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.
to stay there for a while, take a look around, making a comment every now and then and pretending to supervise. At one point, Chen walked over to a moss-covered stone step, sat down, and opened the book he’d brought with him. But he couldn’t concentrate on all that Confucius said. Soon he got up and started pacing about, making a renewed effort to visualize the details of the renovation. Around eleven, the farmers declared they had to leave for lunch, tossing down their tools. It was still
problems of the system. But I’ve never heard of the Judge Bao story you just described.” “It’s not a commonly told one. In fact, only in Suzhou opera is there such a detailed version of that story,” Old Hunter said, standing up abruptly, “But I’ve got to get to work. I think I’ll leave the cage at the market for the day, even though Zhang Zhang wouldn’t say anything if I brought it to the office.” Chen rose, watching Old Hunter walk to the gate at Huangpi Road. Chen then turned and headed back
Party Secretary of Shanghai, which accounted for its being untouchable. So a raid against the club, even a secret one made against the ex–chief inspector, couldn’t happen without Kai being notified. Was Kai the one working against Chen behind the scenes? But despite the failure of the raid, it didn’t make sense for her to continue putting pressure on Shen. After all, Chen would never step back into that nightclub. By why did Shen call Kai a bitch when he was talking to White Cloud? And what
other time they’d spoken on the phone was when he was at her apartment and she had called him there, at her own home number. That left only Qian who called him on his cell the other day, a call that was quite possibly incriminating. Even though his replacement SIM card wasn’t registered to his name, it was only a matter of time before the “phone police” managed to trace one of his calls to this number. From there, it probably wouldn’t be too difficult to trace any incoming calls. He jumped out
There was no point in telling her that he was a government official, which was neither a popular profession nor one that matched the “well-paid job” he’d just invented. And he saw no need to reveal his real identity. “Well, I’m—sort of a cop—for hire.” He’d been a cop for so long, it was the first thing that came to mind. “Oh—a private investigator?” That was ironic. Old Hunter, Detective Yu’s father, was helping out at a private investigator’s office in Shanghai. For Chen, though, “private