Lim hired Tony..Part 1...Tony passed the test. (this story is dedicated to April)

Tony's mobile phone rang. It was listed as "unknown" and of course there was no phone number of the caller shown on Tony's phone. "Hello Tony here....who's that calling?" Tony answered.
"Sir, my name is Harry and I am calling on behalf of my boss Mr. Lim"...a voice on the other end was heard telling Tony. "Yes, Harry what can I do for ya?" Tony inquired.
"Tony, my boss wants to engage your service....can we meet at the BLU Bar Level 24, Tower Wing of Shangri-la hotel at 7pm tomorrow evening?"...." Will your boss Mr Lim be there?" asked Tony politely. " Yes Sir, just you, me and Mr Lim..." " Okay I will see you both tomorrow then" confirmed Tony.

Tony was at the BLU 10 minutes to 7 but there was no sign of Harry nor Lim. The place was a little quiet on this weekday evening except for a few Caucasians men and women drinking and chatting away, oblivious of Tony's presence.

Then, just a minute before 7, Tony's phone rang. It was listed as an "unknown" call. Tony answered the call and the already familiar voice of Harry's came on the line.
"Tony, we will be there in a minute or two, our apology for being a bit late.." Harry hurriedly told Tony.

At 7:10 pm, a burly, distinguished looking Chinese man of about 40 and a young tan and handsome tough man appeared at the entrance of BRU. The tan looking man looked as though he was  the Chinese man's bodyguard.

The tan looking man was Harry and he recognised Tony immediately. Harry had done his homework by studying and scrutinising anybody his boss wanted to hire.
The three shook hands and exchanged greetings.

Harry called for the bar waitress and ordered drinks for the three of them. Immediately after the drinks were served, Lim started to tell Tony about the reason for hiring him. Before Lim could explicitly explain the reason, Tony gestured to Lim not to continue. He wrote on the paper napkin of BLU, " This place is bugged don't say more". Lim and Harry nodded their heads, got up and moved away from the table. Harry gestured to Tony to leave the place.
They made their move and went outside the bar to talk. After some consideration, Lim invited Tony to his house which was a 3 minute drive from The Shangri-la to continue their business.

In his Jaguar, Lim told Harry he was truly impressed with Tony's sharpness and professionalism. "How on earth did he know that a bugging device was planted under the table at BLU?" Lim asked Harry. He, Harry did not reply to Lim's question. 

Before they met at BLU, Harry had recruited someone to plant the bugging device under
the table which they sat to test the Tony's acuteness and discernment. If Tony could tell that the place was bugged it goes to show that they had engaged a highly professional detective.
Tony passed the test with flying colour.

Lim hired Tony.. part 2.Was it a case of revenge?

They arrived at Lim's sprawling house that had the ambiance of a castle in just under 4 minutes. It was situated at Nassim Road, the rich people's district 10 of Singapore.
Tony was invited into the formal living room which had six picture windows that span the entire room, a canopy ceiling and a hardwood floor. " Wow  I have never seen anything like this !" Tony exclaimed.

Harry served Tony and Lim each a drink of their choice. Harry had a glass of whisky. It was here that Lim explained to Tony why he was hired.

Lim's youngest son Steve had been abducted  two days ago after leaving his school by three men. The maid and a bodyguard who escorted Steve were knocked unconscious. The strange thing about the case, according to Lim was that he had not received any ransom demand for the release of his son. Perhaps, it was still early days, perhaps not, Lim told Tony.

Although the case was reported to the police, they could not find any trace of Steve nor his abductors. Why was Steve abducted and why was there no demand for ransom? 
The case puzzled an experienced former police inspector like Tony too.

Tony could not find any lead to work on. Was this a case of revenge on Lim or some sort, Tony asked himself ? The only thing Tony told Lim was to wait for Steve's abductors' phone call. Somehow, there would be some form of contact between the abductors and Lim in the next few days.

