Empire of Crime : Organised Crime in the British Empire Paperback
by Tim Newark
Sometimes the best intentions can have the worst results.
In 1908, British reformers banned the export of Indian opium to China.
As a result, the world price of opium soared to a new high and a century of lucrative drug smuggling began.
Criminal producers in other countries exploited the prohibition and gang wars broke out across South-East Asia.
It was the greatest gift the British Empire gave to organised crime.
Empire of Crime introduces the reader to a whole new collection of heroes and villains, including pioneering narcotics investigator Russell Pasha, commandant of the Cairo police force; master criminal Du Yue-Sheng, drug lord of the Shanghai underworld; and tough North-West Frontier police chief Lieutenant-Colonel Roos-Keppel, nemesis of Afghan criminal gangs.
Tim Newark weaves hidden reports, secret government files and personal letters together with first-hand accounts to tell the epic story of a global fight against organised crime.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 272 pages, 1 x 8pp b/w
- Publisher: Mainstream Publishing
- Publication Date: 02/08/2012
- Category: True crime
- ISBN: 9781780575513