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The Shanghai Circle

Author: Henderson, Tony Set In . . .
 Asia, China, Shanghai
Genre: Historical Fiction
Time Frame: 1920-1960
Published: 2013
Description: The author, Stella Wong, says of Shanghai in the 1930's, “No city in the Orient, or the world for that matter, could compare with it. At the peak of its spectacular career the swamp-ridden metropolis surely ranked as the most pleasure-mad, rapacious, corrupt, strife-ridden, licentious, squalid and decadent city in the world.”

In 1936, the rise of communism in China and the threat of an invasion by Japan, means taipan, Charles Guest, assisted by his daughter, Davina, must steer the family trading house through tumultuous times.

Heir to the Sung triad society, Joseph Cheung, learns the ways of the triad where vice and violence dominate Shanghai’s criminal world, while Irina, a young and beautiful stateless Russian woman, falls into the triad’s clutches and fights to escape.

A kaleidoscope of entrepreneurs, merchants, peasants, criminals and fugitives, provide colour, love, rivalry and danger, as fictitious characters are woven into actual events in this extraordinary city.
  
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