Year published :2002
Pages :470 pp.
Size :15x23 cm.
Rights :Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, and Myanmar
Blood Brothersby Bertil Lintner
‘While criminals may live outside the law, they have never been outside society. In Asia, there has always been a symbiosis between law and crime.’
All over Asia, bankers, gangsters, government officials and intelligence agents interact, while organised crime networks threaten the rest of the world. Russian gangsters are active in New York, Miami and California; Chinese gangs run Chinatowns all over the United States and Europe; Vietnamese mobsters have taken over the heroin trade to Australia, and the Japanese yakuza not only influence government and business at home, but chase the yen through Southeast Asia and Hawaii to Australia's Gold Coast.
Organised crime is one of the biggest and most complicated issues in the Asia Pacific. Both Western and Asian pundits assert that shady deals are an Asian way of life. Some argue that corruption and illicit business ventures—gambling, prostitution, drug trafficking, gun running, oil smuggling—are entrenched parts of the Asian value system. Yet many Asian leaders maintain that their cities are safer than Sydney, Amsterdam, New York and Los Angeles. Bertil Lintner knows this territory well. In Blood Brothers, he takes you inside the criminal fraternities of Asia and the Far East, examining these networks in order to answer one question: How are civil societies all over the world to be protected from the worst excesses of increasingly globalised mobsters?
Blood Brothers is investigative journalism at its best and most relevant.
Bertil Lintner has lived in Thailand since 1979. He is a senior writer for the Far Eastern Economic Review, where one of his colleagues was Adam Schwarz. He has written articles for Asian, American and European publications, and has published several books. He is widely respected as an authority on crime in Asia.