The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal.

The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal.

Evan Ratliff / Dec 12, 2019

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 techno

  • Title: The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal.
  • Author: Evan Ratliff
  • ISBN: 0399590412
  • Page: 365
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 entrepreneurIt 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 powerful Internet enabled cartel who merged the ruthlessness of a drug lord with the technological savvy of a Silicon Valley entrepreneurIt all started as an online prescription drug network, supplying hundreds of millions of dollars worth of painkillers to American customers It would not stop there Before long, the business had turned into a sprawling multinational conglomerate engaged in almost every conceivable aspect of criminal mayhem Yachts carrying 100 million in cocaine Safe houses in Hong Kong filled with gold bars Shipments of methamphetamine from North Korea Weapons deals with Iran Mercenary armies in Somalia Teams of hitmen in the Philippines Encryption programs so advanced that the government could not break them.The man behind it all, pulling the strings from a laptop in Manila, was Paul Calder Le Roux a reclusive programmer turned criminal genius who could only exist in the networked world of the twenty first century, and the kind of self made crime boss that American law enforcement had never imagined.For half a decade, DEA agents played a global game of cat and mouse with Le Roux as he left terror and chaos in his wake Each time they came close, he would slip away It would take relentless investigative work, and a shocking betrayal from within his organization, to catch him And when he was finally caught, the story turned again, as Le Roux struck a deal to bring down his own organization and the people he had once employed.Award winning investigative journalist Evan Ratliff spent four years piecing together this intricate puzzle, chasing LeRoux s empire and his shadowy henchmen around the world, conducting hundreds of interviews and uncovering thousands of documents The result is a riveting, unprecedented account of a crime boss built by and for the digital age.Advance praise for The Mastermind As directors, we spend countless hours imagining heightened plots and memorable characters that will leave a lasting impression on audiences The true tale of obsession, genius, intrigue, and vengeance detailed in The Mastermind is as gripping and cinematic as anything we could endeavor to conjure up Joe and Anthony Russo, directors of Captain America The Winter Soldier, Captain America Civil War, and Avengers Infinity War With his relentless and fearless reporting, Evan Ratliff has pried open a hidden world filled with high tech gangsters and drug kingpins and double crossers and stone cold hitmen The story is as fascinating as it is terrifying, and it is one that will hold you in its grip David Grann, author of Killers of the Flower Moon If truth is stranger than fiction, then The Mastermind is the truest book you ll read this year The only thing predictable about it is how quickly you ll turn the pages Noah Hawley, author of Before the Fall and creator of the TV series Fargo This is a mesmerizing, absolutely bonkers story about a man as brilliant as he is villainous You ll find yourself sucked in, freaked out, and ultimately blown away by Ratliff s storytelling and tireless reporting The Mastermind is a masterpiece Nick Thompson, editor in chief, Wired Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 480 pages Published January 29th 2019 by Random House More Details ISBN 0399590412 ISBN13 9780399590412 Other Editions 5 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Mastermind, please sign up

