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British police officer E.W. Peters of the Shanghai Municipal Police takes us down the city's dark lanes and alleys, through a crime-ridden underworld of brothels, opium dens and gambling parlors.
E.W. Peters was a British police officer in the Shanghai Municipal Council from 1929 until his dismissal following charges of attempted murder. He and his co-defendant both found not guilty. Robert Bickers is an expert in the field of modern Chinese history and British colonialism. His previous publications include Empire Made Me: An Englishman Adrift in Shanghai, a biography about a British police officer in the Shanghai Municipal Police, and The Scramble for China: Strangers in the Middle Kingdom, 1832-1914. He is currently a professor of history at the University of Bristol.