Rogues True stories of grifters, killers, rebels and crooks

Patrick Radden Keefe, 1976-

Book - 2022

"From the prize-winning, New York Times bestselling author of Say Nothing and Empire Of Pain, twelve enthralling stories of skulduggery and intrigue by one of the most decorated journalists of our time "I read everything he writes. Every time he writes a book, I read it. Every time he writes an article, I read it ... he's a national treasure."--Rachel Maddow. Patrick Radden Keefe has garnered prizes ranging from the National Magazine Award to the Orwell Prize to the National ...Book Critics Circle Award for his meticulously-reported, hypnotically-engaging work on the many ways people behave badly. Rogues brings together a dozen of his most celebrated articles from The New Yorker. As Keefe says in his preface "They reflect on some of my abiding preoccupations: crime and corruption, secrets and lies, the permeable membrane separating licit and illicit worlds, the bonds of family, the power of denial." Keefe brilliantly explores the intricacies of forging $150,000 vintage wines, examines whether a whistleblower who dared to expose money laundering at a Swiss bank is a hero or a fabulist, spends time in Vietnam with Anthony Bourdain, chronicles the quest to bring down a cheerful international black market arms merchant, and profiles a passionate death penalty attorney who represents the "worst of the worst," among other bravura works of literary journalism. The appearance of his byline in The New Yorker is always an event, and collected here for the first time readers can see his work forms an always enthralling but deeply human portrait of criminals and rascals, as well as those who stand up against them"--

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Subjects
Genres
True crime stories
Published
New York : Doubleday [2022]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
"The pieces in this work originally appeared in a slightly different form in The New Yorker." -- Title page verso.
Physical Description
xv, 348 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN
9780385548519
0385548516
9780385675451
0385675453
Main Author
Patrick Radden Keefe, 1976- (author)
  • The Jefferson bottles : how could one collector find so much rare fine wine?
  • Crime family : how a notorious Dutch gangster was exposed by his own sister
  • The avenger : has the brother of a victim of a Lockerbie bombing finally solved the case?
  • The empire of edge : how a doctor, a trader, and the billionaire Steven A. Cohen got entangled in a vast financial scandal
  • A loaded gun : a mass shooter's tragic past
  • The hunt for El Chapo : inside the capture of the world's most notorious drug lord
  • Winning : how Mark Burnett resurrected Donald Trump as an icon of American success
  • Swiss bank heist : the computer technician who exposed a Geneva bank's darkest secrets
  • The Prince of Marbella : the decades-long battle to catch an elusive international arms broker
  • The worst of the worst : Judy Clarke excelled at saving the lives of notorious killers. Then she took the case of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
  • Buried secrets : how an Israeli billionaire wrested control of one of Africa's biggest prizes
  • Journeyman : Anthony Bourdain's movable feast.
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Prize-winning and best-selling Keefe follows his highly lauded Empire of Pain (2012) with a collection of New Yorker pieces of astounding variety, each more riveting and extraordinary than the last. A wine connoisseur turned counterfeiter creates vintages said to have provenance in Thomas Jefferson's collection. A stock trader cultivates a relationship with a respected doctor to gain leverage for an insider deal. An Israeli billionaire hopes to monetize a rich iron ore deposit in an African country rife with corruption. Keefe provides scrupulous detail and keen insight into notorious criminal minds in profiles of a powerful international arms dealers, a Dutch gangster who is betrayed by his sister, and the notorious drug trafficker El Chapo. The ego is prominently examined in a portrait of Mark Burnett, creator of hit reality television shows Survivor and The Apprentice, and his role in Donald Trump's ascent. The pièce de résistance is the closing profile on chef turned television star and provocateur Anthony Bourdain, whose humanity and vulnerability are shown with incredible sensitivity. Many of Keefe's subjects exemplify greed, power, and self-delusion, but he also illustrates with remarkable nuance the stigma of mental illness and the compulsion toward ethical principles, reminding us that the arc of the moral universe is long, but it does bend towards justice. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Keefe (Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty) collects 12 of his New Yorker pieces: thematically (albeit loosely) related examinations of people who live on (or outside of) the edge of the law. What follows is a combination of investigative journalism and personality profiles that often take the author on a globetrotting adventure—complicated stories that have room to breathe in the long-form format. Whether Keefe is exploring the wine fraud that plagues the world of the one percent or digging into a university shooter's past, he shows remarkable skill in explaining complicated schemes and a dogged determination to track down leads. He emphasizes the importance of fact-checking, and he documents his attempts to get as close as possible to his subjects. While El Chapo was not sitting down for interviews, the author does hop on the back of Anthony Bourdain's scooter for a tour of Hanoi. (Yes, the inclusion of the Bourdain profile does seem to stretch the book's premise.) The original essays are unaltered, but Keefe provides updates at the end of each one. VERDICT A strong collection of essays of most interest to true crime readers, but also on display is a model of journalistic credibility.—Terry Bosky Copyright 2022 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

