Criminal Psychology - Chapter 24

Published at 18th of December 2019 09:27:14 PM

Chapter 24


Criminal Psychology 24

If someone wanted to close down the highway and was in a hurry, the best way to do it was to go straight to the highway management office .

Xing Cong Lian got in his car and as soon as he stepped on the accelerator, the jeep sped away .

The atmosphere inside was heavy, no one daring to speak . Lin Chen sat in the front seat while Wang Chao and Yang Dian Feng sat in the back . After holding back for so long, the manager finally couldn’t help himself . “You didn’t need to speak to Young Master Huang at all!” As he spoke, he glared at Lin Chen with accusation in his eyes .

“It’s my duty . If I didn’t speak up, it would be my problem, but since he didn’t listen, it became his . It’s fine . ” Xing Cong Lian gripped the steering wheel with both hands and took a moment to nudge Lin Chen, saying, “Give me a cigarette . ” 

Lin Chen looked around, but couldn’t find a pack .

“In my pocket . ” Xing Cong Lian leaned forward slightly .

Yang Dian Feng watched all of this from the back seat, feeling as though he had been completely ignored again .

“You shouldn’t have left . Inspector Huang choosing to reply as he did is totally because of personal reasons . You need to report this to your superior!” Yang Dian Feng spoke again, raising his voice .

“Why should I do that?” Xing Cong Lian never took Huang Ze seriously to begin with . He stepped on the accelerator and cut off the vehicle in front of them . “Anger is a waste of time . ”

If Huang Ze was here, he probably would’ve vomited blood .

Hong Jing Highway management office was located about 50 km away from the crime scene . Even at full speed, they didn’t arrive until nearly half an hour later .

On the way over, Xing Cong Lian called the old director and made a report on the case’s latest progress, hoping to get his help .

Anticipating their arrival, the highway management’s people were waiting for them in the parking lot .

“Hello, Captain Xing . I am Liu Hang, assistant to the chairman of Hong Jing Expressway Co . , Ltd . ”

A young man with gold-rimmed glasses approached as Xing Cong Lian and his party were getting out of the car .

“Your chairman?” Xing Cong Lian asked as they walked .  

“The chairman is in a meeting . ” Liu Hang looked at Xing Cong Lian and everyone else . Although Liu Hang remained polite, his tone still held a shed of disapproval .

When he received a call from the office just now, he heard that the captain of the criminal investigation team wanted to see their management to close up the highway . He thought it was ridiculous for a mere captain from the municipal police office to make such a request . Now that he met the actual person clad in plain clothing and saw the jeep he drove, Liu Hang was even more certain that the captain had no background . In short, he was just an ordinary civil servant .

Xing Cong Lian knew that this man looked down on him . In any case, using the power of one’s background to pressure people was only one way of solving problems . Using reason was another .

“We’re in a rush . Even if the chairman is in the toilet right now, we need to break through . ” Xing Cong Lian didn’t waste any time with the assistant… .

Liu Hang was struck speechless .

As an assistant, Liu Hang certainly could not allow his boss to be embarrassed . Making a decision, he invited Xing Cong Lian and his company into the office before excusing himself to go and find the chairman .

The four in the office were left to their own devices .

Hong Jing Highway ran through two provinces, so it was quite a profitable business . Naturally, the chairman’s office was very luxurious .

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Oak flooring, mahogany furniture, a leather sofa, jade carvings, all four eye-catching items essential for the rich were seen here . The only difference compared to other offices was that instead of a famous foreign painting or one of a fierce tiger, there was a massive picture that hung behind the leather chair .

The picture was old with yellowed corners . The people in it were wearing late 80’s clothes, spreading mortar for the highway’s foundation . If one paid closer attention, figures of some big-shots who had already entered retirement could be seen . With that in mind, these people should be quite old by now .

Only one part of this massive photo looked new, located in the lower corner . It was that of a beautiful lady wearing a simple silk cheongsam . Her long hair was tied in a bun, held by an ebony hairpin with several strands of hair framing her face . Instead of appearing messy, the hair made the lady’s ears look like jade . Her face was unadorned, wearing only a quiet smile . It showed a temperament that exposed her excellent upbringing, something that couldn’t be imitated .

It was as if her presence was the sole reason that the picture shone with brilliance .

