Empire of Crime : Organised Crime in the British Empire, Paperback Book

Empire of Crime : Organised Crime in the British Empire Paperback


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
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  • Category: True crime
  • ISBN: 9781780575513

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