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Once upon a time in China, the most beautiful and gifted women were known as "skeleton women"--the ultimate femme fatales who could bring a man to his knees, or to his doom. . .When Camilla, a young orphan girl in Shanghai, is adopted and brought to live in luxury, it seems like a stroke of luck. But as Camilla grows to womanhood, she realizes that her "rescue" was part of gang leader Big Brother Wang's scheme. Camilla is trained in singing, dancing, knife-throwing and contortion--all to attract the attention of Wang's enemy, the ruthless Master Lung. Forced to become Master Lung's mistress, Camilla meets two other intriguing women. Shadow is a magician and rival for Master Lung's affections, while Rainbow Chang dresses like a man and wields power through her incendiary gossip column. Both pose risks to Camilla's safety and status. But an even greater danger comes in the form of Master Lung's eldest son, Jinying, who despises his father's violent lifestyle--but loves Camilla. Only by plotting to eliminate Lung can she make her escape, but at what cost? Mingmei Yip, author of Peach Blossom Pavilion and Song of the Silk Road, has created a captivating story filled with intrigue and opulence, peopled with extraordinary characters impossible to forget.
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Mingmei Yip. (2011). Skeleton Women. Kensington Books.

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Forced to become Master Lung's mistress, Camilla meets two other intriguing women. Shadow is a magician and rival for Master Lung's affections, while Rainbow Chang dresses like a man and wields power through her incendiary gossip column. Both pose risks to Camilla's safety and status. But an even greater danger comes in the form of Master Lung's eldest son, Jinying, who despises his father's violent...

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Once upon a time in China, the most beautiful and gifted women were known as "skeleton women"--the ultimate femme fatales who could bring a man to his knees, or to his doom. . .

When Camilla, a young orphan girl in Shanghai, is adopted and brought to live in luxury, it seems like a stroke of luck. But as Camilla grows to womanhood, she realizes that her "rescue" was part of gang leader Big Brother Wang's scheme. Camilla is trained in singing, dancing, knife-throwing and contortion--all to attract the attention of Wang's enemy, the ruthless Master Lung.

Forced to become Master Lung's mistress, Camilla meets two other intriguing women. Shadow is a magician and rival for Master Lung's affections, while Rainbow Chang dresses like a man and wields power through her incendiary gossip column. Both pose risks to Camilla's safety and status. But an even greater danger comes in the form of Master Lung's eldest son, Jinying, who despises his father's violent lifestyle--but loves Camilla. Only by plotting to eliminate Lung can she make her escape, but at what cost?

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        April 23, 2012
        Yip (Peach Blossom Pavilion) introduces 19-year-old nightclub chanteuse Camilla, plucked from an orphanage by a Shanghai mob boss and trained as a spy to take down his rival, Master Lung of the Flying Dragons. While the prose tends to be overwritten (“Gently, he lifted me onto the sink, spread my legs like scissors, and slid his ballooning ‘fish’ inside my watery gate”), and sloppily repetitive, her excessive approach to plot makes this entertaining. Camilla sleeps with the repulsive, murderous Master Lung, but is unconvincingly drawn to his Harvard-educated son, Jinying, who shuns both his law degree and his doting dad’s shady business. Meanwhile, Camilla repeatedly tries to get the goods on a potential romantic and career rival, a magician called Shadow, while trying to stay in the good graces of the powerful gossip columnist Rainbow, all of which paints Camilla as a lousy spy. Despite the Art of War quotes or how often she emphasizes that she’s cold enough to strangle a newborn, it takes Camilla an awfully long time to do anything mission related. Verisimilitude is not a strength of this book, though thankfully, diversion is. Agent: Susan Crawford.

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