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Sometimes the smallest secret creates the biggest ripple of trouble.


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When she holds the key to the one case he couldn’t solve, he must choose justice or love.


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Raymond Khoury

Raymond Khoury
Photo Credit: photo @ Sue McKay

Raymond moved to Rye, New York, from his native Lebanon at the outbreak of the civil war there in 1975. After graduating from Rye Country Day School, he returned to Lebanon to study architecture at the American University of Beirut. During his years there, in between repeated flare-ups of fighting, he illustrated several children's books for Oxford University Press's Middle East office. Raymond completed his degree just as the civil war erupted again, and was evacuated out from the city in February, 1984, by the Marine Corp's 22nd Amphibious Unit on board a Chinook helicopter.

Raymond moved to London and joined a small architecture practice. The architecture scene in the mid-80s throughout much of Europe was going through a severe downturn, and the work was far from fulfilling. He decided to explore other career options and applied to the European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD) in Fontainebleau, France. After graduating from its MBA program, he moved back to London where he joined Banque Paribas Capital Markets, selling gold-linked convertibles and other far less exotic financial instruments.

He left the world of investment banking to return to his creative roots. During a visit to the Bahamas to explore a real-estate opportunity there, he met a Wall Street banker who dabbled in the film business, developing screenplays with writers in Hollywood. Raymond bounced an idea off the banker, the idea stuck, and they agreed to develop it into a screenplay by hiring a professional screenwriter. Several conference calls later, the outlines coming back from Los Angeles weren't quite what Raymond had in mind. He decided to write an outline himself, to give the screenwriter a clearer picture of how he saw the movie. Upon receiving the outline, Raymond's partner called him up and told him, "Our man in L.A. isn't going to write this movie for us. You are. You're a writer."

Raymond wrote the screenplay, which was shortlisted for a Fulbright Fellowship in Screenwriting award that year. His next screenplay, a semi-autobiographical screenplay about his college years during the civil war, was also shortlisted for the award a year later. In 1996, he optioned the film rights to Melvyn Bragg's novel, The Maid of Buttermere, writing the screenplay adaptation himself while completing an original screenplay, The Last Templar. The Maid of Buttermere found its way to Robert DeNiro, who shortly after announced in Variety that he would be producing it and playing the lead role of Colonel Hope. The movie was never made, of course -- but the experience was this budding screenwriter's introduction to the pains and vagaries of working in Hollywood.

Since then, Raymond has been working as a screenwriter and producer both in London and in Los Angeles. Since the release of his international bestseller The Last Templar and completing work on the BBC hit show Spooks, known as MI:5 in the US, and the Emmy-award winning BBC series Waking The Dead, he is now concentrating on his novels.

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Series

Books:

Empire of Lies, October 2019
Paperback / e-Book
Empire of Lies, October 2019
Hardcover / e-Book
Rasputin's Shadow, October 2013
Hardcover / e-Book
The Devil's Elixir, January 2012
Hardcover / e-Book
The Templar Salvation, October 2010
Hardcover
The Sign, May 2009
Hardcover
The Sanctuary, August 2007
Hardcover
The Last Templar, December 2006
Tall (reprint)
The Last Templar, January 2006
Hardcover

 

 

 

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