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

    Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal by Evan Ratliff is a 2019 Random House publication. 2012- Catherine Lee was found dead in a dumpster in the Philippines. Charles Shultz, owner of an independent pharmacy and well past retirement age, is arrested by DEA agents. An Israe...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    Interesting if a bit dry in spots. The amount of people carrying out billion dollar schemes in the international markets is both amazing and horrifying. ...

    Very fascinating piece of non fiction. This is a story about Paul Le Roux's criminal activities which could be a base of a good movie. The computer coder turn criminal. Author researched topic well, had numerous sources and did his homework by reading all available legal documents. The...

    The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. by Evan Ratliff This amazing book chronicles a modern-day mega-criminal ? his tools a combination of subterfuge, fraud, intimidation, intelligence, intuition, craftiness, daring, murder, mayhem, greed and computer programming exper...

    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...

    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 (#...

    A top notch story which Ratliff has taken really good care of. True crime doesn?t get any better than this. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    This is a wild ride uncovering a global drug and arms ring that also hits the online pharmaceutical industry. The amount of reporting, on a subject straight up filled with unreliable narrators, is astounding. Really fascinating what goes on in our world. ...

    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 ...

  • Kenneth
    Feb 25, 2019

    Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal by Evan Ratliff is a 2019 Random House publication. 2012- Catherine Lee was found dead in a dumpster in the Philippines. Charles Shultz, owner of an independent pharmacy and well past retirement age, is arrested by DEA agents. An Israe...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    Interesting if a bit dry in spots. The amount of people carrying out billion dollar schemes in the international markets is both amazing and horrifying. ...

    Very fascinating piece of non fiction. This is a story about Paul Le Roux's criminal activities which could be a base of a good movie. The computer coder turn criminal. Author researched topic well, had numerous sources and did his homework by reading all available legal documents. The...

    The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. by Evan Ratliff This amazing book chronicles a modern-day mega-criminal ? his tools a combination of subterfuge, fraud, intimidation, intelligence, intuition, craftiness, daring, murder, mayhem, greed and computer programming exper...

    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...

    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 (#...

    A top notch story which Ratliff has taken really good care of. True crime doesn?t get any better than this. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    This is a wild ride uncovering a global drug and arms ring that also hits the online pharmaceutical industry. The amount of reporting, on a subject straight up filled with unreliable narrators, is astounding. Really fascinating what goes on in our world. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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

    Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal by Evan Ratliff is a 2019 Random House publication. 2012- Catherine Lee was found dead in a dumpster in the Philippines. Charles Shultz, owner of an independent pharmacy and well past retirement age, is arrested by DEA agents. An Israe...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    Interesting if a bit dry in spots. The amount of people carrying out billion dollar schemes in the international markets is both amazing and horrifying. ...

    Very fascinating piece of non fiction. This is a story about Paul Le Roux's criminal activities which could be a base of a good movie. The computer coder turn criminal. Author researched topic well, had numerous sources and did his homework by reading all available legal documents. The...

    The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. by Evan Ratliff This amazing book chronicles a modern-day mega-criminal ? his tools a combination of subterfuge, fraud, intimidation, intelligence, intuition, craftiness, daring, murder, mayhem, greed and computer programming exper...

    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

    Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal by Evan Ratliff is a 2019 Random House publication. 2012- Catherine Lee was found dead in a dumpster in the Philippines. Charles Shultz, owner of an independent pharmacy and well past retirement age, is arrested by DEA agents. An Israe...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    Interesting if a bit dry in spots. The amount of people carrying out billion dollar schemes in the international markets is both amazing and horrifying. ...

    Very fascinating piece of non fiction. This is a story about Paul Le Roux's criminal activities which could be a base of a good movie. The computer coder turn criminal. Author researched topic well, had numerous sources and did his homework by reading all available legal documents. The...

    The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. by Evan Ratliff This amazing book chronicles a modern-day mega-criminal ? his tools a combination of subterfuge, fraud, intimidation, intelligence, intuition, craftiness, daring, murder, mayhem, greed and computer programming exper...

    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...

    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 (#...

  • Simone
    Apr 09, 2019

    Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal by Evan Ratliff is a 2019 Random House publication. 2012- Catherine Lee was found dead in a dumpster in the Philippines. Charles Shultz, owner of an independent pharmacy and well past retirement age, is arrested by DEA agents. An Israe...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    Interesting if a bit dry in spots. The amount of people carrying out billion dollar schemes in the international markets is both amazing and horrifying. ...

    Very fascinating piece of non fiction. This is a story about Paul Le Roux's criminal activities which could be a base of a good movie. The computer coder turn criminal. Author researched topic well, had numerous sources and did his homework by reading all available legal documents. The...

    The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. by Evan Ratliff This amazing book chronicles a modern-day mega-criminal ? his tools a combination of subterfuge, fraud, intimidation, intelligence, intuition, craftiness, daring, murder, mayhem, greed and computer programming exper...

    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...

    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 (#...

