In this heartfelt illustrated memoir, Dick Maple shares his experience as an innocent young man seduced by the glamour of “fashionable society,” as well as stories of others who lost their innocence—and sometimes their lives –at its hands. From risqué revels to gambling houses, from opium dens to secret brothels where wealthy women role-play being prostitutes, Palaces of Sins offers a unique and fascinating perspective on a social class usually known for elegance and refinement.

This is a view of history you won’t find in textbooks.