Jeffrey Robinson

Biography

Jeffrey Robinson (1945) is the international bestselling author of 28 books. Born in New York and a graduate of Temple University, after serving four years in the US Air Force, he moved to a small village in the south of France to continue his writing career. His journalism has appeared for more than 40 years in major magazines and newspapers in the US and UK. During the 1970s, he was a featured contributor to the International Herald Tribune in Paris. Now based in New York, he devotes himself to writing books (both fiction and non-fiction), television, film and to speaking engagements on financial crime, money laundering and fraud. A recognized expert in those fields, he has been labeled by the British Bankers' Association, "The world's leading financial crime author."

Smashwords Interview

You're a prolific writer - what's the current count?
I think I'm up to 28 books. That's individual titles, and doesn't count all the various editions, like hardback, paperback, foreign, eBook... it's something like that. Honestly, I don't know off the top of my head because, believe it or not, I don't count. It's not like marriages, where if you had 28, you'd know and so would everybody else. For the record, I've only had one of those. I count myself lucky. One marriage and 28 books is a lot cheaper than the other way around.
You don't read like any other writer - I mean, I can't detect influences.
I hope that's a good thing. I work very hard at sounding like me. One of the most flattering things any critic ever said about my work is that I write like I talk. That's exactly what I'm aiming for and, after all these years... which adds up to be a lot... it doesn't get any easier. I still have to work hard to make that happen.
But that's not the only thing. I think it's fair to say that the source of all writing is experience AND observation AND imagination. The word AND being the operative one. It's not enough to get swallowed by a whale to write about it, you have to see how people react to your being swallowed by a whale, and imagine what the whale is thinking. Of course, you'd also have to be a great story teller to get anyone to want to read a whole book about a whale.
As for the writers who influenced me, the thing about my generation is Hemingway and television. It was that audible style of his and the verbal power of television. That's why, when anyone asks how I write, my answer is, "Out loud."
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Videos

How British Teleccom (inadvertently) Laundered Money for the Mob
Ten years ago, British Telecom charged money laundering expert Jeffrey Robinson for premium rate calls he didn't make. When he objected, they tried to bully him into paying the bill. They chose the wrong guy! He wound up exposing the UK phone company for (inadvertently) laundering money for the mob, turning 80,000 of their customers into victims.

Books

Trump Tower
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 146,710. Language: American English. Published: March 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Urban
Jeffrey Robinson throws-back to the great story-telling traditions of Harold Robbins, Arthur Hailey, Dynasty and Dallas in this big, sexy novel that takes you inside the secret world of the rich, famous, infamous, powerful and scandalous who live and work at the poshest address in New York City.
BitCon - The Naked Truth About Bitcoin
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 45,130. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Business finance, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Banks & banking
With typical wit, humor, and his jaundiced eye for cons, scams, pirates, hype, market manipulation, misinformation, outright lies, self-fulfilling Ponzis, sleight of hand and a mob of greater fools, Jeffrey Robinson (author of The Laundrymen) produces the evidence to prove that when it comes to bitcoin, what you see is simply not what you get.
Pietrov And Other Games
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 92,410. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
A Russian scientists goes missing at the height of the Cold War. The Russians want him back. The British and the Americans want him to defect. This is the Cold War in divided Berlin during the 1980s, a chilling time, when the three great powers played their silly, and often reckless, games.
Yamani - The Inside Story
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 123,540. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » World leaders, Nonfiction » Biography » Political biography
Yamani - The acclaimed biography of the man who could move markets with a whisper and who, for 28 years on the world stage, was one of the most powerful, most famous and most recognizable people on the planet. It is the story of oil, of Saudi Arabia, of the West and of ultimate political power.
The Margin of the Bulls
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 126,680. Language: American English. Published: March 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
In 1970, an American calling himself Bay Radisson arrived in England with no place to live and no place to go back to. Twenty years later, he was riding the crest of a wave, as one of Britain's most successful "risk takers." Here are stories of wheeling-and-dealing that the libel laws would never permit as non-fiction, from the days when the City of London was the Wild West.
The Manipulators - Unmasking the Hidden Persuaders --- The Conspiracy To Make Us Buy
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 91,310. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Advertising, Nonfiction » Social Science » Media studies
This is the unmasking of Van Packard's classic expose of the advertising industry, “The Hidden Persuaders,” and how the real “Mad Men” of Madison Avenue get us to spend.
A True and Perfect Knight
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 108,830. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Business
With warmth, humor and his unique eye for life’s absurdities, Jeffrey Robinson turns one man’s adventure in the real world into the “feel good” novel of the year.
The Monk's Disciples
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 115,650. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
An American "ambulance chasing" lawyer in London, England finds himself inadvertently caught up in the high-stakes, cut-throat race for the elusive FAT-gene. With taut plotting, memorable characters and humor, Jeffrey Robinson lays bare the extent that men of science will go - in the name of science - to further their own naked ambition.
Bardot - Two Lives
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 125,960. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Celebrity biography, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Biography
BARDOT AT 80 Difficult to believe, but the "sex kitten" who scandalized the 1950s and the 1960s with her unbelievable beauty, her wonderful childlike screen persona and her lack of clothes, is now an octogenarian.
The Hotel --- Upstairs, Downstairs in a Secret World
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 89,050. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » By region
Bestselling author Jeffrey Robinson spent five months as a fly-on-the-wall at what was then, arguably, the best hotel in the world. The result is a riveting expose of life above and below stairs, an unforgettable adventure into a secret world where the public is never permitted to go.
The Sink - Crime, Terror and Dirty Money in the Offshore World
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 145,980. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » True Crime » Organized crime, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Banks & banking
The author of The Laundrymen and The Merger, Jeffrey Robinson, brings the story of dirty money full circle, back to the offshore islands in paradise where the business of crime does its banking.
The Merger - The Conglomeration of International Organized Crime
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 147,820. Language: English. Published: May 3, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » True Crime » Organized crime, Nonfiction » True Crime » Drug trade
BESTSELLING SEQUEL TO "THE LAUNDRYMEN" Crime is no longer bound by borders. International organized crime gangs have formed joint ventures and strategic alliances to become the most dangerous special interest group on the planet. These unholy alliances provide criminal groups with more power, more leverage, more ill-gotten gains.
The Laundrymen - Inside Money Laundering, The World's Third Largest Business
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 123,670. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » True Crime » Drug trade, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Banks & banking
The world is awash with dirty money. Most of it comes from illicit drugs. Who's laundering it? Bankers, lawyers, accountants and money managers - from Wall Street to Main Street via Switzerland and the Caribbean. The Laundrymen gets to the root of the problem and, 20 years since it first became an international bestseller, remains the definitive book on money laundering.
THE TAKEDOWN - A Suburban Mom, A Coal Miner's Son, and the Unlikely Demise of Colombia's Brutal Norte Valle Cartel
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 96,570. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » True Crime » Drug trade, Nonfiction » True Crime » Organized crime
In a world where fiction defines criminal investigations, THE TAKEDOWN sets the record straight --- the true story of two unlikely people who, against the odds, spend 15 years bringing down the most brutal cocaine cartel of them all.

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