    A top notch story which Ratliff has taken really good care of. True crime doesn?t get any better than this. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    This is a wild ride uncovering a global drug and arms ring that also hits the online pharmaceutical industry. The amount of reporting, on a subject straight up filled with unreliable narrators, is astounding. Really fascinating what goes on in our world. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    Evan Ratliff has delivered an almost unbelievable account of a sociopathic software engineer who gradually slips through the veil into a shadow world of drugs, mercenaries, and contract killings, eventually becoming a global kingpin able to sponsor coups, buy off politicians and law en...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    The last time I read a work of longform journalism that better expressed the soulcrushing evil at the heart of global capitalism today it was John Seabrook's "The Song Machine." His tale of how the music industry has algorithmitized our tastes mostly involved an alliance between Swedis...

    A deeply disturbing picture of the evil one man can perpetrate and the power he held over those who were lured into his sordid plans. While I found it difficult to read and keep the myriad of players straight, my utmost respect to the two DEA agents who persevered, and investigated him...

    What a ride. There's a lot of craziness here, but this is mostly a beat-by-beat account of the tracking and evolution of a criminal empire. I wish there had been connections between the piracy and the pill mill to our current opioid crisis, and I think the book suffers for being unable...

  • Matt
    Mar 19, 2019

    Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal by Evan Ratliff is a 2019 Random House publication. 2012- Catherine Lee was found dead in a dumpster in the Philippines. Charles Shultz, owner of an independent pharmacy and well past retirement age, is arrested by DEA agents. An Israe...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    Interesting if a bit dry in spots. The amount of people carrying out billion dollar schemes in the international markets is both amazing and horrifying. ...

    Very fascinating piece of non fiction. This is a story about Paul Le Roux's criminal activities which could be a base of a good movie. The computer coder turn criminal. Author researched topic well, had numerous sources and did his homework by reading all available legal documents. The...

    The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. by Evan Ratliff This amazing book chronicles a modern-day mega-criminal ? his tools a combination of subterfuge, fraud, intimidation, intelligence, intuition, craftiness, daring, murder, mayhem, greed and computer programming exper...

    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...

    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 (#...

    A top notch story which Ratliff has taken really good care of. True crime doesn?t get any better than this. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    This is a wild ride uncovering a global drug and arms ring that also hits the online pharmaceutical industry. The amount of reporting, on a subject straight up filled with unreliable narrators, is astounding. Really fascinating what goes on in our world. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    Evan Ratliff has delivered an almost unbelievable account of a sociopathic software engineer who gradually slips through the veil into a shadow world of drugs, mercenaries, and contract killings, eventually becoming a global kingpin able to sponsor coups, buy off politicians and law en...

  • Leslie
    May 17, 2019

    Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal by Evan Ratliff is a 2019 Random House publication. 2012- Catherine Lee was found dead in a dumpster in the Philippines. Charles Shultz, owner of an independent pharmacy and well past retirement age, is arrested by DEA agents. An Israe...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    Interesting if a bit dry in spots. The amount of people carrying out billion dollar schemes in the international markets is both amazing and horrifying. ...

    Very fascinating piece of non fiction. This is a story about Paul Le Roux's criminal activities which could be a base of a good movie. The computer coder turn criminal. Author researched topic well, had numerous sources and did his homework by reading all available legal documents. The...

    The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. by Evan Ratliff This amazing book chronicles a modern-day mega-criminal ? his tools a combination of subterfuge, fraud, intimidation, intelligence, intuition, craftiness, daring, murder, mayhem, greed and computer programming exper...

    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...

    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 (#...

    A top notch story which Ratliff has taken really good care of. True crime doesn?t get any better than this. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    This is a wild ride uncovering a global drug and arms ring that also hits the online pharmaceutical industry. The amount of reporting, on a subject straight up filled with unreliable narrators, is astounding. Really fascinating what goes on in our world. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    Evan Ratliff has delivered an almost unbelievable account of a sociopathic software engineer who gradually slips through the veil into a shadow world of drugs, mercenaries, and contract killings, eventually becoming a global kingpin able to sponsor coups, buy off politicians and law en...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    The last time I read a work of longform journalism that better expressed the soulcrushing evil at the heart of global capitalism today it was John Seabrook's "The Song Machine." His tale of how the music industry has algorithmitized our tastes mostly involved an alliance between Swedis...

    A deeply disturbing picture of the evil one man can perpetrate and the power he held over those who were lured into his sordid plans. While I found it difficult to read and keep the myriad of players straight, my utmost respect to the two DEA agents who persevered, and investigated him...

    What a ride. There's a lot of craziness here, but this is mostly a beat-by-beat account of the tracking and evolution of a criminal empire. I wish there had been connections between the piracy and the pill mill to our current opioid crisis, and I think the book suffers for being unable...

    I guess I don?t pay enough attention to current events or the man this book is about is the greatest criminal mastermind that I?ve never heard of. At times his criminal empire seems vast and menacing and at other times bumbling and mundane. Maybe that?s its true horror that this ...

