The incredible true story of the decade-long quest to bring down Paul Le Rouxthe creator of a frighteningly powerful Internet-enabled cartel who merged the ruthlessness of a drug lord with the technological savvy of a Silicon Valley entrepreneurIt all started as an online prescription drug network, supplying hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of painkillers to American customers. It would not stop there. Before long, the business had turned into a sprawling multinational conglomerate engaged in almost every conceivable aspect of criminal mayhem. Yachts carrying $100 million in cocaine. Safe houses in Hong Kong filled with gold bars. Shipments of methamphetamine from North Korea. Weapons deals with Iran. Mercenary armies in Somalia. Teams of hitmen in the Philippines. Encryption programs so advanced that the government could not break them.The man behind it all, pulling the strings from a laptop in Manila, was Paul Calder Le Rouxa reclusive programmer turned criminal genius who coul...
|Title||:||The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal.|
|Number of Pages||:||480 pages|
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The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. Reviews
The Mastermind by Evan Ratliff is a non-fiction true crime book that focuses on the rise of Paul Calder Le Roux. Le Roux was a drug lord of international consequence. He was unique in that he was a techie, his specialty being encrypting software to enable the purchase of legal pharmaceuticals over the internet.
This story concerns a criminal organization that conducted business on six continents and involved thousands of people. Amongst the various international crimes involved, are acts of hitme ...more
I have to give this one a high 3 stars. I thought I’d love this book. It’s right up my alley and I was ecstatic that I won an advanced readers copy here on goodreads. But somehow, I was expecting more from it than it delivered. I expected it to tie in more closely to the war on drugs and the opioid epidemic in this country. But it really didn’t. The story was somewhat disjointed and what should have been compelling was kind of expected What ultimately happens to Paul Le Roux was anticlimactic an ...more
What does the murder of a female realtor in the Philippines, shot by a 22 under each eye, have to do with small pharmacies all over the United States that are filling prescriptions over the internet? In addition, what does the foregoing have to do with hitmen, international arms dealers, the smuggling and selling of cocaine and meth, and other international crimes? If you want to know, read this book which is an investigative reporter's dream (or maybe nightmare). The author spent several years ...more
"He's the most versatile criminal in history."
Wow, I mean truly what is there to say? This book is a honest-to-goodness tour de force of investigative journalism that spans so many years, it's really mind-blowing to even wrap my head around how to review it.
Paul Le Roux and his dark empire are the stuff of fiction. A better evil mastermind could not have been dreamt up in a novelist's imagination: clever, intelligent, hard working, selfish, greedy, and utterly without a shred of empathy or loya ...more
This is simply a chronological retelling of a low level criminal and his empire. It’s just a tick tock if events with too little detail and no narrative thread. It fails to link two major elements - the pill mills and pirates - to the larger social context in an interesting and meaningful way.
Well written and very well organized considering all the different narrative threads it was very impressive how coherent the telling is.
A top notch story which Ratliff has taken really good care of. True crime doesn’t get any better than this.