Plain clothes autobiography of a lawyer who began his career as a student interpreter in the Peking consulate (American), and ended it in Hongkong's Stanley Prison after Pearl Harbor, and who -- in between -- enjoyed a varied career as consul, judge, lawyer and horseman. His first years were spent working his way up at the consulate, and studying for the law on the side. He acquired the reputation of being the worst dressed man in Shanghai, with a ""dangerous contempt for protocol"" (red tape). He finally gave up diplomacy for private practice in the law. Stories of the multi-nationality problems of jurisprudence, the Mixed Court in Shanghai, the questions of extraterritorial rights, and all kinds and colors of cases, -- Chinese, Jap, White Russian, ""eating cases"", marriage and divorce, etc. He came under the round-up after Pearl Harbor, and was finally sent home on the exchange ship. Leisurely, not too legalistic, a life story that is pleasantly written and pleasant to read. Not primarily another book about the war.