Yang Dian Feng noticed the big photo occupying half of the wall as soon as he entered the room . Once he saw the beautiful lady on it, he subconsciously turned to Xing Cong Lian .

Even Xing Cong Lian was shocked when he saw the picture .

Since both Yang Dian Feng and Xing Cong Lian were staring at the photo, Lin Chen and Wang Chao followed suit .

And so, when Liu Hang returned, what he saw was four people sitting on the sofa, staring at the picture on the wall .

“The chairman said that he would be here in a minute . ” Liu Hang coughed, interrupting the four scrutinizing the picture .

“Are you interested in this picture, Captain Xing?” The room was too silent, so Liu Hang scrambled to find a talking point . “This photo was taken on the day the foundation of the Hong Jing Highway was laid . The ceremony was very grand . Not only did many high ranking officials appear in person, even more noteworthy was an important person from the highway investors was also there . ” Having recited these sentences thousands of times, Liu Xing was eloquent . Then, he looked at the beautiful lady and continued to talk .

As the first ever highway to be built in China, the initial progress for Hong Jing Highway was met with numerous roadblocks, particularly with funding . At that time, private companies had only begun to expand and those so-called North and South rich families were just starting out .

In order to raise money for construction, Hong Jing’s mayor asked for money everywhere . After several setbacks, he found himself in front of what legend had it was the most prominent family in China .

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It was said that on the day the mayor went to the family’s door for a cup of tea, he came out with all the funds needed to complete the construction .

“Is this beautiful lady that Miss . Xing?” Wang Chao suddenly raised his hand and asked excitedly .

“No, not Miss . Xing, it’s Mrs . Xing . ” Liu Hang looked at Xing Cong Lian and smiled, “In pronunciation, it’s just like Captain Xing’s . ”

“Nah, our boss’s name is written with the knife radical . It’s just the name that’s pronounced the same as that big family . ” Wang Chao patted Xing Cong Lian’s shoulder and said, “Boss, your surname is the same as the Xings, yet you’re still so poor . ”

Xing Cong Lian staggered a bit from the pat, and unexpectedly stayed silent as he looked at the picture of the lady .

Wang Chao was joking, but it showed that in the minds of ordinary people, other than being rich, the most prominent family in China was super rich .

The Xing family had been in business since the end of the Ming Dynasty and the early Qing Dynasty . Their traces could be found all over the world . From big industries like oil and mineral resources to everyday necessities like firewood and rice, this family did it all . But if it was just this, the Xing family would have just been another rich family .

Rumor has it that Chinese people all over the world deeply respected this family .

The reason for this was, when war broke out a hundred years ago, the Xing family provided shelter for countless Chinese people overseas . Even now, they run the biggest overseas Chinese charity organization, focusing on helping their countrymen in foreign lands .  

In summary, all the praises boiled down to this one sentence: 

The Xing family is really awesome .

Breaking the silence all of a sudden, the door was pushed open and the chairman of the Hong Jing Expressway Co . , Ltd strode into the room .

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Instead of greeting the people inside his office, he sat down behind his desk and began answering his phone .

The content of the call was full of trivial minutiae, such as going abroad for an inspection . He talked to the person on the other end without pausing, appearing as though he didn’t intend to end the call any time soon .

At this moment, Xing Cong Lian got up, walked over to the chairman’s desk and pulled out the cord .

“Who are you? Who let you into my office?” The chairman was indignant .

“Xing Cong Lian, Captain of the Hong Jing Criminal Department . ”

Perhaps Xing Cong Lian’s gaze was too glacial, but the chairman relented after a moment of deadlock . “Captain Xing, please sit down . ” The man waved his hand and said, “I heard you’ve come to ask me to close down the highway?”

“We concluded that the hijacker might make a big move today . For the safety of the highway’s users, I hope you can agree to temporarily close down the highway in the Hong Jing section . ”

“You’re telling me to shut down the highway just because you think a kid might do something? Do you know how much the shareholders will lose if we do that?!”

“No idea . ”

“No idea?!” The chairman was so angry, his finger almost poked Xing Cong Lian’s face .

“I don’t know much, but what I do know is that if you don’t take responsibility now, you will have to bear the consequences later . ” Xing Cong Lian’s eyes were ice cold .

“Consequences?” The chairman sneered . “Captain Xing, do you think the highway belongs to your family?”

Hearing this, an odd thought rose in Xing Cong Lian’s mind .

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