The basics: The titular Discretion is a high-end, secretive escort company. When a young escort dies after falling from a balcony in the Capitol, U.S. Attorney Anna Curtis works the case as a sexual assault and homicide.
My thoughts: Clearly drawing inspiration from real-life scandal, including Eliot Spitzer, Discretion offers a fascinating look at the role of escorts in Washington, D.C. One of the things I've come to like most about Leotta's books is the way she manages to write from multiple points of view. Anna is the main character, but she isn't the only window into the world. By seeing the world of high-end prostitution (and low-end prostitution) through multiple points of view, it's possible to better understand the world. It's a more complicated approach to storytelling, but its payoffs are huge. Leotta shines light onto these complex issues by writing such good characters, from cops and lawyers to pimps, johns, and prostitutes. None of these classes of people are one thing, and Leotta shows the good and bad of all.
The verdict: Discretion is a compelling mystery filled with political intrigue. It furthers the personal and professional storylines in Anna's life well without hampering the pace of the mystery itself. I'll definitely be reading the next in this series very soon.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Length: 353 pages
Publication date: July 3, 2012
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