Williams, Liz -- Snake Agent

It's a dark night in the Chinese afterlife and everybody's got a small flaw in his character. No, the book doesn't have that line, but it might as well. Detective-Inspector Chen doesn't live in Hell, but sometimes he has to go there on police business. The afterlife bureacracy is just as mucked-up as the mundane one, which makes this both perfect Chinese myth and perfect noir procedural. My only complaint is that Williams tries to be funny and doesn't quite know how. Hopefully she'll get better at that in the sequels.

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