Macao, Gambling Hell
After La Madone des sleepings, a cult book of the 1920s, Macao, l’enfer du jeu is a delightful dive into the world of the Chinese gambling mafia, chock full of exciting episodes and exotic settings.In 1937, during the war between China and Japan, Macao, on the Chinese border, is the hub for all kinds of illicit dealings. This disreputable but money-soaked empire is ruled by a Mr. Yasuda, a Japanese dubbed the “uncrowned king,” while his innocent daughter, Miss Kasuko, lives in an exclusive boarding school in Hong Kong. Their positions are threatened when Werner van Krall, ex-officer of the German army and occasional arms dealer, arrives, determined to rob this El Dorado and seduce young Kasuko.
Maurice Dekobra : Maurice Dekobra was one of Europe’s most popular novelists during the interwar period. He has taught at the University of Berlin, shot big game in Africa, canoed on the Nile, and translated Defoe, Jack London, and O. Henry (among others) into his native French. During World War I, he was liaison officer with the British, Indian, and U.S. armies and was made a Knight of the Legion of Honor. His books have been translated into 23 languages, and many were turned into movies (La Madone des sleepings, Macao l’enfer du jeu, Le Sphinx a parlé).