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

  • Steve
    Jan 23, 2019

    Very strange and dark story about a man, Paul Leroux, who used his coding knowledge to eventually set himself up as some kind of barbarian drug kingpin. I am impressed at the massive amount of reporting that went into this story over several years. Despite that, it was not really my fa...

    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! ...

    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...

    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 biggest criminal mastermind you've never heard of! There are two stories in this book. One is that of Paul Calder LeRoux, a Zimbabwean computer programmer who made his first millions by running online pharmacies in the early aughts. There was a lot of cleverness behind this : the t...

    I have to give this one a high 3 stars. I thought I?d love this book. It?s right up my alley and I was ecstatic that I won an advanced readers copy here on goodreads. But somehow, I was expecting more from it than it delivered. I expected it to tie in more closely to the war on dru...

    This was an insane tale - proving, once again, that truth is stranger than fiction... Ratliff underwent an incredible amount of research and detective work for this one and it shows. The tale of the unraveling of Paul Calder Leroux's criminal empire was astonishing. The breadth and dep...

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in return for a review as part of GoodReads' First Reads program. The Mastermind is the story of Paul Calder Le Roux, one of the biggest, most deadly and most evil drug kingpins you never heard of. Born in Rhodesia (no Zimbabwe) and growing...

  • Jan
    Feb 16, 2019

    Very strange and dark story about a man, Paul Leroux, who used his coding knowledge to eventually set himself up as some kind of barbarian drug kingpin. I am impressed at the massive amount of reporting that went into this story over several years. Despite that, it was not really my fa...

    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! ...

    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...

    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 biggest criminal mastermind you've never heard of! There are two stories in this book. One is that of Paul Calder LeRoux, a Zimbabwean computer programmer who made his first millions by running online pharmacies in the early aughts. There was a lot of cleverness behind this : the t...

    I have to give this one a high 3 stars. I thought I?d love this book. It?s right up my alley and I was ecstatic that I won an advanced readers copy here on goodreads. But somehow, I was expecting more from it than it delivered. I expected it to tie in more closely to the war on dru...

    This was an insane tale - proving, once again, that truth is stranger than fiction... Ratliff underwent an incredible amount of research and detective work for this one and it shows. The tale of the unraveling of Paul Calder Leroux's criminal empire was astonishing. The breadth and dep...

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in return for a review as part of GoodReads' First Reads program. The Mastermind is the story of Paul Calder Le Roux, one of the biggest, most deadly and most evil drug kingpins you never heard of. Born in Rhodesia (no Zimbabwe) and growing...

    The incredible and true story of the downfall of Paul Le Roux?the creator of a frighteningly powerful Internet-enabled cartel; a ruthlessness drug lord with the technological savvy of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur. Its just an online prescription drug network. Yet it supplies hu...

    I won an Advance Reader's Edition of The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. by Evan Ratliff from Goodreads. In The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal., Evan Ratliff breaks down into sections the complex criminal enterprise and complicated investigation and prosecu...

    This non-fiction book is about the extraordinary rise to power of Paul Le Roux who became a drug lord of international consequence without ever producing anything. His expertise was in encrypting software so that legal pharmaceuticals could be bought and sold over the internet. In the ...

    The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal by Evan Ratliff is so out there that if it were fiction you would say that the story was impossible. But that is what makes great non ? fiction. A story too crazy to be believed. As the saying goes; the truth is stranger than fiction...

    Interesting...but a bit boring by the end I was intrigued by this non-fiction story after reading the prologue, and indeed the first few chapters are riveting. Paul Leroux is a devious mastermind who helped fuel the opioid epidemic in the US. The way in which he skirted the laws and...

    Mastermind is a great book for those interested in true crime and thrilling intrigue. To me it reads a lot like the TV show Blacklist except that this is a real life occurrence. This nonfiction piece follows the long investigation into the criminal empire of Paul Le Roux. It traverses ...

    I received a copy of this book for free from netgallery in return for a review. First, I will start by saying that the title of the book is so appropriate! Paul Le Roux is definitely a brilliant man, albeit a twisted one. Ratliff does a great job detailing all of the various ventures t...

    This book took the criminal world and the virtual world and made them into one. The story has your violence from betrayal that is brought front and center as it happens, but it doesn't shy away from what is the true crime. The true scheme, doctors, pharmacies, drugs; not just local eit...

    The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. Scary, scary, scary! This author, journalist Evan Ratliff, spent years following/investigating the trail of programmer Paul LeRoux, who managed to build a drug cartel from Sillicon Valley. This reads like so many action movies about inte...

    This book is RIVETING. I finished it over the course of an evening. It feels like a thriller, but Paul Le Roux is an odder character than you'd think fiction could produce and the strangeness of what unfolds just keeps going on and on until the size and complexity of the criminal organ...

    Wow. I was captivated within the first several pages of this work and had to keep reminding myself that this is a factual account. The amount of work that Ratcliff put into his research and compilation is remarkable. One has to respect Le Roux's intelligence and drive to create such a ...

    This is a gripping true story about an intricate web of crime that has touched most of America. It tells the story of a Gen-X genius who used the internet to build an international empire of drugs and guns. The story is well crafted, easy to understand and fast paced. This is a must-re...

  • Jo Sorrell
    Feb 04, 2019

    Very strange and dark story about a man, Paul Leroux, who used his coding knowledge to eventually set himself up as some kind of barbarian drug kingpin. I am impressed at the massive amount of reporting that went into this story over several years. Despite that, it was not really my fa...

    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! ...

    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...

    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 biggest criminal mastermind you've never heard of! There are two stories in this book. One is that of Paul Calder LeRoux, a Zimbabwean computer programmer who made his first millions by running online pharmacies in the early aughts. There was a lot of cleverness behind this : the t...

    I have to give this one a high 3 stars. I thought I?d love this book. It?s right up my alley and I was ecstatic that I won an advanced readers copy here on goodreads. But somehow, I was expecting more from it than it delivered. I expected it to tie in more closely to the war on dru...

    This was an insane tale - proving, once again, that truth is stranger than fiction... Ratliff underwent an incredible amount of research and detective work for this one and it shows. The tale of the unraveling of Paul Calder Leroux's criminal empire was astonishing. The breadth and dep...

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in return for a review as part of GoodReads' First Reads program. The Mastermind is the story of Paul Calder Le Roux, one of the biggest, most deadly and most evil drug kingpins you never heard of. Born in Rhodesia (no Zimbabwe) and growing...

    The incredible and true story of the downfall of Paul Le Roux?the creator of a frighteningly powerful Internet-enabled cartel; a ruthlessness drug lord with the technological savvy of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur. Its just an online prescription drug network. Yet it supplies hu...

  • Ann
    Feb 09, 2019

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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 biggest criminal mastermind you've never heard of! There are two stories in this book. One is that of Paul Calder LeRoux, a Zimbabwean computer programmer who made his first millions by running online pharmacies in the early aughts. There was a lot of cleverness behind this : the t...

  • Victoria
    Jan 02, 2019

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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 ...

  • thomas
    Feb 15, 2019

    Very strange and dark story about a man, Paul Leroux, who used his coding knowledge to eventually set himself up as some kind of barbarian drug kingpin. I am impressed at the massive amount of reporting that went into this story over several years. Despite that, it was not really my fa...

    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! ...

    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...

    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 biggest criminal mastermind you've never heard of! There are two stories in this book. One is that of Paul Calder LeRoux, a Zimbabwean computer programmer who made his first millions by running online pharmacies in the early aughts. There was a lot of cleverness behind this : the t...

    I have to give this one a high 3 stars. I thought I?d love this book. It?s right up my alley and I was ecstatic that I won an advanced readers copy here on goodreads. But somehow, I was expecting more from it than it delivered. I expected it to tie in more closely to the war on dru...

    This was an insane tale - proving, once again, that truth is stranger than fiction... Ratliff underwent an incredible amount of research and detective work for this one and it shows. The tale of the unraveling of Paul Calder Leroux's criminal empire was astonishing. The breadth and dep...

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in return for a review as part of GoodReads' First Reads program. The Mastermind is the story of Paul Calder Le Roux, one of the biggest, most deadly and most evil drug kingpins you never heard of. Born in Rhodesia (no Zimbabwe) and growing...

    The incredible and true story of the downfall of Paul Le Roux?the creator of a frighteningly powerful Internet-enabled cartel; a ruthlessness drug lord with the technological savvy of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur. Its just an online prescription drug network. Yet it supplies hu...

    I won an Advance Reader's Edition of The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. by Evan Ratliff from Goodreads. In The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal., Evan Ratliff breaks down into sections the complex criminal enterprise and complicated investigation and prosecu...

    This non-fiction book is about the extraordinary rise to power of Paul Le Roux who became a drug lord of international consequence without ever producing anything. His expertise was in encrypting software so that legal pharmaceuticals could be bought and sold over the internet. In the ...

    The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal by Evan Ratliff is so out there that if it were fiction you would say that the story was impossible. But that is what makes great non ? fiction. A story too crazy to be believed. As the saying goes; the truth is stranger than fiction...

