Red Notice
A real-life political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his dangerous mission to expose the Kremlin's corruption.

Bill Browder's journey started on the South Side of Chicago and moved through Stanford Business School to the dog-eat-dog world of hedge fund investing in the 1990s. It continued in Moscow, where Browder made his fortune heading the largest investment fund in Russia after the Soviet Union's collapse. But when he exposed the corrupt oligarchs who were robbing the companies in which he was investing, Vladimir Putin turned on him and, in 2005, had him expelled from Russia.

In 2007, a group of law enforcement officers raided Browder's offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund's companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder's attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear.

Browder glimpsed the heart of darkness, and it transformed his life: he embarked on an unrelenting quest for justice in Sergei's name, exposing the towering cover-up that leads right up to Putin. A financial caper, a crime thriller, and a political crusade, Red Notice is the story of one man taking on overpowering odds to change the world.

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  • Frances
    Oct 5, 2016


    Born into a left-wing family in America, Bill Browder attended a boarding school where he became quite rebellious and very unsettled. Not happy with his home life he made the decision to become a capitalist knowing that it would surely upset his parents. However, once he settled down w...

  • Neil Fox
    Sep 15, 2016

    Neil Fox

    An oft-quoted citation of Churchill's that " Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma" normally omits the context and ending of Churchill's actual saying which states that the key to unlocking the great riddle is to have an understanding of where Russian self-interest l...

  • Jeanette
    Jul 30, 2016


    Hard book to read! Bill Browder is the ultimate intrepid person. There are more details in his mind within an hour- then most people seem to use within a month. No, more than 2 months. And you hear them all here. For years, and years of travel, inquiry, investing, association for knowl...

  • Axel Ívarsson
    Mar 28, 2016

    Axel Ívarsson

    A remarkable book, instantly hooked from the first page. Spectacularly written in an engaging and provocative manner. ...

  • Cher
    Mar 25, 2016


    3 stars - It was good.A fascinating story that starts off as a tale of financial corruption and ends with a cry for human rights. You are left questioning the illusion that Russia is becoming a progressive and democratic nation. Browder's story also shines an unflattering light on a fe...

  • Trish
    Mar 25, 2016


    Bill Browder has a fascinating tale to tell, of his family background as the grandson of a noted Communist, of his math-whiz father and mother, of his physicist brother. He was the black sheep of the family…until he became a billionaire in his thirties by investing in undervalued ...

  • Skip
    Feb 13, 2016


    True story of the first investor in grossly undervalued Russian companies, who makes enormous returns for himself and his partners, but antagonized Russian oligarchs without much thought about the risks to himself, his family, his employees and agents. Then, the unthinkable happens, an...

  • Caroline
    Feb 10, 2016


    I don't have time to review this book properly. In a nutshell, I was fascinated by the first half of it - all about the author learning to become a hedge fund manager, and his experiences in Russia and the highs and the lows of that experience. These included him getting immensely tan...

  • Mary
    Feb 8, 2016


    Browder, like Kasparov, illustrates a workable reaction to Russian State crime. Browder was ultimately successful with the Magnitsky Act, sanctioning various bad guys involved in the oh-so-very-wrongful death of the honorable, inspiring Sergei Magnitsky. To paraphrase Kasparov: What go...

  • Esil
    Jan 11, 2016


    3 1/2 stars. I listened to the audio of Red Notice. It was fascinating and I have no regrets about listening to it, but there were a few things that grated on me enough to knock off a 1/2 star from what would otherwise have been a solid 4 stars. In Red Notice, Bill Browder recounts his...