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There is lots of blow by blow of this complicated and disturbing criminal plot but not much reflection on what it all means for our society and the human condition.My own takeaway is that Leroux was a disturbed man who was completely enslaved to his passions Like a crazed colonial official from a Joseph Conrad novel, he exploited the weak institutions of third world countries to live as a man outside of any legal or moral constraint The violence and depravity of his organization was completely gratuitous In the end he only got caught because it didn t seem like he cared about getting caught.If you like true crime books you will like this one I give it three stars out of respect to the years of grueling reporting that went into it I feel however that the inevitable movie about Leroux based on this book will be entertaining flag 5 likesLike see review Bob Jones Sounds like Scarface meets the social network Jan 28, 2019 12 59PM Murtaza Bob wrote Sounds like Scarface meets the social network Yes Jan 28, 2019 01 53PM Dec 15, 2018 Bonnie Brody rated it really liked it 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 dealers, the smuggling and selling of cocaine and meth, and other international crimes If you want to know, read this book which is an investigative reporter s dream or maybe nightmare The author spent several years 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 dealers, the smuggling and selling of cocaine and meth, and other international crimes If you want to know, read this book which is an investigative reporter s dream or maybe nightmare The author spent several years working with various police agencies in several countries, the FBI, Interpol, the DEA, etc to figure out how all of this was connected.Witnesses often disappeared or were killed Some of the agencies, and those who worked there, were crooked The author, Evan Ratliff, realized that police in the Philippines, Somalia, Colombia, and other countries involved in this huge conspiracy, often made so little money that they were unable to live on it Naturally, they were the perfect targets for payoffs.If you are a computer buff or a techie, this book is perfect for you There is a lot about encryption, including a brief mention of Edward Snowden, and the programs that lie just beneath the surface of the regular internet that most of us are not even aware of.As the author looked into the selling of drugs and arms, murders and international connections, one name kept popping up Paul Calder Le Roux When described, he didn t look the part of the mastermind behind all of this He was very overweight, dressed casually in shorts and flip flops, but believe me, you didn t want to get on his bad side.The book is rather complex to follow, mainly because large and brilliant conspiracies are complex and difficult to unravel If you are a conspiracy theorist, this book is a golden find It is heavy reading and I was glad that the author included a cast of characters in the beginning as I referred to it many a time.I love non fiction books about true crime and there are not much worse crimes than those described in this book flag 3 likesLike see review Nov 07, 2018 Randal White rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley, police corrections, political diplomacy terrorism 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 flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 31, 2019 Melody OhTheBooksSheWillRead Hawkins rated it really liked it 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 pharmaceuticals over the internet.This story concerns a criminal organization that conducted business on six continents and involved thousands of people Amongst the various international crimes involved, are acts of hitme 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 pharmaceuticals over the internet.This story concerns a criminal organization that conducted business on six continents and involved thousands of people Amongst the various international crimes involved, are acts of hitmen, international arms dealers, and illicit drug smuggling Ratliff engaged in exceptional research in order to write this book He spent several years conducting interviews and reviewing documents in addition to working with various law enforcement agencies, local and governmental, foreign and domestic, including Interpol, the FBI, and the DEA Although he encountered rampant corruption along the way, in addition to missing, murdered, or just plain terrified witnesses, Ratliff persevered to determine how the various crimes were connected.I would recommend this book to fellow fans of the true crime genre Especially those who enjoy a good conspiracy theory There are not many books that I would recommend to my dad, but this is one of them Thank you to Random House and NetGalley for my free e ARC flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 02, 2019 Victoria rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley Thanks to Random House and Netgalley for the advanced copy of this upcoming true crime work I requested it because I knew I had read something about the main character the Mastermind but I couldn t remember where or when After finishing the book, I determined from the author s notes that it was long form articles by the same author that I had read in The Atavist This book expands on those articles about an international criminal and possibly genius and was a great read I applaud Mr Ratlif Thanks to Random House and Netgalley for the advanced copy of this upcoming true crime work I requested it because I knew I had read something about the main character the Mastermind but I couldn t remember where or when After finishing the book, I determined from the author s notes that it was long form articles by the same author that I had read in The Atavist This book expands on those articles about an international criminal and possibly genius and was a great read I applaud Mr Ratliff for his dedication in reporting this story, both in time and effort Good journalists are truly like a dog with a bone, not willing to quit until their curiosity is satisfied, and luckily, they share with us There is so much that is fantastical in this tale, it is hard to believe it was all possible The end was a bit of a letdown, but that was due to the facts not the writing Highly recommended for fans of true crime flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 