    Interesting...but a bit boring by the end I was intrigued by this non-fiction story after reading the prologue, and indeed the first few chapters are riveting. Paul Leroux is a devious mastermind who helped fuel the opioid epidemic in the US. The way in which he skirted the laws and...

    Mastermind is a great book for those interested in true crime and thrilling intrigue. To me it reads a lot like the TV show Blacklist except that this is a real life occurrence. This nonfiction piece follows the long investigation into the criminal empire of Paul Le Roux. It traverses ...

    I received a copy of this book for free from netgallery in return for a review. First, I will start by saying that the title of the book is so appropriate! Paul Le Roux is definitely a brilliant man, albeit a twisted one. Ratliff does a great job detailing all of the various ventures t...

    This book took the criminal world and the virtual world and made them into one. The story has your violence from betrayal that is brought front and center as it happens, but it doesn't shy away from what is the true crime. The true scheme, doctors, pharmacies, drugs; not just local eit...

    The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. Scary, scary, scary! This author, journalist Evan Ratliff, spent years following/investigating the trail of programmer Paul LeRoux, who managed to build a drug cartel from Sillicon Valley. This reads like so many action movies about inte...

    This book is RIVETING. I finished it over the course of an evening. It feels like a thriller, but Paul Le Roux is an odder character than you'd think fiction could produce and the strangeness of what unfolds just keeps going on and on until the size and complexity of the criminal organ...

    Wow. I was captivated within the first several pages of this work and had to keep reminding myself that this is a factual account. The amount of work that Ratcliff put into his research and compilation is remarkable. One has to respect Le Roux's intelligence and drive to create such a ...

    This is a gripping true story about an intricate web of crime that has touched most of America. It tells the story of a Gen-X genius who used the internet to build an international empire of drugs and guns. The story is well crafted, easy to understand and fast paced. This is a must-re...

    I won't say much because I don't want to give away anything. If you read this (and you should), don't google anything about Paul Le Roux. An evil guy, but his story is more thrilling and unbelievable than most fiction. I had to put it down for a bit (life!) and couldn't wait to get bac...

    Fantastic Book Incredible insight into a generally unknown criminal enterprise. Very engaging and well laid out story and cast of characters. It?s hard to believe that this is true. ...

    Fascinating. ...

    What an amazing piece of reporting. If it was fiction no one would believe it. Lots of characters, sometimes you forget who's who. But I enjoyed it to the end. ...

  • Randal White
    Nov 07, 2018

    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...

    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

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

  • Melwd
    Feb 04, 2019

    Very strange and dark story about a man, Paul Leroux, who used his coding knowledge to eventually set himself up as some kind of barbarian drug kingpin. I am impressed at the massive amount of reporting that went into this story over several years. Despite that, it was not really my fa...

    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! ...

    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...

    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 biggest criminal mastermind you've never heard of! There are two stories in this book. One is that of Paul Calder LeRoux, a Zimbabwean computer programmer who made his first millions by running online pharmacies in the early aughts. There was a lot of cleverness behind this : the t...

    I have to give this one a high 3 stars. I thought I?d love this book. It?s right up my alley and I was ecstatic that I won an advanced readers copy here on goodreads. But somehow, I was expecting more from it than it delivered. I expected it to tie in more closely to the war on dru...

    This was an insane tale - proving, once again, that truth is stranger than fiction... Ratliff underwent an incredible amount of research and detective work for this one and it shows. The tale of the unraveling of Paul Calder Leroux's criminal empire was astonishing. The breadth and dep...

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in return for a review as part of GoodReads' First Reads program. The Mastermind is the story of Paul Calder Le Roux, one of the biggest, most deadly and most evil drug kingpins you never heard of. Born in Rhodesia (no Zimbabwe) and growing...

    The incredible and true story of the downfall of Paul Le Roux?the creator of a frighteningly powerful Internet-enabled cartel; a ruthlessness drug lord with the technological savvy of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur. Its just an online prescription drug network. Yet it supplies hu...

    I won an Advance Reader's Edition of The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. by Evan Ratliff from Goodreads. In The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal., Evan Ratliff breaks down into sections the complex criminal enterprise and complicated investigation and prosecu...

    This non-fiction book is about the extraordinary rise to power of Paul Le Roux who became a drug lord of international consequence without ever producing anything. His expertise was in encrypting software so that legal pharmaceuticals could be bought and sold over the internet. In the ...

    The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal by Evan Ratliff is so out there that if it were fiction you would say that the story was impossible. But that is what makes great non ? fiction. A story too crazy to be believed. As the saying goes; the truth is stranger than fiction...

    Interesting...but a bit boring by the end I was intrigued by this non-fiction story after reading the prologue, and indeed the first few chapters are riveting. Paul Leroux is a devious mastermind who helped fuel the opioid epidemic in the US. The way in which he skirted the laws and...

    Mastermind is a great book for those interested in true crime and thrilling intrigue. To me it reads a lot like the TV show Blacklist except that this is a real life occurrence. This nonfiction piece follows the long investigation into the criminal empire of Paul Le Roux. It traverses ...

    I received a copy of this book for free from netgallery in return for a review. First, I will start by saying that the title of the book is so appropriate! Paul Le Roux is definitely a brilliant man, albeit a twisted one. Ratliff does a great job detailing all of the various ventures t...

    This book took the criminal world and the virtual world and made them into one. The story has your violence from betrayal that is brought front and center as it happens, but it doesn't shy away from what is the true crime. The true scheme, doctors, pharmacies, drugs; not just local eit...

    The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. Scary, scary, scary! This author, journalist Evan Ratliff, spent years following/investigating the trail of programmer Paul LeRoux, who managed to build a drug cartel from Sillicon Valley. This reads like so many action movies about inte...

    This book is RIVETING. I finished it over the course of an evening. It feels like a thriller, but Paul Le Roux is an odder character than you'd think fiction could produce and the strangeness of what unfolds just keeps going on and on until the size and complexity of the criminal organ...

    Wow. I was captivated within the first several pages of this work and had to keep reminding myself that this is a factual account. The amount of work that Ratcliff put into his research and compilation is remarkable. One has to respect Le Roux's intelligence and drive to create such a ...

    This is a gripping true story about an intricate web of crime that has touched most of America. It tells the story of a Gen-X genius who used the internet to build an international empire of drugs and guns. The story is well crafted, easy to understand and fast paced. This is a must-re...

    I won't say much because I don't want to give away anything. If you read this (and you should), don't google anything about Paul Le Roux. An evil guy, but his story is more thrilling and unbelievable than most fiction. I had to put it down for a bit (life!) and couldn't wait to get bac...

  • Linda S.
    Jan 21, 2019

    Very strange and dark story about a man, Paul Leroux, who used his coding knowledge to eventually set himself up as some kind of barbarian drug kingpin. I am impressed at the massive amount of reporting that went into this story over several years. Despite that, it was not really my fa...

    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! ...

    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...

    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 biggest criminal mastermind you've never heard of! There are two stories in this book. One is that of Paul Calder LeRoux, a Zimbabwean computer programmer who made his first millions by running online pharmacies in the early aughts. There was a lot of cleverness behind this : the t...

    I have to give this one a high 3 stars. I thought I?d love this book. It?s right up my alley and I was ecstatic that I won an advanced readers copy here on goodreads. But somehow, I was expecting more from it than it delivered. I expected it to tie in more closely to the war on dru...

    This was an insane tale - proving, once again, that truth is stranger than fiction... Ratliff underwent an incredible amount of research and detective work for this one and it shows. The tale of the unraveling of Paul Calder Leroux's criminal empire was astonishing. The breadth and dep...

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in return for a review as part of GoodReads' First Reads program. The Mastermind is the story of Paul Calder Le Roux, one of the biggest, most deadly and most evil drug kingpins you never heard of. Born in Rhodesia (no Zimbabwe) and growing...

    The incredible and true story of the downfall of Paul Le Roux?the creator of a frighteningly powerful Internet-enabled cartel; a ruthlessness drug lord with the technological savvy of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur. Its just an online prescription drug network. Yet it supplies hu...

    I won an Advance Reader's Edition of The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. by Evan Ratliff from Goodreads. In The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal., Evan Ratliff breaks down into sections the complex criminal enterprise and complicated investigation and prosecu...

    This non-fiction book is about the extraordinary rise to power of Paul Le Roux who became a drug lord of international consequence without ever producing anything. His expertise was in encrypting software so that legal pharmaceuticals could be bought and sold over the internet. In the ...

    The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal by Evan Ratliff is so out there that if it were fiction you would say that the story was impossible. But that is what makes great non ? fiction. A story too crazy to be believed. As the saying goes; the truth is stranger than fiction...

    Interesting...but a bit boring by the end I was intrigued by this non-fiction story after reading the prologue, and indeed the first few chapters are riveting. Paul Leroux is a devious mastermind who helped fuel the opioid epidemic in the US. The way in which he skirted the laws and...

    Mastermind is a great book for those interested in true crime and thrilling intrigue. To me it reads a lot like the TV show Blacklist except that this is a real life occurrence. This nonfiction piece follows the long investigation into the criminal empire of Paul Le Roux. It traverses ...

