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Gangsters of Shanghai [Kindle Edition]

Gerry O'Sullivan
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“From out of nowhere, this is one of the most enjoyable Shanghai novels we’ve read… Seek this superbly researched and deftly written novel out”
Review By Peter Desmond
‘City Weekend’ Magazine, Shanghai
10 December 2013

The severed head in the bamboo birdcage swayed above the teeming marketplace. It told Constable Mike Gallagher everything he needed to know about Shanghai.

It’s 1927, the son of a rural Irish cop, Gallagher joins the Shanghai Municipal Police to escape an Ireland crippled by its recent bitter independence fight, and to trace the aristocratic woman whose memory still haunts him. They would venture together to China, Fiona once promised. Then the IRA torched her family estate. Everybody believes she died there. Everybody but Mike Gallagher.

Shanghai. Pearl of the East or Whore of the Orient? Depends on who you ask. It’s a cesspool of poverty, thronged with refugees, gripped by civil war. But for some it’s still a fever dream: jazz clubs and opium dens, celebrities and spies, easy money and easier women. Gallagher encounters the city’s biggest philanthropist, a man called Big Ears Lu – who is also its creepiest racketeer. He falls for the beautiful courtesan Miriam Tsai. But does his collusion with Lu keep her trapped in the House of Multiple Joys? Shanghai in 1927 is a city where after dark anything seems possible. A city where anyone can be crushed, and anyone corrupted. Even an innocent Irish cop.

From the wreckage of guerrilla war in Ireland to the dawn of world war in Asia, the international mystery thriller Gangsters of Shanghai seethes with 20th Century turbulence and temptation. Can Mike Gallagher escape the imploding city with his life, his self-respect – and the answer to Fiona’s fate?

About The Author Of Gangsters Of Shanghai, The International Mystery Thriller.

Gerry O'Sullivan was born in Limerick, Ireland in 1961, where he indulged his taste for historical fiction, intelligent action thrillers and men’s adventure books. A graduate of the University of Limerick, he moved to Australia in 1986 and worked in the international education sector.

Gerry was inspired to write this action mystery by his granduncle, a Detective Inspector in the Shanghai Municipal Police during the 1920’s. Spellbound by old photographs and family lore, Gerry resolved to write an action adventure thriller with the accuracy of historical fiction. Gerry travelled to Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore and Brandeis University, Boston where the top-secret files of the Shanghai Municipal Police Special Branch are kept on microfilm (they were smuggled out of Shanghai by the CIA in 1949).

Gerry then moved to Singapore to immerse himself in the atmosphere of a fast paced English-speaking Asian city, as Shanghai was in the 1920’s and 1930’s. To achieve the pulse-quickening features of an action mystery with the demandingly accurate details of historical fiction, Gerry blended his granduncle’s stories about his Shanghai police work, years of scholarly research, and his own experiences of the city.

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"I think is quite an extraordinary effort for an established author, let alone a “first timer”. Gerry O’Sullivan’s novel ‘Gangsters of Shanghai’ is a remarkable story, told in vivid detail and rich in colour. It is a racy story underpinned by incredible research that makes the storyline and characters incredibly believable."
Nic Karandonis – Director, The Writer’s Factory, Sydney, Australia

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About the Author

Gerry O'Sullivan was born in Limerick, Ireland, where he indulged his taste for historical fiction, intelligent action thrillers and adventure books. A graduate of the University of Limerick, he moved to Australia and worked in the international education sector. Gerry was inspired to write this action mystery by his granduncle, a Detective Inspector in the Shanghai Municipal Police during the 1920’s. Spellbound by old photographs and family lore, Gerry resolved to write an action adventure thriller with the accuracy of historical fiction. Gerry travelled to Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore and Brandeis University, Boston where the top-secret files of the Shanghai Municipal Police Special Branch are kept on microfilm (they were smuggled out of Shanghai by the CIA in 1949). Gerry then moved to Singapore to immerse himself in the atmosphere of a fast paced English-speaking Asian city, as Shanghai was in the 1920’s and 1930’s. To achieve the pulse-quickening features of an action mystery with the demandingly accurate details of historical fiction, Gerry blended his granduncle’s stories about his Shanghai police work, years of scholarly research, and his own experiences of the city.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2032 KB
  • Print Length: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Rosetta No. 3 A/C Pty Ltd (31 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E9MBUY0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #445,046 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Gerry O'Sullivan is a best selling author, speaker, board director and management consultant with 30 years experience in workplace/corporate training and adult vocational education. His experience ranges from training small and large groups up to executive management and ownership of a registered training organisation providing courses to 1,000 students per year.

He has highly developed communications skills; written (published novelist and technical writer) verbal (trained in media presentation skills) one-to-one (qualified and experienced management consultant, career coach and psychotherapist) and group (teaching, training, lecturing, workshops, public speaking).

Gerry brings an international perspective to his work - he is widely travelled, has lived in Europe, Australia and Asia and has trained students from 61 countries. He is particularly skilled at teaching/training non-native English speakers.

