THE DEMON AND THE CITY by Liz Williams. San Francisco, CA; Night Shade Books; 2006. 1st edition hardcover.
When inspector Chen goes on Holiday, Chenís demonic partner Zhu Irzhís finds himself alone in Singapore Three. The missing body of a brutally murdered socialite and the strange experiments of a well connected, beautiful young heiress leads Zhu into a maze of murder and corruption.
Inspector Chen returns to the city just as Zhuís baser instincts seem to be getting the better of him. While the rest of the police department thinks the worst of Zhu, Chen suspects that something more malignant, particularly when the forces of heaven begin manifesting themselves in Singapore three, taking sides and leaving a trail of death and destruction in their wake.
Liz Williams (Snake Agent) delivers another Inspector Chen novel that further explores the mystical worlds that surround the near future city of Singapore Three. The convoluted politics of Hell marked the central conflict of Snake Agent, but in The Demon and the City, the Celestial Realms and their less-then-perfect social and familial relationships take center stage.
Dustjacket art by Jon Foster. OUT OF PRINT FROM THE PUBLISHER.
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