City of Devils by Paul French audiobook

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

By Paul French , with Robert Van Kolken
Read by David Mark Colling  and Paul Chan

Macmillan Audio 9781250170583

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781427298461

  • ISBN: 9781427298461

Runtime: 9.09 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/True Crime
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A Newsweek Pick of Best Nonfiction for Summer Reading

Among longlisted titles for Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year, 2018

By Paul French, New York Times bestselling author of Midnight in Peking—winner of both the Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime and the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction—comes a rags-to-riches tale of two self-made men set against a backdrop of crime and vice in the sprawling badlands of Shanghai. City of Devils is a dynamic audiobook that will captivate listeners everywhere.

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 rivalled 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“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, author of Dare Me
“To understand the ‘surrealist city,’ as present-day Shanghai is enigmatically called, Paul French’s City of Devils is an absolute must. A solid, ground-breaking historical true-crime narrative, it is written with such vivid, well-researched details and totally captured me—a native Shanghainese—as if in a time capsule of the heretofore-unknown past passions and pathos of the city.” Qiu Xiaolong, author of Shanghai Redemption
“French’s prose is economical, razor sharp and lyrical…If you’re interested in Shanghai, WWII in the east, I cannot recommend City of Devils highly enough.” Adrian McKinty, author of Rain Dogs

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Author

Author Bio: Paul French

Author Bio: Paul French

Paul French lives in Shanghai, where he is a business adviser and analyst. He frequently comments on China for the English-speaking press around the world. He studied history, economics, and Mandarin while attending university and has a Master Philosophy in economics from the University of Glasgow.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/True Crime
Runtime: 9.09
Audience: Adult
Language: English