13, 2018 Jamma rated it really liked it 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 legitimate Evan Ratliff spent four years researching this book and it certainly shows in the details he gives us And I wasn t bogged down by these details I found them fascinating The book is as good as any mystery thr 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 legitimate Evan Ratliff spent four years researching this book and it certainly shows in the details he gives us And I wasn t bogged down by these details I found them fascinating The book is as good as any mystery thriller I would recommend this to anyone who loves this sort of real life thriller flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 23, 2019 Steve rated it it was amazing Shelves first reads 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 up in South Africa, he began in software, writing a program called Encryption for the Masses E4M , which became the core of the program TrueCrypt Disappointed that his free software was making money for someone else 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 up in South Africa, he began in software, writing a program called Encryption for the Masses E4M , which became the core of the program TrueCrypt Disappointed that his free software was making money for someone else, but not him, he moved in a new direction He started an online pharmacy business, selling drugs that weren t technically yet controlled substances, so he could tell the brick and mortar pharmacies who filled the orders, and the doctors who approved them, that it was all legal it wasn t Making hundreds of millions of dollars, he decided to branch out into arms dealing and moving illegal narcotics He hired his own small army of mercenaries who would assassinate people he though had ripped him off When he was eventually caught, he immediately turned into a witness for the DEA and turned over his employees to prosecutors He is currently in jail awaiting sentencing, and may get off with as little as time served, or as much as another ten years After his release, his unaccounted for millions will be at his disposal to continue his criminal enterprises or explore new options This book is very well researched and very interesting I d recommend it flag Like see review Jan 28, 2019 Nan Williams rated it liked it Shelves netgalley 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 beginning all the drug sales were entirely legal He contracted with small town US pharmacies with good reputations and also contracted with doctors of good repute It s a fascinating expose of how easily he put al 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 beginning all the drug sales were entirely legal He contracted with small town US pharmacies with good reputations and also contracted with doctors of good repute It s a fascinating expose of how easily he put all this into play and how he was able to evade the law once the business entered shadowy exchanges It was also fascinating to me how he was able to establish a global empire by the time he was just 41 A lot of research has gone into this book It was quite a noteworthy effort I received this ARC from NetGalley and from the publisher, Random House, in exchange for an honest review flag Like see review Jan 30, 2019 Steve Aberle rated it it was amazing 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 And after reading The Mastermind, you will believe that saying.A realtor is killed, and pharmacies are filling scripts over the internet Hit men, arms deals, coke, and meth all conspire to make for an incredible inv 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 And after reading The Mastermind, you will believe that saying.A realtor is killed, and pharmacies are filling scripts over the internet Hit men, arms deals, coke, and meth all conspire to make for an incredible investigatory book written by a very talented reporter author.The action occurs throughout the world as the reader is drawn into a violence filled environment fueled by money, technology, and greed.The Mastermind Drugs Empire Murder Betrayal is a fantastical adventure into a world that we may hear about but are not a part of Read this and you will be a part of that world flag Like see review Jan 21, 2019 Linda S rated it really liked it 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 that Le Roux was working, and believe methere are many In some ways, the level of detail is overwhelming, but I think that s a necessary evil in a story this complex All the while I was reading this I couldn t 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 that Le Roux was working, and believe methere are many In some ways, the level of detail is overwhelming, but I think that s a necessary evil in a story this complex All the while I was reading this I couldn t help but wonder how I hadn t heard this story in the media But, I am very glad that I read this book and I will look for other works by this author flag Like see review Jan 20, 2019 Jessica Johnson rated it really liked it Shelves 2019 reading 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 either from the tiniest cities in Minnesota to beautiful South Africa, to the poorest areas of the Philippines Evan Ratliff has really done his research with this one, and it shows Pages kept turning and I had to 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 either from the tiniest cities in Minnesota to beautiful South Africa, to the poorest areas of the Philippines Evan Ratliff has really done his research with this one, and it shows Pages kept turning and I had to know how it ended Read like a thriller novel, but was a true crime novel Absolutely loved it Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review flag Like see review Feb 01, 2019 Angie rated it liked it 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 international drug cartels It brings those scripts to real life This massive account does bog down with complicated details of the investigation Thank you, NetGalley, for the ARC in exchange for an honest review 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 international drug cartels It brings those scripts to real life This massive account does bog down with complicated details of the investigation Thank you, NetGalley, for the ARC in exchange for an honest review 3 Stars flag Like see review Jan 30, 2019 Ava Huang rated it it was