In “Discretion” (Touchstone Books, $25), by Allison Leotta, a man and woman are struggling on the third-floor balcony of a very private office in the U.S. Capitol.
The balcony is in the office of a powerful politician, Rep. Emmett Lionel, D.C.'s delegate to Congress. The victim pushed over the rail is a beautiful young woman and one of D.C.'s top escorts.
Anna Curtis, an assistant U.S. attorney whose office investigates sex crimes, is one of those called in for the investigation. She realizes a high-profile case such as this could make or break her career.
Lionel is in a primary election battle, and this scandal could end his time in office. Anna begins her investigation, but her style and that of FBI violent crimes agent Samantha Randazzo clash.
The case leads them to Discretion, the top escort service in D.C., but it also leads them to the underside of prostitution, drugs and even death. Sex, drugs and politics are a good combination, and the author does it well.
— John Harrington