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The Mastermind by Evan Ratliff

The MasterMind

Evan Ratliff

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2 reviews

Imprint: Random House
Publisher: Random House
Publication date: 29 Jan 2019
ISBN: 9780399590412

"A tour de force of shoe-leather reporting--undertaken, amid threats and menacing, at considerable personal risk."--Los Angeles Times

3 stars out of 5
7 Mar 2019

"a masterwork of investigative journalism"

Ratliff’s book is meticulously researched and written with feverish intensity. And while, at nearly 400 pages, it would have benefited from editing, The Mastermind is a masterwork of investigative journalism.


4 stars out of 5
2 Mar 2019

"Wild parable about one of world’s most prolific criminals"

With such a crazy story, it might have been tempting for the writer to amplify its oddness, to play it for laughs. Instead, Ratliff reports exhaustively and writes soberly, all the while remaining conscious of the ludicrousness of the reality he’s recounting. It’s a brilliant book, one that makes Le Roux’s life and career seem a suitably wild parable for a digitally deranged age.