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Corruption

 

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Corruption! (Suzanne Jones – 3) by Elizabeth Ducie

Out of fear. Out of greed. Out of evil. Corruption springs from many roots.

Teenagers fall prey to a deadly new drug craze sweeping across Russia. Pharmaceuticals destined for Africa turn up on the backstreets of Moscow, St Petersburg and Vladivostok. Regulator Suzanne Jones and her sister, Charlie, fight to stop the pushers before more kids die.

But will their discoveries mean a friend goes to prison? And are they putting their loved ones in danger?

With old adversaries and surprising new allies, the Jones sisters face their toughest challenge to date. The heart-stopping final episode in the Suzanne Jones series of thrillers set in the sometimes murky world of international pharmaceuticals

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 Elizabeth Ducie

Author’s Bio

When Elizabeth Ducie had been working in the international pharmaceutical industry for nearly thirty years, she decided she’d like to take a break from technical writing—text books, articles and training modules—and write about some of her travel experiences instead. She took some courses in Creative Writing and discovered to her surprise that she was happier, and more successful, writing fiction than memoirs or life-writing. In 2012, she gave up the day job, and started writing full-time. She has published three novels, three collections of short stories and a series of manuals on business skills for writers.

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My Review

5 Stars

Krokodil is the new drug that is cheaper than heroin and known to kill in one to years of use. It’s not a pretty drug in Russia but after discovering two dead bodies it looks like rumors of mass production of krokodil is more than just rumors. With her sister on an extended honeymoon, Francine Matheson is asked to look into the rumors. Francine askes her sister Charlie for advice and even though her partner is expecting a baby Charlie heads out to help Francine’s investigation.

I have not read the other books in this series but I don’t think that really affected my enjoyment of Corruption. I was hooked with the prologue and what images I have seen of users of krokodil. I thought I had an idea of where this story was going but I was kept completely off guard.

Francine and Charlie meet surprising friends and enemies on the path to the manufacturer. There are twists and turns to keep you guessing and multiple points of view that help to add to this story.

This is a great read. If you like thrillers it’s one to check out. Now I want to go back to the beginning and see what I have missed.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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After the Fall

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After the Fall by Brad Graber

Rikki, a teenager being raised by her grandmother, has a secret. She can’t remember her mother. Whenever Rikki asks the older woman a question, Rita falls apart and refuses to discuss the matter. Desperate to learn the truth, Rikki finds a hidden family album. Is the boy in the photograph with her mother a long lost uncle? Determined to solve the mystery, Rikki embarks on a journey from New York City to Toledo, then on to Detroit and Phoenix to meet Harry, a writer who is struggling with his own issues of identity.

From the award-winning writer of The Intersect, come After the Fall, a fast-paced, engaging read, with twists and turns that will surely surprise. After the Fall: an emotional roller-coaster of a mystery packed with personality and charm. Once you begin the journey, you won’t be able to turn back.

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Author’s Bio

Brad Graber writes novels because he grew up in a family where no one ever listened to him – so he made up stories about them.

Born and raised in New York City, Brad obtained a B.A. in Biology from the State University of New York at Buffalo and an M.H.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. A former healthcare executive, Brad has held a number of management positions and been a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a Certified Medical Executive through Medical Group Management Association. Though he no longer works in healthcare, he continues to volunteer with local non-profits.

After the Fall is Brad’s second novel. His debut novel, The Intersect, released in 2016, has won multiple awards and garnered rave reviews.

Brad has lived in Highland Park, a suburb of Chicago; West Bloomfield, a suburb of Detroit; and Mill Valley, a suburb of San Francisco. He currently resides in Phoenix on the grounds of the Arizona Biltmore with his husband Jeff and their dog Charlie.

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My Review

5 Stars

Rikki is a teenager in 2005. She lives with her Grandma Rita in Brooklyn but hates it. She misses Detroit Michigan and the house that she can barely remember. But when she tried to talk to her grandmother about her mom her grandmother locks up. Deciding that she needs answers, Rikki goes out on the quest for information on her own.

This is a very touching story, one that is out of my normal realm but one that needs to be read. We all deal with events in our lives differently, especially loss. It seems many people end up pushing those that care about them away even though they are trying to protect them. Rita is a good example; yes I really did want to slap her upside the head. But you can see how she has protected herself over the years and it’s very sad.

I admit that I really enjoyed Harry and Beetle. Beetle is an aging dog that Harry just loves and is not ready for his loss. But Harry has his own story that will touch you too. Of course the ending was a surprise and heartbreaking at the same time. Prepare yourself, you will need several tissues.

I’m not one of contemporary stories, especially if you are going to be crying at the end. But this is an amazing story and one that should be read, even if it is not your normal thing.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Sage’s Blog Tours for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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