  • Armand Rosamilia
    Mar 14, 2019

    Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal by Evan Ratliff is a 2019 Random House publication. 2012- Catherine Lee was found dead in a dumpster in the Philippines. Charles Shultz, owner of an independent pharmacy and well past retirement age, is arrested by DEA agents. An Israe...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    Interesting if a bit dry in spots. The amount of people carrying out billion dollar schemes in the international markets is both amazing and horrifying. ...

    Very fascinating piece of non fiction. This is a story about Paul Le Roux's criminal activities which could be a base of a good movie. The computer coder turn criminal. Author researched topic well, had numerous sources and did his homework by reading all available legal documents. The...

    The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. by Evan Ratliff This amazing book chronicles a modern-day mega-criminal ? his tools a combination of subterfuge, fraud, intimidation, intelligence, intuition, craftiness, daring, murder, mayhem, greed and computer programming exper...

    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...

    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 (#...

    A top notch story which Ratliff has taken really good care of. True crime doesn?t get any better than this. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    This is a wild ride uncovering a global drug and arms ring that also hits the online pharmaceutical industry. The amount of reporting, on a subject straight up filled with unreliable narrators, is astounding. Really fascinating what goes on in our world. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    Evan Ratliff has delivered an almost unbelievable account of a sociopathic software engineer who gradually slips through the veil into a shadow world of drugs, mercenaries, and contract killings, eventually becoming a global kingpin able to sponsor coups, buy off politicians and law en...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    The last time I read a work of longform journalism that better expressed the soulcrushing evil at the heart of global capitalism today it was John Seabrook's "The Song Machine." His tale of how the music industry has algorithmitized our tastes mostly involved an alliance between Swedis...

    A deeply disturbing picture of the evil one man can perpetrate and the power he held over those who were lured into his sordid plans. While I found it difficult to read and keep the myriad of players straight, my utmost respect to the two DEA agents who persevered, and investigated him...

    What a ride. There's a lot of craziness here, but this is mostly a beat-by-beat account of the tracking and evolution of a criminal empire. I wish there had been connections between the piracy and the pill mill to our current opioid crisis, and I think the book suffers for being unable...

    I guess I don?t pay enough attention to current events or the man this book is about is the greatest criminal mastermind that I?ve never heard of. At times his criminal empire seems vast and menacing and at other times bumbling and mundane. Maybe that?s its true horror that this ...

    3.5 stars. Ratliff does some impressive reporting here about Paul Le Roux, a criminal mastermind raking in millions of dollars first by online drug sales, then by expanding into more traditional lines of criminality. This is a pretty wild story, I just wanted more out of the telling, m...

    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...

  • Victoria
    Jan 02, 2019

    Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal by Evan Ratliff is a 2019 Random House publication. 2012- Catherine Lee was found dead in a dumpster in the Philippines. Charles Shultz, owner of an independent pharmacy and well past retirement age, is arrested by DEA agents. An Israe...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    Interesting if a bit dry in spots. The amount of people carrying out billion dollar schemes in the international markets is both amazing and horrifying. ...

    Very fascinating piece of non fiction. This is a story about Paul Le Roux's criminal activities which could be a base of a good movie. The computer coder turn criminal. Author researched topic well, had numerous sources and did his homework by reading all available legal documents. The...

    The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. by Evan Ratliff This amazing book chronicles a modern-day mega-criminal ? his tools a combination of subterfuge, fraud, intimidation, intelligence, intuition, craftiness, daring, murder, mayhem, greed and computer programming exper...

    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...

    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 (#...

    A top notch story which Ratliff has taken really good care of. True crime doesn?t get any better than this. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    This is a wild ride uncovering a global drug and arms ring that also hits the online pharmaceutical industry. The amount of reporting, on a subject straight up filled with unreliable narrators, is astounding. Really fascinating what goes on in our world. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    Evan Ratliff has delivered an almost unbelievable account of a sociopathic software engineer who gradually slips through the veil into a shadow world of drugs, mercenaries, and contract killings, eventually becoming a global kingpin able to sponsor coups, buy off politicians and law en...

    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...

    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 ...

  • Randal White
    Nov 07, 2018

    Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal by Evan Ratliff is a 2019 Random House publication. 2012- Catherine Lee was found dead in a dumpster in the Philippines. Charles Shultz, owner of an independent pharmacy and well past retirement age, is arrested by DEA agents. An Israe...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal by Evan Ratliff is a 2019 Random House publication. 2012- Catherine Lee was found dead in a dumpster in the Philippines. Charles Shultz, owner of an independent pharmacy and well past retirement age, is arrested by DEA agents. An Israe...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    Interesting if a bit dry in spots. The amount of people carrying out billion dollar schemes in the international markets is both amazing and horrifying. ...

    Very fascinating piece of non fiction. This is a story about Paul Le Roux's criminal activities which could be a base of a good movie. The computer coder turn criminal. Author researched topic well, had numerous sources and did his homework by reading all available legal documents. The...

    The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. by Evan Ratliff This amazing book chronicles a modern-day mega-criminal ? his tools a combination of subterfuge, fraud, intimidation, intelligence, intuition, craftiness, daring, murder, mayhem, greed and computer programming exper...

