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Title: Memoirs of a Courtesan
Author: Mingmei Yip
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It all happened because I was considered perfect material to be a spy
– beautiful, smart and,
most important, an orphan.
When young Camilla was bought with money from her orphanage by the owner of Bright Moon Nightclub, she was taken to Shanghai, trained to be a lethal spy as well as climbing her way up the ladder with the title, the Heavenly Songbird, at Shanghai’s most prestigious nightclub, Bright Moon Nightclub.
Raised and disciplined under the watch of Big Brother Wang of the Red Demons, her ultimate mission was to lure the rival Flying Dragons boss, Master Lung, to his death. Yet her fate takes a turn when she meets Jinying, Master Lung’s son, and Gao, Master Lung’s bodyguard. As they revealed to Camilla her true desires, and her yearning for freedom, Camilla was drawn into a difficult decision – to escape the confinements of Big Brother Wang or to carry on the mission she was trained for ten years?
But complications arose when Shadow, the unfathomable illusionist, appears on Shanghai’s entertainment arena, competing with Camilla for her place as Master Lung’s number one woman; and when Rainbow Chang, Shanghai’s most popular gossip columnist, tries to uncover both Camilla and Shadow’s darkest secrets.
Memoirs of a Courtesan is definitely the book for those who enjoyed Memoirs of a Geisha. The evocative writing of Mingmei Yip will draw you deep into Camilla’s world of lies and enticement.
This was how they had trained me
– to have no attachment, no feelings, no conscience.
I was the woman who would, when needed, reduce any man or woman to a skeleton
at the blink of my mascaraed eye.
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