The Snakehead

Patrick Radden Keefe

The Snakehead
Format
Paperback
Publisher
Pan Macmillan
Country
United Kingdom
Published
16 February 2023
Pages
432
ISBN
9781529099928

The Snakehead

Patrick Radden Keefe

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 multi-million dollar business smuggling people.

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 illegal 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. a.

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