The 12 essays in this superlative collection from New Yorker staff writer Keefe (Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty) reflect, as he says in his preface, his abiding preoccupations: "crime and corruption, secrets and lies, the permeable membrane separating licit and illicit worlds, the bonds of family, the power of denial." "The Jefferson Bottles" chronicles how the sale of bottles of wine that supposedly belonged to Thomas Jefferson, for hundreds of thousands of dollars, resulted in a lifelong crusade against wine fraud by billionaire Bill Koch. "Crime Family" charts the daily life in hiding of Astrid Holleeder, a Dutch woman who brought down her own crime family by testifying against her brother. "A Loaded Gun" explores why neurobiologist Amy Bishop shot and killed three colleagues at the University of Alabama decades after she was suspected of killing her own brother. "Winning" takes a look at the rise of Donald Trump from the point of view of Mark Burnett, creator of The Apprentice, and in "Journeyman," chef Anthony Bourdain, more rebel than rogue, muses on dining with Barack Obama. Every one of these selections is a journalistic gem. Immensely enjoyable writing married with fascinating subjects makes this a must-read. Agent: Tina Bennett, WME. (June) Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"From the prize-winning, New York Times bestselling author of Say Nothing and Empire of Pain, twelve enthralling stories of skulduggery and intrigue by one of the most decorated journalists of our time. 'I read everything he writes. Every time he writes a book, I read it. Every time he writes an article, I read it ... he's a national treasure.' - Rachel Maddow. Patrick Radden Keefe has garnered prizes ranging from the National Magazine Award to the Orwell Prize to the National Book Critics Circle Award for his meticulously reported, hypnotically engaging work on the many ways people behave badly. Rogues brings together a dozen of his most celebrated articles from The New Yorker. As Keefe says in his preface, 'They reflect on some of my abiding preoccupations: crime and corruption, secrets and lies, the permeable membrane separating licit and illicit worlds, the bonds of family, the power of denial.' Keefe brilliantly explores the intricacies of forging $150,000 vintage wines, examines whether a whistleblower who dared to expose money laundering at a Swiss bank is a hero or a fabulist, spends time in Vietnam with Anthony Bourdain, chronicles the quest to bring down a cheerful international black market arms merchant, and profiles a passionate death penalty attorney who represents the 'worst of the worst,' among other bravura works of literary journalism. The appearance of his byline in The New Yorker is always an event, and collected here for the first time readers can see his work forms an always enthralling but deeply human portrait of criminals and rascals, as well as those who stand up against them"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The prize-winning, New York Times best-selling author presents twelve of his most celebrated articles from The New Yorker that form a deeply human portrait of criminals and rascals, as well as those who stand up against them.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the prize-winning, New York Times bestselling author of Empire of Pain and Say Nothing—and one of the most decorated journalists of our time—twelve enthralling stories of skulduggery and intrigue“I read everything he writes. Every time he writes a book, I read it. Every time he writes an article, I read it … he’s a national treasure.” —Rachel Maddow“Patrick Radden Keefe is a brilliant writer, and each of these pieces reminds you that this world and the people in it are more interesting, complicated and moving than you had allowed yourself to imagine. ROGUES is a marvel, showcasing the work of a reporter at the absolute top of his game.” —Daniel Alarcón, author of The King is Always Above the PeoplePatrick Radden Keefe has garnered prizes ranging from the National Magazine Award to the Orwell Prize to the National Book Critics Circle Award for his meticulously-reported, hypnotically-engaging work on the many ways people behave badly. Rogues brings together a dozen of his most celebrated articles from The New Yorker. As Keefe says in his preface “They reflect on some of my abiding preoccupations: crime and corruption, secrets and lies, the permeable membrane separating licit and illicit worlds, the bonds of family, the power of denial.”Keefe brilliantly explores the intricacies of forging $150,000 vintage wines, examines whether a whistleblower who dared to expose money laundering at a Swiss bank is a hero or a fabulist, spends time in Vietnam with Anthony Bourdain, chronicles the quest to bring down a cheerful international black market arms merchant, and profiles a passionate death penalty attorney who represents the “worst of the worst,” among other bravura works of literary journalism.The appearance of his byline in The New Yorker is always an event, and collected here for the first time readers can see his work forms an always enthralling but deeply human portrait of criminals and rascals, as well as those who stand up against them.