The Demon and the City: A Detective Inspector Chen Novel

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The second Detective Inspector Chen novel (after Snake Agent) returns us to Singapore Three. A mysterious murder sends Chen and his demonic partner Zhu Irzh on the trail of a conspiracy between hell and one of the heavenly hosts.
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The second Detective Inspector Chen novel (after Snake Agent) returns us to Singapore Three. A mysterious murder sends Chen and his demonic partner Zhu Irzh on the trail of a conspiracy between hell and one of the heavenly hosts.
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Publishers Weekly
The second Detective Inspector Chen novel (after 2005's Snake Agent) traverses a wildly imaginative landscape based on Chinese mythology, with humans mingling with demons, Celestials and the deceased. When rich girl Deveth Sardai turns up dead, the case goes to demon Zhu Irzh, recently of Hell but posted to Earth to assist the police department of the city of Singapore Three. Meanwhile, Deveth's girlfriend, Robin Yuan, frees Mhara, a demon Robin's research company has been experimenting on for defense reasons. Robin and Zhu Irzh's paths cross as they follow the trail of the killer, leading them to uncover a larger plot involving a goddess in Heaven's bid for power. As the end of the world beckons, Mhara, who is far more than he seems, offers his help, but Heaven, Hell, Earth and everything in between falls into chaos. Williams weaves a rich, complicated tapestry that merges life with afterlife, otherworldly with worldly and human with inhuman. (Aug.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
When Detective Inspector Chen leaves with his family for a long-overdue Hawaiian vacation, he expects his second-in-command, the demon inspector Zhu Irzh, to fill in for him. After a series of murders with seemingly demonic characteristics plagues Singapore III, Chen returns to unravel a case that threatens the fate of the world. Williams's second novel (after Snake Agent) featuring Chen and his otherworldly sidekick delivers another dose of fantastic adventure, blending Chinese mythology, elements of an old-fashioned murder mystery, and a generous dollop of acerbic humor. A good addition to most fantasy collections, this novel should appeal to both mystery and fantasy readers. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597800471
  • Publisher: Night Shade Books
  • Publication date: 5/15/2007
  • Series: Detective Inspector Chen Series, #2
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Posted May 20, 2009

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    Not All Demons Are Alike!

    Zhu Irzh is not just any demon. He's inspector Chen's partner in Singapore 3 in this mystery thriller steeped in Chinese mythology. Chen is on vacation, and Zhu Irzh is alone with Ma, Chen's assistant, in the office. While Chen and his wife are in Hawaii, Zhu Iizh is living on their houseboat with badger, Chen's wife's loyal companion and protector, a badger when not in hiding but a teakettle when incognito. Luckily for Zhu Itzh,Badger reports to Chen on what Zhu Irzh does while Chen is gone, and when Ma calls him to let him know that Zhu Irzh may be over his head, Chen returns to help unravel the threads of the problem. The problem, of course, is an unhappy goddess who becomes the real demon in the city. Zhu Irzh is not the only demon in Singapore 3. His new acquaintance and interest, Jhai Tserai, owner of a huge pharmaceutical company is Devic demon from India who has been taking drugs to control her demon for years. She is also experimenting with drugs to infect a Celestial being with a virus to infect all of Heaven. Robin is in charge of her experiment, Mhara, the son of the Jade Emperor of Heaven., who she has captured. Jhai had enlisted Deveh Sardai, daughter of a wealthy Chinese industrialist, in her plot to overthrow Heaven, but Devenh had become a liability, and Jhai has Mhara kill Deveh. As things escalate, Robin, Mhara's lab technician and Deveh's former lover, takes pity of Mhara and frees him when she feels that she is about to be killed. Mhara helps her and joins Chen and Zhu Irzh and the Goddess Yuan Kim to right the wrongs. This was a fascinating and exciting fantasy thriller and mystery.

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