City of Devils: The Two Men Who Ruled the Underworld of Old Shanghai

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Author: French, Paul

Edition: 1st

Number Of Pages: 320

Release Date: 03-07-2018

Details: Product Description Now one of Kirkus Reviews' "Best Books of the Year" From Paul French, the New York Times bestselling author of Midnight in Peking―winner of both the Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime and the CWA Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction―comes City of Devils, a rags-to-riches tale of two self-made men set against a backdrop of crime and vice in the sprawling badlands of Shanghai.Shanghai, 1930s: It was a haven for outlaws from all over the world: a place where pasts could be forgotten, fascism and communism outrun, names invented, and fortunes made―and lost. “Lucky” Jack Riley was the most notorious of those outlaws. An ex–U.S. Navy boxing champion, he escaped from prison and rose to become the Slots King of Shanghai. “Dapper” Joe Farren―a Jewish boy who fled Vienna’s ghetto―ruled the nightclubs. His chorus lines rivaled Ziegfeld’s. In 1940, Lucky Jack and Dapper Joe bestrode the Shanghai Badlands like kings, while all around the Solitary Island was poverty, starvation, and war. They thought they ruled Shanghai, but the city had other ideas. This is the story of their rise to power, their downfall, and the trail of destruction left in their wake. Shanghai was their playground for a flickering few years, a city where for a fleeting moment even the wildest dreams could come true. Review Summer reading pick by the Los Angeles Times, Men’s Journal, Newsweek, Bookish, Financial Times, and Bloomberg A Vulture,, CrimeReads, National Book Review, NY Post, and Criminal Element Pick of the Month “Shanghai, in Mr. French, has its champion storyteller.”―The Economist “Few writers are more expert at mingling crime narrative and social history, journalistic precision and novelistic sweep, than Paul French. His books paint times and places so beguiling and tell stories so vivid and harrowing that, within pages, we’re utterly in their dark thrall. If you love Richard Lloyd Parry and David Grann, don’t miss City of Devils.”―Megan Abbott, Edgar award-winning author of You Will Know Me and Give Me Your Hand “It’s hard to go wrong with dope, decadence, and the demimonde . . . French recounts all this with great energy and brio.”―Gary Krist, The New York Times Book Review “Historical true crime that transports you back to the decadence and deranged beauty of 1930s Shanghai―a place that rivaled Prohibition Chicago for colorful miscreants and bruisers, including an ex-Navy boxer who became the Slot King of Shanghai.” ―Newsweek, "Best 50 Books of 2018 (so far)" “French combines the skills of a scholar with the soul of Dashiell Hammett.”―Boris Kachka,, 7 Books You Should Read This July “Nothing lasts forever: In 1930s Shanghai, the no-holds-barred gangster scene was run by an American ex-Navyman and a Jewish man who’d fled Vienna. Their milieu ― and its end ― comes alive.”―Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times“Move over Weimar: Paul French’s City of Devils, a history of glam and seedy interwar Shanghai’s refugees and criminals, is nostalgic noir at its best.”―New York Magazine “An engaging and salacious tale of the Shanghai underworld.”―, “The Most Anticipated Crime, Mystery, and Thriller Titles of 2018” “In City of Devils, Mr. French burrows into the unsavory side of the metropolis, focusing on the less photogenic elements of the age: drugs, guns, gangs, gambling and graft. Derided at the time as “Chicago on the Huangpu” for its lawless nature, the Shanghai Mr. French depicts seems flagrantly corrupt and dangerous, but strangely enticing… In contrast to the sort of hazy nostalgia that elides many sordid tales of old Shanghai, “City of Devils” casts a sharp, clear light on the shady characters who―no less than their legitimate counterparts―played a role in creating Shanghai’s now-mythic golden age.”―Maura Cunningham, Wall Street Journal“Drugs, gambling, vice, and banditry power China’s seaport mecca in this rollicking true crime saga…. In French’s wonderfully atmospheric portrait, Shanghai is a tapestry of

EAN: 9781250170583

Languages: English

Binding: Hardcover

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