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

Paul French

Shanghai in the 1930s was a corrupt haven for outlaws from all over the world and a place where expats could flee the Nazis and the Communists. “Lucky” Jack Riley, an ex-Navy boxing champion, escaped an Oklahoma prison to run Shanghai’s slot machines, while “Dapper” Joe Farren, a Jew who fled Vienna’s ghettos, ruled the swanky nightclubs. They thought they ruled Shanghai, but the city had other ideas. The bestselling author of Midnight in Peking (2012) chronicles their rise to power, their downfall, and the trail of destruction they left in their wake.