Extortion, gambling, fraud, corruption, drugs and prostitution are all recounted as the criminal activities of the Triads. Wherever there is a Chinese community, Triad criminals enjoy a lucrative parasitical living by squeezing its members for money. Now, with the imminent handover of Hong Kong to the Republic of China in 1997, the Triads are on the move to America, Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, West Germany and the UK.; In this book the author investigates the Triads, their movements and activities. Martin Booth, who has unrivalled access to classified material, sets the growth of the Triads into its historical context. Above all, the author reveals the scale of the Triad threat, in particular the ever-tightening grip on the trade in heroin, and makes a plea for a co-ordinated international response to the rapidly growing menace of this criminal fraternity. From the author of "Hiroshima Joe", "The Jade Pavilion" and "Carpet Sahib: A Life of Jim Corbett".