Tony left Lim's residence around midnight but not without asking Lim to notify him if the abductors were to contact him.

Lim hired Tony..Part 3..Is the boy dead?

Lim was a decent business man. He was not the type who was involved in shady businesses nor had bitter rivals. Tony couldn't understand why one would want to snatch Lim's son.

On the morning of the fourth day of Steve's disappearance, Lim received a phone call from the police. A few hours before, they had fished out the dead body of a boy around Steve's age off the shore of East Coast Park. Besides the dead boy, they also fished out some toys and a shoe.

Lim hurriedly left for the mortuary. He was asked to identify whether the dead boy was his son, Steve. Tony was informed of the situation.

To Lim's pleasant surprise, the dead boy was not Steve. However, the shoe that was found belonged to Steve. Was it a coincidence?  Was Steve dead too?  Lim was worried and couldn't eat his lunch that day.

Tony analysed the situation, about the shoes and the dead boy. He was a clever and experienced detective always looking things from many angles. Besides, he also has an analytical mind.
Looking at the time the corpse,toys and shoe were found in the seas of East Coast, Tony knew that the tide must have brought them into Singapore from the Java Sea. It might be from the island of Sulawesi or Bintan.

Tony using his secret satellite imagery system like the one Google Map is using started to zoomed into the Island of Bintan and Sulawesi. It may take a whole day to scan the two Indonesian islands for the whereabouts of Steve.

Lim hired Tony..Part 4..a springboard for assassination?

Tony, with the help of TG and Angel scanned the whole of Bintan and Sulawesi but couldn't find any sign of the hideout or place whereby Steve was kept. These two islands with their huge vast land of forest and thick vegetation made it difficult for Tony to locate and pinpoint the whereabouts of Steve and his captors.

By late evening, Lim received a phone call listed as "unknown". There was so much anxiety on Lim's part. Who could it be..? Lim wondered. Could it be Steve's captors? With all these questions, Lim answered the call. Yessss! the call was from a man calling himself "H". He claimed he had Steve in his custody.
"Listen carefully now, don't make any silly mistake or else your little boy will die"..H, in his stern no nonsense voice told Lim. "Yes sir, I will do whatever you tell me and please I beg you not to harm the boy"...Lim pleaded with Steve's captor.
"Do not report or attempt to report to the police what my demand is or about this phone call....alright Lim?" demanded H. "Yes I will obey your instruction"...Lim was heard telling H.

The demand made by H was simple. Lim and everyone or occupiers of his huge house had to vacate the place and hand over the keys of the gates and house to someone whom H would appoint in the days to come. There was no demand of ransom payment nor anything else.
Lim's place would be occupied by H or his representatives for a week. The handover of the place must be done in a manner that would not arouse any suspicion.
If Lim carried out the instruction to the letter, he would have his house back as well as his son. Otherwise, Steve would be killed.

Immediately after the call from H, Lim, used his other mobile and phoned Tony. They met at the nearby Shangri-la Hotel. Lim handed his mobile, the one that H called earlier on to Tony.
Tony took the phone and together drove to his office.

Earlier, much earlier on, Tony had given a custom made special mobile phone to Lim. He had also transferred Lim's SIM card to this particular phone. Now Tony is going to decode the conversation and locate where H had made the call from.

It did not take long for Tony to find out that H had made the call from Batam, an Indonesian island 20 km away from Singapore.
Tony instructed Angela and TG to use his spying satellite scanner to zoom in on  Batam for H's whereabouts. Perhaps, Steve was held in the same place.

Tony was puzzled as to why Steve's captor wanted to occupy Lim's place instead of asking for a ransom. Would Lim's place be used as a springboard to assassinate a foreign dignitary living next door or would it be used for some other sinister or criminal purposes?

Lim hired Tony..Part 5...Operation Rescue

Tony managed to pin point the place that housed Steve on the island of Batam.  Now Tony & Co sat down and planned the rescue operation to save Steve without any police involvement.
It was a day later that Tony, TG and Angel surrounded the house that Steve was kept. There was only 2 captors in the house.

