Shanghai Redemption: An Inspector Chen Novel (Inspector Chen Cao)
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For years, Chen Cao managed to balance the interests of the Communist Party and the promises made by his job. He was both a Chief Inspector of Special Investigations of the Shanghai Police Department and the deputy party secretary of the bureau. He was considered a potential rising star in the Party until, after one too many controversial cases that embarrassed powerful elements in the Party, Chen Cao found himself neutralized. Under the guise of a major promotion, a new position with a substantial title but no power, he's stripped of his job duties and isolated. That's still not enough, as it becomes increasingly clear that someone is attempting to set him up for public disgrace and possibly worse.
Chen Cao is technically in charge of the corruption case of a Red Prince - a powerful, high Party figure who embodies the ruthless ambition, greed, and corruption that is increasingly evident in the new China. This Red Prince has the kind of connections and power to deflect any attempts to bring him to justice. Now, with no power, few allies, and with his own reputation on the line, the former Inspector Chen is facing the most dangerous investigation of his life.
as alcohol poisoning. The dead man, however, was known to be someone who didn’t drink, according to the gossip in social media. “Back in the hotel room, Fei had sensed this American’s death was something more than merely gossip material. He moved fast, and he got the recordings from the hotel surveillance camera before Internal Security arrived. He didn’t report this to the higher authorities immediately, for the people implicated by the hotel footage were untouchable. Before he could do
interested only in the classic poetry might also learn to appreciate opera.” “That’s great. You are promoting poetry as well as Suzhou opera.” She took a slow sip at the tea, the morning light lambent in her eyes, a tiny greenish leaf between her lips. The tenderness of the green tea leaf between her lips. / Everything is possible, but not pardonable.… Did he write those lines himself? Possibly. It wasn’t a morning, however, to indulge in poetic reveries. “We didn’t talk much about the job
you’ll decide the job’s too much trouble. Once you understand what’s involved, you can decline the job and not tell me anything of what you’ve learned.” It was basically what she’d said when they first met. But it would be difficult for him to back out now, since he’d invited her here, with his own ulterior motive in mind. “I see,” he said, putting down the chopsticks. “I still have to ask you some questions first.” “Go ahead.” “The identity of the man aside, why do you want information on
cemeteries outside the expensive metropolis. The feng shui and the manageable distance had made nearby cities like Suzhou popular alternatives. During Qingming, train tickets sold out days in advance, and the highways and roads were all crammed with vehicles. It could take four or five hours, instead of the usual two, to travel from Shanghai to Suzhou. Chen decided to make the trip several days after the official Qingming Festival. Still, he balked at the idea of standing in the long lines
What Qian had told him about the Heavenly World’s law firm was a potential lead, and White Cloud might be able to tell him something more about it. She might also know some other details that she hadn’t shared in her earlier phone call. Walking out of the subway in Lujiazui, he thought of a phrase he’d read years earlier—the way up is the way down. Why did he think of that phrase now? He had no idea. Near the exit, he saw an old woman with thread-bound white jasmine sprays in a bamboo basket.