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The Laundry Man [Paperback]

Kenneth Rijock
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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Book Description

5 July 2012

Meet Ken Rijock. Decorated Vietnam veteran. High flying lawyer. And one of the world's biggest money launderers.

In 1980s Miami, Ken Rijock was the middle man between the Colombians and the domestic cartels flooding America's streets with cocaine. Every Friday, carrying hundreds of thousands of dollars in a tattered suitcase, he would fly by private jet to a tax haven in the Caribbean. Rijock's operation was responsible for 'cleaning' over $200 million of dirty cash. And all the time he was in love with a cop.

It finally came crashing down when a client testified against him. He agreed go undercover for the DEA, and he now works with banks and governments to track the new generation of money launderers.

Like Frank Abagnale's Catch Me If You Can and Howard Marks' Mr Nice, The Laundry Man is the remarkable story of an ordinary man caught up in an extraordinary life.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Viking (5 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241954177
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241954171
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 15.2 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 417,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kenneth Rijock is a financial crime consultant based in Miami. He has more than 25 year's experience in the field of money laundering, as a practising laundryman, financial compliance consultant, and trainer/lecturer to law and intelligence agencies including the FBI. He has testified three times before US Congress committees. Rijock is a veteran of the conflict in Vietnam and Cambodia, and holds the Combat Infantryman's Badge and Bronze Star Medal.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking Read 1 Nov 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Cracking read, very fast pasted and very interesting. Real eye opener into the world of money Laundering in the 1980`s. Read it from cover to cover within a day,could not put it down. Pick up a copy you wont regret it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars different story to the title 6 Aug 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
First of all, 3 out of 5 as the book is not so much concentrated on how the writer laundered the money but on the personal journey of this writer during his money laundering days. It's too generalised at times, and quite often lacks details (maybe its due to security and safety) however all is based in early 80s so it carries little relavance to how people do it now, you might just as well read money laundering done in the middle ages and how those criminals dealt with their personal troubles, it fails to do what Franc Lucas the Original Gangster accomplished so well, and that is truly pull you into the story and provide details which add colour to any content you are absorbing. I really enjoy reading about the shady criminal world, but at the end this book was becoming a challenge to read, and wasnt really about the criminal world but about one man personal journey through life, (it was simply not a conservative journey because the guy made a lot of wrong choices), it's very short story as well. It was NOT all bad though, as I mentioned it gives the reader a broader look and reminder that all are human, we all make mistakes and there is never a path from which you can turn away and turn your life around.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of laundry, not much dirt. 17 Feb 2014
Format:Paperback
The title is great, the cover design suitable, but the content is dreary. Only an accountant could possibly find this book exciting. Despite Mr Rijock's best efforts to put some excitement into his narrative, the people he meets are thinly drawn cutouts, his thoughts on events are banal and unilluminating and nothing much happens. This is the sort of airport book that you end up abandoning on the plane - whether fully read or unfinished.
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3.0 out of 5 stars More interesting than it appears 23 Aug 2012
Format:Paperback
Ken Rijock was a money-launderer in the cocaine blizzard that was Miami in the 1990s. His book is part confession, part beginner's guide. I enjoyed the details of his scams but - as with most legal work - the repetition can get tedious. His descriptions of his fellow-travellers are very, very entertaining and you find yourself rooting for him when it all goes bad.

The occasional false note is sounded when Ken writes about his successes with the ladies. Otherwise this is good holiday reading, better than True Crime magazines but its writing is not to the same standard as The Sink, The Devil's Deal or The Smartest Guys in the Room.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating true story 9 Aug 2012
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Format:Paperback
I thought this book was excellent, particularly being a true story about the lawyer turned money launderer. Fast moving, as detailed as it could be, well written. I recommend to others.
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