Alright now that’s two kids in trouble… Shall we send in Stan to figure things out?
“Glad to see you guys are in a good mood this morning. It is still morning isn’t it?” he said as Stan and Jane settled into their chairs.
Stan looked at his watch. “For another four minutes it is, sir.”
“I thought I told you guys to get here in the morning.”
“Well sir—”Jane started.
“We did, sir. It’s still technically morning. We did exactly as you asked. Be here in the morning,” Stan finished for her with a smile.
“Somehow I thought I would see you both in here a bit earlier than this.”
“All work and no sleep makes shitty detectives, sir.”
Tony said nothing and gave Stan a look that said he was walking a line between humorous and insubordination.
“Let’s get down to the reason I wanted you in here today.”
“And here I thought the reason you wanted us here was just because you missed us so much.”
“Stan! Shut up all ready!” Jane hissed.
“Stan, while it’s nice to see that you are indeed well rested and somewhat back to normal—well normal for you—can we please dispense with the usual nonsense that comes flying out of your mouth? This case is involving a very prominent man both here and in Beijing, and his family. We can’t afford any fuck ups on this one. Got it?”
“You said prominent man and his family. Who are they?” Jane asked before Stan could open his mouth with another comment.
“Chu is a businessman. He owns an entire chain of supermarkets over here and in Beijing. He also owns a number of other successful ventures including various restaurants, clubs, and other smaller businesses.
“He is a very wealthy man and is also known as a very powerful political ally in Beijing. This is why he moved his family over here. We offered him something that he could no longer get over there and that was anonymity. That anonymity was enough to protect his family as far as he was concerned. “
“Until now,” Stan said finishing Tony’s thought.
“Yes, until now.”
“So, what do you want us to do? Check out all of his business associates and find out which one of them might have a grudge against him? A big enough grudge that they would kidnap his daughter and kill his housekeeper?”
“That would generally be the long and short of it.”
“Yes, sir. I thought that was what you were going to say, but we are homicide detectives not hostage negotiators. Wouldn’t this be better handled by those guys?”
“You, Stan, have proven to me on more than one occasion that homicide detectives are not just about catching killers. Instead, they are also trying to save lives in the process.”
Stan knew he was more than likely referring to the Lily Macklin case during which he had almost single-handedly brought down an entire cult and the cop that was covering for it. And in the process he saved Lily Macklin’s life.
“Yes, sir. Except in those instances we didn’t know that there was a hostage. Now we do—”
“I don’t want to hear it, Stan. You and Jane are more than equipped to handle this case. I have already told the mayor that you will be making it your highest priority. He has assured me that you will be able to have all the help that you need in solving this case.”
“Well that is a comforting thought,” Stan said looking over at Jane to see what she was thinking. She was lost in her own world, reading her notes from the night before.
“Not only that but apparently when the mayor called this morning to offer his condolences and his support, he was told that the Chus specifically requested that you two remain responsible for this case.”
“Really?” Stan said shocked. They hadn’t really done anything out of the ordinary to warrant such a request.
“Yes. Apparently you made a good impression on them. They think very highly of you both, said something about good hearts or something like that. The mayor wasn’t exactly sure what they meant and he only gave me the translation.”
“They probably said they felt that we had good chi. And it doesn’t mean heart but rather something akin to soul or essence. You get my point,” Jane said without looking up from her notes.
Stan chuckled softly. That was Jane for you, little miss know it all.
“Anyway, the fact of the matter is there is no way that you guys can turn the case down even if I would let you.”
“Okay, you want us to go through all of their business associates and then what? There have got to be more than a few that are less than pleased with our prominent businessman. We can’t put tails on them all.”
“I am fully aware of that fact and all I am asking you to do is find the ones that might have the capabilities of doing such a thing and tailing—”
The phone rang. “Chief Di Organza,” Tony said picking it up. Tony listened for a moment and then said, “Yes, I’ll send them right over.”
Stan looked at Jane as Tony hung up the phone.
“Here’s the deal. Apparently there was another attempted kidnapping last night about a few hours later. Same basic circumstances. Only thing that is different is that this was a foster parent and a ward of the state. There are no immediate connections we can make with this family to Chu’s. I need you guys to go figure it out. The kid, a Julian Chan, is at number two precinct. Go down and talk to him. See what you can dig up.”
Stan got up and turned to leave with Jane right behind him.
“Oh and Stan? Try not to scare the poor boy away. Be nice to him,” Tony said as they were leaving his office.
“I am always nice.”
“Not to me you aren’t.”
“That’s because it’s you chief.” Stan flashed him a big grin before he slid out the door.
Stan and Jane headed back down to the parking garage. They took his car to the precinct where Julian Chan awaited them.