The Mastermind

The Mastermind

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The unbelievable true story of the decade-long quest to lower Paul Le Roux– the developer of a frighteningly effective Internet-enabled cartel who combined the ruthlessness of a drug lord with the technological savvy of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur “Evan Ratliff has pried open a covert world of high-tech gangsters and drug kingpins and double-crossers and stone-cold hit man.”– David Grann, author of Killers of the Flower Moon All of it began as an online prescription drug network, supplying hundreds of countless dollars’ worth of pain relievers to American customers. It would not stop there. Eventually, business had actually turned into a sprawling international corporation taken part in almost every conceivable aspect of criminal mayhem. Private yachts carrying $100 million in cocaine. Safe houses in Hong Kong filled with gold bars. Deliveries of methamphetamine from North Korea. Defense deals with Iran. Mercenary armies in Somalia. Teams of hit men in the Philippines. Encryption programs so advanced that the government might not break them. The man behind it all, pulling the strings from a laptop in Manila, was Paul Calder Le Roux– a reclusive developer turned criminal genius who could just exist in the networked world of the twenty-first century, and the kind of self-made criminal offense manager that American police had never ever thought of. For half a decade, DEA representatives played a worldwide video game of cat-and-mouse with Le Roux as he left horror and chaos in his wake. Each time they came close, he would slip away. It would take unrelenting investigative work, and a shocking betrayal from within his company, to catch him. And when he was finally caught, the story turned once again, as Le Roux struck an offer to lower his own organization and individuals he had once employed. Acclaimed investigative journalist Evan Ratliff spent 4 years piecing together this detailed puzzle, going after Le Roux’s empire and his shadowy henchmen around the globe, performing hundreds of interviews and revealing countless documents. The result is a fascinating, unprecedented account of a criminal offense manager built by and for the digital age. Advance appreciation for The Mastermind “A real criminal activity classic”– Publishers Weekly (starred evaluation) “If fact is complete stranger than fiction, then The Mastermind is the truest book you’ll read this year. The only thing foreseeable about it is how rapidly you’ll turn the pages.”– Noah Hawley, author of Prior to the Fall and developer of the TV series Fargo

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