An explosive was used to distract the captors. They were caught by surprise when the explosion occurred. Both ran out of the house to see what was happening. It was at this split second that Angel seized the opportunity to run into the house to free Steve. Outside, Tony and TG handled the 2 captors.  They opened fire at Tony and TG but the bullets from their revolvers missed the 2 PIs.
Tony and TG opened fire in self defence and killed the 2 captors.
They took Steve in their Land Rover and drove off to their high speed boat which was anchored at the shore less than a 20 minute drive away.

In less than one and the half hour, Tony,TG, Angel and Steve were back in Lim's house. The rescue operation was a success. Steve was unhurt and Lim's personal doctor was summoned to give Steve a thorough medical checkup. All went well without the police or press knowledge.

Next morning, Lim transferred a cool S$1 million into Tony's company's bank account.

Lim hired Tony..Part 6...Lim sold his house

The head of Steve's captor, H was not apprehended. He was still at large. Lim felt uncomfortable living in his Nassim Road house and decided to sell it.
In less than a month, Lim managed to sell his house to a foreign buyer at the price of $50 million.

The story continues......

The House that Lim sold and "IKA" was found!

The Japanese buyer of Lim's house was Hideki, a businessman who had recently set up his construction business in Singapore. Soon after Hideki bought Lim's bungalow, he got his construction company to renovate it. It was an extensive renovation, almost to the point of demolishing and rebuilding it again.
The outside of the huge house with its big compound was barricaded with high wooden walls as if to block passersby from seeing it.

There was something that's fishy with the whole "renovation" thing that was going on with the Lim's former house. Many signs were put outside the house that warned of dangers to the public. Signs like "danger", "do not enter", "trespassers will be prosecuted" etc.

Lim called Tony and informed him of the situation. Lim was curious and hired Tony again to investigate the activities that was going on with his former house. Tony was asked to investigate the background of Hideki, the buyer of Lim's house.

The "renovation" was carried out in such a manner as not to arouse suspicion from the neighbours. It was authorised to carry out the work only during the day and no work should be done after 5 pm and on weekends and public holidays.

Tony and his team was assigned to find out the activities that was carried out in and around the house. It took Tony a week to discover that Hideki's men were digging the ground of the compound
for something that must have been seriously valuable and important.
There were excavators, cranes and many other construction equipments used for the project.
From Tony's sophisticated spy satellite equipments, Tony concluded that Hideki was looking for some kind of treasures.

Tony and his team spent the next few days going through the museum archives, history and old maps to establish the things that were buried in the compound of that Nassim Road house.

Angel spoke fluent Japanese and was placed in charge of eavesdropping into the conversation between Hideki and a man in Japan via their mobile phones (using "Tony Scan"). They spoke in Japanese and the subject was about something code-named " IKA". It was something very valuable and historical according to Angel.

After a week of eavesdropping into their conversations, Angel finally heard that IKA was actually Yamashita's Gold. It was found in the compound of the Nassim Rd house.

Yamashita's Gold was a treasure of gold, diamonds,precious stones etc., looted from the South East Asian banks, wealthy British and Chinese homes and museums by the occupying Japanese Imperial Army during World War 2. The treasure was named after the Japanese Army's chief General Yamashita.
The bulk of the treasure was transferred just before the fall of the Japanese forces to the Philippines. It was known to be hidden in caves and buried underground in the jungle of the Philippines.

The amount of gold and other precious gems buried in Nassim Road was just a fraction of the one that was shipped to the Philippines. Nonetheless, albeit small, the treasure was estimated to be of USD 100 billions in today's value. The ones in the Philippines are known to be worth trillions of dollars.

There was so much excitement not only in Hideki's camp but in Tony's too. The loot was to be flown out of Singapore to Japan in the next few nights. A small jet would fly in from Japan to transport the treasure from Seletar Airbase to the island of Okinawa, 7 hours flying time away.

