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Allison Leotta

Allison Leotta

For twelve years, Allison Leotta served as a federal prosecutor in Washington, D.C., where she specialized in sex crimes, domestic violence, and crimes against children. She now writes legal thrillers drawing on her experience.

Allison was dubbed “the female John Grisham” for her first novel, LAW OF ATTRACTION, which the Washington Post called, “a racy legal thriller…taking on a still-taboo subject.” Her second novel, DISCRETION, was named one of the Ten Best Books of 2012 by Strand Magazine and Best Suspense Novel by Romance Reviews Today.  Her novel, SPEAK OF THE DEVIL (2013) was named a best book of the year by Suspense Magazine.  A GOOD KILLING (2015) was named one of O, The Oprah Magazine’s Best of the Best Summer Books, 2015.

In her fifth novel, THE LAST GOOD GIRL, on sale May 2016, Leotta tackles campus rape at a prestigious Michigan university. “This book is so important to me,” says Leotta. “I felt compelled to write it. Too many young women are sexually assaulted during what should be a wonderful and empowering time of their life: their college years. I wanted both to tell a compelling story and to examine the powerful forces that rip through these cases and the real emotions and consequences for young people caught in these currents.”

Allison’s blog, The Prime-Time Crime Review, has been named one of the best legal blogs in America by the American Bar Association, for the last three years.

Allison has provided legal commentary for outlets such as CNN, MSNBC, PBS, HuffPost Live, and Reuters TV.

She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Michigan State University. She lives outside of Washington, DC, with her husband, Michael Leotta, and their two sons.

Guest Appearances
June 22, 2016

In ‘The Last Good Girl,’ Allison Leotta tackles the fraught subject of campus rape

Author Allison Leotta has used her 12-year experience as a federal sex-crimes prosecutor in Washington, D.C., to bring real-world issues into her fiction. Leotta has written five novels chronicling the adventures of...