by James L'Etoile
July 12 - August 8, 2021 Tour
Can she discover the truth before she’s condemned to life in prison, or a mental hospital?
"Tight, terrific, terrifying. BLACK LABEL delves into the murky world of pharmaceuticals where profit is prioritized above all else. L’Etoile creates a strong female lead in Jillian Cooper, a woman who faces obstacle after obstacle, but still charges into the abyss. More unnerving than a fistful of amphetamines. Unputdownable."
—K.J. Howe, international bestselling author of SKYJACK
"James L'Etoile's BLACK LABEL is a delightfully complex and twisty thriller with a ripped-from-the-headlines plot that will make you think long and hard before you swallow your next dose of medication. Add in an intrepid heroine willing to do whatever it takes to uncover the truth no matter the cost, and L'Etoile's newest offering is a winner!"
— Karen Dionne, author of the #1 international bestseller THE MARSH KING'S DAUGHTER and THE WICKED SISTER
"Relentlessly fast-paced and compellingly twisty! The talented James L’Etoile sets up an irresistibly high-stakes situation: a woman is certain to be charged with murder and doesn’t remember a thing. Can she prove her innocence before she's silenced forever? A dark journey through the world of big Pharma and big money—you will turn the pages as fast as you can."
— Hank Phillippi Ryan USA Today Bestselling author of THE FIRST TO LIE
"If this book had a tag, it would say ‘proceed with caution’ because nothing is what it seems. Told with a vivid and visceral style, this is le Carré’s Constant Gardener meets The Fugitive. As the title suggests, BLACK LABEL is a top of the line thriller."
— Gabriel Valjan, Agatha & Anthony Award nominated author
This first half of this novel is a tightly crafted nightmare. Imagine being accused of murder and all the evidence points to you and you have no alibi because you had blacked out. Imagine every attempt to prove your innocence and find the real killer is thwarted. The action is continuous and intense in this first part of the plot. It is an engaging psychological thriller. The last part of the novel develops at a much slower pace. There is less action and much more discussion and contemplation and explanation. The plot is quite complex and working it out takes a great deal of conniving and explaining, uncovering the many layers in the end.
Jillian is a good amateur sleuth, desperate to figure out what is going on. I like how she continues to dig for the truth. There is interesting information about a pharmaceutical company, stirring up the social issue of concentrating on profits verses business for the good of mankind.
This is a good novel for those who like an intense psychological thriller.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
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