Contact gerry at: gerryosullivansydney@gmail.com

Mobile/cell: +61 403 342 778

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
“Gangsters of Shanghai” written by Gerry O'Sullivan is an exciting mystery novel which takes place on the exotic site that by itself sounds exciting, while offering plenty of twists and turns that will hold the reader interested until the end of the novel.

The novel is situated in Shanghai during the 1920s where Mike Gallagher, a son of Irish cop, will come to join the Shanghai Municipal Police. In same time Gallagher is escaping Ireland due to the recent troubled events of independence fight, but also to find out what happened to the aristocratic woman named Fiona that he cannot forget. She promised once that they two will together go to China, but after the IRA burned house where she lived her fate remained unknown.

On his way Gallagher will experience lot of adventure, he will understand why for some Shanghai is epitome of brilliance, while for others is worst nightmare. Convinced that Fiona is not dead he will become obsessed with his quest to find out the truth and that will expose him to many temptations, both in terms of his survival but unexpectedly his heart, as well…

Gerry O'Sullivan’s work is well-researched work which is not surprising considering that his granduncle was a police officer in Shanghai during the 1920’s. The author delivered a good story, fast-paced action with a lot of upheaval so those who love suspense novels with a bit of exoticism will certainly be satisfied.

Particularly is important to emphasize the characterization of the main protagonists, particularly those women ones which are strong and complex characters, richly and realistically shown.

These all are reasons why this novel is worth to recommend - if you like that type of books, and you're a bit tired of the many suspense series that are only releasing new installments with the same main characters, give this novel a chance because this author with “Gangsters of Shanghai” fully deserved it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Out of the frying pan... 13 Mar. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
At a time of heightened IRA activity in troubled 1920’s Ireland Michael Gallagher, son of an upright sergeant in the RIC, takes a lowly post in the Shanghai police force and finds himself in an even more turbulent location. Simmering pre-war Shanghai is a seething hotbed of corruption, violence, vice and intrigue fomented by local gangsters and mischievous and exploitative foreigners. From the explosive opening sentence Gangsters of Shanghai casts the reader into this distant, colourful, but squalid and chaotic world with enviable authenticity. The work is impeccably researched, reasonably paced, always interesting and, despite the subject matter, highly likeable. Just about everything is right in this impressive first novel. Yes, there are a number of typos and a few anachronisms but nothing too jarring. The characterisation is not very deep but that is not always a fault (cf Dickens, Naipaul) when the storytelling is as compelling as this. One observation, but not to detract from the quality of the work, is a tendency so common in modern novels to see things through the eyes of Hollywood, here noticeable in later chapters and most evidently in the dialogue – ‘I can do you like I did your old man,’ he said. ‘You can try but you won’t get out of here alive…’ – and the rather hurried denouement. Sometimes it is as if the author (not especially this one) has one eye on a future screenplay.
In summary though, a fine and enjoyable read which I would recommend to anyone over the age of 13 (there is nothing too lurid or explicit within) who enjoys unchallenging modern historical fiction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and entertaining 5 Feb. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the story of a young Irishman who takes a job as a cop in Shanghai in the 1920s. The book alternates chapters on his life in Ireland and his adventures as a cop in Shanghai. This is much more an epic saga than a thriller.
Michael Gallagher is obsessed by the memory of a young girl he loved, the daughter of an Irish Lord. He thinks that she died in a fire, at the same time as his own father, but this may not be true. Raised by a strict and loyal father (also a cop), he has inherited his father's decency. How can he hold to any purity in the atmosphere of corruption of Shanghai where everybody is paid by gangsters, even the police? The whole world seems to be crumbling around him in this period leading to World War II, and there is nothing he can do about it. This feeling of inadequacy permeates the book. Little by little Gallagher enters the world of the gangsters, making friends, meeting prostitutes, accepting money. In the end, will he find any kind of happiness, regain his bearings and escape Shanghai? That is the subject of the book.
There are a few technical flaws that need to be repaired in the next edition.
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Gangsters of Shanghai is an exciting adventure story written by Gerry O'Sullivan.
The central character is Michael Gallagher who has fled from the troubled Ireland of the 1920s following his father's death and joined the Municipal Police in Shanghai. We follow him through the nineteen twenties to the eve of the Second World War as he, and the city, sink ever deeper into the depths of corruption.
The author uses time and location switch very cleverly as episodes in Ireland shown in flashback help the reader to understand Michael's behaviour and reactions to circumstances to people he meets on Shanghai's crime infested streets.
Gangsters of Shanghai is fully of fascinating and surprising characters, including some very nasty villains, who are exceptionally well- drawn and they share top billing with the city itself which is brilliantly described. Set against the background of the Sino-Japanese and the early stages of the Chinese Civil War, Shanghai appears as a city of great contrasts between extreme wealth and poverty and a city of international degradation. My previous knowledge of the city comes from movies such as Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Ang Lee's Lust Caution and Spielberg's Empire of the Sun, all of which showed Shanghai as a significant international city but not as the sink of crime and corruption it really was.
Superbly researched, it beggars belief that Gangsters of Shanghai is not filling the shelves in bookshops. It certainly deserves to be a best-seller.
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