The Snakehead

The Snakehead

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction, True Crime
Paperback Published on: 16/02/2023
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The Snakehead
Top-tier Investigative Journalism
I've fallen in love with PRK writing after reading Empire of Pain - one of the best works of non-fiction I've ever read, and Snakehead is very obviously an... READ MORE
Henri at Gower St.


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
  • ISBN: 9781529099881
  • Number of pages: 448
  • Weight: 318g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 29 mm

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The Snakehead
Review of The Snake Head by Patrick Radden Keefe by Samuel Miller-Tuesday 9 May 2023
This book tells the story of a group of Snake Heads (immigrant smugglers) and people from the Chinese Province of Fujian, and the lengths to which the immi... READ MORE
Samuel Miller
The Snakehead
Great read
Really enjoy Patrick Radden Keefe's writing. Bring history and story telling to life. Highly recommend if you would like to learn about the Chinatown Under... READ MORE
Shalini S