One quiet moonless night, a black  BMW 7-series and three Toyota Hiace vans left the vicinity of a house in Nassim Road. Hideki and two men in the BMW led the small column of three Toyota vans. It was just passed 2 am and the roads were void of heavy traffic.
Tony, Angel and TG followed them from a distance in a inconspicuous 2,000 cc Honda Accord.

Halfway through the journey to Seletar, just around a bend, the Honda Accord swerved into the path of the last van. It came to a screeching halt. Tony and company jumped out of their car, pulled the driver of the van out and knocked him unconscious with a powerful TG's punch.

Hideki realised what had happened. It was an ambush but fortunately not by the police. Together with the other two vans, they drove at a tremendous speed to Seletar Airbase, sacrificing the last van and 1/3 of the loot which fell into Tony's hand.

Tony and his team was contented seizing only a third of the treasure. They did not have the manpower to apprehend Hideki, his men and the other larger part of the treasure.

They reported the matter to Lim and was summoned to his new house at Bukit Timah Road.

It was almost 4 am when Tony,Angel and TG reached Lim's place. According to Lim, the treasure which they had was worth around USD 35 billion.
There was much celebration and Lim promised Tony that the treasure will be returned to their respective owners or their descendants.

Tony and company was paid a handsome $5 million for the job.

The case of Yamashita's Treasure pt 1

This text message was sent to Tony warning him not to take up the case on "Yamashita's Treasure" or his associate Angel who is in captivity will be executed by the notorious gang "08".

Tony was hired by someone to find part of the Yamashita's treasure which was kept by Tony's former  client Mr Lim. The treasure was worth $33 billions and Lim never returned to its rightful owners as promised to Tony.

Lim was greedy and decided to keep the treasure to himself. Tony's new client Burt came to know how Tony had helped Lim got his son back from the kidnappers and the subsequent discovery of the Yamashita's treasure. Burt showed Tony the receipts and documents his grand father had kept in the family safe to prove that Burt's family was the rightful owner to a large portion of the $33 billion treasure.

As Tony and Co went about their investigation of Lim, things went wrong and Angel an associate of Tony was abducted by gang 08 whom Tony suspected was hired by Lim.

The abduction of Angel presented Tony with a big headache. He could do a few things like whether to give in to the 08's demand and forfeit the $10 million fees Burt had offered his company or to carry on the investigation and at the same time try to save Angel.
Tony discussed the matter with TG and Maniam who had flown to Singapore from Ipoh. They had make a decision within the next two days or else........

to be continued......

The case of Yamashita's Treasure Pt 2

The final decision was to mount an operation to save Angel and then stopped Lim from disposing off the Yamashita's Treasure.

Tony using his decoding system in his mobile was able to tell where the text message was sent from. It was concluded the message was sent from a mobile phone in the vicinity of Kuala Lumpur (KL), the capital of Malaysia.
The next thing Tony needed to do was to find out where exactly was Angel held. This was a daunting task but it was not impossible.

When Tony, Maniam and TG arrived at KL, they immediately swung into action. First, they paid a visit to the address where the mobile phone used by Angel's captor was registered.
It was registered under the name of Ali bin Mohamed, a Malaysian.
It didn't take more than a few hours after their arrival at KL to apprehend Ali.
Ali told Tony his address was used by a friend to register the mobile phone. His name was Meng, a notorious 08 member.
Ali under immense interrogation disclosed to Tony where Meng usually hang out.

Tony and Co bundled the gagged Ali into their car and sped off to find Meng.

Meng was in the company of his 08 gang at a coffee shop when Tony, Maniam and TG arrived. A commotion broke out as Tony & co fought the parang-armed gangsters. The gangsters were no match for Tony and his colleagues (T & C). Besides, T & C were armed with automatic weapons. Two shots were fired by Tony as a warning and the 08 members scuttled away  and dispersed.
Meng was now in the custody of T & C.
Leaving with little choice and fearing for his life, Meng brought T & C to the place where Angel was kept. They freed Angel and and tied up Ali and Meng and left them in that dilapidated hut in the middle of nowhere.