    I received a copy of this book for free from netgallery in return for a review. First, I will start by saying that the title of the book is so appropriate! Paul Le Roux is definitely a brilliant man, albeit a twisted one. Ratliff does a great job detailing all of the various ventures t...

  • Jill Elizabeth
    Feb 14, 2019

    Very strange and dark story about a man, Paul Leroux, who used his coding knowledge to eventually set himself up as some kind of barbarian drug kingpin. I am impressed at the massive amount of reporting that went into this story over several years. Despite that, it was not really my fa...

    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! ...

    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...

    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 biggest criminal mastermind you've never heard of! There are two stories in this book. One is that of Paul Calder LeRoux, a Zimbabwean computer programmer who made his first millions by running online pharmacies in the early aughts. There was a lot of cleverness behind this : the t...

    I have to give this one a high 3 stars. I thought I?d love this book. It?s right up my alley and I was ecstatic that I won an advanced readers copy here on goodreads. But somehow, I was expecting more from it than it delivered. I expected it to tie in more closely to the war on dru...

    This was an insane tale - proving, once again, that truth is stranger than fiction... Ratliff underwent an incredible amount of research and detective work for this one and it shows. The tale of the unraveling of Paul Calder Leroux's criminal empire was astonishing. The breadth and dep...

  • Ava Huang
    Jan 30, 2019

    Very strange and dark story about a man, Paul Leroux, who used his coding knowledge to eventually set himself up as some kind of barbarian drug kingpin. I am impressed at the massive amount of reporting that went into this story over several years. Despite that, it was not really my fa...

    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! ...

    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...

    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 biggest criminal mastermind you've never heard of! There are two stories in this book. One is that of Paul Calder LeRoux, a Zimbabwean computer programmer who made his first millions by running online pharmacies in the early aughts. There was a lot of cleverness behind this : the t...

    I have to give this one a high 3 stars. I thought I?d love this book. It?s right up my alley and I was ecstatic that I won an advanced readers copy here on goodreads. But somehow, I was expecting more from it than it delivered. I expected it to tie in more closely to the war on dru...

    This was an insane tale - proving, once again, that truth is stranger than fiction... Ratliff underwent an incredible amount of research and detective work for this one and it shows. The tale of the unraveling of Paul Calder Leroux's criminal empire was astonishing. The breadth and dep...

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in return for a review as part of GoodReads' First Reads program. The Mastermind is the story of Paul Calder Le Roux, one of the biggest, most deadly and most evil drug kingpins you never heard of. Born in Rhodesia (no Zimbabwe) and growing...

    The incredible and true story of the downfall of Paul Le Roux?the creator of a frighteningly powerful Internet-enabled cartel; a ruthlessness drug lord with the technological savvy of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur. Its just an online prescription drug network. Yet it supplies hu...

    I won an Advance Reader's Edition of The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. by Evan Ratliff from Goodreads. In The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal., Evan Ratliff breaks down into sections the complex criminal enterprise and complicated investigation and prosecu...

    This non-fiction book is about the extraordinary rise to power of Paul Le Roux who became a drug lord of international consequence without ever producing anything. His expertise was in encrypting software so that legal pharmaceuticals could be bought and sold over the internet. In the ...

    The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal by Evan Ratliff is so out there that if it were fiction you would say that the story was impossible. But that is what makes great non ? fiction. A story too crazy to be believed. As the saying goes; the truth is stranger than fiction...

    Interesting...but a bit boring by the end I was intrigued by this non-fiction story after reading the prologue, and indeed the first few chapters are riveting. Paul Leroux is a devious mastermind who helped fuel the opioid epidemic in the US. The way in which he skirted the laws and...

    Mastermind is a great book for those interested in true crime and thrilling intrigue. To me it reads a lot like the TV show Blacklist except that this is a real life occurrence. This nonfiction piece follows the long investigation into the criminal empire of Paul Le Roux. It traverses ...

    I received a copy of this book for free from netgallery in return for a review. First, I will start by saying that the title of the book is so appropriate! Paul Le Roux is definitely a brilliant man, albeit a twisted one. Ratliff does a great job detailing all of the various ventures t...

    This book took the criminal world and the virtual world and made them into one. The story has your violence from betrayal that is brought front and center as it happens, but it doesn't shy away from what is the true crime. The true scheme, doctors, pharmacies, drugs; not just local eit...

    The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. Scary, scary, scary! This author, journalist Evan Ratliff, spent years following/investigating the trail of programmer Paul LeRoux, who managed to build a drug cartel from Sillicon Valley. This reads like so many action movies about inte...

    This book is RIVETING. I finished it over the course of an evening. It feels like a thriller, but Paul Le Roux is an odder character than you'd think fiction could produce and the strangeness of what unfolds just keeps going on and on until the size and complexity of the criminal organ...

  • Bonnie Brody
    Dec 15, 2018

    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...

    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! ...

    What does the murder of a female realtor in the Philippines, shot by a 22 under each eye, have to do with small pharmacies all over the United States that are filling prescriptions over the internet? In addition, what does the foregoing have to do with hitmen, international arms dealer...

  • Elizabeth Stolar
    Feb 17, 2019

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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 biggest criminal mastermind you've never heard of! There are two stories in this book. One is that of Paul Calder LeRoux, a Zimbabwean computer programmer who made his first millions by running online pharmacies in the early aughts. There was a lot of cleverness behind this : the t...

    I have to give this one a high 3 stars. I thought I?d love this book. It?s right up my alley and I was ecstatic that I won an advanced readers copy here on goodreads. But somehow, I was expecting more from it than it delivered. I expected it to tie in more closely to the war on dru...

  • Angie
    Feb 01, 2019

    Very strange and dark story about a man, Paul Leroux, who used his coding knowledge to eventually set himself up as some kind of barbarian drug kingpin. I am impressed at the massive amount of reporting that went into this story over several years. Despite that, it was not really my fa...

    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! ...

    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...

    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 biggest criminal mastermind you've never heard of! There are two stories in this book. One is that of Paul Calder LeRoux, a Zimbabwean computer programmer who made his first millions by running online pharmacies in the early aughts. There was a lot of cleverness behind this : the t...

    I have to give this one a high 3 stars. I thought I?d love this book. It?s right up my alley and I was ecstatic that I won an advanced readers copy here on goodreads. But somehow, I was expecting more from it than it delivered. I expected it to tie in more closely to the war on dru...

    This was an insane tale - proving, once again, that truth is stranger than fiction... Ratliff underwent an incredible amount of research and detective work for this one and it shows. The tale of the unraveling of Paul Calder Leroux's criminal empire was astonishing. The breadth and dep...

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in return for a review as part of GoodReads' First Reads program. The Mastermind is the story of Paul Calder Le Roux, one of the biggest, most deadly and most evil drug kingpins you never heard of. Born in Rhodesia (no Zimbabwe) and growing...

    The incredible and true story of the downfall of Paul Le Roux?the creator of a frighteningly powerful Internet-enabled cartel; a ruthlessness drug lord with the technological savvy of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur. Its just an online prescription drug network. Yet it supplies hu...

    I won an Advance Reader's Edition of The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. by Evan Ratliff from Goodreads. In The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal., Evan Ratliff breaks down into sections the complex criminal enterprise and complicated investigation and prosecu...

    This non-fiction book is about the extraordinary rise to power of Paul Le Roux who became a drug lord of international consequence without ever producing anything. His expertise was in encrypting software so that legal pharmaceuticals could be bought and sold over the internet. In the ...

    The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal by Evan Ratliff is so out there that if it were fiction you would say that the story was impossible. But that is what makes great non ? fiction. A story too crazy to be believed. As the saying goes; the truth is stranger than fiction...

    Interesting...but a bit boring by the end I was intrigued by this non-fiction story after reading the prologue, and indeed the first few chapters are riveting. Paul Leroux is a devious mastermind who helped fuel the opioid epidemic in the US. The way in which he skirted the laws and...

    Mastermind is a great book for those interested in true crime and thrilling intrigue. To me it reads a lot like the TV show Blacklist except that this is a real life occurrence. This nonfiction piece follows the long investigation into the criminal empire of Paul Le Roux. It traverses ...

    I received a copy of this book for free from netgallery in return for a review. First, I will start by saying that the title of the book is so appropriate! Paul Le Roux is definitely a brilliant man, albeit a twisted one. Ratliff does a great job detailing all of the various ventures t...

    This book took the criminal world and the virtual world and made them into one. The story has your violence from betrayal that is brought front and center as it happens, but it doesn't shy away from what is the true crime. The true scheme, doctors, pharmacies, drugs; not just local eit...

    The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. Scary, scary, scary! This author, journalist Evan Ratliff, spent years following/investigating the trail of programmer Paul LeRoux, who managed to build a drug cartel from Sillicon Valley. This reads like so many action movies about inte...

  • Nan Williams
    Jan 28, 2019

    Very strange and dark story about a man, Paul Leroux, who used his coding knowledge to eventually set himself up as some kind of barbarian drug kingpin. I am impressed at the massive amount of reporting that went into this story over several years. Despite that, it was not really my fa...

    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! ...

