Placebo by Steven Jamesplacebo

While covertly investigating a controversial neurological research program, exposé filmmaker Jevin Banks is drawn into a far-reaching conspiracy involving one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical firms. After giving up his career as an escape artist and illusionist in the wake of his wife and sons’ tragic death, Jevin is seeking not only answers about the questionable mind-to-mind communication program, but also answers to why his family suffered as they did. 

Rooted in ground-breaking science and inspired by actual research, Placebo explores the far reaches of science, consciousness, and faith. Readers will love this taut, intelligent, and emotionally gripping new thriller from master storyteller Steven James.

Steven James has created a new series centered around an illusionist who realizes he has a gift for solving crime.  Placebo delved into the morality of genetics and the risks scientists are willing to take to make new discoveries.  The book had multiple plot twists and was extremely well-written.  The next book in the series is Singularity (November 2013).

– Hannah S. Bowers