A book about opium is bound to be read let alone a series! No heroes in these stories which I naively expected with the first book. Everybody has feet of clay, however, and either succumbs to adultery, murder, opium (selling, smoking), etc. In other words, nothing new r/t to drug trade, what has been will always be. Still, I enjoyed the series in that I learned, finally, what the opium wars were really all about.