Summary

Black Label is an entertaining thriller with plenty of plot twists. Readers will make guesses throughout until the explosive ending.

4 STAR REVIEW: BLACK LABEL by James L’Etoile

About The Book

Publication Date: July 20, 2021

Sanity is something you don’t miss until it’s gone. Hard charging pharmaceutical executive Jillian Cooper fears she’d destined to inherit her mother’s history of mental illness when she finds herself accused of murdering her boss. All the evidence tells her she’s either a murderer, or insane. When Jillian struggles to find the truth, she uncovers a web of black market pharmaceuticals, prison gangs, and greed. She begins to believe she may have killed to cover up the off-the-books drug operation.

The Review

Jillian Cooper has made a name for herself as the Vice President of Marketing for Dynalife Pharmaceutical. When she wakes up one morning in an unfamiliar location with no recollection of how she got there, that is only the beginning of her nightmare. After learning that her boss has been murdered, Jillian finds herself wondering if she was involved.

Author James L’Etoile delivers a high-octane thriller in Black Label that seems to focus on the “bait and switch” concept. I was so busy focusing on the murder and Jillian’s possible role that I missed clues to an even more twisted storyline. With the evidence against Jillian mounting, she stumbles upon a bottle of untested medication that shouldn’t be on the streets.

For unscrupulous people, creating drugs and bringing them to market without thorough testing is perfectly acceptable. The author provides a look into the operation of the pharmaceutical industry and shows how easy it would be to skip all of the required protocols.

The author excelled at building Jillian’s character by adding a sense of vulnerability that made her involvement in her boss’s murder plausible. It was also her resiliency that shined like a beacon throughout the events of the story. The author also delivered some pretty nasty characters who added to the suspense.

Black Label is an entertaining thriller with plenty of plot twists. Readers will make guesses throughout until the explosive ending.

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About The AuthorJames L’Etoile uses his twenty-nine years behind bars as an influence in his novels, short stories, and screenplays. He is a former associate warden in a maximum-security prison, a hostage negotiator, facility captain, and director of California’s state parole system. He is a nationally recognized expert witness on prison and jail operations. He has been nominated for the Silver Falchion for Best Procedural Mystery, and The Bill Crider Award for short fiction. His published novels include: At What CostBury the Past, and Little River -The Other Side of Paradise.

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Amy Wilson
My name is Amy W., and I am a book addict. I will never forget the day I came home from junior high school to find my mom waiting for me with one of the Harlequin novels from my stash. As she was gearing up for the "you shouldn't be reading this" lecture, I told her the characters get married in the end. I'm just glad she didn't find the Bertrice Small book hidden in my closet. I have diverse reading tastes, evident by the wide array of genres on my Kindle. As I made the transition to an e-reader, I found myself worrying that something could happen to it. As a result, I am now the proud owner of four Kindles -- all different kinds, but plenty of back-ups! "Fifty Shades of Grey" gets high marks on my favorites list -- not for character development or dialogue (definitely not!), but because it blazed new ground for those of us who believe provocative fiction is more than just an explicit cover. Sylvia Day, Lexie Blake, and Kristin Hannah are some of my favorite authors. Speaking of diverse tastes, I also enjoy Dean Koontz, Iris Johansen, and J.A. Konrath. I’m always ready to discover new-to-me authors, especially when I toss in a palate cleanser that is much different than what I would normally read. Give me something with a well-defined storyline, add some suspense (or spice), and I am a happy reader. Give me a happily ever after, and I am downright giddy.

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