By Eileen Ormsby
The shocking true story of the world’s most notorious online drug market.
It was the ‘eBay of drugs’, a billion dollar empire. Behind it was the FBI’s Most Wanted Man, a mysterious and enigmatic crime czar dubbed ‘Dread Pirate Roberts’.
SILK ROAD lay at the heart of the ‘Dark Web’ – a parallel internet of porn, guns, assassins and drugs. Lots of drugs. With the click of a button and a transfer of bitcoin virtual currency LSD, heroin, meth, coke, any illegal drug imaginable, would wing its way by regular post from any dealer to any user in the world. How was this online drug cartel even possible? And who was “DPR”, the mastermind all its low roads led to?
This is the incredible true story of Silk Road’s rise and fall, told with unparalleled insight into the main players – including up-close-and-personal encounters with alleged founder and kingpin Dread Pirate Roberts himself – by lawyer and investigative journalist Eileen Ormsby.
Eileen is one of the few anointed ‘dark web’ journos, trusted by Dread Pirate Roberts and privy to insider information.
Eileen has been researching and investigating the Silk Road community for over two years, gathering stories, contacts and anecdotes including exclusive detail of the Australian Silk Road-related arrests and the cryptic clues that ultimately led to the FBI’s arrest of Ross Ulbricht, one-time Bondi resident and owner of a fake NSW Driver’s License, who is now awaiting trial on charges of money laundering, computer hacking, conspiracy to traffic narcotics and, in Maryland, conspiracy to murder.
Combining the scintillating narrative thrills of Marching Powder with the tech-empire research of The Google Story, SILK ROAD is a stunning crime story with a truth that explodes off the page.
About the author: Eileen Orsmby is a former lawyer turned journalist. She lives in Melbourne.
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