Toby Muse is a British-American writer, television reporter, documentary filmmaker and foreign correspondent. He has reported from the front lines of the conflicts in Colombia, Iraq and Syria. He has embedded with soldiers, rebels and drug cartels, producing exclusive reports from cocaine laboratories and guerrilla jungle camps. He lived in Bogota, Colombia for more than fifteen years, reporting across South America and the endless drug war.
In Kilo, Toby Muse teleports the reader into the mad
bloody tragic world of Colombian cocaine trafficking, so 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
Journalist Muse's beautifully written debut takes a deep dive into the Colombian drug trade...At great personal risk, the author interviewed Colombians involved in the trade--dealers, prostitutes, and sicarios (the paid assassins who keep the law of the drug trade); their intimate stories form the heart of the book...This gripping account will linger in the mind of readers.--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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 journalism I've read. It's a high-stakes yarn that shows each step of the drug ladder in vivid detail--from creation to consumption. A superb and important book.--Ben Westhoff, author of Fentanyl, Inc.: How Rogue Chemists Are Creating the Deadliest Wave of the Opioid Epidemic
"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 Reviews
A deeply reported account of drug trafficking that traces a kilo of cocaine from field to smuggler.--USA Today
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. Simply kickass."--Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker and author of Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life