Night in Shanghai
Sailing to Shanghai in 1936 to lead a jazz orchestra, Thomas Greene goes from being flat broke in segregated Baltimore to living in a mansion with servants of his own, and from his classical training to jazz, new to him and an almost insurmountable challenge. He prevails to find wealth, position, and love—only to have his life changed forever by the outbreak of World War II. Based entirely on true events, and filled with real personalities, Night in Shanghai is a page-turning ride through a chapter of history as fantastic as it is, until now, almost entirely forgotten.
“Mones’ engrossing historical novel illuminates the danger, depravity, and drama of this dark period with brave authenticity.”
— Carol Haggas, Booklist
“Mones’ breathless and enlightening account of an African-American jazzman and his circle in prewar Shanghai… keep(s) the suspense mounting until the end.”