Empire of Crime
Given the number of books, TV shows and movies which boast organised crime as their central theme, it’s an understatement to say that this topic is a fascinating subject to many people. However, with popularity comes excessive coverage, and organised crime has already been covered in troves.
However, Empire Of Crime claims to be one of the few books which looks in detail at the circumstances surrounding Britain’s refusal to import opium supplies to overseas countries, therefore resulting in a black market approach to buying and selling the medicinal drug. As citizens and governments in Hong Kong and China tried desperately to get their hands on the drug, British criminals seized at the opportunity to become their suppliers, resulting in lucrative business opportunities for both. Empire Of Crime explores these incidents in detail.
On first glance at Empire of Crime’s contents page, one could be forgiven for believing this was a book of short stories all recurring around the general theme of British organised crime, and in a sense, it is. Empire Of Crime gets off to a fantastic start. It paints the picture of the circumstances which were surrounding Great Britain, India and China during the early twentieth century, and explains exactly why the opium trade was such a lucrative endeavor for everyone involved. Even for someone with little knowledge of history, organised crime or the drug trade, everything is laid out in simple-to-understand terms.