Butte Silver Bow Public Library

Normal view MARC view ISBD view

City of devils : the two men who ruled the underworld of old Shanghai / Paul French.

By: French, Paul, 1966- [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Picador, [2018]Copyright date: �2018Edition: First edition.Description: xvi, 299 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781250170583; 1250170583.Subject(s): Farren, Joe, 1893-1941 | Riley, Jack, 1897- | Riley, Jack, 1897- | Farren, Joe, 1893-1941 | Aliens -- China -- Shanghai -- History -- 20th century | Aliens -- China -- Shanghai -- Social life and customs -- 20th century | Aliens -- China -- Shanghai -- Social conditions -- 20th century | Criminals -- China -- Shanghai -- History -- 20th century | Crime -- China -- Shanghai -- History -- 20th century | Criminals -- China -- Shanghai | Shanghai (China) -- History -- 20th century | Shanghai (China) -- Social life and customs -- 20th century | TRUE CRIME -- Organized Crime | HISTORY -- Asia -- China | Criminals | China -- Shanghai | Criminals -- China -- Shanghai -- History -- 20th century | Crime -- China -- Shanghai -- History -- 20th century | Aliens -- China -- Shanghai -- History -- 20th century | Shanghai (China) -- History -- 20th century | Shanghai (China) -- Social life and customs -- 20th centuryGenre/Form: True crime stories.DDC classification: 364.1060951
Contents:
Introduction -- The Devil's last dance -- The rise to greatness -- The lords of misrule -- The hour between dog and wolf -- The fallen city.
Summary: 1930s Shanghai could give Chicago a run for its money. In the years before the Japanese invaded, the city was a haven for outlaws from all over the world: a place where pasts could be forgotten, fascism and communism outrun, names invented, fortunes made - and lost. 'Lucky' Jack Riley was the most notorious of those outlaws. An ex-Navy boxing champion, he escaped from prison in the States, spotted a craze for gambling and rose to become the Slot King of Shanghai. Ruler of the clubs in that day was 'Dapper' Joe Farren - a Jewish boy who fled Vienna's ghetto with a dream of dance halls. His chorus lines rivalled Ziegfeld's and his name was in lights above the city's biggest casino. In 1940 they bestrode the Shanghai Badlands like kings, while all around the Solitary Island was poverty, starvation and genocide. 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 they left in their wake. Shanghai was their playground for a flickering few years, a city where for a fleeting moment even the wildest dreams seemed possible. In the vein of true crime books whose real brilliance is the recreation of a time and place, this is impeccably researched narrative non-fiction told with superb energy and brio, as if James Ellroy had stumbled into a Shanghai cathouse.
Tags from this library: No tags from this library for this title. Log in to add tags.
    average rating: 0.0 (0 votes)
Item type Current location Collection Call number Status Date due Barcode Item holds
Four-week, one renewal Four-week, one renewal Butte Public Library
STACKS
Nonfiction 364.1 FRE (Browse shelf) Available 2089100148582
Total holds: 0

Introduction -- The Devil's last dance -- The rise to greatness -- The lords of misrule -- The hour between dog and wolf -- The fallen city.

1930s Shanghai could give Chicago a run for its money. In the years before the Japanese invaded, the city was a haven for outlaws from all over the world: a place where pasts could be forgotten, fascism and communism outrun, names invented, fortunes made - and lost. 'Lucky' Jack Riley was the most notorious of those outlaws. An ex-Navy boxing champion, he escaped from prison in the States, spotted a craze for gambling and rose to become the Slot King of Shanghai. Ruler of the clubs in that day was 'Dapper' Joe Farren - a Jewish boy who fled Vienna's ghetto with a dream of dance halls. His chorus lines rivalled Ziegfeld's and his name was in lights above the city's biggest casino. In 1940 they bestrode the Shanghai Badlands like kings, while all around the Solitary Island was poverty, starvation and genocide. 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 they left in their wake. Shanghai was their playground for a flickering few years, a city where for a fleeting moment even the wildest dreams seemed possible. In the vein of true crime books whose real brilliance is the recreation of a time and place, this is impeccably researched narrative non-fiction told with superb energy and brio, as if James Ellroy had stumbled into a Shanghai cathouse.

There are no comments for this item.

Log in to your account to post a comment.

Other editions of this work

City of devils : by French, Paul,
City of devils : by French, Paul,

Celebrating Butte and Connecting our Community

Contact us: info@buttepubliclibrary.info or 406.723.3361

Powered by Koha