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.
Yao—hold on, I know who you are talking about, I think. He was the unlucky city traffic bureau chief who got into trouble because of a Wenhui picture of him at the scene of a traffic accident, smiling and wearing an expensive watch. Overnight that picture turned him into a target on the Internet.” “Yes, that’s Yao. After that photo appeared, people started asking a simple question, ‘How could he afford that gold Rolex watch if he’s not corrupt?’ That was even the caption for the picture when it
thorough search. That was mean. When Chen had been told he was being promoted out of the police department, Party Secretary Li had assured him that there was no rush for him to start packing up his office. Chen had planned to go back there in a couple of days to start cleaning it out, though he hadn’t left anything really important in the office or on the computer. What infuriated him, however, was learning that Detective Yu was at risk because of his relationship to the now ex–chief inspector.
for some event. It looked like a party had just finished. There were drinks and snacks still scattered around, a long table with books on it, and some chairs here and there, but there was no one in the room. Then a faint sound came from an attached room. We burst in on two girls sprawled on a large bed. One had greenish paint on her bare breasts, and something like whiskers painted on her face. The other was stark naked, with only a towel wrapped about her groin. They were shocked speechless at
shrimp. It’s so tasty. There will be another real surprise for you there, and after you’re done, you can call me.” “Another real surprise there!” Old Hunter was speaking guardedly, possibly in the presence of a client. But Chen understood. Shanghai Number One meant Peiqin’s new restaurant. Peiqin made a point of using traditional recipes and ingredients, and the noodle dishes were popular among Shanghai’s budget diners. Chen was heading over to the long line at the taxi stand when he caught
bureau later.” It felt different being in charge of the squad and not merely Chief Inspector Chen’s partner. He’d been Chen’s second-in-command for so long, that he’d almost taken it for granted. Now he had to make his own calls. This was a case assigned to the squad, and it was Yu’s decision whether or not to take the plunge. If the corpse was indeed Liang, it would stir up another storm on the Internet. A corrupt official exposed on the Internet had been murdered. Interpretations and