    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...

    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 biggest criminal mastermind you've never heard of! There are two stories in this book. One is that of Paul Calder LeRoux, a Zimbabwean computer programmer who made his first millions by running online pharmacies in the early aughts. There was a lot of cleverness behind this : the t...

    I have to give this one a high 3 stars. I thought I?d love this book. It?s right up my alley and I was ecstatic that I won an advanced readers copy here on goodreads. But somehow, I was expecting more from it than it delivered. I expected it to tie in more closely to the war on dru...

    This was an insane tale - proving, once again, that truth is stranger than fiction... Ratliff underwent an incredible amount of research and detective work for this one and it shows. The tale of the unraveling of Paul Calder Leroux's criminal empire was astonishing. The breadth and dep...

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in return for a review as part of GoodReads' First Reads program. The Mastermind is the story of Paul Calder Le Roux, one of the biggest, most deadly and most evil drug kingpins you never heard of. Born in Rhodesia (no Zimbabwe) and growing...

    The incredible and true story of the downfall of Paul Le Roux?the creator of a frighteningly powerful Internet-enabled cartel; a ruthlessness drug lord with the technological savvy of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur. Its just an online prescription drug network. Yet it supplies hu...

    I won an Advance Reader's Edition of The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. by Evan Ratliff from Goodreads. In The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal., Evan Ratliff breaks down into sections the complex criminal enterprise and complicated investigation and prosecu...

    This non-fiction book is about the extraordinary rise to power of Paul Le Roux who became a drug lord of international consequence without ever producing anything. His expertise was in encrypting software so that legal pharmaceuticals could be bought and sold over the internet. In the ...

  • Sabra Kurth
    Feb 06, 2019

    Very strange and dark story about a man, Paul Leroux, who used his coding knowledge to eventually set himself up as some kind of barbarian drug kingpin. I am impressed at the massive amount of reporting that went into this story over several years. Despite that, it was not really my fa...

    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! ...

    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...

    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 biggest criminal mastermind you've never heard of! There are two stories in this book. One is that of Paul Calder LeRoux, a Zimbabwean computer programmer who made his first millions by running online pharmacies in the early aughts. There was a lot of cleverness behind this : the t...

    I have to give this one a high 3 stars. I thought I?d love this book. It?s right up my alley and I was ecstatic that I won an advanced readers copy here on goodreads. But somehow, I was expecting more from it than it delivered. I expected it to tie in more closely to the war on dru...

    This was an insane tale - proving, once again, that truth is stranger than fiction... Ratliff underwent an incredible amount of research and detective work for this one and it shows. The tale of the unraveling of Paul Calder Leroux's criminal empire was astonishing. The breadth and dep...

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in return for a review as part of GoodReads' First Reads program. The Mastermind is the story of Paul Calder Le Roux, one of the biggest, most deadly and most evil drug kingpins you never heard of. Born in Rhodesia (no Zimbabwe) and growing...

    The incredible and true story of the downfall of Paul Le Roux?the creator of a frighteningly powerful Internet-enabled cartel; a ruthlessness drug lord with the technological savvy of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur. Its just an online prescription drug network. Yet it supplies hu...

    I won an Advance Reader's Edition of The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. by Evan Ratliff from Goodreads. In The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal., Evan Ratliff breaks down into sections the complex criminal enterprise and complicated investigation and prosecu...

    This non-fiction book is about the extraordinary rise to power of Paul Le Roux who became a drug lord of international consequence without ever producing anything. His expertise was in encrypting software so that legal pharmaceuticals could be bought and sold over the internet. In the ...

    The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal by Evan Ratliff is so out there that if it were fiction you would say that the story was impossible. But that is what makes great non ? fiction. A story too crazy to be believed. As the saying goes; the truth is stranger than fiction...

    Interesting...but a bit boring by the end I was intrigued by this non-fiction story after reading the prologue, and indeed the first few chapters are riveting. Paul Leroux is a devious mastermind who helped fuel the opioid epidemic in the US. The way in which he skirted the laws and...

    Mastermind is a great book for those interested in true crime and thrilling intrigue. To me it reads a lot like the TV show Blacklist except that this is a real life occurrence. This nonfiction piece follows the long investigation into the criminal empire of Paul Le Roux. It traverses ...

    I received a copy of this book for free from netgallery in return for a review. First, I will start by saying that the title of the book is so appropriate! Paul Le Roux is definitely a brilliant man, albeit a twisted one. Ratliff does a great job detailing all of the various ventures t...

    This book took the criminal world and the virtual world and made them into one. The story has your violence from betrayal that is brought front and center as it happens, but it doesn't shy away from what is the true crime. The true scheme, doctors, pharmacies, drugs; not just local eit...

    The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. Scary, scary, scary! This author, journalist Evan Ratliff, spent years following/investigating the trail of programmer Paul LeRoux, who managed to build a drug cartel from Sillicon Valley. This reads like so many action movies about inte...

    This book is RIVETING. I finished it over the course of an evening. It feels like a thriller, but Paul Le Roux is an odder character than you'd think fiction could produce and the strangeness of what unfolds just keeps going on and on until the size and complexity of the criminal organ...

    Wow. I was captivated within the first several pages of this work and had to keep reminding myself that this is a factual account. The amount of work that Ratcliff put into his research and compilation is remarkable. One has to respect Le Roux's intelligence and drive to create such a ...

    This is a gripping true story about an intricate web of crime that has touched most of America. It tells the story of a Gen-X genius who used the internet to build an international empire of drugs and guns. The story is well crafted, easy to understand and fast paced. This is a must-re...

    I won't say much because I don't want to give away anything. If you read this (and you should), don't google anything about Paul Le Roux. An evil guy, but his story is more thrilling and unbelievable than most fiction. I had to put it down for a bit (life!) and couldn't wait to get bac...

    Fantastic Book Incredible insight into a generally unknown criminal enterprise. Very engaging and well laid out story and cast of characters. It?s hard to believe that this is true. ...

    Fascinating. ...

  • Murtaza
    Jan 27, 2019

    Very strange and dark story about a man, Paul Leroux, who used his coding knowledge to eventually set himself up as some kind of barbarian drug kingpin. I am impressed at the massive amount of reporting that went into this story over several years. Despite that, it was not really my fa...

  • Lily
    Feb 17, 2019

    Very strange and dark story about a man, Paul Leroux, who used his coding knowledge to eventually set himself up as some kind of barbarian drug kingpin. I am impressed at the massive amount of reporting that went into this story over several years. Despite that, it was not really my fa...

    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! ...

    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...

    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 biggest criminal mastermind you've never heard of! There are two stories in this book. One is that of Paul Calder LeRoux, a Zimbabwean computer programmer who made his first millions by running online pharmacies in the early aughts. There was a lot of cleverness behind this : the t...

    I have to give this one a high 3 stars. I thought I?d love this book. It?s right up my alley and I was ecstatic that I won an advanced readers copy here on goodreads. But somehow, I was expecting more from it than it delivered. I expected it to tie in more closely to the war on dru...

    This was an insane tale - proving, once again, that truth is stranger than fiction... Ratliff underwent an incredible amount of research and detective work for this one and it shows. The tale of the unraveling of Paul Calder Leroux's criminal empire was astonishing. The breadth and dep...

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in return for a review as part of GoodReads' First Reads program. The Mastermind is the story of Paul Calder Le Roux, one of the biggest, most deadly and most evil drug kingpins you never heard of. Born in Rhodesia (no Zimbabwe) and growing...

    The incredible and true story of the downfall of Paul Le Roux?the creator of a frighteningly powerful Internet-enabled cartel; a ruthlessness drug lord with the technological savvy of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur. Its just an online prescription drug network. Yet it supplies hu...

    I won an Advance Reader's Edition of The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. by Evan Ratliff from Goodreads. In The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal., Evan Ratliff breaks down into sections the complex criminal enterprise and complicated investigation and prosecu...

    This non-fiction book is about the extraordinary rise to power of Paul Le Roux who became a drug lord of international consequence without ever producing anything. His expertise was in encrypting software so that legal pharmaceuticals could be bought and sold over the internet. In the ...

    The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal by Evan Ratliff is so out there that if it were fiction you would say that the story was impossible. But that is what makes great non ? fiction. A story too crazy to be believed. As the saying goes; the truth is stranger than fiction...

    Interesting...but a bit boring by the end I was intrigued by this non-fiction story after reading the prologue, and indeed the first few chapters are riveting. Paul Leroux is a devious mastermind who helped fuel the opioid epidemic in the US. The way in which he skirted the laws and...

    Mastermind is a great book for those interested in true crime and thrilling intrigue. To me it reads a lot like the TV show Blacklist except that this is a real life occurrence. This nonfiction piece follows the long investigation into the criminal empire of Paul Le Roux. It traverses ...

    I received a copy of this book for free from netgallery in return for a review. First, I will start by saying that the title of the book is so appropriate! Paul Le Roux is definitely a brilliant man, albeit a twisted one. Ratliff does a great job detailing all of the various ventures t...

