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The Mastermind by Evan Ratliff
True crime

The Mastermind

by Evan Ratliff

Quick take

From North Korea to Somalia to your local pharmacy: The true story of a criminal genius turned painkiller pusher.

Why it’s worth it

Occasionally, there comes a nonfiction book that is so fascinating, so unbelievable, so insane, that it reads like The Bourne Identity. This is one of those books. Before reading it, I knew nothing about the shadowy, international criminal mastermind—yes, the designation is entirely deserved—named Paul Le Roux, but now he’s all I can talk about. Looking for a true crime read that will blow your mi...

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It 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. ...

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