Welcome to the Secret World

Hi Everyone: I created this blog after receiving so many emails asking me to do so. That doesn't mean people are necessarily interested in me, but they are interested in my experiences.

I am a former member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in which I worked primarily in the field of criminal investigation and drug law enforcement. For five years, I was an Intelligence Officer in the National Crime Intelligence Section (organized crime & terrorism).

In 2001 I went to China to visit Chinese Police Colleges and learn of their training methods and police operations. I eventually lived in Chongqing for four years, a municipality of 34 million people.

I have written books on police investigations and child safety and protection, but China exposed me to a whole new world. In China, I studied several ancient arts which I will tell you about on this blog. It was in China where I decided to become a novelist, combining my background in police and intelligence with my knowledge of China.

The first book, in my "The Chinese Woman" series is "The Barbados Conspiracy". "The Chinese Woman" series is not fantasy; everything that you read either has happened or could happen in the real world of spies and law enforcement. Readers who want to know what goes on in the shadows, in the secret world of police and spies, will love this series.

ALSO...go to the bottom of the page and you will see both interesting photos and information about an ancient Chinese art that is unknown outside the Chongqing region of China.

Brian N. Cox

Friday, 13 April 2012


The purpose of this 22 page “mini-manual” is to provide writers with valuable information and insight to enable them to create a better novel or screenplay in the genre of thriller, mystery, detective, spy, action and adventure.   The difference between a good novel or script, and a great novel or script, can be a greatly enhanced income.

There can be little doubt that talented novelists and screenplay writers could create a blockbuster product if they understood how police and intelligence officers think, how they react and what they actually do.   If a writer had access to this “insider” information, his or her product would soon rise above the competition.

The great majority of novels, TV shows and movies in this genre are so unrealistic, they could never be classified as great works.   Plots are vital to these stories and a writer cannot afford to leave holes in the plot that a truck could be driven through.  The purpose of this mini-manual is to provide the “inside dope” on how law enforcement and intelligence agencies operate, and just as importantly, how the officers and agents think and approach problems and situations.

Equipped with this knowledge, a whole new world of potential will open up to the writer.  Situations that were given a few paragraphs in a novel, or a few minutes in a movie, could become the most interesting and exciting feature of a novel or movie, and at the very least, creates endless possibilities to expand and enhance a story.   For example, the 1971 Academy Award winning movie, “The French Connection” included lengthy and realistic surveillance scenes that were not only vital to the plot but were the main theme of the movie.  Think of all the Grade B movies you have seen that included an unrealistic and uninspiring surveillance scene that lasted two minutes.   These movies are never remembered and never win awards.   It was obvious that the writers had no clue as to how the police conduct surveillance and the excitement in can generate.  (11,282 words)

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Tuesday, 20 September 2011


Li Mei, The Chinese Woman, is actually a composite of four real people.   First is Zhen Rongyao, a police officer of courage and integrity that defied Mao’s communists.   He publicly declared that the job of the police was to protect the citizens and denounced the communists for using them as goons to imprison their political opponents.   For this act of defiance, I won’t tell you what happened to him because this was Tian Yong’s father, and she will burst into tears if she reads this.  Suffice to say that little Tian Yong, who was six years old at the time, never saw her father again.   Li Mei, is actually a cover name; her real name is Zhen Xiaomei….in her father’s honour, I have retained the surname.

The second person for whom Li Mei is a composite is police officer Wang Lijun, called the “Triad Fighter” in China.   The media in Chongqing  have labelled him “Robocop”.    He too is a man of extreme courage and integrity.   The story I heard from sources I believe to be reliable is that the Triads kidnapped his wife, raped her, gouged out her eyes, and murdered her.   They then kidnapped his son, skinned him alive, and murdered him.  They also put a contract of $1 million on his life.   Instead of intimidating Wang Lijun, this made him more determined and he dedicated his life to destroying the Triads.   He was brought to Chongqing by the new governor, Bo Xilai, in his war against the Triads and corrupt political leaders.  Within a year, over a thousand Triad gangsters and corrupt officials were arrested, including the Chief of Police and his three senior Deputies.   Most of the Triad leaders, including the Chief of Police, have been executed, but Wang Lijun continues his war.

The other two persons that make up the composite of Li Mei are two beautiful, intelligent, kind, strong and loyal women, one of whom is still alive, but who I will not identify further.

In “The Barbados Conspiracy”, when Li Mei arrives in Seattle, she has the misfortune of being abducted by a serial killer the Seattle news media have labelled, the Chinatown Killer, a man who rapes and murders Asian women.   After abducting Li Mei one evening, his body is found the next morning.   Li Mei lies to the police about what happened and attributes her rescue to two unknown (and fictitious) men.   Months later, two FBI agents suspect what really happened, but her secret is safe with them.
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If you think that women, due to their smaller size and limited strength, cannot defeat a large, strong man, as they do regularly in the movies and TV shows, you would be wrong.   Of course they don’t use the flashy fighting nonsense as choreographed in the movies, but these women are real.  Many of the bodyguards of the Chinese leaders are attractive females who pose as executive assistants, interpreters and stenographers.   They are actually highly trained and dangerous State Security Agents.

Note:  The Chinese Communist Party has undergone many changes since the days of Chairman Mao (although still a long way to go), and to their credit, they issued an official letter of apology to Tian Yong’s family for the fate that befell Zhen Rongyao.

I studied the Triads in Canada as a member of the RCMP National Crime Intelligence Section and in China as a representative of a law enforcement academy.   I can tell you, without a shadow of a doubt, that the Triads are the most powerful and successful organized crime group in the world, light years ahead of the Mafia and Hells Angels.   Their traffic in counterfeit products exceeds $2 Trillion annually, in fact their profits from counterfeit software alone exceeds the profits of the total international drug traffic.   The secret of their success, I believe, is that they are a true secret society.  Unlike the Mafia and biker gangs, they maintain a low profile making $millions while their less sophisticated competitors go to jail.   The unfortunate thing is, through no fault of their own, very few law enforcement agencies understand the Triads.   They are still viewed as a small group of thugs preying on Chinese communities.  The truth is, they gave that up decades ago and are present in every continent operating below the radar.   No one knows how many Triad members are active in the various countries around the world, but the Chinese Police estimate at least 1.5 million in Mainland China.

I have to admit, I love Li Mei and the people of courage and integrity she represents.  I am sure you will too when you get to know her.  I just hope I can be half the person the real Li Mei is.
Brian N. Cox website:  www.bcoxbooks.com                                   
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