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Dirty Gold Reviews

Dirty Gold by Jay Weaver, Nicholas Nehamas, Jim Wyss, Kyra Gurney

Dirty Gold: The Rise and Fall of an International Smuggling Ring

Jay Weaver, Nicholas Nehamas, Jim Wyss, Kyra Gurney

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1 review

Imprint: Hodder & Stoughton
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication date: 4 Mar 2021
ISBN: 9781529345308

A searing expose of the illegal gold trade and how it is a part of our lives and economy

3 stars out of 5
16 May 2021

"(A) glimpse into the real cost of the global obsession with gold"

The rise of the amigos makes for a reasonably entertaining yarn — although the ease with which these goons build an empire based on smuggling and the lax practices of a reputable US firm is depressing. Unfortunately, much like the scam, the fun falters as the narrative shifts to their downfall. The pages become clogged with duller characters, while it is hard to get enthused by rivalries between US agencies, despite the best efforts of the authors as they stretch out their plot and create snappy chapter titles such as ‘Dude, This Is Insanity’. Yet they deserve credit for exposing the dark underbelly of the jewellery industry and giving us another glimpse into the real cost of the global obsession with gold.

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