Allison Leotta and Sujata Massey talk about the writing life and read from their new books.
Former federal prosecutor Allison Leotta's third novel, Speak of the Devil, features her series heroine, sex-crimes prosecutor Anna Curtis. On the same night that she gets engaged, one of Anna's cases takes a vicious turn when a man named "Diablo" leads an attack on a brothel. Soon Anna's routine human trafficking case becomes an investigation of MS-13, one of the country's most brutal street gangs. Leotta's previous Anna Curtis novels are Law of Attraction and Discretion.
Sujata Massey is the author of ten Rei Shimura mystery novels set in Japan. Her new book, The Sleeping Dictionary, is the first in a series of historical suspense novels featuring Bengali women who play a role in making modern India. Kamala, born to a peasant family in West Bengal, makes her way to Calcutta of the 1930s. Haunted by a forbidden love, she is caught between the raging independence movement and the British colonial society in this portrait of late Raj India. Sujata Massey has won the Agatha and Macavity awards for her Rei Shimura mysteries.