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Khoury writes big, fast-paced thrillers in the fashion of Dan Brown, concentrating on action over characterisation and narrative pace over introspection. It’s in the style department, however, that he’s superior to Brown: he’s a craftsman whose muscular prose carries conviction. FBI agent Sean Reilly and his archaeologist girlfriend Tess Chaykin – previous Khoury protagonists – are up against a murderous drug overlord, whose megalomaniacal plan to synthesise an ancient Mexican drug – the Devil’s Elixir – threatens the world. The novel works thanks to Khoury’s expert handling of plot and detailed knowledge of FBI tradecraft, and Sean and Tess make convincing travelling companions.

Eric Brown writing in The Guardian (UK) on The Devil’s Elixir