Her daughter 13 old year, Maddie, to Hong-Kong with her former wife, Eleanor, no deals, Harry Bosch find the time long to the homicides and theft brigade of LA, when a murder is committed to Fortune Liquors in the Chinese district: John Li, the owner shop, a Chinese of seventy years, has been killed of three bullets in the chest.
A DVD leaves in the watching camera of shop reveal that, the eve; Li has given money back, $216 to one client on the twenty given by this one. Two hundred and sixteen dollars, it’s the double of eight hundred paid normally in ransom to triads, these Chinese secretes societies which selling their protection. Li paid for his own shop and for this one of his son, Robert, settled in the Valley. He seems to depend on one subsidiary of the 14K, very powerful in Hong-Kong. The source of these worries? Therefore, the autopsy reveals that Li wear the curious ideograms
paint on the foot, and that he have voluntarily swallowed a bullet of Glock 9mm
who has killed him, in hoping certainly accused his murderer! But these ideograms?
Bosch has nobody to help him to decrypt them, not even David Chu, a delegate from Hong-Kong of Asian Gang Unit, who assists him. David Chu doesn’t read Chinese. Stay Maddie which are many relationships to Hong-Kong. The contact is taken immediately to China, and a photo of tattoos sent by cell phone.
For their part, Chu and Anti-gang police are already identified the man to ransom: a certain Bo-jing Chang. The evidence lack however to arrest this one. Finally, Bosh
receives the threats. He must let down or if not! A video showing Maddie to Hong-Kong, tied to a chair and gagged, comes reinforce the warning. What does?
The law allowing to keep Chang until tomorrow morning, Bosch take the end of
week-end and goes to Hong-Kong, found Maddie, come back with her and Eleanor –
that she should protect equally, and find evidence against Chang. It’s nothing
but the jet-lag is good for him, adding that he doesn’t start without anything.
Apart the 5000 dollars who can charge to his needs, and allows him to buy a
gun, and a pass of burglar hidden behind his cop badge, he gets the precious
information on the place where is retained Maddie: examined by one expert, the video has spoken. First, it’s the side of Kowloon that we can search: Nine Dragons District.
On stage, Bosch is taken in charge by Eleanor and his Chinese friend of her, Sun Yee. Two friends of Maddie interest the trio, who are suspected to be mixed to deal:
Lui-yé and his older brother, Peng Quingcai, surnamed Lui and Quick all two met
in a commercial center. It well known that young occidentals are sold like prostitute or for their organs: we should fear that Maddie is fall down in the trap. But which relation with Chang? The suitcases and passports of Eleanor and Maddie are placed in safety in the car, begins a truly game of tracks, and drive quickly to drama: the rooms of Residences of Chungking where have being taken the video is empty, and Bosch doesn’t know in which direction goes; especially Eleanor is killed unfortunately in a fight with two robbers interested by the money shown by Bosch for penetrate in the places. Saddened by the sorrow and the culprit, Bosch stopped all, because the life of Maddie was threatened, and if Sun Yee wasn’t determined to continue. The solution was perhaps in the SIM card of Maddie’s cell phone find back on the places. The phone number of one company, the Northstar Seafood and Shipping, lead them on the sea.
At pier 7, a cargo attracts immediately their attention Persuade that Maddie is inside of this boat create for human trafficking, Bosch will finish by stay in the trap who is closing on him if Sun Yee doesn’t intervene for save her life. Maddie is finally discovers, safe and sound, in the trunk of the car. After all comes quickly: the flight to the airport, the farewell to Sun Yee, the rise in the plane, and come back to LA, the inquiry of policemen delegate by Hong-Kong on the numerous corpses let behind him by Harry Bosch, the salutary intervention of Me Haller, the half-brother of Harry, and finally the light on the terrible coincidence who explains all. In fact, Chang isn’t implying in the murder of Jhon Li and the removal of Maddie. The print on the bullet swallowed by Li drives to these children, Robert and Mia. Maddie, has imagined the entire story to see his father coming. Except that she hadn’t plan that her little scene will give the ideas of her Quick friend’s – who states that the matter escape – and her mother will be trouble. Stay to Harry and Maddie to assume their responsibilities, to learn also to live together.