    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...

    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 (#...

    A top notch story which Ratliff has taken really good care of. True crime doesn?t get any better than this. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    This is a wild ride uncovering a global drug and arms ring that also hits the online pharmaceutical industry. The amount of reporting, on a subject straight up filled with unreliable narrators, is astounding. Really fascinating what goes on in our world. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    Evan Ratliff has delivered an almost unbelievable account of a sociopathic software engineer who gradually slips through the veil into a shadow world of drugs, mercenaries, and contract killings, eventually becoming a global kingpin able to sponsor coups, buy off politicians and law en...

    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...

    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 ...

    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

    Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal by Evan Ratliff is a 2019 Random House publication. 2012- Catherine Lee was found dead in a dumpster in the Philippines. Charles Shultz, owner of an independent pharmacy and well past retirement age, is arrested by DEA agents. An Israe...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    Interesting if a bit dry in spots. The amount of people carrying out billion dollar schemes in the international markets is both amazing and horrifying. ...

    Very fascinating piece of non fiction. This is a story about Paul Le Roux's criminal activities which could be a base of a good movie. The computer coder turn criminal. Author researched topic well, had numerous sources and did his homework by reading all available legal documents. The...

    The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. by Evan Ratliff This amazing book chronicles a modern-day mega-criminal ? his tools a combination of subterfuge, fraud, intimidation, intelligence, intuition, craftiness, daring, murder, mayhem, greed and computer programming exper...

    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...

    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 (#...

    A top notch story which Ratliff has taken really good care of. True crime doesn?t get any better than this. ...

    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...

  • Julie
    Jul 05, 2019

    Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal by Evan Ratliff is a 2019 Random House publication. 2012- Catherine Lee was found dead in a dumpster in the Philippines. Charles Shultz, owner of an independent pharmacy and well past retirement age, is arrested by DEA agents. An Israe...

  • Jim Crocker
    Mar 27, 2019

    Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal by Evan Ratliff is a 2019 Random House publication. 2012- Catherine Lee was found dead in a dumpster in the Philippines. Charles Shultz, owner of an independent pharmacy and well past retirement age, is arrested by DEA agents. An Israe...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    Interesting if a bit dry in spots. The amount of people carrying out billion dollar schemes in the international markets is both amazing and horrifying. ...

    Very fascinating piece of non fiction. This is a story about Paul Le Roux's criminal activities which could be a base of a good movie. The computer coder turn criminal. Author researched topic well, had numerous sources and did his homework by reading all available legal documents. The...

    The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. by Evan Ratliff This amazing book chronicles a modern-day mega-criminal ? his tools a combination of subterfuge, fraud, intimidation, intelligence, intuition, craftiness, daring, murder, mayhem, greed and computer programming exper...

  • andrew y
    Jun 18, 2019

    Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal by Evan Ratliff is a 2019 Random House publication. 2012- Catherine Lee was found dead in a dumpster in the Philippines. Charles Shultz, owner of an independent pharmacy and well past retirement age, is arrested by DEA agents. An Israe...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    Interesting if a bit dry in spots. The amount of people carrying out billion dollar schemes in the international markets is both amazing and horrifying. ...

    Very fascinating piece of non fiction. This is a story about Paul Le Roux's criminal activities which could be a base of a good movie. The computer coder turn criminal. Author researched topic well, had numerous sources and did his homework by reading all available legal documents. The...

    The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. by Evan Ratliff This amazing book chronicles a modern-day mega-criminal ? his tools a combination of subterfuge, fraud, intimidation, intelligence, intuition, craftiness, daring, murder, mayhem, greed and computer programming exper...

    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...

    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 (#...

    A top notch story which Ratliff has taken really good care of. True crime doesn?t get any better than this. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    This is a wild ride uncovering a global drug and arms ring that also hits the online pharmaceutical industry. The amount of reporting, on a subject straight up filled with unreliable narrators, is astounding. Really fascinating what goes on in our world. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    Evan Ratliff has delivered an almost unbelievable account of a sociopathic software engineer who gradually slips through the veil into a shadow world of drugs, mercenaries, and contract killings, eventually becoming a global kingpin able to sponsor coups, buy off politicians and law en...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    The last time I read a work of longform journalism that better expressed the soulcrushing evil at the heart of global capitalism today it was John Seabrook's "The Song Machine." His tale of how the music industry has algorithmitized our tastes mostly involved an alliance between Swedis...

    A deeply disturbing picture of the evil one man can perpetrate and the power he held over those who were lured into his sordid plans. While I found it difficult to read and keep the myriad of players straight, my utmost respect to the two DEA agents who persevered, and investigated him...

    What a ride. There's a lot of craziness here, but this is mostly a beat-by-beat account of the tracking and evolution of a criminal empire. I wish there had been connections between the piracy and the pill mill to our current opioid crisis, and I think the book suffers for being unable...

    I guess I don?t pay enough attention to current events or the man this book is about is the greatest criminal mastermind that I?ve never heard of. At times his criminal empire seems vast and menacing and at other times bumbling and mundane. Maybe that?s its true horror that this ...

