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Shanghai

Author(s): Joseph Kanon

Location(s): Shanghai

Genre(s): Fiction, Espionage, Historical

Era(s): Around WW2

Daniel Lohr, sensing that the Nazis are closing in on the Jews, leaves his dying father in Berlin and boards a ship to Shanghai. His passage is dependent upon him delivering a package to his shady uncle, his father’s brother, upon arrival. Daniel has no idea what the package contains. On board is Leah, also fleeing the Nazis. She and Daniel conduct a passionate but brief shipboard affair, but are separated as soon as the ship docks in Shanghai. Will he ever see her again?

Daniel is immediately plunged into his uncle’s seductive and corrupt world, and becomes involved in the launch of a new nightclub, the biggest, best and most glitzy in town. When violence breaks out and lives are at risk, he finds himself drawn irrevocably into the terrifying underworld that is wartime Shanghai.

“Joseph Kanon is America’s Robert Harris”

For Joseph Kanon, a book “always begins with place” (Tim Shipman, Sunday Times 16 June 2024)

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