    This book took the criminal world and the virtual world and made them into one. The story has your violence from betrayal that is brought front and center as it happens, but it doesn't shy away from what is the true crime. The true scheme, doctors, pharmacies, drugs; not just local eit...

    The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. Scary, scary, scary! This author, journalist Evan Ratliff, spent years following/investigating the trail of programmer Paul LeRoux, who managed to build a drug cartel from Sillicon Valley. This reads like so many action movies about inte...

    This book is RIVETING. I finished it over the course of an evening. It feels like a thriller, but Paul Le Roux is an odder character than you'd think fiction could produce and the strangeness of what unfolds just keeps going on and on until the size and complexity of the criminal organ...

    Wow. I was captivated within the first several pages of this work and had to keep reminding myself that this is a factual account. The amount of work that Ratcliff put into his research and compilation is remarkable. One has to respect Le Roux's intelligence and drive to create such a ...

    This is a gripping true story about an intricate web of crime that has touched most of America. It tells the story of a Gen-X genius who used the internet to build an international empire of drugs and guns. The story is well crafted, easy to understand and fast paced. This is a must-re...

    I won't say much because I don't want to give away anything. If you read this (and you should), don't google anything about Paul Le Roux. An evil guy, but his story is more thrilling and unbelievable than most fiction. I had to put it down for a bit (life!) and couldn't wait to get bac...

    Fantastic Book Incredible insight into a generally unknown criminal enterprise. Very engaging and well laid out story and cast of characters. It?s hard to believe that this is true. ...

    Fascinating. ...

    What an amazing piece of reporting. If it was fiction no one would believe it. Lots of characters, sometimes you forget who's who. But I enjoyed it to the end. ...

    I really enjoyed this book. However, it could have gone into more detail about the effects of crime instead of just the methods. Overall, it was very well-written and researched. ...

    I couldn't get into this book. It seemed more like a screenplay for a movie than a book. It was overly explanatory and the dialogue is very stilted. ...

    Thank you NetGalley and Random House for giving me the opportunity to read this book for my honest opinion. You have to wonder why Paul LeRoux would waste his time and talents in the dark side of the drug world? He was a brilliant man that could have made a difference with his mind. H...

    ...

  • Lisa Cobb Sabatini
    Feb 06, 2019

    Very strange and dark story about a man, Paul Leroux, who used his coding knowledge to eventually set himself up as some kind of barbarian drug kingpin. I am impressed at the massive amount of reporting that went into this story over several years. Despite that, it was not really my fa...

    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! ...

    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...

    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 biggest criminal mastermind you've never heard of! There are two stories in this book. One is that of Paul Calder LeRoux, a Zimbabwean computer programmer who made his first millions by running online pharmacies in the early aughts. There was a lot of cleverness behind this : the t...

    I have to give this one a high 3 stars. I thought I?d love this book. It?s right up my alley and I was ecstatic that I won an advanced readers copy here on goodreads. But somehow, I was expecting more from it than it delivered. I expected it to tie in more closely to the war on dru...

    This was an insane tale - proving, once again, that truth is stranger than fiction... Ratliff underwent an incredible amount of research and detective work for this one and it shows. The tale of the unraveling of Paul Calder Leroux's criminal empire was astonishing. The breadth and dep...

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in return for a review as part of GoodReads' First Reads program. The Mastermind is the story of Paul Calder Le Roux, one of the biggest, most deadly and most evil drug kingpins you never heard of. Born in Rhodesia (no Zimbabwe) and growing...

    The incredible and true story of the downfall of Paul Le Roux?the creator of a frighteningly powerful Internet-enabled cartel; a ruthlessness drug lord with the technological savvy of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur. Its just an online prescription drug network. Yet it supplies hu...

    I won an Advance Reader's Edition of The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. by Evan Ratliff from Goodreads. In The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal., Evan Ratliff breaks down into sections the complex criminal enterprise and complicated investigation and prosecu...

  • Wendy   reed
    Jan 30, 2019

    Very strange and dark story about a man, Paul Leroux, who used his coding knowledge to eventually set himself up as some kind of barbarian drug kingpin. I am impressed at the massive amount of reporting that went into this story over several years. Despite that, it was not really my fa...

    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! ...

    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...

    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 biggest criminal mastermind you've never heard of! There are two stories in this book. One is that of Paul Calder LeRoux, a Zimbabwean computer programmer who made his first millions by running online pharmacies in the early aughts. There was a lot of cleverness behind this : the t...

    I have to give this one a high 3 stars. I thought I?d love this book. It?s right up my alley and I was ecstatic that I won an advanced readers copy here on goodreads. But somehow, I was expecting more from it than it delivered. I expected it to tie in more closely to the war on dru...

    This was an insane tale - proving, once again, that truth is stranger than fiction... Ratliff underwent an incredible amount of research and detective work for this one and it shows. The tale of the unraveling of Paul Calder Leroux's criminal empire was astonishing. The breadth and dep...

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in return for a review as part of GoodReads' First Reads program. The Mastermind is the story of Paul Calder Le Roux, one of the biggest, most deadly and most evil drug kingpins you never heard of. Born in Rhodesia (no Zimbabwe) and growing...

    The incredible and true story of the downfall of Paul Le Roux?the creator of a frighteningly powerful Internet-enabled cartel; a ruthlessness drug lord with the technological savvy of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur. Its just an online prescription drug network. Yet it supplies hu...

    I won an Advance Reader's Edition of The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. by Evan Ratliff from Goodreads. In The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal., Evan Ratliff breaks down into sections the complex criminal enterprise and complicated investigation and prosecu...

    This non-fiction book is about the extraordinary rise to power of Paul Le Roux who became a drug lord of international consequence without ever producing anything. His expertise was in encrypting software so that legal pharmaceuticals could be bought and sold over the internet. In the ...

    The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal by Evan Ratliff is so out there that if it were fiction you would say that the story was impossible. But that is what makes great non ? fiction. A story too crazy to be believed. As the saying goes; the truth is stranger than fiction...

    Interesting...but a bit boring by the end I was intrigued by this non-fiction story after reading the prologue, and indeed the first few chapters are riveting. Paul Leroux is a devious mastermind who helped fuel the opioid epidemic in the US. The way in which he skirted the laws and...

    Mastermind is a great book for those interested in true crime and thrilling intrigue. To me it reads a lot like the TV show Blacklist except that this is a real life occurrence. This nonfiction piece follows the long investigation into the criminal empire of Paul Le Roux. It traverses ...

    I received a copy of this book for free from netgallery in return for a review. First, I will start by saying that the title of the book is so appropriate! Paul Le Roux is definitely a brilliant man, albeit a twisted one. Ratliff does a great job detailing all of the various ventures t...

    This book took the criminal world and the virtual world and made them into one. The story has your violence from betrayal that is brought front and center as it happens, but it doesn't shy away from what is the true crime. The true scheme, doctors, pharmacies, drugs; not just local eit...

    The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. Scary, scary, scary! This author, journalist Evan Ratliff, spent years following/investigating the trail of programmer Paul LeRoux, who managed to build a drug cartel from Sillicon Valley. This reads like so many action movies about inte...

    This book is RIVETING. I finished it over the course of an evening. It feels like a thriller, but Paul Le Roux is an odder character than you'd think fiction could produce and the strangeness of what unfolds just keeps going on and on until the size and complexity of the criminal organ...

    Wow. I was captivated within the first several pages of this work and had to keep reminding myself that this is a factual account. The amount of work that Ratcliff put into his research and compilation is remarkable. One has to respect Le Roux's intelligence and drive to create such a ...

    This is a gripping true story about an intricate web of crime that has touched most of America. It tells the story of a Gen-X genius who used the internet to build an international empire of drugs and guns. The story is well crafted, easy to understand and fast paced. This is a must-re...

    I won't say much because I don't want to give away anything. If you read this (and you should), don't google anything about Paul Le Roux. An evil guy, but his story is more thrilling and unbelievable than most fiction. I had to put it down for a bit (life!) and couldn't wait to get bac...

    Fantastic Book Incredible insight into a generally unknown criminal enterprise. Very engaging and well laid out story and cast of characters. It?s hard to believe that this is true. ...

    Fascinating. ...

    What an amazing piece of reporting. If it was fiction no one would believe it. Lots of characters, sometimes you forget who's who. But I enjoyed it to the end. ...

    I really enjoyed this book. However, it could have gone into more detail about the effects of crime instead of just the methods. Overall, it was very well-written and researched. ...

    I couldn't get into this book. It seemed more like a screenplay for a movie than a book. It was overly explanatory and the dialogue is very stilted. ...

    Thank you NetGalley and Random House for giving me the opportunity to read this book for my honest opinion. You have to wonder why Paul LeRoux would waste his time and talents in the dark side of the drug world? He was a brilliant man that could have made a difference with his mind. H...

  • Amanda
    Feb 08, 2019

    Very strange and dark story about a man, Paul Leroux, who used his coding knowledge to eventually set himself up as some kind of barbarian drug kingpin. I am impressed at the massive amount of reporting that went into this story over several years. Despite that, it was not really my fa...

    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! ...

    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...

