Dead Drop delivers an explosive story filled with border violence, but those responsible are anything but typical.

5-STAR REVIEW: DEAD DROP by James L’Etoile

About The Book

The Detective Nathan Parker Series: Book 1
Publication Date: July 19, 2022

Hundreds go missing each year making the dangerous crossing over the border. What if you were one of them?

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.



The Review

Four unidentified men, stuffed into 55-gallon drums and dropped in the desert, serves as the latest case for Detective Nathan Parker. Author James L’Etoile uses the border as a backdrop for Dead Drop.

Why is someone leaving dead men in the desert? What is the connection between the dead men and the coyotes tasked with smuggling people across the border? These are only some of the questions that Detective Parker tries to answer. He’s a likable character full of determination to solve the case, even if it means getting involved in danger.

The storyline rolls along seamlessly, carrying readers from one scene to the next. It’s easy to lose time with this book because the only obvious stopping point is the end. While Parker is obviously the lead character, Billie Carson deserves kudos as a fantastic wingman (or wingwoman, to be accurate). Her rough and tumble exterior hides her compassion and bravery.

From the sands of the desert into the clutches of a Mexican Cartel, the action is non-stop. Political intrigue and some unexpected twists make this quite a satisfying and timely read.

Dead Drop delivers an explosive story filled with border violence, but those responsible are anything but typical.

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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: Black Label, At What CostBury the Past, and Little River -The Other Side of Paradise. Look for Dead Drop in the summer of 2022.


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Amy Wilson
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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Dead Drop delivers an explosive story filled with border violence, but those responsible are anything but typical.5-STAR REVIEW: DEAD DROP by James L'Etoile