The Essene Conspiracy is a fascinating crime/political thriller. The
writer brings together characters from Wall Street to Jerusalem, showing
his extensive knowledge of cultures, languages, and historical and
contemporary political events. The titular conspiracy unravels nicely in
the novel. McClure begins the novel with two cases that gradually become
intertwined . . . Short chapters, shifting perspectives , and lean prose
help make the plot movealong at a good pace while the reader remains
engaged in finding out more with each revelation McClure makes. . . .