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Paradise - - In Paradise | Contents -

Lon­don-born Paul French lived and worked in Shang­hai for years and his anal­y­sis and commentary on China was widely pub­lished. As an au­thor, China re­mains his fo­cus. One of his books, Mid­night in Pek­ing, was a New York Times best­seller.

City of Dev­ils is an ac­count (his­tor­i­cal fic­tion) of Shang­hai’s law­less 1930s and ’40s and two of its most no­to­ri­ous crim­i­nals, Joe Far­ren and Jack Ri­ley. The two are at the heart of this story. It is through them that the au­thor helps cre­ate an ac­count of the drug-run­ning, graft and gam­bling that were syn­ony­mous with Shang­hai long be­fore the sto­ries of China’s eco­nomic mir­a­cle and surg­ing GDP num­bers came to re­place them.

City of Dev­ils has been de­scribed as a true-crime book, one whose bril­liance is the recre­ation of a time and place through an im­pec­ca­bly re­searched nar­ra­tive.

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