New from Down & Out Books: ROULETTE by Thomas Locke and Jyoti Guptara

TAMPA, Fla. - Oct. 30, 2023 - PRLog -- Down & Out Books is pleased to announce that ROULETTE, a thriller by Thomas Locke and Jyoti Guptara, has been published on October 30, 2023 in trade paperback and ebook formats.


Don't trip. It could cost your life.

What appears to be a simple case of overdose turns into an ER nightmare. Patients appear to be suffering symptoms from multiple drugs. None are detectable. Eric Bannon, a former special agent, arrives at a remote clinic in Florida in time to witness the victims' transformation from near-coma to bestial ferocity.

Eric is tracking rumors of a dangerous new substance, roulette, that's suddenly appeared at local rave scenes. These young people both finance the production and facilitate the human trials of the world's most exciting new high.

But what is the true nature of the supposed party drug? As opposition to his investigation mounts from within his own government, Eric allies two very different women to navigate the local landscape and experimental science gone horribly wrong. Together, they race to unearth a truth so terrifying, it could rewrite history—and the human genome.

Heart-pounding suspense from Thomas Locke and Jyoti Guptara, the internationally bestselling, inter-cultural, inter-generational author duo.

Advance praise for ROULETTE …

"Roulette sets a new bar for intrigue. I could not set this book down. Bottom line: Roulette is for you if you love conspiracy thrillers moving with the speed of an air boat and a mind-blowing, animalistic bite." —TG Wolff, author and co-creator of Mysteries to Die For Podcast

"In their atmospheric new mystery-thriller Roulette, Locke and Guptara grab the reader's attention instantly with an appalling scenario in bucolic north Florida. The authors place their sympathetic crime-fighters in a deceptively benign rural atmosphere where, nonetheless, time is running out and death and destruction beckon." —Patrick H. Moore, author of 27 Days and Setting the Record Straight

"Great writing!" —Andrew F. Gulli, Managing Editor, The Strand Magazine

In its thirteenth year as an independent publisher of award-winning literary and crime fiction, Down & Out Books ( is based in Tampa, Florida. For more information about the book, to request a review copy of the book, or to inquire about an interview with the author, contact

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