    3.5 stars. Ratliff does some impressive reporting here about Paul Le Roux, a criminal mastermind raking in millions of dollars first by online drug sales, then by expanding into more traditional lines of criminality. This is a pretty wild story, I just wanted more out of the telling, m...

    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...

    The cartel of today with a truly chilling end. This is some of the best journalism you'll ever read. ...

  • Bonnie Brody
    Dec 15, 2018

    Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal by Evan Ratliff is a 2019 Random House publication. 2012- Catherine Lee was found dead in a dumpster in the Philippines. Charles Shultz, owner of an independent pharmacy and well past retirement age, is arrested by DEA agents. An Israe...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Marcia Meakim
    Apr 03, 2019

    Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal by Evan Ratliff is a 2019 Random House publication. 2012- Catherine Lee was found dead in a dumpster in the Philippines. Charles Shultz, owner of an independent pharmacy and well past retirement age, is arrested by DEA agents. An Israe...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    Interesting if a bit dry in spots. The amount of people carrying out billion dollar schemes in the international markets is both amazing and horrifying. ...

    Very fascinating piece of non fiction. This is a story about Paul Le Roux's criminal activities which could be a base of a good movie. The computer coder turn criminal. Author researched topic well, had numerous sources and did his homework by reading all available legal documents. The...

    The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. by Evan Ratliff This amazing book chronicles a modern-day mega-criminal ? his tools a combination of subterfuge, fraud, intimidation, intelligence, intuition, craftiness, daring, murder, mayhem, greed and computer programming exper...

    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...

    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 (#...

    A top notch story which Ratliff has taken really good care of. True crime doesn?t get any better than this. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    This is a wild ride uncovering a global drug and arms ring that also hits the online pharmaceutical industry. The amount of reporting, on a subject straight up filled with unreliable narrators, is astounding. Really fascinating what goes on in our world. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    Evan Ratliff has delivered an almost unbelievable account of a sociopathic software engineer who gradually slips through the veil into a shadow world of drugs, mercenaries, and contract killings, eventually becoming a global kingpin able to sponsor coups, buy off politicians and law en...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    The last time I read a work of longform journalism that better expressed the soulcrushing evil at the heart of global capitalism today it was John Seabrook's "The Song Machine." His tale of how the music industry has algorithmitized our tastes mostly involved an alliance between Swedis...

    A deeply disturbing picture of the evil one man can perpetrate and the power he held over those who were lured into his sordid plans. While I found it difficult to read and keep the myriad of players straight, my utmost respect to the two DEA agents who persevered, and investigated him...

  • Anthoferjea
    May 27, 2019

    Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal by Evan Ratliff is a 2019 Random House publication. 2012- Catherine Lee was found dead in a dumpster in the Philippines. Charles Shultz, owner of an independent pharmacy and well past retirement age, is arrested by DEA agents. An Israe...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    Interesting if a bit dry in spots. The amount of people carrying out billion dollar schemes in the international markets is both amazing and horrifying. ...

    Very fascinating piece of non fiction. This is a story about Paul Le Roux's criminal activities which could be a base of a good movie. The computer coder turn criminal. Author researched topic well, had numerous sources and did his homework by reading all available legal documents. The...

    The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. by Evan Ratliff This amazing book chronicles a modern-day mega-criminal ? his tools a combination of subterfuge, fraud, intimidation, intelligence, intuition, craftiness, daring, murder, mayhem, greed and computer programming exper...

    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...

    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 (#...

    A top notch story which Ratliff has taken really good care of. True crime doesn?t get any better than this. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    This is a wild ride uncovering a global drug and arms ring that also hits the online pharmaceutical industry. The amount of reporting, on a subject straight up filled with unreliable narrators, is astounding. Really fascinating what goes on in our world. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    Evan Ratliff has delivered an almost unbelievable account of a sociopathic software engineer who gradually slips through the veil into a shadow world of drugs, mercenaries, and contract killings, eventually becoming a global kingpin able to sponsor coups, buy off politicians and law en...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    The last time I read a work of longform journalism that better expressed the soulcrushing evil at the heart of global capitalism today it was John Seabrook's "The Song Machine." His tale of how the music industry has algorithmitized our tastes mostly involved an alliance between Swedis...

  • Jeanette
    Feb 21, 2019

    Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal by Evan Ratliff is a 2019 Random House publication. 2012- Catherine Lee was found dead in a dumpster in the Philippines. Charles Shultz, owner of an independent pharmacy and well past retirement age, is arrested by DEA agents. An Israe...

    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

    Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal by Evan Ratliff is a 2019 Random House publication. 2012- Catherine Lee was found dead in a dumpster in the Philippines. Charles Shultz, owner of an independent pharmacy and well past retirement age, is arrested by DEA agents. An Israe...

    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...

    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...

