Reviews

  • "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 one that will hold you in its grip."

    David Grann, author of Killers of the Flower Moon and The Lost City of Z
  • "One of the most prodigious criminal masterminds or modern times. Compelling... meticulously researched and written with a feverish intensity. A masterwork of investigative journalism."

    Daily Mail
  • "A true crime classic."

    Publishers Weekly
  • "This is a riveting, 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."

    Nicholas Thompson, editor in chief, Wired
  • "The best book I read this year. It is the insane story of an internet drug lord and the years it took to bring him down. I read this with my heart in my throat—not just because of the violence and mystery, but because it made me jealous as a journalist (how’d he find that out?) and, though it is a true story, as a novelist."

    Taffy Brodesser-Akner, author of Fleishman Is in Trouble, GQ - Best Books of 2019