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  • Location: Shanghai

City of Devils: A Shanghai Noir

City of Devils: A Shanghai Noir

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1930s: 1930s Shanghai could give Chicago a run for its money.

  • ISBN: 978-1787470330
  • Genre: Historical, Non-Fiction

What you need to know before your trail

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.

‘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.

They thought they ruled Shanghai; but the city had other ideas.

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By the 30s, Shanghai had grown from a walled fishing village into something else entirely.

The city was “a deafening babel of tongues, a hodgepodge of administrations, home to hopeful souls from several dozen nations joined together by one simple guiding ethos: money and the getting of it”

In 1940 the Kingpin Kings bestrode the Shanghai Badlands like kings, while all around the Solitary Island was poverty, starvation and genocide.

Shanghai was their playground for a flickering few years, a city where for a fleeting moment even the wildest dreams seemed possible.

Because of the uncertainty in the world; Japanese forces were getting ever closer and the future of the foreign enclave and its inhabitants was seriously in doubt, there was a great deal of money to be made in drink, drugs, gambling and other vices. This is the story of that city.

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Destination : Shanghai Author/Guide: Paul French  Departure Time: 1930s

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