  • Jennie
    May 13, 2019

    Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal by Evan Ratliff is a 2019 Random House publication. 2012- Catherine Lee was found dead in a dumpster in the Philippines. Charles Shultz, owner of an independent pharmacy and well past retirement age, is arrested by DEA agents. An Israe...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    Interesting if a bit dry in spots. The amount of people carrying out billion dollar schemes in the international markets is both amazing and horrifying. ...

    Very fascinating piece of non fiction. This is a story about Paul Le Roux's criminal activities which could be a base of a good movie. The computer coder turn criminal. Author researched topic well, had numerous sources and did his homework by reading all available legal documents. The...

    The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. by Evan Ratliff This amazing book chronicles a modern-day mega-criminal ? his tools a combination of subterfuge, fraud, intimidation, intelligence, intuition, craftiness, daring, murder, mayhem, greed and computer programming exper...

    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...

    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 (#...

    A top notch story which Ratliff has taken really good care of. True crime doesn?t get any better than this. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    This is a wild ride uncovering a global drug and arms ring that also hits the online pharmaceutical industry. The amount of reporting, on a subject straight up filled with unreliable narrators, is astounding. Really fascinating what goes on in our world. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    Evan Ratliff has delivered an almost unbelievable account of a sociopathic software engineer who gradually slips through the veil into a shadow world of drugs, mercenaries, and contract killings, eventually becoming a global kingpin able to sponsor coups, buy off politicians and law en...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    The last time I read a work of longform journalism that better expressed the soulcrushing evil at the heart of global capitalism today it was John Seabrook's "The Song Machine." His tale of how the music industry has algorithmitized our tastes mostly involved an alliance between Swedis...

    A deeply disturbing picture of the evil one man can perpetrate and the power he held over those who were lured into his sordid plans. While I found it difficult to read and keep the myriad of players straight, my utmost respect to the two DEA agents who persevered, and investigated him...

    What a ride. There's a lot of craziness here, but this is mostly a beat-by-beat account of the tracking and evolution of a criminal empire. I wish there had been connections between the piracy and the pill mill to our current opioid crisis, and I think the book suffers for being unable...

    I guess I don?t pay enough attention to current events or the man this book is about is the greatest criminal mastermind that I?ve never heard of. At times his criminal empire seems vast and menacing and at other times bumbling and mundane. Maybe that?s its true horror that this ...

    3.5 stars. Ratliff does some impressive reporting here about Paul Le Roux, a criminal mastermind raking in millions of dollars first by online drug sales, then by expanding into more traditional lines of criminality. This is a pretty wild story, I just wanted more out of the telling, m...

  • Karin
    Jun 15, 2019

    Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal by Evan Ratliff is a 2019 Random House publication. 2012- Catherine Lee was found dead in a dumpster in the Philippines. Charles Shultz, owner of an independent pharmacy and well past retirement age, is arrested by DEA agents. An Israe...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    Interesting if a bit dry in spots. The amount of people carrying out billion dollar schemes in the international markets is both amazing and horrifying. ...

    Very fascinating piece of non fiction. This is a story about Paul Le Roux's criminal activities which could be a base of a good movie. The computer coder turn criminal. Author researched topic well, had numerous sources and did his homework by reading all available legal documents. The...

    The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. by Evan Ratliff This amazing book chronicles a modern-day mega-criminal ? his tools a combination of subterfuge, fraud, intimidation, intelligence, intuition, craftiness, daring, murder, mayhem, greed and computer programming exper...

    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...

    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 (#...

    A top notch story which Ratliff has taken really good care of. True crime doesn?t get any better than this. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    This is a wild ride uncovering a global drug and arms ring that also hits the online pharmaceutical industry. The amount of reporting, on a subject straight up filled with unreliable narrators, is astounding. Really fascinating what goes on in our world. ...

  • Scott  Hitchcock
    Apr 22, 2019

    Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal by Evan Ratliff is a 2019 Random House publication. 2012- Catherine Lee was found dead in a dumpster in the Philippines. Charles Shultz, owner of an independent pharmacy and well past retirement age, is arrested by DEA agents. An Israe...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    Interesting if a bit dry in spots. The amount of people carrying out billion dollar schemes in the international markets is both amazing and horrifying. ...

  • Sarah
    Mar 27, 2019

    Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal by Evan Ratliff is a 2019 Random House publication. 2012- Catherine Lee was found dead in a dumpster in the Philippines. Charles Shultz, owner of an independent pharmacy and well past retirement age, is arrested by DEA agents. An Israe...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    Interesting if a bit dry in spots. The amount of people carrying out billion dollar schemes in the international markets is both amazing and horrifying. ...

    Very fascinating piece of non fiction. This is a story about Paul Le Roux's criminal activities which could be a base of a good movie. The computer coder turn criminal. Author researched topic well, had numerous sources and did his homework by reading all available legal documents. The...

    The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. by Evan Ratliff This amazing book chronicles a modern-day mega-criminal ? his tools a combination of subterfuge, fraud, intimidation, intelligence, intuition, craftiness, daring, murder, mayhem, greed and computer programming exper...

    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...

    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 (#...

