by James L’Etoile
June 27 - July 22, 2022 Virtual Book Tour
While investigating the deaths of undocumented migrants in the Arizona desert, Detective Nathan Parker finds a connection to the unsolved murder of his partner on a human smuggling run. The new evidence lures Parker over the border in search of the truth, only to trap him in a strange and dangerous land. If he's to survive, Parker must place his life in the hands of the very people he once pursued.
Border violence, border politics, and who is caught in between. The forces behind it might surprise you.
Praise for Dead Drop:
"James L’Etoile's DEAD DROP hooked me from the opening sentences to the very last page. A truly twisted plot, gifted storytelling, and dead-on characterization combine to make this tense, timely, and heart-breaking thriller a truly memorable read. I loved it!”
~ Karen Dionne, author of the #1 international bestseller THE MARSH KING'S DAUGHTER and THE WICKED SISTER
"An incredible story that grabs you by the throat and tosses you across the room. L’Etoile is a gem.”
~ J.T. Ellison, New York Times bestselling author of HER DARK LIES
James L’Etoile is such a talented and terrific storyteller! His real-life experience in the criminal justice system gives his compelling, high-stakes thrillers an authenticity that only a savvy insider can provide. You'll be turning the pages as fast as you can!
~ Hank Phillippi Ryan USA Today Bestselling Author of HER PERFECT LIFE
A suspenseful and utterly gripping novel that doesn’t shy away from the terror of drug cartels and border violence, James L’Etoile’s DEAD DROP is a well-researched, expertly written police procedural with twists that will leave you breathless. This one is not to be missed.
~ Jennifer Hillier, bestselling author of LITTLE SECRETS and THINGS WE DO IN THE DARK
“Borders are blurred, lines are crossed. Nathan Parker navigates an intensely personal case, uncontrolled emotions threatening his good judgement. Brilliant prose, crisp pacing, and well-developed characters make L’Etoile a must-read for every thriller enthusiast. An unforgettable story.”
~ K.J. Howe, international bestselling author of SKYJACK
This novel is quite a journey through the actions of the Cartel in the southern part of the U.S. One man tries to stand up against their drug running and human trafficking deeds. It took a while to understand and get to like Detective Nathan Parker. He seemed to be rash at first, doing acts without thinking them through. He thought he knew best what to do, even overriding his superiors. And he seemed to get out of impossible situations repeatedly, even when death was sure. By the time I finished the book and understood all of the intrigue behind his actions, I liked him and would like to read another with him as the hero.
L'Etoile's writing style is very readable. The plot structure is complex as there are deceivers and people being deceived, including within various government law enforcement agencies. Even in the end I was not sure really who all was in cahoots with the Cartel and who just got caught up in their web. I felt the characters were drawn relatively well, one quirky enough to add some interest.
This is a good novel for readers who would like a venture into the actions of the Cartel, the plight of immigrants and the dangerous trip across the border.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Published by: Level Best Books
Publication Date: July 19, 2022
Number of Pages: 300
Series: The Detective Nathan Parker Series, Book 1
Book Links: Amazon
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(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)