The Placebo Effect by David Rotenberg

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Certainly, Rotenberg has done a superb job at teeing-up the two tomes to come.
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Decker Roberts has the dangerous gift of detecting the truth. For years this talent proved to be a lucrative sideline to his acting teaching. Only his closest friends know, and he keeps his identity secret from the companies that pay him to tell them if the people they are planning to hire are truthful.

But Decker’s carefully compartmentalized life starts to fall apart. His house burns down, his credit cards are cancelled, his bank loan is called and his studio is condemned. He realizes that he must have heard something in one of his truth-telling sessions that someone didn’t want him to know.

Decker has to go on the run and figure out why he’s been targeted. There’s also a government agent hunting him who seems to know absolutely everything about Decker Roberts’ identities, real and false—and other people of “his kind.”

How will Decker find out which truth was endangering his life? Who betrayed him and revealed all his secrets? Decker needs to find answers quickly, before knowing the truth turns from a gift into a deadly curse.
 

About David Rotenberg

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David Rotenberg has published five mysteries set in modern China as well as the Canadian bestselling historical fiction novel Shanghai. He is also the author of The Placebo Effect, the first book in the Junction Chronicles. He is the artistric director of the internationally renowned Professional Actors Lab. He has directed on Broadway, in South Africa, in major regional theatres in North America, and for television. He directed the first Canadian play staged in the People’s Republic of China. He lives in Toronto.
 
Published March 12, 2013 by Touchstone. 354 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Above average
Reviewed by Stephen Patrick Clare on Feb 17 2012

Certainly, Rotenberg has done a superb job at teeing-up the two tomes to come.

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Good
Reviewed by Stephen Patrick Clare on Feb 17 2012

The short, snappy chapters make for a fast, fluid read. At the same time, a swift and sharp narrative arc ensures readers won’t put the book down for long.

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