    A top notch story which Ratliff has taken really good care of. True crime doesn?t get any better than this. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    This is a wild ride uncovering a global drug and arms ring that also hits the online pharmaceutical industry. The amount of reporting, on a subject straight up filled with unreliable narrators, is astounding. Really fascinating what goes on in our world. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    Evan Ratliff has delivered an almost unbelievable account of a sociopathic software engineer who gradually slips through the veil into a shadow world of drugs, mercenaries, and contract killings, eventually becoming a global kingpin able to sponsor coups, buy off politicians and law en...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    The last time I read a work of longform journalism that better expressed the soulcrushing evil at the heart of global capitalism today it was John Seabrook's "The Song Machine." His tale of how the music industry has algorithmitized our tastes mostly involved an alliance between Swedis...

    A deeply disturbing picture of the evil one man can perpetrate and the power he held over those who were lured into his sordid plans. While I found it difficult to read and keep the myriad of players straight, my utmost respect to the two DEA agents who persevered, and investigated him...

    What a ride. There's a lot of craziness here, but this is mostly a beat-by-beat account of the tracking and evolution of a criminal empire. I wish there had been connections between the piracy and the pill mill to our current opioid crisis, and I think the book suffers for being unable...

    I guess I don?t pay enough attention to current events or the man this book is about is the greatest criminal mastermind that I?ve never heard of. At times his criminal empire seems vast and menacing and at other times bumbling and mundane. Maybe that?s its true horror that this ...

    3.5 stars. Ratliff does some impressive reporting here about Paul Le Roux, a criminal mastermind raking in millions of dollars first by online drug sales, then by expanding into more traditional lines of criminality. This is a pretty wild story, I just wanted more out of the telling, m...

    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...

    The cartel of today with a truly chilling end. This is some of the best journalism you'll ever read. ...

    A riveting story of hubris and crime! The parts where Ratliff revealed his intense reporting process were my favorite. ...

    2.5 stars. Very interesting story but too much details and a more chronological story line would've helped me understand the sequence of events easier. ...

  • Niklas Laninge
    Feb 19, 2019

    Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal by Evan Ratliff is a 2019 Random House publication. 2012- Catherine Lee was found dead in a dumpster in the Philippines. Charles Shultz, owner of an independent pharmacy and well past retirement age, is arrested by DEA agents. An Israe...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    Interesting if a bit dry in spots. The amount of people carrying out billion dollar schemes in the international markets is both amazing and horrifying. ...

    Very fascinating piece of non fiction. This is a story about Paul Le Roux's criminal activities which could be a base of a good movie. The computer coder turn criminal. Author researched topic well, had numerous sources and did his homework by reading all available legal documents. The...

    The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. by Evan Ratliff This amazing book chronicles a modern-day mega-criminal ? his tools a combination of subterfuge, fraud, intimidation, intelligence, intuition, craftiness, daring, murder, mayhem, greed and computer programming exper...

    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...

    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 (#...

    A top notch story which Ratliff has taken really good care of. True crime doesn?t get any better than this. ...

  • Melody (OhTheBooksSheWillRead) Hawkins
    Jan 31, 2019

    Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal by Evan Ratliff is a 2019 Random House publication. 2012- Catherine Lee was found dead in a dumpster in the Philippines. Charles Shultz, owner of an independent pharmacy and well past retirement age, is arrested by DEA agents. An Israe...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    Interesting if a bit dry in spots. The amount of people carrying out billion dollar schemes in the international markets is both amazing and horrifying. ...

    Very fascinating piece of non fiction. This is a story about Paul Le Roux's criminal activities which could be a base of a good movie. The computer coder turn criminal. Author researched topic well, had numerous sources and did his homework by reading all available legal documents. The...

    The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. by Evan Ratliff This amazing book chronicles a modern-day mega-criminal ? his tools a combination of subterfuge, fraud, intimidation, intelligence, intuition, craftiness, daring, murder, mayhem, greed and computer programming exper...

    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...

    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 (#...

    A top notch story which Ratliff has taken really good care of. True crime doesn?t get any better than this. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    This is a wild ride uncovering a global drug and arms ring that also hits the online pharmaceutical industry. The amount of reporting, on a subject straight up filled with unreliable narrators, is astounding. Really fascinating what goes on in our world. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    Evan Ratliff has delivered an almost unbelievable account of a sociopathic software engineer who gradually slips through the veil into a shadow world of drugs, mercenaries, and contract killings, eventually becoming a global kingpin able to sponsor coups, buy off politicians and law en...

    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...

  • Ellen
    Apr 17, 2019

    Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal by Evan Ratliff is a 2019 Random House publication. 2012- Catherine Lee was found dead in a dumpster in the Philippines. Charles Shultz, owner of an independent pharmacy and well past retirement age, is arrested by DEA agents. An Israe...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    Interesting if a bit dry in spots. The amount of people carrying out billion dollar schemes in the international markets is both amazing and horrifying. ...

    Very fascinating piece of non fiction. This is a story about Paul Le Roux's criminal activities which could be a base of a good movie. The computer coder turn criminal. Author researched topic well, had numerous sources and did his homework by reading all available legal documents. The...

