Introduction; How Americas Most Famous Playwright Went to Shanghai, Fooled Everyone and had a High Old Time of It; Nearly Snubbed by Shanghai; Shanghai Gestures; A Warm Welcome for Charlie Chan; Two Poets Meet in Frenchtown; From Shanghai to Hollywood; The Beast Comes to Shanghai; Interpreting the Shanghai Mind; Red Sojourners at the Zeitgeist Bookstore; Weimar on the Whangpoo; Murder in the Shanghai Trenches; Bobby Broadhurst Teaches Shanghai to Dance; Mans Fate and the Shanghai of the Absurd; Shanghais Most Charming Gangster; A Showgirl, Bloody Saturday and the Shrapnel Swing; Manouche on the Route Vallon: The Gypsies of Shanghai (1930s/1940s); Bored in the Broadway Mansions; The Last Refuge: How Americas Biggest Ever Swindler Ended Up in Shanghai; Appendices.
Paul French was born in London, educated there and in Glasgow, and lived and worked in Shanghai for many years. His book Midnight in Peking was a New York Times bestseller, a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week, a Mystery Writers of America Edgar award winner for Best Fact Crime and a Crime Writers Association (UK) Dagger award for non-fiction. His most recent book City of Devils: A Shanghai Noir has received much praise, with The Economist writing: in Mr French the city has its champion storyteller. Both Midnight in Peking and City of Devils are currently being developed for television. Stories from Destination Shanghai will be serialised on RTHK Radio 3.