My thoughts: I gravitate to mystery series about female lawyers written by female lawyers (see: Alafair Burke, Linda Fairstein, and Marcia Clark. I've read all of their books.) Like Anna, Leotta worked as a federal prosecutor handling domestic violence in D.C. Anna is new to her job, and the reader gets to learn about it along with her. She's also new to D.C., and I appreciated her realistically humble apartment and utter lack of work-life balance. I found Anna to be a particularly interesting character because she isn't perfect. She makes mistakes. She makes tough choices. She doubts herself in realistic ways rather than in annoying ones. She's flawed but still inspiring, and I found myself both rooting for her and wanting to be her friend.
Law of Attraction balances introducing and developing its casts of characters with a compelling mystery. I particularly appreciated the realistic passage of time as events unfolded. It added a sense of normalcy while still allowing the major events to shine. Anna is such a realistic character that months can pass without major changes in her life.
The verdict: Law of Attraction is a satisfying, suspenseful mystery, a wonderful introduction of a dynamic character, and an insightful look into the work of a federal prosecutor in domestic violence. If the next two books are as good, I'll be caught up before the fourth volume, A Good Killing, comes out in May.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Length: 288 pages
Publication date: October 12, 2010
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