As the rescue operation for Angel was going on, a chartered Boeing 747 was on its way to England. It was to land at a man made airport large enough to accommodate a lone B747 somewhere near Manchester. be continued

The case of Yamashita's Treasure pt 3 the last episode

The only two passengers inside the massive B747 were Lim and his bodyguard Harry. The loot was kept in the cabin,weighing almost a ton. They were made up of stolen gold bars, diamonds and other precious gems looted during world war 2 by the Japanese Army.

The B747 landed with a loud thud on a rough runway. It turned off the runway as soon as it could and parked at a tarmac nearby. The airport was deserted as it was a private one. There were no one except two big British looking guys waiting for the arrival of Lim and Harry.
A black Jaguar and a land rover were parked nearby.
As soon as Lim and Harry disembarked from the plane, the two guys approached them. They seemed to know one another rather well.
The four men carried the three vaults of the loot one by one and transferred them to the land rover. The moment the last vault was inside the land rover, they sped away, going at a hundred miles an hour along the highway.

Less than  a few minutes away, there was a road block.Not wanting to raise any suspicion, Lim and company stopped their vehicles and greeted the police officers. They were cleared to proceed on their journey.

Lim and his companions gave a sigh of relief. But as soon as their vehicles picked up speed, a convoy of police cars gave chase and cornered them.
The policemen aimed their guns at Lim and company and ordered them out of their vehicles. After a search of the land rover, Lim and his three other companions were arrested and handcuffed.
They were driven to a police station a few miles away and detained in a lock up.

Inspector Alex who was in charge of the operation rang Tony up. "Tony, I got all of them as well as the treasure", Inspector Alex told Tony over his mobile phone. "Hey Alex, thanks for your assistance", Tony gratefully replied. "Alex, could you passed your mobile to a guy called Harry please...yes the one with Lim, I would like to speak with him"...Tony asked Alex.

Alex handed over his phone to Harry and told him a gentleman wanted to speak with him.. "Hello its Harry here"...he said. " Good job done Harry!" Tony congratulated Harry.
Tony related to Inspector Alex the whole story of the shipment of the Yamashita's Treasure to England.

Next afternoon, Harry flew back to Singapore on a BA flight. Tony and Co was at Changi Airport to meet him.
Burt was there too. As for Lim and his two other British friends, they were charged for smuggling and possessing illegal goods.

A few days later, Burt flew to London and met his solicitors. There was a court case and to cut the story short, one third of the treasure was returned to Burt's family. The balance of the treasure was to be distributed among the British government and the other rightful owners' families in Singapore.

Back in Singapore Tony, Maniam, Angel,TG  and Harry opened a bottle of Dom to celebrate their success.

Inspector Tony's story "A conspiracy" pt 1 .

A rich client of Tony's, Joe had suspected his mistress Alice was monkeying around behind his back whenever he went overseas to attend to his businesses. Joe was about 50 years old and Alice was in her early 20's. Joe confessed to Tony that he loved Alice a lot and would have married her had he been single.
Alice was a beautiful and sexy lady,according to Joe. She was a faithful lover until recently when Joe noticed she had been behaving weird.
Joe engaged Tony's PI services and asked to find out what Alice would do each time he left for his business trips. Money was not a problem,Tony was told. But he must find out the truth about Alice's activities.
After receiving a big down payment from Joe,Tony swung into action. He brought out his secret weapon,a scanner (code-name "Tony Scan") he had illegally purchased from an underground technician. This scanner, with the input of any mobile phone numbers could allow Tony to eavesdrop to the mobile phone conversation between the 2 parties. It was a great science discovery not legally available to the public.
After Tony has keyed in Alice's mobile numbers, he began to listen a conversation between Joe and Alice. The scanner's functionality was a little suspect,at least in this conversation. Tony could not figure out nor hear the name of the person whom Joe told Alice  "had to be eliminated". "Oh my god!" Tony exclaimed when hearing about the murder plot. Isn't Alice was supposed to flirt around with some men and whom Tony was hired to find out?  What was the phone conversation about? Elimination of someone which means murder was exactly what came to Tony's mind. What was Joe and Alice up to and what role was Tony supposed to play?

