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Very Bad People

Patrick Alley

'Very Bad People would be a hugely enjoyable thriller if it wasn't all true... Thank heavens there are Very Good People like Patrick Alley and his astonishingly courageous colleagues.' - Isabella Tree, author of Wilding

'The story told in this book of three youthful idealists who go from eating cold baked beans in a drafty London flat to the Thai-Cambodian border where they posed as traders in illegally felled timber is simply riveting. Don't miss it.' - Misha Glenny, author of McMafia

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 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.

'Very Bad People shines a light on the real life dramas that are truly more alarming than the pages of fiction - it is a shocking, important and page-turning book that gives a unique insight into a hidden world of criminality, and into the shadow networks that really run our world.' - Jeff Skoll, Founder and Chairman Participant Media, Skoll Foundation

Patrick Alley is one of the three founders of Global Witness. Founded in 1993, Global Witness has become one of the world's leading investigative organisations dedicated to routing out corruption & environmental and human rights abuses around the world, with Patrick taking part in over 50 field investigations in South East Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe. Taking the findings to lawmakers and into the boardrooms of multinational companies, Patrick and his colleagues have challenged the assumption that you can't change things. Alongside his two co-founders, Patrick received the 2014 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. Global Witness were nominated for the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize for their work exposing the murderous trade in Blood Diamonds.

Category:  Biography & Memoirs, Popular Science
ISBN:  9781913183493
Publisher:  Octopus Publishing Group
On sale:  April 2022
Format:  Paperback
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