© David Rotenberg

The Placebo Effect

Book One of The Junction Chronicles.
Published by Simon & Schuster.


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 lying.
     But Decker’s carefully compartmentalized life The Placebo Effect 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 is 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.

"This novel heats up and never stops."—The Globe & Mail
"Certainly, Rotenberg has done a superb job..."—The National Post
"Rotenberg reveals a surprising depth and intricacy, not in the mechanics of
his plot, but at the level of characterization. The Placebo Effect, it turns out,
is a thoughtful, challenging novel masquerading as a typical thriller."
  —Quill and Quire
"The Placebo Effect...is a corker—a moody speculative thriller that
should power his planned three-part trilogy into the stratosphere."
 —Winnipeg Free Press
TORONTO SUN - ...quote from a Toronto Sun article...


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