1964-65. Singapore is a city at a crossroads. Political and racial tensions are at fever pitch as the British pull out, and a new nation is about to be born. The lights of Bugis Street have never burned so bright: bootleg copies of Motown songs boom out from street stalls; the Rolling Stones are in town along with tourists and American sailors fresh from Vietnam. They join British and Australian soldiers checking out the prostitutes and gambling dens en route to their own war in Borneo.This is the city of Sam Callaghan, Patricia Cheng, the CIA's Conrad Harrison and the clients of the Cheng Detective Agency. The agency's cases range from the usual (straying spouses and petty fraudsters) to events with international implications and complications. Sam's contacts from his military days are useful - but they start to drag him back into a dark world that he would prefer to leave behind.
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Episode 10 01x10
Sam is on the brink of discovering the truth behind the murder of Patricia's husband - a murder that involves a secret deal between James Lim, Kay Song and the CIA. But is he obsessed with solving this case in order to avoid facing the fact that he might lose Claire forever?
Episode 9 01x09
When Sam goes out on a limb for an ex-World War II Australian soldier who had been accused of murder, no one understands why he is so adamant on the man's innocence - least of all Macca, who had been in love with the girl who was murdered. Either gaol the accused man for life or Sam has just made a very big mistake about his hero and friend.
Episode 8 01x08
Sam agrees to investigate on the disappearance of two Australian girls from a freighter at the Singapore harbour. The investigation leads him into Singapore's criminal underworld and Sam gets involved in a dangerous game that could cost the girls their lives. Meanwhile, Patricia is confronted by a painful truth of Winston's past. Miller forces Conrad into going double, while Sam and Claire's relationship gets pushed to a breaking point.
My Girl 01x07
Caught transporting explosives, Kang will face the gallows if Sam is unable to track down the truth about Lim Chee Kit, a leading trade unionist whose organization is suspected of being involved in a recent bombing. The case is further convoluted because Chee Kit's brother, James, is a well-connected businessman with political aspirations. Although he disagrees with Chee Kit's politics, James hires Sam and the agency to find and help his estranged brother before the police arrest him.
Tracks of My Tears 01x06
When a newborn baby is left on the doorstep of the Cheng Detective Agency, Patricia and Sam try to figure out what they are to do with him. Patricia also receives a package containing Winston's fob watch, which was believed to be stolen when he was murdered. Meanwhile, Su Ling confronts her fear and desire over her relationship with Conrad, and Kang strikes a deal with the Devil.
When Claire discovers that the medicine by Maxwell Black's company to children at a small village hospital is not working, she insists that the company investigate the problem. Sam somehow manages to prove that the genuine drugs are being diluted. He also goes on to find out that families will eventually turn to expensive black market substitutes when they realize the ineffectiveness of the hospital medicine. Further investigations help Sam to recognize that this is all part of an elaborate scam run by the Secret Society.
Give Me Money 01x04
While trying to sort out Kang's gambling debts, Sam is reluctantly drawn into the detective agency's investigation of whether Claire Simpson's husband, Frank, has been accepting kickbacks from clients. If the allegation is proven to be true, Frank's boss, Maxwell Black, will kick Frank out of the company and Singapore, separating and Sam and Claire forever.
Ball of Confusion 01x03
While delivering some photographs to a client, Patricia gets hurt when caught up in a major riot sweeping through the streets of Singapore. She is taken to safety by a photo journalist named Hafiz. After realizing that her photographs were stolen, it dawns on her that this was a deliberate attack. Soon after, Hafiz is accused of being involved with the riots, and Patricia and Sam work to prove his innocence. The trail leads them to a secret MI6/Special Branch operation against subversives.
Reach Out 01x02
Forced to flee to China during the Japanese occupation, Feng returns to Singapore looking for her husband whom she has not seen since the war. No one is certain that he was still alive, yet Sam and Patricia, both of whom know what it is like to lose loved ones agree to help solve this mystery of Feng's husband. The case then gets more convoluted when Feng is mysteriously poisoned.
When the Cheng Detective Agency is hired by the CIA to investigate the murder of a US sailor, Sam is asked to help out as a favour to the widowed owner, Patricia. But as Sam tries to save the life of an innocent man, he is forced to revisit memories of killing a childhood friend during the second World war.