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A Good Killing: A Novel (Anna Curtis Series #4) (Paperback)

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Selected as one of “Summer’s Best of the Best” books by O, The Oprah Magazine, Allison Leotta’s spellbinding thriller follows prosecutor Anna Curtis as she heads home to Michigan to defend her sister in a case that will bring her to her knees.

How far would you go to save your sister?

Anna Curtis is back in her hometown just outside of Detroit. Newly single after calling off her wedding, Anna isn’t home to lick her wounds. She’s returned to support her sister, Jody, who has been wrongfully accused of murder after their old high school coach, a local hero, dies in a suspicious car crash.

But maybe Jody isn’t so innocent after all. The police are convinced that Jody was having an affair with the married coach and killed him out of jealousy. As Anna investigates with the help of her childhood friend Cooper Bolden, an Afghan War veteran with a secret of his own, she slowly peels back the facade of her all-American town and discovers that no one is telling the truth about the coach, not even the people she thought she knew best. When the town rallies against them, threatening not just Jody’s liberty but both sisters’ lives, Anna resolves to do everything she can to save her sister and defend the only family she has left.

In her best book yet “with surprising twists and an ultimately satisfying conclusion” (Booklist), Allison Leotta, “the female John Grisham” (The Providence Journal), explores the limits of vigilante justice, the bonds of sisterhood, and the price of the truth.

About the Author

Allison Leotta was a federal sex-crimes prosecutor in Washington, DC, for twelve years. In 2011, she left the Justice Department to pursue writing full time. She is the acclaimed author of Law of Attraction, Discretion, Speak of the Devil, A Good Killing, and The Last Good Girl and founder of the award-winning blog, The Prime-Time Crime Review. Leotta lives with her husband, Michael, and their two sons outside of Washington, DC. Visit her online at

Praise For…


"This Summer's Best of the Best" books by O, The Oprah Magazine

"Leotta air-drops her heroine back home in Michigan, where her sister has been accused of murdering a beloved local football coach. There, an impeccably paced horror story of Jerry Sundusky proportions unfolds." --O, the Oprah Magazine

"Anna Curtis is one of my favorite fictional protagonists. . . . Leotta's a star, and this book has all the evidence to prove it." --Linda Fairstein

"A Good Killing is a mix of ‘Law and Order: SVU’ with a dash of John Grisham and romance. Like the best episodes of Law and Order, the main premise is ripped from the headlines. . . . Leotta knows her way around the courtroom in real life and doesn't avoid uncomfortable topics. Following Anna Curtis on the path to the truth is an enjoyable one.” --Associated Press

A Good Killing builds to a dandy (and surprising) climax, part of it in the courtroom — and part of it at the coach’s murder.” --St. Louis Post-Dispatch

A Good Killing should help catapult [Leotta] onto the A-list of legal-fiction.” --Green Valley News (Green Valley/Tuscon, AZ)

"A perfect 10 . . . It's too good to miss." --Romance Reviews Today

"An excellent, compelling, entertaining crime novel that could be ripped from today’s headlines. [Leotta] showcases her exceptional talent as she deftly explores complex interpersonal relationships.” --Lansing State Journal

"Dark secrets, a small town, and one supercharged trial . . . [Leotta] scores big." --Kirkus Reviews

“Former prosecutor Leotta, who clearly knows her way around a courtroom, explores the bonds between women in this suspenseful tale with surprising twists and an ultimately satisfying conclusion.” --Booklist

"Leotta spins a delicious tale of suspense that will have readers hurrying to find out what happens but at the same time wanting to savor each page. This highly entertaining thriller shouldn’t be missed."
— Library Journal (starred review)

"Leotta pens romantic suspense detailing street crime in a style that's as real as it gets."
Product Details
ISBN: 9781476761022
ISBN-10: 1476761027
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: June 21st, 2016
Pages: 352
Language: English
Series: Anna Curtis Series