The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal.

The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal.

The incredible true story of the decade-long quest to bring down Paul Le Roux?the creator of a frighteningly powerful Internet-enabled cartel who merged the ruthlessness of a drug lord with the technological savvy of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur It all started as an online prescription drug network, supplying hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of painkillers to America The incredible true story of the decade-long quest to bring down Paul Le Roux?the creator of a frighteningly powe...

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Title:The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal.
Author:Evan Ratliff
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0399590412
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:480 pages pages

The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. Reviews

  • Amar Pai
    Mar 08, 2019
    Crazy story! Who knew that the guy who wrote TrueCrypt would be a shadowy criminal mastermind. Well, sort of a mastermind. Real masterminds don't get caught ...
  • Steve
    Jan 23, 2019
    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in return for a review as part of GoodReads' First Reads program. The Mastermind is the story of Paul Calder Le Roux, one of the biggest, most deadly and most evil drug kingpins you never heard of. Born in Rhodesia (no Zimbabwe) and growing...
  • Kenneth
    Feb 25, 2019
    This was decent brain candy non-fiction. A rollicking adventure tale but, as thoroughly reported as it is, it seems to me to be that there is still more to the tale and it doesn't quite live up to its billing. ...
  • Nick Black
    Mar 09, 2019
    for fifteen years or so, since selling my first startup, i've dreamed of moving into the criminal cartel space, building one up around me and some trusted rogue engineer associates, with the eventual goal of turning warlord in some ungoverned territory and building out a libertarian pa...
  • Stephanie
    Mar 04, 2019
    I?m a podcast listener. I listen to a dozen or more each week, and I?m someone who cannot differentiate between (or among) multiple hosts most of the time. One podcast that I listen to fairly regularly is Reply All, hosted by PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman. Their February 14th episode (#...
  • Armand Rosamilia
    Mar 14, 2019
    If you picked this book up without knowing it was nonfiction, you'd think it was an international crime thriller with so many over the top villains as to be unbelievable. Yet... this is a real story about a criminal mastermind who couldn't stop, and all the people who gravitated toward...
  • Jo Sorrell
    Feb 04, 2019
    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 hu...
  • Ann
    Feb 09, 2019
    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 t...
  • Victoria
    Jan 02, 2019
    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 ...
  • Jo
    Feb 21, 2019
    Well written and very well organized considering all the different narrative threads it was very impressive how coherent the telling is. ...
  • Randal White
    Nov 07, 2018
    An amazing story! Reads like a Vince Flynn or James Bond type thriller. Who would ever have believed that there was actually a "super-villain", who manipulated events world-wide, all the while staying hidden behind the scenes? I couldn't put it down! ...
  • Jamma
    Nov 13, 2018
    Thanks to Random House via NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review. 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 legit...
  • Myles
    Feb 21, 2019
    In Evan Ratliff?s absorbing account of Paul Le Roux?s criminal empire, I am reminded of another criminal trial that is presently wrapping up, and a couple of trials that ought to be but are unlikely ever to take place. Joaquim ?El Chapo? Guzman Loera, head of a deadly Sinalo...
  • Jill Elizabeth
    Feb 14, 2019
    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 dep...
  • Bonnie Brody
    Dec 15, 2018
    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 dealer...
  • Elizabeth Stolar
    Feb 17, 2019
    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 dru...
  • Nan Williams
    Jan 28, 2019
    This non-fiction book is about the extraordinary rise to power of Paul Le Roux who became a drug lord of international consequence without ever producing anything. His expertise was in encrypting software so that legal pharmaceuticals could be bought and sold over the internet. In the ...
  • Jeanette
    Feb 21, 2019
    This man, Paul Le Roux, ran an empire. And he did it internationally. Selling "legal" drugs through the internet, after developing an encrypted software. And when you think of Empire, with the big E- this is one. As much as any former multi-continental colonial or otherwise "Empire" wi...
  • Murtaza
    Jan 27, 2019
    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 fa...
  • Lisa Cobb Sabatini
    Feb 06, 2019
    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 prosecu...
  • Diane Hernandez
    Mar 05, 2019
    Mastermind. Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. The title really tells the entire story in a nutshell. Paul Le Roux started out small with online prescription drug sales in the United States. Marijuana dispensaries still use his ?doctors prescribe without seeing the patient? method...
  • Jordan Stivers
    Feb 26, 2019
    "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 hi...
  • Mirandajo
    Mar 01, 2019
    I really didn't know what this was book was about when I started reading it. It was a referred item. But, I thoroughly enjoyed it. A great detail of how opioids got to the state they are in today in our country. Having a family member on them for a couple of years now for severe chroni...
  • Niklas Laninge
    Feb 19, 2019
    A top notch story which Ratliff has taken really good care of. True crime doesn?t get any better than this. ...
  • Elle Rudy
    Mar 04, 2019
    What a ride! I had never heard of Paul Le Roux before jumping into this book, but it turned out to be astounding and at times riveting, bordering on the fantastical. If I wasn't told it was true crime beforehand I would have agreed with Preet Bharara that parts "were ripped from the pa...
  • Melody (OhTheBooksSheWillRead) Hawkins
    Jan 31, 2019
    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 pharmace...
  • Dennis Keithly
    Mar 04, 2019
    I had heard the author on a podcast, and my mind was blown by the story he was telling. Paul Le Roux started an online pill empire. With the millions he made, he branched out into organized crime. I heard several stories that just stunned. The host then mentioned that there were even m...
  • Jared
    Mar 07, 2019
    It is a compelling enough story, but the book suffers from a few flaws: - The author inserts himself into the story a few too many times. This is a pet peeve of mine. - We don't really get a close look at the life of the main subject, Paul Le Roux. - Given the way the book is st...
  • Steve Aberle
    Jan 30, 2019
    The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal by Evan Ratliff is so out there that if it were fiction you would say that the story was impossible. But that is what makes great non ? fiction. A story too crazy to be believed. As the saying goes; the truth is stranger than fiction...
  • Angela H.
    Feb 23, 2019
    The book is about LaRoux, a mastermind behind multiple illegal smuggling! He's a genius in maintaining an empire of crimes through manipulation of the laws within the countries he operated. He manages stay hidden yet present in his empire and instill fear as a quiet, merciless leader. ...