Inspector Tony's story "A conspiracy" pt 2

Tony traced Alice to the place she bought an express bus ticket to Ipoh, Malaysia. Tony booked a seat on the same bus too.
It was a long bus ride from Singapore to Ipoh. Tony occupied his time by watching the videos in the bus and dozing off occasionally. He was seated at the rear of the bus so he could watch Alice who was a few rows in front of him.
Once the bus reached Ipoh, someone was at the bus stop to pick Alice. So too was Maniam a 6 feet 4 black belt taekwondo expert (an associate of Tony's)there to pick Tony up in his car. Tony signalled Maniam to follow the car in which Alice was travelling.
It was not long before Alice arrived and checked into a hotel. Maniam booked a room for Tony, right opposite Alice's room from where they could spy on her.
Tony began setting up his spying equipments which included a high powered pair of binoculars, camera,eavesdropping device etc.....all pointing directly towards the room where Alice was staying be continued.....

Inspector Tony's story "A conspiracy" pt 3

The truth of the matter for Joe to hire Tony was to get Tony killed in Malaysia. The purpose wasn't to trace Alice's activities. Joe wanted to lure Tony to Malaysia so his henchmen could deal with him. It was something that Tony had done in the past that Joe was seeking to avenge.
To get Tony killed in Singapore was more risky for Joe because of the efficiency of the police force. However,Malaysia being a bigger country, it was more difficult for the police to apprehend the murderers. Besides. Joe had stronger connection with the underworld in Malaysia.

Tony didn't know about the trap Joe had set up to get him killed. However he was a bit suspicious when he heard the earlier mobile phone conversation in Singapore between Joe and Alice about getting someone killed.

Now with all his spying equipments trained on the room in which Alice was staying,Tony and Maniam began to settle down to find out about the truth.

Suddenly there was a knock at the door. "Who's that?" asked Tony. "It's room service....I need to check the stocks in the fridge Sir" came the reply. "One moment please" answered Tony.

Tony gestured Maniam to hide in the toilet just in case. Tony then proceeded to open the door slowly.
A Chinese man of about 30 years old appeared at the door. "May I come in Sir?" he asked Tony politely.
Tony directed the Chinese man to where the fridge was. Just before Tony could close the door behind him, another man rushed into the room with a gun in his hand. Instantly he caught hold of Tony from behind and threatened to shoot him if he resist. Tony felt the strong grip around his neck and the gun pointing at his head. He could feel that the intruder was serious about killing him and so he relented. The first man kicked Tony in his groin and he fell to the floor,groaning in severe pain.
Meanwhile, Manian who was in the toilet could no longer tolerate the intruders beating Tony. He exited from the toilet and dashed at the two men. His presence shocked them as they did not expect Tony to have a guess. Before they could recovered, Manian did a flying kick which sent the two to the floor. The gun dropped from the intruder's hand and slided under the bed. All at once Manian pulled out his revolver and pointed at them.

Tony and Manian got the better of the two and tied them up. In the hour of interrogation, Tony and Maniam found out the truth......Joe had hired the two to kill Tony and get rid of his body. There should be no traces of Tony after that. They also confessed they did not know Joe's reasons for trying to murder Tony. They also told them Alice was in the thick of things and She should know the truth.

After obtaining the info from the two would be killers, Tony went over to Alice's room. He knew Alice was having her shower. He slided the master key into the keyhole and quietly opened the door. Tony check his gun and make sure the silencer was attached. He waited for Alice to finish her shower............

