1930s Shanghai's nature as a haven for the outlaws of the world saw two particular criminals ascend: 'Lucky' Jack Riley who had escaped from prison in the US, and ruler of the clubs 'Dapper' Joe Farren. Their story is related here with a level of colour and energy reminiscent of James Ellroy.
Paul French lived in Shanghai for ten years, where he was a business advisor and analyst. He frequently comments on China for the English-speaking press around the world. French studied history, economics, and Mandarin at university and has an M.Phil in economics from the University of Glasgow. He lives in London.