Shanghai is teeming with the denizens of an underworld filled with violence, gambling, and prostitution. At the heart of it all is eighteen-year-old Juliette Cai, a former flapper who has returned to assume her role as the proud heir of the Scarlet Gang—a network of criminals far above the law. When she grows up as a woman, she becomes a pawn in a blood feud between two gangs that shows no signs of stopping when she falls for their elusive leader, Song Lung.
In the year 1926, the city of Shanghai is drenched in violence. The age-old feud between rival gangs has left the streets awash in blood and despair. Juliette Cai, now eighteen and a member of China’s oldest gang, seeks to make her mark upon the criminal underworld. But it takes a great deal more than this for her to fulfill her destiny as she becomes entangled in more schemes than she cares to count—including an ambitious plan that could destroy everything she has worked so hard for…
When nineteen-year-old Juliette Cai fled to Shanghai from a life of privilege in Paris, she planned to disappear into the shadows of Shanghai’s underworld—to live off her father’s fortune as a gangster. Instead, she’s found herself at the center of a blood feud between two gangs that has left the entire city powerless in their hands. Arriving at her father’s house in secret, Juliette finds herself surrounded by men loyal to Rumi Tse—her former lover and the chief of the Scarlet Gang. With only one night remaining before the police are summoned, Rumi decides that no one else will either if he can’t have Juliette as his bride. Still, something big is brewing among his fellow gangsters that they’ve never encountered before…something dangerous.
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The year is 1926, and Shanghai hums to the tune of debauchery.
A blood feud between two gangs runs the streets red, leaving the city helpless in chaos. At the heart of it all is eighteen-year-old Juliette Cai, a former flapper who has returned to assume her role as the proud heir of the Scarlet Gang—a network of criminals far above the law. Their only rivals in power are the White Flowers, who have fought the Scarlets for generations. And behind every move is their heir, Roma Montagov, Juliette’s first love…and betrayal.
But when gangsters on both sides show signs of instability culminating in clawing their throats out, the people start to whisper. Of a contagion, a madness. Of a monster in the shadows. As the deaths stack up, Juliette and Roma must set their guns—and grudges—aside and work together, for if they can’t stop this mayhem, then there will be no city left for either to rule.
Perfect for fans of The Last Magician and Descendant of the Crane, this heart-stopping debut is an imaginative Romeo and Juliet retelling set in 1920s Shanghai, with rival gangs and a monster in the depths of the Huangpu River.