A novel of love and espionage in 1930s Shanghai, by an author with “a unique and enthralling style” (Baltimore Books Examiner).
When Shadow competed with the beautiful nightclub singer Camilla for the affections of organized crime leader Master Lung, she almost lost everything. Hiding out in Hong Kong, performing in a run-down circus, Shadow has no idea that Camilla, too, is on the run with her lover, Jinying—Lung’s son.
Yet while Camilla and Shadow were once enemies, now their only hope of freedom lies in joining forces to eliminate the ruthless Big Brother Wang. Despite the danger, Shadow, Camilla, and Jinying return to Shanghai. But Camilla also has her own secret agenda: She has heard a rumor that her son is alive. And in a city teeming with spies and rivals—including the vengeful Rainbow Chang—each battles for a future in a country on the verge of monumental change.
From the author of Skeleton Women and Secret of a Thousand Beauties, this is a tale of adventure, suspense, and danger rich with historical atmosphere.