Shanghai in the 1930s was one of the world's most dangerous cities, with kidnappings and murders daily occurrences. British police officer E.W. Peters of the Shanghai Municipal Police takes us down the city's dark lanes and alleys, through a crime-ridden underworld of brothels, opium dens and gambling parlors. This often riotous, true-crime chronicle is filled with colorful criminals, fumbled police raids and gross misunderstandings, one of which lands the author on trial for murder. A must-read for those interested in old Shanghai at its most exciting, with a new foreword by China historian Robert Bickers (The Scramble for China and Empire Made Me).
- Paperback | 256 pages
- 145 x 210 x 20.32mm | 340.19g
- 03 Jul 2014
- Earnshaw Books Limited
- Hong Kong, Hong Kong
"Riots and robbers, gangs and guns, dope dealers and trunk murderers - E.W. Peters met them all with no more than his badge . . . and a fully loaded Colt .45." --Paul French, author, Midnight in Peking
About E. W. Peter
E.W. Peters was a British police officer in the Shanghai Municipal Council from 1929 until his dismissal following charges of attempted murder. He and his co-defendant both found not guilty. Robert Bickers is an expert in the field of modern Chinese history and British colonialism. His previous publications include Empire Made Me: An Englishman Adrift in Shanghai, a biography about a British police officer in the Shanghai Municipal Police, and The Scramble for China: Strangers in the Middle Kingdom, 1832-1914. He is currently a professor of history at the University of Bristol.