Published by Open Road Media on September 17th 2013
Genres: Dark Fantasy, Fiction, Mashups, Paranormal, Urban
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange honest review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
When a soul goes missing, an occult detective ventures into Hell to retrieve itWhen 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.
The detective story itself is a bit blasé, but the colorful cast of characters and scenery that envelopes the reader is thrilling. There’s more backstory I’d like to hear about Detective Inspector Chen (and his wife), so I guess you might say I’m looking forward to the next book.
The backdrop of modern China also leads this American reader to feel like I’m exploring a place not just supernatural, but exotic.
It also reminds me of an ill-fated show on Comedy Central called Ugly Americans. I really enjoyed that show.