I remember reading a book – no, a series – in the early 90s or so. The clearest memory I have is that there was some sort of drug that made anyone who took it “perfect” – healthy, beautiful, athletic, etc. It was also addictive after just one dose, and there was no way to get off it – to stop taking it meant death. The main character’s wife was dosed with it so that the suppliers could control the hero. I think the protagonist was white, and seem to recall that his wife was described as having an Afro.
Does that trigger any memories for anyone?