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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.

Patrick Radden Keefe’s work has been recognised by prizes ranging from the National Magazine Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award in the US to the Orwell Prize and the Baillie Gifford in the UK, 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 observes 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 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; collected here for the first time, listeners can understand how his work forms an always enthralling yet also deeply human portrait of criminals and rascals, as well as those who stand up to them.

©2022 Patrick Radden Keefe (P)2022 Penguin Random House LLC

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"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)

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He keeps delivering

PRK is methodical in his research and pursuit of the truth in whatever he turns his attention to. The result is a compelling and eye opening experience. This is no exception.

The book is compiled from number of short stories from his journalism and is headed under the connective Rogues. This about sums it up but the title is a little strained for some of the characters he describes.

The author narrates and I personally like his voice, but he may not be for everyone.

It’s an easy book to listen to in hour long stories

I would recommend if this is your thing


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incredibly interesting strange stories!

a really great collection of weird and wonderful stories. the author is a great storyteller

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excellent

really top class writing, as always, fascinating stories finished off with the sad but intriguing Anthony Bourdain.

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Great Listen each chapter is like a book in itself

I learned much about each subject, all new angles for me to think of events and situations I felt already familiar with.

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Fabulous!

Patrick Keefe has done it again and I’m very glad I pre bought a copy of this so I didn’t forget it’s release. Such a great set of stories that bar a couple, I had never heard anything about before.

Patrick delivers the audiobook in his typical style and it’s obvious he’s the author. Inflections and voices delivered in al the right places.

If you enjoyed ‘Empires of Pain’ you will undoubtedly love this too.

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Drones on a bit

I enjoyed it in the beginning. The Jefferson bottles had me riveted, but then it seemed to start to be padded out with a lot of unimportant information relating to each story, and I'm still confused about how the last story, "Journeyman", fitted in with the rest of the crooks and villains contained in the book? Rogue? If you class eating weird stuff as roguish I suppose?

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Sure why not?

Excellent subject matter, wonderfully presented. An absolute joy to listen to.

So much so I did, twice.