Snake Agent (The Detective Inspector Chen Novels)

By Liz Williams

When a soul is going lacking, an occult detective ventures into Hell to retrieve it
When the fourteen-year-old daughter of Singapore Three’s such a lot fashionable industrialist dies of anorexia, her mom and dad think that Pearl’s anguish has come to an finish. yet someplace alongside easy methods to the Celestial beaches, Pearl’s soul is waylaid, lured by way of an unknown strength to the gates of Hell. to save lots of their daughter from everlasting banishment, they arrive to Detective Inspector Wei Chen, whose jurisdiction lies among this international and the next.
A round-faced cop who's as severe as his beat is unusual, Chen has a demon for a spouse and a convenience with the supernatural that almost all mortals can't fit. yet discovering Pearl Tang will take him extra into the abyss than ever before—to a mystifying position the place he'll need to cooperate with a demonic detective if he desires to continue to exist. It’s effortless, Chen will locate, to get into Hell. The demanding half is getting out.

Snake Agent
is the 1st of the 5 Detective Inspector Chen Novels, which proceed with The Demon and town and Precious Dragon. 

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He remarked in triumph to the glowering girl Tsi. "About time," First spouse spoke back, bitter as a pickled plum. the 1st Lord of Banking used to be no longer waiting for the opera, loads of wailing and hooting should you requested his opinion, yet he meant it used to be very important to wait, convey help for the humanities and all that. He enable his spouse lead him to the dressing room and fuss approximately his outfits, maintaining a working statement as she did so: ". . . . cannot see why you insist on donning that dreadful outdated hat. . . " "Only round the condo! " the 1st Lord of Banking protested. He clapped one hand to the traditional, liked skullcap. First spouse muttered whatever darkish that he didn't listen, and he submitted to her ministrations. finally, clad in a dignified brocade gown, he made his means downstairs to be transported to the opera. outdoors the comparative coolness of the home, a wall of heat hit them. First spouse smiled. She loved the warmth. the 1st Lord of Banking sighed. Hell's model of the Pellucid Island Opera apartment used to be crowded. the 1st Lord of Banking and his spouse made their means slowly in the course of the throng, greeting different eminent electorate of the underworld. an individual clad in an extended, formal gown of human epidermis, the tiny veins like smooth lines of embroidery, grew to become to greet the 1st Lord. "Lord. . . " He controlled to make Tsin Tsi's identify sound just like the final note in irony. the 1st Lord of Banking regarded into the around, puffed face, like a smooth mass of dough, and smiled in go back. "Minister. What a shock. " The Minister's eyes have been like drops of blood within the surrounding flesh, and rather with out expression. the 1st Lord of Banking endured, "So how are issues in Epidemics nowadays? I listen good stuff approximately this new type of fowl flu. yet I see they have stumbled on a treatment for that autoimmune ailment of yours. undesirable success, eh? nonetheless, you had a superb run in your funds with that one. " "It is the best way of things," the Minister of Epidemics stated, in a voice that gave the impression of oil effervescent up in his throat. "Each disease has its season. " He reached as much as brush a number of flakes of dermis rigorously from the collar of his gown, which was once coated with effective, blonde fur. the 1st Lord of Banking puzzled enviously the place the Minister had controlled to procure the outside of a eu, yet no doubt he may perhaps have enough money such dear models. Tsin Tsi remembered his American carp and rose a bit in his personal estimation. "You appear to be generating an increasing number of ailments. i am shocked Heaven doesn't act. " The Minister of Epidemics gave a smooth snicker. "It's in Heaven's curiosity to not intervene. differently the area will be thoroughly overrun. people breed, you recognize. Like vermin. " He shuddered, and his fleshy mouth pursed in disapproval. "Our companies are invaluable ones. even though the Ministry of conflict does not accomplish that badly, i guess. but i admire to imagine we are extra trustworthy on a long term foundation. " "And i assume your actions do give you the Celestials with a large number of blameless souls," the 1st Lord of Banking mused. The Minister of Epidemics stared at him, unblinkingly, for a second, and to his everlasting disgrace the 1st Lord discovered his personal unnatural flesh crawling underneath the demon lord's regard.

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