Snake Agent by Liz Williams
A Detective Inspector Chen Novel (Detective Inspector Chen Novels)

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When a soul goes missing, an occult detective ventures into Hell to retrieve it
When the fourteen-year-old daughter of Singapore Three’s most prominent industrialist dies of anorexia, her parents assume that Pearl’s suffering has come to an end. But somewhere along the way to the Celestial Shores, Pearl’s soul is waylaid, lured by an unknown force to the gates of Hell. To save their daughter from eternal banishment, they come to Detective Inspector Wei Chen, whose jurisdiction lies between this world and the next.
A round-faced cop who is as serious as his beat is strange, Chen has a demon for a wife and a comfort with the supernatural that most mortals cannot match. But finding Pearl Tang will take him further into the abyss than ever before—to a mystifying place where he will have to cooperate with a demonic detective if he wants to survive. It’s easy, Chen will find, to get into Hell. The hard part is getting out.
Snake Agent
is the first of the five Detective Inspector Chen Novels, which continue with The Demon and the City and Precious Dragon. 

About Liz Williams

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Liz Williams is the daughter of a conjuror and a Gothic novelist, and currently lives in Brighton, England. She has a PhD in philosophy of science from Cambridge and her anti-career ranges from reading tarot cards on Brighton pier to teaching in Central Asia. She has had short fiction published in "Asimov's," "Interzone," "The Third Alternative" and "Visionary Tongue," among others, and is co-editor of the recent anthology "Fabulous Brighton." She is also the current secretary of the Milford UK SF Writers' Workshop. BANNER OF SOULS is her fifth novel, proceeded by Nine Layers of Sky, The Poison Master, Empire of Bones and The Ghost Sister, and she is currently at work on her sixth. "From the Paperback edition.
Published September 17, 2013 by Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy. 333 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Crime. Fiction

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Liz Williams Website ISFDB Bibliography SF Site Review: The Poison Master SF Site Review: Empire of Bones SF Site Interview: Liz Williams SF Site Review: The Ghost Sister This seems a bit of a change of pace from Liz Williams's well-received earlier novels, such as The Poison Master and...

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The book is also one of Night Shade Books’s first mass market titles and as I look at the book sitting next to the current Jim Butcher novel I’m reading, it compares just as well physically as it does in story.

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(From I liked this book because it’s different from the myriads of urban fantasy novels I’ve read in the past.

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Similarly, Chen finds that his professional responsibilities continually contradict the dictums of his patron Kuan Yin, the Buddhist goddess of mercy, who favors Chen with personal discussions and guidance.

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