8 September 2016.
The stories then take us back through the way the men’s relationship has grown over the years, as well as showing key moments of Chun-Dok’s career, and the story of Hong Kong itself in the move away from Britain. Each story is a carefully crafted classic crime, with the clues fairly presented, and a clever twist to the solution. The plots include a Christie-style murder of a tycoon, a war between Triad members, an escaped prisoner, the capture of that prisoner’s brother in a bungled hostage situation, and the kidnapping of the son of a British official involved in investigating corruption in the Hong Kong police. The final story is told in the first person, by a young man who becomes involved in foiling the schemes of a terrorist gang. The backwards-telling idea is cleverly done, and it’s an interesting way of looking at Chun-Dok and Lok’s careers. While these stories follow the police point of view, and give a full picture of the Hong Kong police from the inside, Ho-Kei’s more like Christie or Conan Doyle in their use of the detective figure than a modern police procedural.