Inspector Tony's story "A conspiracy" pt 4

Tony was getting impatient waiting for Alice to be out of the shower room. Fifteen minutes had passed and Alice was still inside the shower,thought Tony. Slowly Tony tiptoed and open the bathroom door cautiously. The hot steaming air from the shower hit Tony in his face. But there was no sign of Alice. Where had she gone?

Alice grew suspicious when she phoned the two hired killers. There was no answer from anyone of them. She suspected they were in trouble and so she fled her room but left the shower tap running to throw her enemy off guard. This would have given her at least 15 minutes advantage over her pursuer. By then she would have disappeared completely without a trace.

On seeing that he was fooled by Alice, Tony called Maniam who was in his room guarding the two assailants and asked for info regarding Alice's whereabouts. Maniam interrogated the two and almost blew their heads off with his gun for not co-operating. The fact was the two men didn't know about Alice's whereabouts either.

Tony went back to his room and sought Manian's advice on what to do next.

Tony and Manian decided to fly to Singapore to confront Joe. They wanted Joe to explain the assassination attempt on Tony's life.
After handing the earlier two assailants to the authority in Malaysia,Tony and Manian caught a MH flight from Ipoh to KL and then switched to a SQ flight to S'pore.
After arriving at Changi Airport, they took a taxi and sped off to Shenton Way where Joe's office was located. They did not wanna call Joe because they wanna surprise him.
After paying the taxi driver, Tony and Manian took an elevator to the 20th storey of the building where Joe was.

Joe had a small office overlooking the sea. It was a neat and compact place with 2 desktops, a fax machine and  2 office telephones. Joe did not have many employees. In reality, his was an OMO (one man operation).
Tony cautiously and slowly opened the door to Joe's office. All at once Joe jumped out of his chair on seeing Tony and Manian. Joe didn't know Manian but knew Tony. Joe was shocked to see Tony. "I thought you were dead Tony" said the shivering Joe. Manian stranglehold Joe while Tony took out his gun and attached the silencer. He shoved the tip of the silencer into Joe's mouth and demanded an answer as to why he wanted to kill him.

After Alice fled her room in the Ipoh hotel, Joe received an sms from Alice's mobile phone with the message "Plan executed, Tony's gone". 
Joe tried calling Alice but there was no answer from her mobile. Joe assumed that Alice's mobile battery must have gone flat.

Back to the Shenton Way office where the action was, Joe was naturally shocked to see Tony whom he thought was dead.
With the gun slowly moved away from him, Joe started to explain to Tony his reason for wanting to kill him.

Many years ago, according to Joe, his younger brother Ben was arrested for stabbing a young friend to death during a gambling session. Due to his age (16 then) Ben was confined to a prison for young offenders at Bedok (Reformative Training Center or RTC). Ben's crime was murder and he was place under "The President Pleasure" category which means he could only be released if the president pardoned him. As for the other young offenders whose crime were not very serious they had a release date.
 However, Ben was released after the president pardoned him 3 years later for good behaviour in the prison.

After obtaining his freedom, Ben was unrepentant and went back to crime. He had established lots of contact with the underworld whilst in RTC.
One of the first things Ben did upon his release from RTC was to get a revolver. He wanted to commit robberies with his friends. He wanted an easy life with plenty of money to spend. Ben also wanted to show the underworld that he was brave and notorious.
One day, just before Ben and his friends could carry out their plan to rob a goldsmith shop at Geylang, the police got wind of their plan and laid an ambush. In the ensuing gunfight, Ben was shot by a young dectective. Ben was arrested and sent to jail paralysed from the waist down. A year later, Ben committed suicide in Changi Prison. This was the one and only reason Joe explained he wanted to avenge his younger brother's death and it was Tony who happened to be the young detective who shot Ben.

