The Snakehead (Paperback)Patrick Radden Keefe (author)
From the groundbreaking investigative journalist and award-winning author of Empire of Pain and Say Nothing comes a blistering exposé of the unlikely criminal kingpin of New York's Chinatown, told with pace, power and page-turning skill.
In this thrilling panorama of real-life events, the bestselling author of Empire of Pain investigates a secret world run by a surprising criminal: a charismatic middle-aged grandmother, who from a tiny noodle shop in New York's Chinatown, managed a multimillion-dollar business smuggling people.
In The Snakehead, Patrick Radden Keefe reveals the inner workings of Cheng Chui Ping aka Sister Ping's complex empire and recounts the decade-long FBI investigation that eventually brought her down. He follows an often incompetent and sometimes corrupt INS as it pursues desperate immigrants risking everything to come to America, and along the way he paints a stunning portrait of a generation of undocumented immigrants and the intricate underground economy that sustains and exploits them.
Grand in scope yet propulsive in narrative force, The Snakehead is both a kaleidoscopic crime story and a brilliant exploration of the ironies of immigration in America.
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 312 g
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 29 mm
'Reads like a mashup of The Godfather and Chinatown, complete with gun battles, a ruthless kingpin and a mountain of cash. Except that it's all true.' - Time
'Essential reading... a rich, beautifully told story, so suspenseful and with so many unexpected twists that in places it reads like a John le Carre novel.' - The Washington Post
'A masterwork... in this single tale about a global criminal, Keefe finds a story of quintessentially American hope.' - Christian Science Monitor
'Painstakingly reported and vividly told... as immigration reform languishes in Washington... everyone involved - from policymakers to activists to the undocumented - would be wise to read The Snakehead.' - Newsweek
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