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A pharmaceutical executive wakes up in a strange apartment and finds herself suspected of the murder of her company’s CEO. Believing she’s insane, or a murderer, Jillian Cooper finds herself on the run from not only the police but also gang enforcers. 

Life-sustaining prescription drugs are a trillion-dollar industry, but who really knows what’s hidden inside those pills and capsules? Big Pharma has a secret and it’s costing thousands of lives. Prison gangs and corporate board members make strange bedfellows, but where there’s money to be had, peace exists through an off-the-books Black Label drug lab. Jillian is left to unravel the company’s secrets before she lands in jail or becomes another victim.

BLACK LABEL is published by Level Best Books in paperback and ebook formats and Recorded Books in audiobook edition

Where you can find your copy:


Barnes and Noble




Face in a Book

Harlequin Suspense – mass market edition


Barnes & Noble

HighBridge Audio



Audible (pending)


Blackstone Library

Google Play

Praise for BLACK LABEL:

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.

BLACK LABEL opens at a sprinter’s pace and never lets up. A perfect summer beach read you will want to race through to its end, a novel that capitalizes on its rich premise.—Mark Leichliter, author of THE OTHER SIDE

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