A drug panic. Murder. Terrifying and mysterious black and Chinese immigrants.
Dope Kings. Jazz. War. An actress dead of an overdose. "Dope Girls" is about the transformation of drug use into a national menace.
It revolves around the death in 1918, in the last furious stages of World War I, of Billie Carleton, a West End musical actress.
Its cast of characters includes Brilliant Chang, a Chinese restaurant proprietor, and Edgar Manning, a jazz drummer from Jamaica.
Around them in the streets off Shaftesbury Avenue and in Chinatown swirled a raffish group of seedy and rebellious hedonists.
The drug problem was born, amid a gush of exotic tabloid detail.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 208 pages
- Publisher: Granta Books
- Publication Date: 01/11/2003
- Category: British & Irish history
- ISBN: 9781862076181