Global Crime
An Encyclopedia of Cyber Theft, Weapons Sales, and Other Illegal Activities
by Philip L. Reichel, Editor
July 2019, 805pp, 7x10
2 volumes, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-6014-0
$198, £147, 165€, A283
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-6015-7
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Global crimes cross borders and are directly linked to such major events as the migration crisis in Europe and terrorist attacks in Belgium and France.

A definitive resource for understanding such far-reaching and often interconnected crimes as cyber theft, drug trafficking, human smuggling, identity theft, wildlife poaching, and sex tourism.

While many international corporations have benefited from the global economy and distribution of information, globalization has also had serious negative consequences. This important reference work offers students and general readers a critical understanding of how technology, governments, political unrest, war, and economic strife contribute to an increase in global crime.

This A–Z encyclopedia covers key people, events, and organizations and includes key documents that will help readers to understand the numerous problems created by the many transnational crimes that are growing in severity and frequency around the world. Entries address perpetrators and their methods; victims; who really profits; and law enforcement responses. In addition to cyber theft and sales of weapons and narcotics, the set provides a detailed look at global crimes not typically covered, such as corruption, fraudulent medicine, illegal sports betting, organ trafficking, maritime piracy, trafficking in cultural property, and wildlife and forest crime. Although some historical events and people are included, the focus is on recent and contemporary topics.


  • Includes primary source documents such as international treaties and conventions related to global crime
  • Provides quick access to key terms, events, individuals, and organizations playing a key role in combating global crime
  • Includes suggested sources for additional information in each entry to aid readers who want to examine the topic in more detail
  • Features scholars and practitioners from more than 10 countries who have specific knowledge of, and experience with, many of the global crimes covered in the work
Philip L. Reichel, PhD, is emeritus professor at the University of Northern Colorado and associate professor at California University of Pennsylvania. He is author of Comparative Criminal Justice Systems: A Topical Approach, coauthor of Corrections (Justice Series), and coeditor of the Handbook of Transnational Crime and Justice and Transnational Crime and Global Security. Reichel has also authored or coauthored more than 40 articles and book chapters. His areas of expertise include corrections, comparative justice systems, and transnational crime.


2019 Award Winner in the "Current Events" Category—Best Book Awards, American Book Fest, November 13, 2019


"Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty."—Choice, December 1, 2019

"The wide-ranging, expansive content on a fascinating and interesting topic will well serve its target audience of high school students, undergraduates, and general readers. This work is superb at not only explaining the growth and most important elements of global crime but also at detailing ways international communities are combating it and engaging and easily accessible manner."—Library Journal, May 1, 2020
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