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Precious Dragon: A Detective Inspector Chen Novel by Liz Williams
Edited by Marty Halpern
Cover Artist: Jon Foster
Review by Colleen Cahill
Night Shade Books Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781597800822
Date: 15 June 2007 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

When I think of oriental mysteries, the Judge Dee books by Robert van Gulik jumps to mind. When pondering oriental fantasies, my first thoughts are of Barry Hughart's Master Li stories and Leah Cutter's The Paper Mage. Now I am going to have to add Liz Williams' entertaining Detective Inspector Chen novels, which are a bit of a mystery, a bit of fantasy, and a whole lot of fun. In the latest book, Precious Dragon, Chen and his demon partner Zhu Irzh are thrown into a mix of bureaucratic nightmares, missing opera singers, unusual grandsons, supernatural plots, and a demonic birthday party, all of which could lead to a bad end.

From official release/information:

Book Description: In this, the third Detective Inspector Chen novel, Chen and Zhu are given a major assignment to escort an emissary from heaven on a diplomatic mission to hell. Zhu tries to dodge his demonic family's overtures, but ends up embroiled in hell's political intrigues. At the same time, a young boy born to ghostly parents in Hell is sent to live with his grandmother in Singapore Three. The boy, Precious Dragon, is being chased by Hell's most dangerous creatures and ends up being the key to unlock the mystery that is quickly spiraling out of control. Chen and Zhu find themselves in the middle of a struggle much bigger then they can fully comprehend, and when the dust finally settles, neither heaven nor hell will be the same.

(Source: Night Shade Books)

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