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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. Jevin is seeking not only answers about the questionable mind-to-mind communication program but also answers to his own family tragedy.

Rooted in groundbreaking science and inspired by actual medical research, Placebo explores the far reaches of science, consciousness, and faith. This taut, intelligent, and emotionally gripping new thriller from master storyteller Steven James will keep you flipping pages late into the night.


"From cutting-edge science to a magician's trade secrets, Placebo by Steven James is a fascinating journey into American politics, business, and the military. The characters are utterly alive, the story memorable. Gripping and intense, it will keep you on the edge of your seat until the last page."--Gayle Lynds, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Spies

"With every new book, Steven James elevates his game and lifts his readers with him. Placebo is a winner! Highly recommended."--Davis Bunn, bestselling author of Lion of Babylon

"A good novel is interesting. A great novel is entertaining. An unforgettable novel is both. Steven James's Placebo is all that and more."--Alton Gansky, bestselling author of Angel and Director's Cut

"There's no exaggeration in calling Steven James a master storyteller. Placebo delivers a thrill ride but also emotional depth and intriguing characters you'll lock into immediately. I devoured the story."--James L. Rubart, bestselling author of The Chair

"Fascinating, gripping, and thrilling--I loved this book. The master storyteller has woven another spell in Placebo, where the lines of science, reality, and fiction blur in one compelling tale. Intelligent and absolutely un-put-down-able. You will lose sleep over this one."--Tosca Lee, New York Times bestselling author of Demon: A Memoir and the Books of Mortals series with Ted Dekker

The Author

  1. Steven James
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    Steven James

    Critically acclaimed author Steven James has written more than thirty books, including Placebo, Singularity, and the bestselling Bowers Files thriller series. He is a contributing editor to Writer's Digest. Steven lives in Tennessee with...

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"James's new series explodes onto the fiction stage with Jevin Banks, an escape artist who tragically loses his family and his nerve for his craft.  James's brand of high-end suspense distinguishes itself as Christian through characters that stare evil in the face and don't back down because of their faith, despite doubts and confusion. The writing, pacing and plot lines are impeccable, the author always pulling up the shade a bit for a shaft of light and redemption to make gruesome scenes somehow bearable."--Publishers Weekly

"Placebo is an edgy, multilayered thriller that may have you fearful every time someone says, 'Oh, I've been thinking about you.'"--RT Reviews, 4 ½ stars

"Placebo is a full-frontal assault that combines unique characters, a compelling theme, and an incredible story. I'm strapped in, ready to go, and willing to ride the Jevin Banks Experience wherever it goes . . . and hopefully that's right to where it belongs--the top of the NYT bestsellers list."--LifeisStory

"The story Jevin seeks to uncover leads to the kind of action, suspense, and surprises that Steven James fans have come to expect, and this thought-provoking novel won't disappoint."--CBA Retailers+Resources

"The science is amazing, well-researched, and rather unsettling.  As with all of James' books, an obvious amount of time was spent researching the story and developing a plausible conspiracy while not baffling the reader with mind-numbing details. I'm not at all comfortable with the implication of the science involved in this plot, but it's certainly a fascinating topic to contemplate."--Christian Manifesto

"A tantalizing blend of plausible current events and speculative sci-fi that should expand James' readership with its new focus."--Crosswalk

"Fast-paced, interesting, moving. All with James' signature style and flair. Highly recommended."--Suspense Zone

"A thought-provoking and thrilling mystery."--New York Journal of Books

"Master storyteller Steven James does it once again with his emotionally gripping yet intelligent new thriller. It is overflowing with deceit, denial, internal and intense conflicts."--TitleTrakk