked at reality Leotta brought to this book. Brilliant story while integrating true evil in this country. Must read!

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  • Posted August 16, 2013

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    Allison Leotta in her new book, "Speak Of The Devil" B

    Allison Leotta in her new book, "Speak Of The Devil" Book Three in the Anna Curtis series published by Touchstone brings us back to Washington D.C. and another adventure with Assistant U.S. Attorney Anna Curtis.




    From the back cover: SPEAK OF THE DEVIL--AND HE WILL APPEAR




    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.




    Allison Leotta draws on her experience as a D.C. sex-crimes prosecutor to take readers into the back rooms of the U.S. 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.




    Get ready for a page-turning, thrill ride. For twelve years, Allison Leotta was a federal prosecutor specializing in sex crimes and domestic violence in Washington, DC so she knows first hand what she is writing about. Diablo, the devil, is the leader of an infamous street gang known for rapes, intimidation and murder. Anna begins by hunting this man who hides his face behind a mask and then he begins to hunt her. "Speak Of The Devil" is a satisfying mystery that will keep you flipping pages trying to find out what is going on. Ms. Leotta gets us caught up in the story and the characters lives to the point that we actually hate to say goodbye to them when the book ends. Time to go to the dark side of Washington, DC as we investigate with Anna Curtis all the curves and twists that this case takes. I liked this book very much and look forward to the next Anna Curtis adventure




    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Touchstone. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 14, 2013

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    Speak of the Devil is a great addition to the crime/thriller gen

    Speak of the Devil is a great addition to the crime/thriller genre. The book had me hooked from the beginning. The surprising plot twists and turns made it hard to put the book down. I wanted to know what would happen next. Allison Leotta has created a very real and engaging character with Anna Curtis. I found myself hoping everything would work out for her in the end.

    Anna Curtis, a Washington DC prosecutor, is assigned to the case of a brutal attack on a brothel. The attack is soon linked to a vicious street gang that uses fear, intimidation, and murder to exhort protection money from local business. Links to past crimes, including the murder of the wife of Anna's fiancé, are discovered as the investigation progresses. The story is told from the point of view of both the main character Anna Curtis and Gato, one of the gang members.

    I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading the novels of Steve Berry and David Baldacci. Disclosure: I received this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway on the premise that I would review it.

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  • Posted August 7, 2013

    Speak of the Devil¿ is a first rate thriller. Leotta¿s plot, pac

    Speak of the Devil” is a first rate thriller. Leotta’s plot, pace and characters will have you tuning pages. In this novel, Allison Leotta imparts her knowledge of the dangerous dark world of human trafficking and brutal street gangs.




    Anna Curtis, a Washington DC prosecutor, is back again.   Leotta’s writing reflects her own experiences, and draws the reader into the inner workings of criminal investigations. She presents an authentic look at the social and psychological forces that pull young people into this secret world of violence and nihilism.




    A bust on a brothel turns into a murder investigation for Anna. The attack is linked to a vicious street gang that uses fear, intimidation, and murder to exhort protection money from local business. The local gang is tied into gangs up and down the east coast, led by a man they call Diablo, a gruesome and frightening character. As the investigations moves forward, we discover that that one of their past crimes includes the murder of the wife of   Anna's fiancé and Diablo is now hunting Anna down as well.




     The story is told from the point of view of both the main character Anna Curtis and Gato, one of the gang members. It shows Anna as a dedicated and hard-hitting prosecutor who doesn’t back away from evil. The contrast in the narratives perspective adds a unique dimension to this thriller.




    Meanwhile to keep her heroine sane and ease some of the tension, Leotta has Anna preparing for her marriage to Jack Bailey, finally.  All the preparations and shopping is described, making the couple seem ordinary against the background of crime, they both deal with in their lives.


    Speak of the Devil” is a first rate thriller. Leotta’s plot, pace and characters will have you tuning pages. In this novel, Allison Leotta imparts her knowledge of the dangerous dark world of human trafficking and brutal street gangs.




    Anna Curtis, a Washington DC prosecutor, is back again.   Leotta’s writing reflects her own experiences, and draws the reader into the inner workings of criminal investigations. She presents an authentic look at the social and psychological forces that pull young people into this secret world of violence and nihilism.




    A bust on a brothel turns into a murder investigation for Anna. The attack is linked to a vicious street gang that uses fear, intimidation, and murder to exhort protection money from local business. The local gang is tied into gangs up and down the east coast, led by a man they call Diablo, a gruesome and frightening character. As the investigations moves forward, we discover that that one of their past crimes includes the murder of the wife of   Anna's fiancé and Diablo is now hunting Anna down as well.




     The story is told from the point of view of both the main character Anna Curtis and Gato, one of the gang members. It shows Anna as a dedicated and hard-hitting prosecutor who doesn’t back away from evil. The contrast in the narratives perspective adds a unique dimension to this thriller.




    Meanwhile to keep her heroine sane and ease some of the tension, Leotta has Anna preparing for her marriage to Jack Bailey, finally.  All the preparations and shopping is described, making the couple seem ordinary against the background of crime, they both deal with in their lives.




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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2014

    Highly Recommend

    I have never read this author before and I can't wait to read her other books. Very well written. Great story with just the right balance of bad guys and romance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2014

    Its ok

    I liked it enough to finish reading it. Characters personal life adds some interesr without overwhelming the rather thin mystery

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  • Posted August 19, 2014

    I usually hate women writers. I can tell by the name of the book

    I usually hate women writers. I can tell by the name of the book whether it is a male or female writer. I've gotten to the point of just disregarding any title that seems like a "female" point of view.

    First of all, I am female. But I like the gritty, dark stuff. Female writers always put too much emphasis on the romantic side. Not this writer, Allison Leotta.

    I read the first book because it was a B&N Daily Find at $1.99. Then I was hooked. So, bought the one before it, "Discretion."

    Allison Leotta puts much emphasis on the romantic side (maybe a little more than I like) but the other parts are written the way, I believe, that I like.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2014

    Jack to amber

    Do i know you?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2014

    To jack from amber

    Um i dont know do u know me? But if u dont then we can get to know each other

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2014

    Mishmash combo not to mention turn off blurb

    and if accurate really tyrn off reviews to damn with faint praise sex crinmes and brothels plus a six year old is not the book to buy borrow from library if you havent anything else to read but the Shopper ads page counter

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  • Posted September 20, 2013

    Firat time I read this Author,and I liked it alot. I will read more of her books.

    First time I read this author, and I liked it a lot. Will read more of her books.

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