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.
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The Placebo Effect (Book 1 The Junction Chronicles) By: David Rotenberg Thriller Publisher: Simon & Schuster 2012 Pages 339. Copy Courtesy of Goodreads First Read Reviewed by: tk Decker is a man of special talents. He can tell you whether or not a person is tell the truth. An amazing talent that is wanted by everyone in business, the military, or the guy next door. Decker likes to keep a low profile, and his life private. He is employed by companies that are concerned about the truthfulness of the clients, employees, and anyone else in question. Decker is an acting coach, and take private clients that pay him extremely well for his insight. An astonishing story of betrayal, high stakes money, and how far someone will go to hide the truth. Decker’s life is shattered for these reasons. His is now on the run. With a small group of friends, and limited resources Decker will have to seek the truth for himself if he is to survive. I feel the story line is astounding. It could actually be happening as I write this review. I believe there are all kinds of people out there that have special abilities that are hidden and used by special ops, and companies. Decker is just an example of one type of ability. The twists and turns are page turning bliss. I recommend full attention while reading. A lot of detail, and involvement of others can be a bit confusing if your attention should wander. The talent of this author is original and inventive, and I look forward to more. 4/5