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It’s a double check. Like probably Mr. Li neglected every week. might be he was once having difficulty paying. His son acknowledged company used to be undesirable there. ” “And so might be that’s what acquired him killed. ” Bosch pointed to the reveal back. “Can you're making me a difficult reproduction? ” “I would prefer one myself. ” Chu moved to the printer and driven a button two times. quickly copies of clone of the fellow turning from the counter have been printing. “Do you've got mug books? ” Bosch requested. “Intelligence records? ” “Of course,” Chu stated. “I will try and determine him. i'll make inquiries. ” “I don’t wish him to understand we’re coming. ” “Thank you, Detective. yet, certain, i presumed that. ” Bosch didn’t reply. It were one other misstep. He used to be having a troublesome time with Chu. He came upon himself not able to belief him, even supposing he carried a similar badge. “I may additionally wish to get a print of the tattoo as well,” Chu acknowledged. “What tattoo? ” Bosch requested. Chu took the distant from Bosch and tapped the rewind button. He finally iced up the image for the time being the guy was once attaining his left hand out to take the money from Mr. Li. Chu used his finger to track a slightly seen define at the within the man’s arm. Chu was once correct. It used to be a tattoo, however the marking used to be so gentle at the grainy picture that Bosch had thoroughly neglected it. “What is that? ” he requested. “It seems like the description of a knife. A self-administered tattoo. ” “He’s been in legal. ” Chu driven the button to make prints of the picture. “No, frequently those are performed at the boat. at the manner around the ocean. ” “What does it suggest to you? ” “Knife is kim. There are not less than 3 triads that experience a presence right here in Southern California. Yee Kim, Sai Kim and Yung Kim. those suggest Righteous Knife, Western Knife and courageous Knife. they're offshoots of a Hong Kong triad referred to as Fourteen ok. Very powerful and robust. ” “Over the following or there? ” “Both locations. ” “Fourteen okay? Like fourteen-karat gold? ” “No, fourteen is a bad-luck quantity. It feels like the chinese language be aware for demise. ok is for kill. ” Bosch knew from his daughter and his widespread visits to Hong Kong that any permutation of the quantity four was once thought of undesirable good fortune. His daughter lived together with his ex-wife in a residence tower the place there have been no flooring marked with the numeral four. The fourth flooring used to be marked P for parking and the fourteenth used to be skipped within the manner the 13th ground was once skipped in such a lot western constructions. The flooring within the construction that have been really the fourteenth and twenty-fourth contained the apartments of English audio system who didn't carry a similar superstitions because the Han—the chinese language humans. Bosch gestured to the reveal. “So you think that this man can be in a single of the Fourteen okay spinoffs? ” he requested. “Perhaps yes,” Chu stated. “I will start to make inquiries simply once you permit. ” Bosch checked out Chu and attempted to learn him back. He believed he understood the message. Chu sought after Bosch out of there so he might visit paintings. Harry stepped over to the DVD participant, ejected the disc, and took it. “Stay involved, Chu,” he acknowledged. “I will,” Chu answered curtly. “As quickly as you get anything, you provide it to me.