Tony believed Joe's story. However, he still wanted to turn Joe to the authority for the attempted murder on his life. Joe begged Tony not to report him and offered money as compensation. Joe showed Tony and Maniam the stacks of $10,000 and $1,000 notes in his safe. He offered Tony $300,000 if he did not turn him to the police.
After much assurance from Joe that he would leave Tony alone and not haunt him anymore that Tony accepted the cash.
Joe and Tony settled the matter amicably.
But  now what has happened to Alice, why did she send an sms that said Tony was killed,why did she lie to Joe?............

Inspector Tony's story "A conspiracy" pt 5

Alice, I was told was never Joe's mistress to begin with. She was one of his top lieutenants in his drug smuggling syndicate. It was a multi dollar bogus company with a false front supposedly dealing in motor car spare parts.
Alice was forced to sleep with Joe because she had no choice or be killed. She was, at first employed as a clerk in Joe's so called car spare part company. She worked very hard and Joe had showered her with expensive gifts. All the compliments and gifts coming from her boss was indeed very flattering.
Joe on the other hand knew Alice loved money. He enticed her with all those gifts so she would fall for him. It was a wrong assumption of Joe that Alice would fall for him for he was not good looking and fat. Alice had a weakness for fair blond Caucasian men. When Joe forced himself on Alice she had not much of a choice for she feared him,knowing his notoriety. All along Alice played along and pretended she loved and enjoyed sex with Joe.
Now in Ipoh after the failed assassination of Tony, Alice seized the opportunity to run away from Joe. In fact it was an ideal situation for her to escape for she had transferred a cool $2 million dollars from Joe's account into hers.
While Tony was dealing with Joe, Alice was on her way to London on a SQ first class flight. Alice decision to run away from Joe was also partly due to the failed assassination attempt for she knew better than most that Joe would punished her.
The cat was now out of the bag for Alice had a secret English lover called James in London. They had not seen each other since Alice started working for Joe. Now they were dying to be in each others arms again.

Alice's flight landed in the wee hour of the morning at Heathrow Airport. James was there to pick her up. Almost an hour after the flight had landed, James and Alice sped off in a brand new red Ferrari to a London apartment where James lived alone.

Joe found out that Alice had disappeared with his $2 million. Not only had this made him hopping mad but the way in which Alice did it, lying to him that Tony was killed and also not answering his phone call. Another thing that bothered Joe a lot was the contact Alice had with his drug suppliers and distributors. She could undercut and isolate some of his drug businesses. Joe told himself he must track Alice down and eliminate her at all cost.
Why did Alice has to lie to Joe about Tony? One theory was, Alice wanted Tony to catch Joe unprepared and kill him. Alice's plan failed miserably because Tony did not kill Joe but instead compensated with a large amount of money (300k).
Now Joe wanted Tony to trace Alice's whereabouts. He was prepared to pay Tony a handsome fee if he could find out where Alice was. Tony was reluctant to do business with a man like Joe.

Somehow,Tony could not resist working for Joe again for he was offered so much money that one would probably take a whole life time to earn. Joe also promised to pay all expenses including overseas entertainment incurred during the assignment.
It was not as though Joe could not use his connections worldwide to deal with Alice or any of his enemy.One snag here was his connections were not PIs and not experienced enough. They were more efficient in eliminating the enemies than investigation work. Tony and Manian were more efficient and skillful in investigation work. They were former police officers.
Tony and Maniam without wasting anymore time swung into action. They flew to Ipoh and using their contacts there searched for Alice. They contacted their friends in the Immigration,police and airport  to trace Alice's whereabouts. Photographs of Alice were shown to the airline check-in staff at the airport. Before long, they were given the information that Alice had left the day before for London via KL and Singapore.
Their helpful contacts were handsomely rewarded by Tony for their efforts.
Without any delay, Tony and Maniam booked a business class flight to London via KL on a MAS flight that evening.
On arrival at Heathrow, they hired a black Jaguar XK-RS Concept and zoomed off to Piccadilly where they have made a booking for the Berkeley Suite at the Ritz London.