Kilo: Life and Death Inside the Secret World of the Cocaine Cartels (Hardback)Toby Muse (author)
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Join the deadly journey of cocaine, from farmer to kingpin.
Meet Maria. Maria doesn't see herself as a criminal. She's just a farmhand picking the crops that never lose money: coca.
This is Cachote. He prays to the Virgin of the Assassins that his bullets find their target. If he misses, he'll have to answer to the cartel who pay him to take out their enemies.
Pedro works the coca labs. But this laboratory is hidden deep in the jungle, and he turns coca leaves in to coca paste, a step just short of cocaine.
And finally, here is Alex. Alex is a drug-lord and decides where the drug goes next: into Europe or the US. And he wields the power of life and death over everyone around him.
In Kilo, Toby Muse takes us deeper into the drug trade than ever before, following a kilo of cocaine as it travels from its origins to the street. On the ground in the drug war for over a decade, earning the trust of those involved on all sides, Toby Muse takes us with him through the endless blood-soaked horror and economic logic at every level of the journey of the world's most alluring and dangerous drug. We come to meet and ultimately understand the tainted personal psychology and motivations of each player in this dark El Dorado.
But there are no winners here. Anyone who tries to hold the power of the 'white goddess' cocaine is ultimately undone, violently stripped of their humanity, their souls and their lives in this endless, pointless dance of death.
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 569 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 31 mm
Poetic but also brilliant journalism. I loved it. One of the best books on drugs ever written * Mark Townsend, Observer *
Absolutely hair-raising * Sam Leith *
In Kilo, Toby Muse teleports the reader into the mad, bloody, tragic world of Colombian cocaine trafficking. You can feel the beats at the discos packed with drug lords and beauty queens; smell the sweat of laborers toiling in the coca fields for a pittance; hear the dog of the gun slinger barking in the barrio. In doing so, he pens a love letter to one of the most beautiful and bloodiest countries on earth * Ioan Grillo, author of El Narco and Blood Gun Money *
Kilo is surely the best account of the cocaine trade that will be ever be written, as well as the most incredible work of investigative journalist I've read * Ben Westhoff, author of Fentanyl, Inc *
Toby Muse's tautly written account of his intimate prowl through Colombia's narco world is both compelling and unforgettable. With Kilo, cocaine now has its own Dispatches * Jon Lee Anderson *
Like other daring foreign correspondents, Sebastian Junger and Chris Hedges among them, Muse has a talent for recognizing the intrinsic humanity in all his subjects, no matter how monstrously they may behave. An unrelentingly tragic yet indispensable expose of the never-ending war on drugs. * Kirkus *
Toby Muse goes beyond stereotypical crutches and achieves an honest and nuanced portrait of Colombia's cancerous cocaine industry. Muse gradually reveals not just the stakes and the human toll behind every line of cocaine, but also the reasons why freeing Colombia from this deadly industry has proven so difficult. Kilo will prove enlightening even to those who lived first-hand the horrors of the country's civil war * Juanita Ceballos, Vice News *
In fifteen years covering Colombia, this is the best book I've ever read about the cocaine trade * Matthew Bristow, former Colombia bureau chief, Bloomberg News *
Kilo explores the trenches of the drug trade like few other books. With vivid writing and deep access to the underworld borne from his decades in the field, Muse has produced a must-read for those trying to understand why decades of bloodshed and billions of dollars haven't won the war on drugs * Jim Wyss, Pulitzer Prize winner *
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