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Snake Agent by Liz Williams
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Feb 24, 10

bookshelves: sf, adult
Read in February, 2010

Inspector Chen deals with demon crimes as his service to Kuan Yin, the Chinese goddess of mercy, women, and childbirth. She's a bit ticked off with him, though, because a year ago Chen married a demon, so in tight spots Chen doesn't always have the goddess to call on.

Now Chen is called in to investigate a girl whose ghost did not appear in Heaven when it was supposed to, despite the fact that its way was paid for. He stumbles into a plot whereby the souls of young, pure girls are being sold to demons in a kind of drug deal, a case already being worked on by a demon cop. As a team he and Chen have their bumps, and Chen is put in a heckuva spot when he realizes that he trusts his demonic partner more than his goddess or his human superiors.

It's a dark romp, if there is such a thing. I'm not really sure why it's science fiction, because the sf is only needed for the creation of human computer networks fueled by young women who grant the network part of their lives and then, supposedly, go on to live their own lives with a sizeable nest egg. (Yes, you're right to say this has "fail" written all over it.)

No wonder a bunch of people have recommended this to me. I have to get the next one!
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