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The Placebo Effect

My latest novel, The Placebo Effect, is now available in Kindle version only at Amazon.com. Print and other electronic media will be available in February.

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Topical, wild, and rough, The Placebo Effect offers a unique look into the strange world of designer drugs and how Mexican cartels operate across the border. It’s a war of attrition, and the cartels have more to spend and less to lose. Jack Sloan fans will latch onto the tale and cheer him to a Pyrrhic victory, one whose expense he may not be able to bear.

A Mexican undercover agent, Hector Quintana, working near Chimayo, New Mexico, is dimed by a confederate. He seeks help from Jack Sloan, a man who has worked for the FBI and DEA in the past. Together, they investigate the newest drug to hit the market—Majyk. It may be toxic, but it’s cheap and legal.

A compound on the Taos High Road houses a facility where a Juarez cartel captain manufactures and tests Majyk. He uses modern medical techniques to conduct a long-term study of the drug’s effects, including a control group that takes a placebo.

Loretta, a control group subject, decides to eliminate Sandoval, the cartel representative, and take over the operation. She is assisted by Cocoman, a Cuban émigré and strong man who may lead a double life—one as the gentle giant who cares for Loretta, and the other as the savage serial killer who stalks the high desert.

Jack Sloan and his wife, Darlene, are caught up in the adventure. The action rages from Juarez to an Indian reservation near Flagstaff as Majyk’s influence and popularity spread. Jack’s old nemesis, Chief William Bear, wants the franchise for the new drug which pits him against the cartel, Loretta, Cocoman, and Jack.

John Thunder, Shaman and wise man, and Will Cowdry, Santa Fe County Sheriff, provide Hector, Jack, and Darlene with the support they need to uncover the conspiracy and deal with Majyk’s lethal threat.

Cocoman presents a separate problem. Fear spreads through the Hispanic rural community as Coco becomes more savage in his attacks. Jack doesn’t make the connection, but Coco eventually reveals himself and leads the good guys to his lair where they deal with him.

As one reviewer put it: The best of Seeley’s books. Well-written, exciting, entertaining, and tense. I read the first forty pages, then…I picked it up and read until the end—and what an end it was!! The characters are engaging—some of the worst bad guys you’ll find in a mystery/thriller novel, and you will love Jack Sloan…steady, humorous, brave, and trustworthy. He does things he shouldn’t but his wife, Darlene, is smart and forgiving. John Thunder returns to provide wisdom and common sense. A must-read for anyone who enjoys this genre.

Topical, wild, and rough, The Placebo Effect offers a unique look into the strange world of designer drugs and how Mexican cartels operate across the border. It’s a war of attrition, and the cartels have more to spend and less to lose. Jack Sloan fans will latch onto the tale and cheer him to a Pyrrhic victory, one whose expense he may not be able to bear.

A Mexican undercover agent, Hector Quintana, working near Chimayo, New Mexico, is dimed by a confederate. He seeks help from Jack Sloan, a man who has worked for the FBI and DEA in the past. Together, they investigate the newest drug to hit the market—Majyk. It may be toxic, but it’s cheap and legal.

A compound on the Taos High Road houses a facility where a Juarez cartel captain manufactures and tests Majyk. He uses modern medical techniques to conduct a long-term study of the drug’s effects, including a control group that takes a placebo.

Loretta, a control group subject, decides to eliminate Sandoval, the cartel representative, and take over the operation. She is assisted by Cocoman, a Cuban émigré and strong man who may lead a double life—one as the gentle giant who cares for Loretta, and the other as the savage serial killer who stalks the high desert.

Jack Sloan and his wife, Darlene, are caught up in the adventure. The action rages from Juarez to an Indian reservation near Flagstaff as Majyk’s influence and popularity spread. Jack’s old nemesis, Chief William Bear, wants the franchise for the new drug which pits him against the cartel, Loretta, Cocoman, and Jack.

John Thunder, Shaman and wise man, and Will Cowdry, Santa Fe County Sheriff, provide Hector, Jack, and Darlene with the support they need to uncover the conspiracy and deal with Majyk’s lethal threat.

Cocoman presents a separate problem. Fear spreads through the Hispanic rural community as Coco becomes more savage in his attacks. Jack doesn’t make the connection, but Coco eventually reveals himself and leads the good guys to his lair where they deal with him.

As one reviewer put it: The best of Seeley’s books. Well-written, exciting, entertaining, and tense. I read the first forty pages, then…I picked it up and read until the end—and what an end it was!! The characters are engaging—some of the worst bad guys you’ll find in a mystery/thriller novel, and you will love Jack Sloan…steady, humorous, brave, and trustworthy. He does things he shouldn’t but his wife, Darlene, is smart and forgiving. John Thunder returns to provide wisdom and common sense. A must-read for anyone who enjoys this genre.

 

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Dec 3

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