Shanghai, 1941: In a city under siege unfolds an astonishing story of two men whose lives intertwine in crime and twisted friendship. Viennese Joe Farren rose to fame by cashing in on Shanghai’s desperate pleasure seeking.
King of the chorus lines, his name was splashed in neon across the infamous Badlands nightclub, ‘Farren’s’. American fugitive Jack Riley, his fingertips acid-burnt, found a future in Shanghai as ‘The Slots King’. ‘Dapper Joe’ and ‘Lucky Jack’ collided, clashed and came together again in a frantic struggle to survive the city’s last days.
Paul French resurrects the denizens of old Shanghai’s badlands, the drug-running, the gambling, and the graft, vividly restoring this long overlooked side of the city’s history.
About the Author
Born in London and educated there and in Glasgow, Paul French has lived and worked in Shanghai for many years. He is a widely published analyst and commentator on China and has written a number of books, including a history of foreign correspondents in China and a biography of the legendary Shanghai adman, journalist and adventurer Carl Crow.
His book Midnight in Peking was a New York Times Bestseller, a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week, and will be made into an international miniseries by Kudos Film and Television, the UK creators of Spooks and Life on Mars.
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 14th May 2018
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.4 x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Number: 1