Fall: The Mystery of Robert Maxwell, by John Preston

Maxwell stole how much money? (£750 million, since you ask.) Good grief. The intervening 30+ years had blunted the memory. At least the British establishment learned its lesson and would never again be embarrassed by embracing dodgy foreign businessmen with unexplained fortunes into its heart. Oh, wait. Anyway, read at your peril – because after this true life tale of a highly complex villain, you will be even more demanding of any poorly rendered fictitious bad guys than you already are.