November 2, 2010

review: Law of Attraction

Law of Attraction
author Allison Leotta
publisher Touchstone/Simon & Schuster
source:  Crazy Book Tours

What a book!  The cover says it all --- a woman running through the streets of D.C.  From the time you open it, you are led by Anna Curtis, a rookie federal attorney investigating a domestic violence case.  I lived and worked in D.C. seven years, a city I miss -- it was great to see the city again through Anna's eyes.

The author, Allison Leotta, herself is a federal prosecutor in D.C., specializing in sex crimes and domestic violence.  She knows what she is writing, and it shows.  Her characters,  Anna,  Laprea the battered woman,  Nick the defense attorney, and Jack the prosecutor are all well-characterized.   Leotta also explains law well.  Two great paragraphs:
Anna felt proud every time she introduced herself in court.  She represented the interests of the entire country.  That usually meant putting the bad guys away -- but not always.  She had a duty to be fair.  If she thought the police violated the Constitution, it was her job not to use the tainted evidence -- and to train the police not to do it again.  If she thought a defendant hadn't committed the charged crime, her job was to drop the case.  her duty wasn't just to win, it was to do justice.
An explanation of the law of attraction:
 Something happened to little girls who grew up watching their mothers being hit--something that created an internal compass steering them into their own abusive relationships. ... It was a peculiar law of attraction.  Each woman subconsciously tried to re-create the relationship she'd seen between her parents.
Another thing Leotta did that I really enjoyed and appreciated:  while the fictional lawyers and judges talked, they used acronyms and jargon such as  "I can drop the APO" and  "only if it's a C plea".  Before you start going "huh?" her next sentence explains what those things are.

Can't you tell Leotta is a new favorite author of mine!  This book is her debut, I'm eager to see more. In the meantime, I'll be reading her blog, some posts tell what the tv show SVU does right and wrong.
CymLowell

1 comment:

jewelknits said...

This seems like a great book. In my stint as an abuse counselor, one of the things that I think really hit home with some of my clients was the fact that by staying, their own daughters and sons would likely follow the pattern and become the abused and abuser. As a mom, that seemed to be a great motivator.

Thanks for the review!

Julie @ Knitting and Sundries