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These Violent Delights

(2020)
(The first book in the Violent Ends series)
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Perfect for fans of The Last Magician and Descendant of the Crane, this heart-stopping debut is an imaginative Romeo and Juliet retelling set in 1920s Shanghai, with rival gangs and a monster in the depths of the Huangpu River.

The year is 1926, and Shanghai hums to the tune of debauchery.

A blood feud between two gangs runs the streets red, leaving the city helpless in the grip of chaos. At the heart of it all is eighteen-year-old Juliette Cai, a former flapper who has returned to assume her role as the proud heir of the Scarlet Gang—a network of criminals far above the law. Their only rivals in power are the White Flowers, who have fought the Scarlets for generations. And behind every move is their heir, Roma Montagov, Juliette’s first love…and first betrayal.

But when gangsters on both sides show signs of instability culminating in clawing their own throats out, the people start to whisper. Of a contagion, a madness. Of a monster in the shadows. As the deaths stack up, Juliette and Roma must set their guns—and grudges—aside and work together, for if they can’t stop this mayhem, then there will be no city left for either to rule.

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Praise for this book

"Heady, smart, and vicious, These Violent Delights strikes every note with precision, layering romance and politics into a roaring 20s Shanghai of both monsters and monstrous imperialism." - Tessa Gratton

"Chloe Gong’s These Violent Delights plants a Shakespearean classic in the rich soil of 1920s Shanghai, allowing her characters to grow, flourish, and steal your heart while warring against their own." - Joan He

"Full of glitter, suspense and gore, These Violent Delights takes readers into the perilous world of 1926 Shanghai. With the body count rising, and a monster lurking in the Huangpu River, Juliette Cai and Roma Montagov must put aside their differences and work together to save their city. Chloe Gong’s debut is a terrific, deliciously unputdownable read!" - June Hur

"A deliciously dark twist on Romeo and Juliet that feels vibrant, modern, and wholly exciting. Gong's writing brims with energy. I was swept away to her dark Shanghai from the first page and never wanted to leave!" - Natasha Ngan

"Chloe Gong’s These Violent Delights cuts to the heart of twentieth-century China with its scalpel-sharp prose and steel-spirited protagonists. Juliette Cai and Roma Montagov shine brighter than the glitz and glamour of historical Shanghai; sparks fly when they clash in this action-packed story set amidst a backdrop of blood feuds, gang wars, and political upheaval." - Amélie Wen Zhao


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Used availability for Chloe Gong's These Violent Delights

Hardback Editions

November 2020 : UK Hardback
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Title: These Violent Delights
Author(s): Chloe Gong
ISBN: 1-5293-4452-2 / 978-1-5293-4452-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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November 2020 : USA Hardback
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Title: These Violent Delights
Author(s): Chloe Gong
ISBN: 1-5344-5769-0 / 978-1-5344-5769-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Paperback Editions

November 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: These Violent Delights
Author(s): Chloe Gong
ISBN: 1-5293-4455-7 / 978-1-5293-4455-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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November 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: These Violent Delights (Export)
Author(s): Chloe Gong
ISBN: 1-5344-8277-6 / 978-1-5344-8277-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Export
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

November 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: These Violent Delights
Author(s): Chloe Gong
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
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November 2020 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: These Violent Delights: the captivating New York Times bestseller
Author(s): Chloe Gong
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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