DEAD DROP involves border politics, border violence, who’s behind it, and those caught in between. Detective Nathan Parker finds a connection between the deaths of several undocumented migrants and the cold case murder of his partner. Lured over the border in search of answers, Parker finds himself trapped in a strange, unforgiving land dependent upon the very undocumented migrants he once pursued. Border violence benefits the greedy and the power hungry. Detective Parker discovers the forces behind it aren’t who you’d think.

What they’re saying:

A suspenseful and utterly gripping novel that doesn’t shy away from the terror of drug cartels and border violence, James L’Etoile’s DEAD DROP is a well-researched, expertly written police procedural with twists that will leave you breathless. This one is not to be missed. — Jennifer Hillier, bestselling author of LITTLE SECRETS and THINGS WE DO IN THE DARK

An incredible story that grabs you by the throat and tosses you across the room. L’Etoile is a gem. 

–J.T. Ellison, New York Times bestselling author of HER DARK LIES

“Borders are blurred, lines are crossed. Nathan Parker navigates an intensely personal case, uncontrolled emotions threatening his good judgement. Brilliant prose, crisp pacing, and well-developed characters make L’Etoile a must-read for every thriller enthusiast. An unforgettable story.” K.J. Howe, international bestselling author of SKYJACK

“James L’Etoile’s DEAD DROP hooked me from the opening sentences to the very last page. A truly twisted plot, gifted storytelling, and dead-on characterization combine to make this tense, timely, and heart-breaking thriller a truly memorable read. I loved it!” – Karen Dionne, author of the #1 international bestseller THE MARSH KING’S DAUGHTER and THE WICKED SISTER

Nothing good happens in the desert. It’s treacherous and unforgiving territory for both predators and prey. DEAD DROP delivers life, death, and the heat of hard-earned redemption, and L’Etoile is a bright star above the landscape of the modern thriller. —Gabriel Valjan, author of the Shane Cleary Mystery series.

Suspense is high from the get-go…where… the good guys and the bad guys aren’t clearly delineated, making this an intellectual teaser as well. –MidWest Book Review

Look for the thrilling sequel titles The Devil Within coming the summer of 2023.

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