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Arms trafficking, offshore accounts and luxury property deals. Super-yachts, private jets and super-car collections. blood diamonds, suspect oil deals, deforestation and murder. This is the world of Global Witness, the award-winning organisation dedicated to rooting out worldwide corruption. And this is co-founder Patrick Alley's revealing inside track on a breath-taking catalogue of modern super-crimes - and the 'shadow network' that enables them.

Very Bad People is about following the money, going undercover in the world's most dangerous places and bringing down the people behind the crimes. Case by case, we see maverick investigators pitched against warlords, grifters and super-villains who bear every resemblance to The Night Manager's Richard Roper. One dictator's son spent 700 million dollars in just four years on his luxury lifestyle.

As they unravel crooked deals of labyrinthine complexity, the team encounter well-known corporations whose operations are no less criminal than the Mafia. This network of lawyers, bankers and real estate agents help park dirty money in London, New York or in offshore accounts, safe from prying eyes.

Patrick Alley's book is a brilliant, authoritative and fearless investigation into the darkest workings of our world - and an inspiration to all of us who want to fight back.

©2022 Patrick Alley (P)2022 Octopus Publishing Group

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Everyone, everywhere should read this book

Huge thanks to Patrick Alley for writing this book. I found it engaging. It made me angry, it made me cry sometimes and I hope Mr Spielberg makes a film of the book. For the first time in my life, I have questioned my belief that I would “leave the world without hurting anyone” personal vision. I wish I could go back 25 years. I’d find these guys and lead an altogether different life. A must read for me.

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Wow

What a great story. An eye opening look in to worldwide corruption. The audio book is perfect, interesting and delivered so well. So impressed I bought the book as well.

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For those of us that care……

A truly engaging, thought provoking piece of work that better illustrates the need for change.

First class 👏🏻👏🏻

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Excellent. Well written true crime

Excellent completely riveting book. This chronicle of greed and corruption which reads as easily as a John Le Carre thriller will horrify & surprise you even as you admire the bravery & determination of the team at Global Witness. It reminds us of how complicit we all are.