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 incredible and true story of the downfall of Paul Le Roux—the creator of a frighteningly powerful Internet-enabled cartel; a ruthlessness drug lord with the technological savvy of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur.
Its just an online prescription drug network. Yet it supplies hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of painkillers to Americans. Supply and demand,yes, and Americans are demanding their drugs. The business becomes a multinational criminal conglomerate. Yachts are carrying $100 million ...more
The biggest criminal mastermind you've never heard of! There are two stories in this book. One is that of Paul Calder LeRoux, a Zimbabwean computer programmer who made his first millions by running online pharmacies in the early aughts. There was a lot of cleverness behind this : the three drugs that constituted the bulk of his business were not actually controlled substances - just the type of psychotropics for which there was a lot of demand. And there was no law that said doctors could only p ...more
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It’s hard to believe this is not fiction. The story of Paul LeRoux is just so incredible. One can only wonder what may have happened had he put his considerable talents and smarts to something legitimate. Evan Ratliff spent four years researching this book and it certainly shows in the details he gives us. And I wasn’t bogged down by these details - I found them fascinating. The book is as good as any mystery thr ...more
This was an insane tale - proving, once again, that truth is stranger than fiction... Ratliff underwent an incredible amount of research and detective work for this one and it shows. The tale of the unraveling of Paul Calder Leroux's criminal empire was astonishing. The breadth and depth of his brilliant and evil machinations were almost unbelievable - as was the way it all wound up falling apart. The ending (such as it is; things are not entirely wrapped up because they are still ongoing) was n ...more
Thanks to Random House and Netgalley for the advanced copy of this upcoming true crime work. I requested it because I knew I had read something about the main character (the Mastermind) but I couldn’t remember where or when. After finishing the book, I determined from the author’s notes that it was long form articles by the same author that I had read in The Atavist. This book expands on those articles about an international criminal and possibly genius and was a great read. I applaud Mr. Ratlif ...more
I won an Advance Reader's Edition of The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. by Evan Ratliff from Goodreads.
In The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal., Evan Ratliff breaks down into sections the complex criminal enterprise and complicated investigation and prosecution, creating an easy-to-follow story. Ratliff 's investigation illuminates the people and the crimes of an incredible criminal empire.
The author begins with the fascinating backgrounds of the individuals who ended up ...more
Thank you NetGalley and Random House for giving me the opportunity to read this book for my honest opinion.
You have to wonder why Paul LeRoux would waste his time and talents in the dark side of the drug world? He was a brilliant man that could have made a difference with his mind. His talents would have allowed him to legitimately earn a decent living.
This book takes you into the darkness of his world hoping to figure out why he did what he did what he did. You will walk in his shoes and see th ...more
Very strange and dark story about a man, Paul Leroux, who used his coding knowledge to eventually set himself up as some kind of barbarian drug kingpin. I am impressed at the massive amount of reporting that went into this story over several years. Despite that, it was not really my favorite. There is lots of blow-by-blow of this complicated and disturbing criminal plot but not much reflection on what it all means for our society and the human condition.
My own takeaway is that Leroux was a distu ...more