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 widespread industrialist dies of anorexia, her mom and dad imagine that Pearl’s ache has come to an finish. yet someplace alongside the best way to the Celestial shorelines, Pearl’s soul is waylaid, lured by way of an unknown strength to the gates of Hell. to avoid wasting 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 critical as his beat is unusual, Chen has a demon for a spouse and a convenience with the supernatural that the majority 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 tough half is getting out.


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

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As much as you," the demon acknowledged with a shrug. "He's your suspect, in spite of everything. " The emphasis he put on the phrases carried the sophisticated implication that the ghost used to be the demon's personal. Chen glanced down and observed that Pearl's fragile hand was once clasped firmly round his arm; he felt not anything. "You'd top express us the way," Chen stated. within his pocket, the rosary was once nonetheless wrapped round his hand. the one approach that he used to be going to bid farewell to the little ghost will be to wave goodbye as she left on a ship for Heaven.

Zhu Irzh, notwithstanding sympathetic, was once of little aid. "I relatively am sorry," the demon stated apologetically. "I'm afraid I lack your therapeutic skills—I've by no means had a lot demand them, to be sincere. possibly it is going to depart. " Chen sighed. "Probably. nonetheless, no less than i am nonetheless alive. i believe. " After the debacle on the mansion, they'd made their manner rapidly to the closest sanctuary, which took the not going kind of a teahouse run by way of a small, dour demon in an apron. Judging from the remainder of the sparse customers, this was once an institution that requested few questions.

And no likelihood of you stepping into at any place? " Chen requested the badger, evenly. The badger raised a clawed hind foot and scratched its ear with power, now not deigning to answer. Beside them, Zhu Irzh grew to become by surprise stressful. His palms reached for Chen's arm, drew him all at once again into the shadows lower than the plinth. "What? " "Look," the demon hissed. "I do not see something. " "There—crossing the a long way fringe of the square," Zhu Irzh whispered urgently into his ear. Chen peered obediently within the course indicated, yet his weaker human eyes may nonetheless see not anything.

I see. " "She might have been mendacity, after all. humans do, while they don't seem to be convinced in their conditions. " "They do indeed," Chen acknowledged thoughtfully. He tired his tea and poured a few extra into the bowl for the badger. "So. What will we do now? " Zhu Irzh stuck his lip underneath a glittering fang. "No suggestion. i feel going again to my position is out; it really is most likely been gift-wrapped by way of now. There are in all likelihood assassins on my path, and we all know there are assassins on yours. My division has most likely disowned me.

Chen stumbled on himself dealing with large warriors; the time had come for flight. "Zhu Irzh! " Chen shouted, evading the curb of an awl blade. "Leave it! Run! " He became to bolt down the hall and this time chanced on himself dealing with the Minister of Epidemics. The Minister's face used to be distorted and crimson with rage. Any innovations that the Minister could nonetheless wish them alive have been dispelled within the subsequent quick. "Kill them either! " the Minister roared. "Kill them now! " yet at that time the fireplace without notice hissed out. an outstanding chilly wind blew during the hallway, scattering the Imperial troops like such a lot of ninepins, and Chen's breath was once sucked out of him as violently as though he have been shoved via an airlock.

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