    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 biggest criminal mastermind you've never heard of! There are two stories in this book. One is that of Paul Calder LeRoux, a Zimbabwean computer programmer who made his first millions by running online pharmacies in the early aughts. There was a lot of cleverness behind this : the t...

    I have to give this one a high 3 stars. I thought I?d love this book. It?s right up my alley and I was ecstatic that I won an advanced readers copy here on goodreads. But somehow, I was expecting more from it than it delivered. I expected it to tie in more closely to the war on dru...

    This was an insane tale - proving, once again, that truth is stranger than fiction... Ratliff underwent an incredible amount of research and detective work for this one and it shows. The tale of the unraveling of Paul Calder Leroux's criminal empire was astonishing. The breadth and dep...

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in return for a review as part of GoodReads' First Reads program. The Mastermind is the story of Paul Calder Le Roux, one of the biggest, most deadly and most evil drug kingpins you never heard of. Born in Rhodesia (no Zimbabwe) and growing...

    The incredible and true story of the downfall of Paul Le Roux?the creator of a frighteningly powerful Internet-enabled cartel; a ruthlessness drug lord with the technological savvy of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur. Its just an online prescription drug network. Yet it supplies hu...

    I won an Advance Reader's Edition of The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. by Evan Ratliff from Goodreads. In The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal., Evan Ratliff breaks down into sections the complex criminal enterprise and complicated investigation and prosecu...

    This non-fiction book is about the extraordinary rise to power of Paul Le Roux who became a drug lord of international consequence without ever producing anything. His expertise was in encrypting software so that legal pharmaceuticals could be bought and sold over the internet. In the ...

    The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal by Evan Ratliff is so out there that if it were fiction you would say that the story was impossible. But that is what makes great non ? fiction. A story too crazy to be believed. As the saying goes; the truth is stranger than fiction...

    Interesting...but a bit boring by the end I was intrigued by this non-fiction story after reading the prologue, and indeed the first few chapters are riveting. Paul Leroux is a devious mastermind who helped fuel the opioid epidemic in the US. The way in which he skirted the laws and...

    Mastermind is a great book for those interested in true crime and thrilling intrigue. To me it reads a lot like the TV show Blacklist except that this is a real life occurrence. This nonfiction piece follows the long investigation into the criminal empire of Paul Le Roux. It traverses ...

  • Shannon Brown
    Feb 04, 2019

    Very strange and dark story about a man, Paul Leroux, who used his coding knowledge to eventually set himself up as some kind of barbarian drug kingpin. I am impressed at the massive amount of reporting that went into this story over several years. Despite that, it was not really my fa...

    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! ...

    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...

    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 biggest criminal mastermind you've never heard of! There are two stories in this book. One is that of Paul Calder LeRoux, a Zimbabwean computer programmer who made his first millions by running online pharmacies in the early aughts. There was a lot of cleverness behind this : the t...

    I have to give this one a high 3 stars. I thought I?d love this book. It?s right up my alley and I was ecstatic that I won an advanced readers copy here on goodreads. But somehow, I was expecting more from it than it delivered. I expected it to tie in more closely to the war on dru...

    This was an insane tale - proving, once again, that truth is stranger than fiction... Ratliff underwent an incredible amount of research and detective work for this one and it shows. The tale of the unraveling of Paul Calder Leroux's criminal empire was astonishing. The breadth and dep...

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in return for a review as part of GoodReads' First Reads program. The Mastermind is the story of Paul Calder Le Roux, one of the biggest, most deadly and most evil drug kingpins you never heard of. Born in Rhodesia (no Zimbabwe) and growing...

    The incredible and true story of the downfall of Paul Le Roux?the creator of a frighteningly powerful Internet-enabled cartel; a ruthlessness drug lord with the technological savvy of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur. Its just an online prescription drug network. Yet it supplies hu...

    I won an Advance Reader's Edition of The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. by Evan Ratliff from Goodreads. In The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal., Evan Ratliff breaks down into sections the complex criminal enterprise and complicated investigation and prosecu...

    This non-fiction book is about the extraordinary rise to power of Paul Le Roux who became a drug lord of international consequence without ever producing anything. His expertise was in encrypting software so that legal pharmaceuticals could be bought and sold over the internet. In the ...

    The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal by Evan Ratliff is so out there that if it were fiction you would say that the story was impossible. But that is what makes great non ? fiction. A story too crazy to be believed. As the saying goes; the truth is stranger than fiction...

    Interesting...but a bit boring by the end I was intrigued by this non-fiction story after reading the prologue, and indeed the first few chapters are riveting. Paul Leroux is a devious mastermind who helped fuel the opioid epidemic in the US. The way in which he skirted the laws and...

  • Kerry Pickens
    Feb 18, 2019

    Very strange and dark story about a man, Paul Leroux, who used his coding knowledge to eventually set himself up as some kind of barbarian drug kingpin. I am impressed at the massive amount of reporting that went into this story over several years. Despite that, it was not really my fa...

    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! ...

    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...

    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 biggest criminal mastermind you've never heard of! There are two stories in this book. One is that of Paul Calder LeRoux, a Zimbabwean computer programmer who made his first millions by running online pharmacies in the early aughts. There was a lot of cleverness behind this : the t...

    I have to give this one a high 3 stars. I thought I?d love this book. It?s right up my alley and I was ecstatic that I won an advanced readers copy here on goodreads. But somehow, I was expecting more from it than it delivered. I expected it to tie in more closely to the war on dru...

    This was an insane tale - proving, once again, that truth is stranger than fiction... Ratliff underwent an incredible amount of research and detective work for this one and it shows. The tale of the unraveling of Paul Calder Leroux's criminal empire was astonishing. The breadth and dep...

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in return for a review as part of GoodReads' First Reads program. The Mastermind is the story of Paul Calder Le Roux, one of the biggest, most deadly and most evil drug kingpins you never heard of. Born in Rhodesia (no Zimbabwe) and growing...

    The incredible and true story of the downfall of Paul Le Roux?the creator of a frighteningly powerful Internet-enabled cartel; a ruthlessness drug lord with the technological savvy of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur. Its just an online prescription drug network. Yet it supplies hu...

    I won an Advance Reader's Edition of The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. by Evan Ratliff from Goodreads. In The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal., Evan Ratliff breaks down into sections the complex criminal enterprise and complicated investigation and prosecu...

    This non-fiction book is about the extraordinary rise to power of Paul Le Roux who became a drug lord of international consequence without ever producing anything. His expertise was in encrypting software so that legal pharmaceuticals could be bought and sold over the internet. In the ...

    The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal by Evan Ratliff is so out there that if it were fiction you would say that the story was impossible. But that is what makes great non ? fiction. A story too crazy to be believed. As the saying goes; the truth is stranger than fiction...

    Interesting...but a bit boring by the end I was intrigued by this non-fiction story after reading the prologue, and indeed the first few chapters are riveting. Paul Leroux is a devious mastermind who helped fuel the opioid epidemic in the US. The way in which he skirted the laws and...

    Mastermind is a great book for those interested in true crime and thrilling intrigue. To me it reads a lot like the TV show Blacklist except that this is a real life occurrence. This nonfiction piece follows the long investigation into the criminal empire of Paul Le Roux. It traverses ...

    I received a copy of this book for free from netgallery in return for a review. First, I will start by saying that the title of the book is so appropriate! Paul Le Roux is definitely a brilliant man, albeit a twisted one. Ratliff does a great job detailing all of the various ventures t...

    This book took the criminal world and the virtual world and made them into one. The story has your violence from betrayal that is brought front and center as it happens, but it doesn't shy away from what is the true crime. The true scheme, doctors, pharmacies, drugs; not just local eit...

    The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. Scary, scary, scary! This author, journalist Evan Ratliff, spent years following/investigating the trail of programmer Paul LeRoux, who managed to build a drug cartel from Sillicon Valley. This reads like so many action movies about inte...

    This book is RIVETING. I finished it over the course of an evening. It feels like a thriller, but Paul Le Roux is an odder character than you'd think fiction could produce and the strangeness of what unfolds just keeps going on and on until the size and complexity of the criminal organ...

    Wow. I was captivated within the first several pages of this work and had to keep reminding myself that this is a factual account. The amount of work that Ratcliff put into his research and compilation is remarkable. One has to respect Le Roux's intelligence and drive to create such a ...

    This is a gripping true story about an intricate web of crime that has touched most of America. It tells the story of a Gen-X genius who used the internet to build an international empire of drugs and guns. The story is well crafted, easy to understand and fast paced. This is a must-re...

    I won't say much because I don't want to give away anything. If you read this (and you should), don't google anything about Paul Le Roux. An evil guy, but his story is more thrilling and unbelievable than most fiction. I had to put it down for a bit (life!) and couldn't wait to get bac...

    Fantastic Book Incredible insight into a generally unknown criminal enterprise. Very engaging and well laid out story and cast of characters. It?s hard to believe that this is true. ...

    Fascinating. ...

    What an amazing piece of reporting. If it was fiction no one would believe it. Lots of characters, sometimes you forget who's who. But I enjoyed it to the end. ...

    I really enjoyed this book. However, it could have gone into more detail about the effects of crime instead of just the methods. Overall, it was very well-written and researched. ...

