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Chinatown Squad: Policing the Dragon From the Gold Rush to the 21st Century

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From Nineteenth Century Tong Wars, to recent efforts by Hong Kong Triads to murder their way into control of Chinatown rackets, a small group of San Francisco police officers has battled crime and vice in the nation s oldest established Chinese community.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Noir Publications
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This is an invaluable history of organized crime in San Francisco's Chinatown. This is a GREAT book. GREAT. I absolutely loved it. However, I had a couple of important gripes about it.

First, the author was a SF cop for 26 years; this gives him an insider's perspective from the police side, but it's very much true to the title. It's about the "Chinatown Squad," the SF Police squad assigned to police "vice" in Chinatown -- not the experience of the Chinese at all. Therefore, it's at once an insid
Evan Hadfield
Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Lacking citations and with a fairly informal writing style, the book is no doubt the work of an amateur historian - but this only lends it more "first-person" charm as Kevin Mullen gives an at-times personal account of the history of the police force in Chinatown.

Fascinating read loaded with anecdotes from a century of intriguing Chinatown history that almost certainly won't be found anywhere else.
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