    The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. by Evan Ratliff This amazing book chronicles a modern-day mega-criminal ? his tools a combination of subterfuge, fraud, intimidation, intelligence, intuition, craftiness, daring, murder, mayhem, greed and computer programming exper...

    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...

    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 (#...

    A top notch story which Ratliff has taken really good care of. True crime doesn?t get any better than this. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    This is a wild ride uncovering a global drug and arms ring that also hits the online pharmaceutical industry. The amount of reporting, on a subject straight up filled with unreliable narrators, is astounding. Really fascinating what goes on in our world. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    Evan Ratliff has delivered an almost unbelievable account of a sociopathic software engineer who gradually slips through the veil into a shadow world of drugs, mercenaries, and contract killings, eventually becoming a global kingpin able to sponsor coups, buy off politicians and law en...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    The last time I read a work of longform journalism that better expressed the soulcrushing evil at the heart of global capitalism today it was John Seabrook's "The Song Machine." His tale of how the music industry has algorithmitized our tastes mostly involved an alliance between Swedis...

    A deeply disturbing picture of the evil one man can perpetrate and the power he held over those who were lured into his sordid plans. While I found it difficult to read and keep the myriad of players straight, my utmost respect to the two DEA agents who persevered, and investigated him...

    What a ride. There's a lot of craziness here, but this is mostly a beat-by-beat account of the tracking and evolution of a criminal empire. I wish there had been connections between the piracy and the pill mill to our current opioid crisis, and I think the book suffers for being unable...

    I guess I don?t pay enough attention to current events or the man this book is about is the greatest criminal mastermind that I?ve never heard of. At times his criminal empire seems vast and menacing and at other times bumbling and mundane. Maybe that?s its true horror that this ...

    3.5 stars. Ratliff does some impressive reporting here about Paul Le Roux, a criminal mastermind raking in millions of dollars first by online drug sales, then by expanding into more traditional lines of criminality. This is a pretty wild story, I just wanted more out of the telling, m...

    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...

    The cartel of today with a truly chilling end. This is some of the best journalism you'll ever read. ...

    A riveting story of hubris and crime! The parts where Ratliff revealed his intense reporting process were my favorite. ...

  • Jared
    Mar 07, 2019

    Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal by Evan Ratliff is a 2019 Random House publication. 2012- Catherine Lee was found dead in a dumpster in the Philippines. Charles Shultz, owner of an independent pharmacy and well past retirement age, is arrested by DEA agents. An Israe...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    Interesting if a bit dry in spots. The amount of people carrying out billion dollar schemes in the international markets is both amazing and horrifying. ...

    Very fascinating piece of non fiction. This is a story about Paul Le Roux's criminal activities which could be a base of a good movie. The computer coder turn criminal. Author researched topic well, had numerous sources and did his homework by reading all available legal documents. The...

    The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. by Evan Ratliff This amazing book chronicles a modern-day mega-criminal ? his tools a combination of subterfuge, fraud, intimidation, intelligence, intuition, craftiness, daring, murder, mayhem, greed and computer programming exper...

    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...

    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 (#...

    A top notch story which Ratliff has taken really good care of. True crime doesn?t get any better than this. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    This is a wild ride uncovering a global drug and arms ring that also hits the online pharmaceutical industry. The amount of reporting, on a subject straight up filled with unreliable narrators, is astounding. Really fascinating what goes on in our world. ...

    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 ...

    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...

  • Angela H.
    Feb 23, 2019

    Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal by Evan Ratliff is a 2019 Random House publication. 2012- Catherine Lee was found dead in a dumpster in the Philippines. Charles Shultz, owner of an independent pharmacy and well past retirement age, is arrested by DEA agents. An Israe...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    Interesting if a bit dry in spots. The amount of people carrying out billion dollar schemes in the international markets is both amazing and horrifying. ...

    Very fascinating piece of non fiction. This is a story about Paul Le Roux's criminal activities which could be a base of a good movie. The computer coder turn criminal. Author researched topic well, had numerous sources and did his homework by reading all available legal documents. The...

    The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. by Evan Ratliff This amazing book chronicles a modern-day mega-criminal ? his tools a combination of subterfuge, fraud, intimidation, intelligence, intuition, craftiness, daring, murder, mayhem, greed and computer programming exper...

    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...

    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 (#...

    A top notch story which Ratliff has taken really good care of. True crime doesn?t get any better than this. ...

    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...

    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. ...

  • Mona
    Jun 08, 2019

    Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal by Evan Ratliff is a 2019 Random House publication. 2012- Catherine Lee was found dead in a dumpster in the Philippines. Charles Shultz, owner of an independent pharmacy and well past retirement age, is arrested by DEA agents. An Israe...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    Interesting if a bit dry in spots. The amount of people carrying out billion dollar schemes in the international markets is both amazing and horrifying. ...

    Very fascinating piece of non fiction. This is a story about Paul Le Roux's criminal activities which could be a base of a good movie. The computer coder turn criminal. Author researched topic well, had numerous sources and did his homework by reading all available legal documents. The...