    I couldn't get into this book. It seemed more like a screenplay for a movie than a book. It was overly explanatory and the dialogue is very stilted. ...

  • Susan Wright
    Jan 29, 2019

    Very strange and dark story about a man, Paul Leroux, who used his coding knowledge to eventually set himself up as some kind of barbarian drug kingpin. I am impressed at the massive amount of reporting that went into this story over several years. Despite that, it was not really my fa...

    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! ...

    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...

    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 biggest criminal mastermind you've never heard of! There are two stories in this book. One is that of Paul Calder LeRoux, a Zimbabwean computer programmer who made his first millions by running online pharmacies in the early aughts. There was a lot of cleverness behind this : the t...

    I have to give this one a high 3 stars. I thought I?d love this book. It?s right up my alley and I was ecstatic that I won an advanced readers copy here on goodreads. But somehow, I was expecting more from it than it delivered. I expected it to tie in more closely to the war on dru...

    This was an insane tale - proving, once again, that truth is stranger than fiction... Ratliff underwent an incredible amount of research and detective work for this one and it shows. The tale of the unraveling of Paul Calder Leroux's criminal empire was astonishing. The breadth and dep...

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in return for a review as part of GoodReads' First Reads program. The Mastermind is the story of Paul Calder Le Roux, one of the biggest, most deadly and most evil drug kingpins you never heard of. Born in Rhodesia (no Zimbabwe) and growing...

    The incredible and true story of the downfall of Paul Le Roux?the creator of a frighteningly powerful Internet-enabled cartel; a ruthlessness drug lord with the technological savvy of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur. Its just an online prescription drug network. Yet it supplies hu...

    I won an Advance Reader's Edition of The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. by Evan Ratliff from Goodreads. In The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal., Evan Ratliff breaks down into sections the complex criminal enterprise and complicated investigation and prosecu...

    This non-fiction book is about the extraordinary rise to power of Paul Le Roux who became a drug lord of international consequence without ever producing anything. His expertise was in encrypting software so that legal pharmaceuticals could be bought and sold over the internet. In the ...

    The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal by Evan Ratliff is so out there that if it were fiction you would say that the story was impossible. But that is what makes great non ? fiction. A story too crazy to be believed. As the saying goes; the truth is stranger than fiction...

    Interesting...but a bit boring by the end I was intrigued by this non-fiction story after reading the prologue, and indeed the first few chapters are riveting. Paul Leroux is a devious mastermind who helped fuel the opioid epidemic in the US. The way in which he skirted the laws and...

    Mastermind is a great book for those interested in true crime and thrilling intrigue. To me it reads a lot like the TV show Blacklist except that this is a real life occurrence. This nonfiction piece follows the long investigation into the criminal empire of Paul Le Roux. It traverses ...

    I received a copy of this book for free from netgallery in return for a review. First, I will start by saying that the title of the book is so appropriate! Paul Le Roux is definitely a brilliant man, albeit a twisted one. Ratliff does a great job detailing all of the various ventures t...

    This book took the criminal world and the virtual world and made them into one. The story has your violence from betrayal that is brought front and center as it happens, but it doesn't shy away from what is the true crime. The true scheme, doctors, pharmacies, drugs; not just local eit...

    The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. Scary, scary, scary! This author, journalist Evan Ratliff, spent years following/investigating the trail of programmer Paul LeRoux, who managed to build a drug cartel from Sillicon Valley. This reads like so many action movies about inte...

    This book is RIVETING. I finished it over the course of an evening. It feels like a thriller, but Paul Le Roux is an odder character than you'd think fiction could produce and the strangeness of what unfolds just keeps going on and on until the size and complexity of the criminal organ...

    Wow. I was captivated within the first several pages of this work and had to keep reminding myself that this is a factual account. The amount of work that Ratcliff put into his research and compilation is remarkable. One has to respect Le Roux's intelligence and drive to create such a ...

  • Jessica Johnson
    Jan 20, 2019

    Very strange and dark story about a man, Paul Leroux, who used his coding knowledge to eventually set himself up as some kind of barbarian drug kingpin. I am impressed at the massive amount of reporting that went into this story over several years. Despite that, it was not really my fa...

    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! ...

    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...

    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 biggest criminal mastermind you've never heard of! There are two stories in this book. One is that of Paul Calder LeRoux, a Zimbabwean computer programmer who made his first millions by running online pharmacies in the early aughts. There was a lot of cleverness behind this : the t...

    I have to give this one a high 3 stars. I thought I?d love this book. It?s right up my alley and I was ecstatic that I won an advanced readers copy here on goodreads. But somehow, I was expecting more from it than it delivered. I expected it to tie in more closely to the war on dru...

    This was an insane tale - proving, once again, that truth is stranger than fiction... Ratliff underwent an incredible amount of research and detective work for this one and it shows. The tale of the unraveling of Paul Calder Leroux's criminal empire was astonishing. The breadth and dep...

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in return for a review as part of GoodReads' First Reads program. The Mastermind is the story of Paul Calder Le Roux, one of the biggest, most deadly and most evil drug kingpins you never heard of. Born in Rhodesia (no Zimbabwe) and growing...

    The incredible and true story of the downfall of Paul Le Roux?the creator of a frighteningly powerful Internet-enabled cartel; a ruthlessness drug lord with the technological savvy of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur. Its just an online prescription drug network. Yet it supplies hu...

    I won an Advance Reader's Edition of The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. by Evan Ratliff from Goodreads. In The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal., Evan Ratliff breaks down into sections the complex criminal enterprise and complicated investigation and prosecu...

    This non-fiction book is about the extraordinary rise to power of Paul Le Roux who became a drug lord of international consequence without ever producing anything. His expertise was in encrypting software so that legal pharmaceuticals could be bought and sold over the internet. In the ...

    The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal by Evan Ratliff is so out there that if it were fiction you would say that the story was impossible. But that is what makes great non ? fiction. A story too crazy to be believed. As the saying goes; the truth is stranger than fiction...

    Interesting...but a bit boring by the end I was intrigued by this non-fiction story after reading the prologue, and indeed the first few chapters are riveting. Paul Leroux is a devious mastermind who helped fuel the opioid epidemic in the US. The way in which he skirted the laws and...

    Mastermind is a great book for those interested in true crime and thrilling intrigue. To me it reads a lot like the TV show Blacklist except that this is a real life occurrence. This nonfiction piece follows the long investigation into the criminal empire of Paul Le Roux. It traverses ...

    I received a copy of this book for free from netgallery in return for a review. First, I will start by saying that the title of the book is so appropriate! Paul Le Roux is definitely a brilliant man, albeit a twisted one. Ratliff does a great job detailing all of the various ventures t...

    This book took the criminal world and the virtual world and made them into one. The story has your violence from betrayal that is brought front and center as it happens, but it doesn't shy away from what is the true crime. The true scheme, doctors, pharmacies, drugs; not just local eit...

  • Hailey
    Feb 17, 2019

    Very strange and dark story about a man, Paul Leroux, who used his coding knowledge to eventually set himself up as some kind of barbarian drug kingpin. I am impressed at the massive amount of reporting that went into this story over several years. Despite that, it was not really my fa...

    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! ...

    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...

    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 biggest criminal mastermind you've never heard of! There are two stories in this book. One is that of Paul Calder LeRoux, a Zimbabwean computer programmer who made his first millions by running online pharmacies in the early aughts. There was a lot of cleverness behind this : the t...

    I have to give this one a high 3 stars. I thought I?d love this book. It?s right up my alley and I was ecstatic that I won an advanced readers copy here on goodreads. But somehow, I was expecting more from it than it delivered. I expected it to tie in more closely to the war on dru...

    This was an insane tale - proving, once again, that truth is stranger than fiction... Ratliff underwent an incredible amount of research and detective work for this one and it shows. The tale of the unraveling of Paul Calder Leroux's criminal empire was astonishing. The breadth and dep...

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in return for a review as part of GoodReads' First Reads program. The Mastermind is the story of Paul Calder Le Roux, one of the biggest, most deadly and most evil drug kingpins you never heard of. Born in Rhodesia (no Zimbabwe) and growing...

    The incredible and true story of the downfall of Paul Le Roux?the creator of a frighteningly powerful Internet-enabled cartel; a ruthlessness drug lord with the technological savvy of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur. Its just an online prescription drug network. Yet it supplies hu...

    I won an Advance Reader's Edition of The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. by Evan Ratliff from Goodreads. In The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal., Evan Ratliff breaks down into sections the complex criminal enterprise and complicated investigation and prosecu...

    This non-fiction book is about the extraordinary rise to power of Paul Le Roux who became a drug lord of international consequence without ever producing anything. His expertise was in encrypting software so that legal pharmaceuticals could be bought and sold over the internet. In the ...

    The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal by Evan Ratliff is so out there that if it were fiction you would say that the story was impossible. But that is what makes great non ? fiction. A story too crazy to be believed. As the saying goes; the truth is stranger than fiction...

