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Hunting LeRoux

The Inside Story of the DEA Takedown of a Criminal Genius and His Empire
Written by: Elaine Shannon
Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
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With an introduction by four-time Oscar-nominated filmmaker Michael Mann.

The story of Paul LeRoux, the twisted genius entrepreneur and cold-blooded killer who brought revolutionary innovation to international crime, and the exclusive inside story of how the DEA’s elite, secretive 960 Group brought him down. 

Paul LeRoux was born in Zimbabwe and raised in South Africa. After a first career as a pioneering cybersecurity entrepreneur, he plunged into the dark side, using his extraordinary talents to develop a disruptive new business model for transnational organized crime. Along the way, he created a mercenary force of ex-US and NATO sharpshooters to carry out contract murders for his own pleasure and profit. The criminal empire he built was Cartel 4.0, utilizing the gig economy and the tools of the digital age: encrypted mobile devices, cloud sharing, and novel money-laundering techniques. LeRoux’s businesses, cyber-linked by his own dark worldwide web, stretched from Southeast Asia across the Middle East and Africa to Brazil; they generated hundreds of millions of dollars in sales of arms, drugs, chemicals, bombs, missile technology, and murder. He dealt with rogue nations - Iran and North Korea - as well as the Chinese Triads, Somali pirates, Serb mafia, outlaw bikers, militants, corrupt African and Asian officials, and coup-plotters. 

Initially, LeRoux appeared as a ghost image on law enforcement and intelligence radar, an inexplicable presence in the middle of a variety of criminal endeavors. He was Netflix to Blockbuster, Spotify to Tower Records. A bold disruptor, his methods brought international crime into the age of innovation, making his operations barely detectable and LeRoux nearly invisible. But he gained the attention of a small band of bold, unorthodox DEA agents, whose brief was tracking down drug- and arms-trafficking kingpins who contributed to war and global instability. The 960 Group, an element of the DEA’s Special Operations Division, had launched some of the most complex, coordinated, and dangerous operations in the agency’s history. They used unorthodox methods and undercover informants to penetrate LeRoux’s inner circle and bring him down. 

For five years, Elaine Shannon immersed herself in LeRoux’s shadowy world. She gained exclusive access to the agents and players, including undercover operatives who looked LeRoux in the eye on a daily basis. Shannon takes us on a shocking tour of this dark frontier, going deep into the operations and the mind of a singularly visionary and frightening figure - Escobar and Victor Bout and Jeff Bezos rolled into one. 

Hunting LeRoux introduces a new breed of criminal spawned by the savage, greed-exalting underside of the age of innovation - and a new kind of true-crime story. It is a look into the future - a future that is dark. 

©2019 Elaine Shannon (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • 2019-03-18

Amazing story

Amazing story about the audacity of someone’s willingness to commit crimes, and after getting caught having no contrition. Would give five stars, but the seemed rushed toward the end of the book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-03-30

This book was very interesting

i liked this book was interesting to read about a international criminal it took me a few chapters to get into it but really enjoyed it

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  • 2019-10-10

Man, I thought FBI was a gang of dweebs...cringe

Great story, really. However, the authors are soooo freaking dweeb-ish. You would swear James Comey was moonlighting as a DEA foot soldier (*...or butt boy???). I would recommend this book 10/10.

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  • EveB
  • 2019-07-03

Starts slower than I'd like-worth sticking with

Almost lost interest in the beginning as the setting up of the story was somewhat dry getting all the "facts" in, but was worth the wait for the juicy and exciting bits a third way in.

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  • niCk
  • 2019-06-06

Good true crime listen

If you like listening to true crime you'll like this listen. I would of liked to hear from the kingpin himself.

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  • 2019-05-31

we need to bring back death penalty!

This man is the non comedic doctor evil. It seems very clear that he is very much happy to be well outside of the community of decency in fact I think that's completely his goal. well written. with some luck he wi go out the back door in jail in a bag. horrifying stuff but informative.

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  • Marc E. Stevens
  • 2019-05-03

Not entertaining

This is more a documentary than a story, which didn't fit my requirements. Didn't find anything compelling about what is supposed to be an investigative piece. Didn't live up to the hype IMO.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-03-29

Gonna make a great movie

The book was pretty good and the story is hard to believe. The story done by Michael Mann will be amazing as a movie. I thought the book was great. Only problem I had was that It was a little hard to keep track of what is happening listening to this, because there was so much going on. But i just would go back and listen again. MAKE THE MOVIE SOON.

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  • Jaddie Dodd
  • 2019-02-24

Seismic Story

This book is a marvel of investigative journalism exposing an underground network of drugs and weapons with the convenience of an Amazon-like shopping experience.

This book raised my awareness of the instability of this world we live in.

I've given this book two complete listens.

It's heavy. It's seismic. It's unbelievable, but true.

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  • 2019-02-26

entertaining and unsettling

Are you listening Netfix? Much of the story sounds too perfectly dramatic, almost script-like almost unbelievable. The author is gearing for a miniseries without a doubt. I'd watch it :)

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