amazing 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 organization he runs completely exceeds plausibility There s just an incredible amount of absolutely bonkers material Reality as surrealism, basically You ll be glued to it flag Like see review Jan 29, 2019 Susan Wright rated it it was amazing 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 mind boggling criminal enterprise imagine if that knowledge and energy to a prosocial endeavor.Thank you for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this flag Like see review Gary rated it liked it Jan 24, 2019 Wendy reed rated it really liked it Jan 30, 2019 Jan 22, 2019 Paul rated it really liked it A bit like an action movie, this is a well written thriller smartly told by a talented writer It complex and taught and great for someone who like tech I read Cliff Stoll s Cuckoo s Egg many years ago when it first came out, and although quite different for many reasons, I liked this one even The fact people work on taking down someone for ten years in itself is pretty amazing Kudos to the author on such great research and for bringing it to us in such a compelling way Recommended flag Like see review Scott Freeman rated it really liked it Nov 19, 2018 Iurcik rated it it was amazing Jan 30, 2019 Jan 14, 2019 Sarahbscc rated it did not like it I wanted to like this book so much because Ilove true crime Unfortunately, it was too slow for my taste There were a lot of good details and I liked that the author was writing from his perspective and experience, but it just dragged on for me I think it went into too much detail and the story ended up getting lost because there were so many moving pieces and people I think it s a very detailed, long novel, that I usually enjoy but it didn t keep my attention and I put it down about a quarte I wanted to like this book so much because Ilove true crime Unfortunately, it was too slow for my taste There were a lot of good details and I liked that the author was writing from his perspective and experience, but it just dragged on for me I think it went into too much detail and the story ended up getting lost because there were so many moving pieces and people I think it s a very detailed, long novel, that I usually enjoy but it didn t keep my attention and I put it down about a quarter in flag Like see review Jan 22, 2019 Linda Ghent is currently reading it I received a proof 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 that Le Roux was working, and believe methere are many In some ways, the level of detail is overwhelming, but I think that s a necessary evil in a story this complex All the while I was reading this I cou I received a proof 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 that Le Roux was working, and believe methere are many In some ways, the level of detail is overwhelming, but I think that s a necessary evil in a story this complex All the while I was reading this I couldn t help but wonder how I hadn t heard this story in the media But, I am very glad that I read this book and I will look for other works by this author flag Like see review Jan 04, 2019 Cristy Emmnm rated it really liked it Shelves 2019 read harder 2019 Read Harder Challenge A book of nonviolent true crime flag Like see review Jan 08, 2019 Jypsy marked it as to read I love true stories that feel like action movies This book definitely fits it Full of action and drama with great characters Well written and informative I recommend this book if you read true stories flag Like see review Ben Ramirez rated it it was amazing Feb 01, 2019 Jeff rated it it was amazing Jan 31, 2019 Aurora rated it it was amazing Feb 01, 2019 Patrick J McCarthy rated it it was amazing Jan 31, 2019 Katie rated it it was amazing Oct 24, 2018 Aparna Rishi rated it it was amazing Jan 16, 2019 Jan 31, 2019 Jennifer Rico rated it really liked it Loved this book True crime isn t my usual genre, but it flowed so well The writing style was great The only downfall to this book was the slow start I like to be gripped from page one.Thank you NetGalley for an early 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    1. Very strange and dark story about a man, Paul Leroux, who used his coding knowledge to eventually set himself up as some kind of barbarian drug kingpin I am impressed at the massive amount of reporting that went into this story over several years Despite that, it was not really my favorite There is lots of blow by blow of this complicated and disturbing criminal plot but not much reflection on what it all means for our society and the human condition.My own takeaway is that Leroux was a distu Ve [...]


    2. 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 dealers, the smuggling and selling of cocaine and meth, and other international crimes If you want to know, read this book which is an investigative reporter s dream or maybe nightmare The author spent several years What [...]


    3. 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


    4. 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 pharmaceuticals over the internet.This story concerns a criminal organization that conducted business on six continents and involved thousands of people Amongst the various international crimes involved, are acts of hitme Th [...]


    5. Thanks to Random House and Netgalley for the advanced copy of this upcoming true crime work I requested it because I knew I had read something about the main character the Mastermind but I couldn t remember where or when After finishing the book, I determined from the author s notes that it was long form articles by the same author that I had read in The Atavist This book expands on those articles about an international criminal and possibly genius and was a great read I applaud Mr Ratlif Thanks [...]


    6. 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 legitimate Evan Ratliff spent four years researching this book and it certainly shows in the details he gives us And I wasn t bogged down by these details I found them fascinating The book is as good as any mystery thr Thanks [...]


    7. 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 up in South Africa, he began in software, writing a program called Encryption for the Masses E4M , which became the core of the program TrueCrypt Disappointed that his free software was making money for someone else Discla [...]


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