The superintendent of Section 44 has a small office in the somewhat run-down Section 44 building on the seaward side of Kowloon. The walls have a handful of framed awards for bravery in the line of duty from a time when Richardson was a younger man. These days, he works behind his desk running what he calls the 'freak show'. He's in his late forties, slightly overweight, but he's been a police officer for a long time and is nobody's fool.
Supt Richardson: Okay, you lot. Looks like we've got a case for you this morning. It's just been kicked down to us from CID. There's a good chance it's just mundane, but they wanted to wash their hands of it so we'll take it on.
He slides a case file over his desk.
Started off as a missing person. Mingxia Thomas, seventeen, last seen leaving her parent's house four days ago to go shopping. Now, the Thomas family you may have heard of- they're loaded and well thought of around Hong Kong, real pillar of society material. Aaron Thomas, the father, used to be in the Colonial government. Married a local lass. After the handover, he lost his position but decided to stay. Owns a few businesses. The mother is Yunru Thomas, and there's an older brother Jacob but he moved to the US two years ago. CID did quite a bit of legwork on the case, but drew a blank.
Yesterday, Mr. Thomas reported hearing his daughter's voice while he was sleeping. When he woke he thought it was a dream, but he said in a statement that he continued to hear long after he woke. This talk of spooks worried CID, so they sent it to us.
With normal missing persons cases, by this time she'd probably be dead. But if there is weird stuff going on, all bets are off. Find her if you can- failing that find an explanation for the voices that Mr. Thomas can swallow.
Now, Mr. Bennet here is new to us. One of the rest of you needs to stay with him at all times to make sure he doesn't taint any evidence or break procedure. Our cases never make it to court, but we need to be able to demonstrate that we're policemen rather than just vigilantes.