    Interesting...but a bit boring by the end I was intrigued by this non-fiction story after reading the prologue, and indeed the first few chapters are riveting. Paul Leroux is a devious mastermind who helped fuel the opioid epidemic in the US. The way in which he skirted the laws and...

    Mastermind is a great book for those interested in true crime and thrilling intrigue. To me it reads a lot like the TV show Blacklist except that this is a real life occurrence. This nonfiction piece follows the long investigation into the criminal empire of Paul Le Roux. It traverses ...

    I received a copy of this book for free from netgallery in return for a review. First, I will start by saying that the title of the book is so appropriate! Paul Le Roux is definitely a brilliant man, albeit a twisted one. Ratliff does a great job detailing all of the various ventures t...

    This book took the criminal world and the virtual world and made them into one. The story has your violence from betrayal that is brought front and center as it happens, but it doesn't shy away from what is the true crime. The true scheme, doctors, pharmacies, drugs; not just local eit...

    The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. Scary, scary, scary! This author, journalist Evan Ratliff, spent years following/investigating the trail of programmer Paul LeRoux, who managed to build a drug cartel from Sillicon Valley. This reads like so many action movies about inte...

    This book is RIVETING. I finished it over the course of an evening. It feels like a thriller, but Paul Le Roux is an odder character than you'd think fiction could produce and the strangeness of what unfolds just keeps going on and on until the size and complexity of the criminal organ...

    Wow. I was captivated within the first several pages of this work and had to keep reminding myself that this is a factual account. The amount of work that Ratcliff put into his research and compilation is remarkable. One has to respect Le Roux's intelligence and drive to create such a ...

    This is a gripping true story about an intricate web of crime that has touched most of America. It tells the story of a Gen-X genius who used the internet to build an international empire of drugs and guns. The story is well crafted, easy to understand and fast paced. This is a must-re...

    I won't say much because I don't want to give away anything. If you read this (and you should), don't google anything about Paul Le Roux. An evil guy, but his story is more thrilling and unbelievable than most fiction. I had to put it down for a bit (life!) and couldn't wait to get bac...

    Fantastic Book Incredible insight into a generally unknown criminal enterprise. Very engaging and well laid out story and cast of characters. It?s hard to believe that this is true. ...

    Fascinating. ...

    What an amazing piece of reporting. If it was fiction no one would believe it. Lots of characters, sometimes you forget who's who. But I enjoyed it to the end. ...

    I really enjoyed this book. However, it could have gone into more detail about the effects of crime instead of just the methods. Overall, it was very well-written and researched. ...

  • Melody (OhTheBooksSheWillRead) Hawkins
    Jan 31, 2019

    Very strange and dark story about a man, Paul Leroux, who used his coding knowledge to eventually set himself up as some kind of barbarian drug kingpin. I am impressed at the massive amount of reporting that went into this story over several years. Despite that, it was not really my fa...

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

  • Henry Habgood
    Feb 06, 2019

    Very strange and dark story about a man, Paul Leroux, who used his coding knowledge to eventually set himself up as some kind of barbarian drug kingpin. I am impressed at the massive amount of reporting that went into this story over several years. Despite that, it was not really my fa...

    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! ...

    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...

    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 biggest criminal mastermind you've never heard of! There are two stories in this book. One is that of Paul Calder LeRoux, a Zimbabwean computer programmer who made his first millions by running online pharmacies in the early aughts. There was a lot of cleverness behind this : the t...

    I have to give this one a high 3 stars. I thought I?d love this book. It?s right up my alley and I was ecstatic that I won an advanced readers copy here on goodreads. But somehow, I was expecting more from it than it delivered. I expected it to tie in more closely to the war on dru...

    This was an insane tale - proving, once again, that truth is stranger than fiction... Ratliff underwent an incredible amount of research and detective work for this one and it shows. The tale of the unraveling of Paul Calder Leroux's criminal empire was astonishing. The breadth and dep...

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in return for a review as part of GoodReads' First Reads program. The Mastermind is the story of Paul Calder Le Roux, one of the biggest, most deadly and most evil drug kingpins you never heard of. Born in Rhodesia (no Zimbabwe) and growing...

    The incredible and true story of the downfall of Paul Le Roux?the creator of a frighteningly powerful Internet-enabled cartel; a ruthlessness drug lord with the technological savvy of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur. Its just an online prescription drug network. Yet it supplies hu...

    I won an Advance Reader's Edition of The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. by Evan Ratliff from Goodreads. In The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal., Evan Ratliff breaks down into sections the complex criminal enterprise and complicated investigation and prosecu...

    This non-fiction book is about the extraordinary rise to power of Paul Le Roux who became a drug lord of international consequence without ever producing anything. His expertise was in encrypting software so that legal pharmaceuticals could be bought and sold over the internet. In the ...

    The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal by Evan Ratliff is so out there that if it were fiction you would say that the story was impossible. But that is what makes great non ? fiction. A story too crazy to be believed. As the saying goes; the truth is stranger than fiction...

    Interesting...but a bit boring by the end I was intrigued by this non-fiction story after reading the prologue, and indeed the first few chapters are riveting. Paul Leroux is a devious mastermind who helped fuel the opioid epidemic in the US. The way in which he skirted the laws and...

    Mastermind is a great book for those interested in true crime and thrilling intrigue. To me it reads a lot like the TV show Blacklist except that this is a real life occurrence. This nonfiction piece follows the long investigation into the criminal empire of Paul Le Roux. It traverses ...

    I received a copy of this book for free from netgallery in return for a review. First, I will start by saying that the title of the book is so appropriate! Paul Le Roux is definitely a brilliant man, albeit a twisted one. Ratliff does a great job detailing all of the various ventures t...

    This book took the criminal world and the virtual world and made them into one. The story has your violence from betrayal that is brought front and center as it happens, but it doesn't shy away from what is the true crime. The true scheme, doctors, pharmacies, drugs; not just local eit...

    The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. Scary, scary, scary! This author, journalist Evan Ratliff, spent years following/investigating the trail of programmer Paul LeRoux, who managed to build a drug cartel from Sillicon Valley. This reads like so many action movies about inte...

    This book is RIVETING. I finished it over the course of an evening. It feels like a thriller, but Paul Le Roux is an odder character than you'd think fiction could produce and the strangeness of what unfolds just keeps going on and on until the size and complexity of the criminal organ...

    Wow. I was captivated within the first several pages of this work and had to keep reminding myself that this is a factual account. The amount of work that Ratcliff put into his research and compilation is remarkable. One has to respect Le Roux's intelligence and drive to create such a ...

    This is a gripping true story about an intricate web of crime that has touched most of America. It tells the story of a Gen-X genius who used the internet to build an international empire of drugs and guns. The story is well crafted, easy to understand and fast paced. This is a must-re...

    I won't say much because I don't want to give away anything. If you read this (and you should), don't google anything about Paul Le Roux. An evil guy, but his story is more thrilling and unbelievable than most fiction. I had to put it down for a bit (life!) and couldn't wait to get bac...

    Fantastic Book Incredible insight into a generally unknown criminal enterprise. Very engaging and well laid out story and cast of characters. It?s hard to believe that this is true. ...

  • Steve Aberle
    Jan 30, 2019

    Very strange and dark story about a man, Paul Leroux, who used his coding knowledge to eventually set himself up as some kind of barbarian drug kingpin. I am impressed at the massive amount of reporting that went into this story over several years. Despite that, it was not really my fa...

    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! ...

    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...

    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 biggest criminal mastermind you've never heard of! There are two stories in this book. One is that of Paul Calder LeRoux, a Zimbabwean computer programmer who made his first millions by running online pharmacies in the early aughts. There was a lot of cleverness behind this : the t...

    I have to give this one a high 3 stars. I thought I?d love this book. It?s right up my alley and I was ecstatic that I won an advanced readers copy here on goodreads. But somehow, I was expecting more from it than it delivered. I expected it to tie in more closely to the war on dru...

    This was an insane tale - proving, once again, that truth is stranger than fiction... Ratliff underwent an incredible amount of research and detective work for this one and it shows. The tale of the unraveling of Paul Calder Leroux's criminal empire was astonishing. The breadth and dep...

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in return for a review as part of GoodReads' First Reads program. The Mastermind is the story of Paul Calder Le Roux, one of the biggest, most deadly and most evil drug kingpins you never heard of. Born in Rhodesia (no Zimbabwe) and growing...

    The incredible and true story of the downfall of Paul Le Roux?the creator of a frighteningly powerful Internet-enabled cartel; a ruthlessness drug lord with the technological savvy of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur. Its just an online prescription drug network. Yet it supplies hu...

    I won an Advance Reader's Edition of The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. by Evan Ratliff from Goodreads. In The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal., Evan Ratliff breaks down into sections the complex criminal enterprise and complicated investigation and prosecu...

    This non-fiction book is about the extraordinary rise to power of Paul Le Roux who became a drug lord of international consequence without ever producing anything. His expertise was in encrypting software so that legal pharmaceuticals could be bought and sold over the internet. In the ...

    The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal by Evan Ratliff is so out there that if it were fiction you would say that the story was impossible. But that is what makes great non ? fiction. A story too crazy to be believed. As the saying goes; the truth is stranger than fiction...