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The Shadow Pavilion (Detective Inspec) [Paperback]

Liz Williams
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17 Sep 2013 Detective Inspec
The Snake Agent returns in The Shadow Pavilion, the fourth Detective Inspector Chen novel from Liz Williams! When Chen's partner, the demon Seneschal Zhu Irzh, disappears, along with Chen's wife Inari's guardian badger, Chen must enlist all of his allies and assets in order to locate them. From the strange streets of Singapore Three to the rough and tumble world of Bollywood, where money flows fast and emotions flare even faster; from the realms of the Celestial to the haunts of the Infernal and all the spaces in between, The Shadow Pavilion delivers the thrills, excitement, and near-future occult action fans have come to expect.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media; Reprint edition (17 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1480438219
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480438217
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,208,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Liz Williams is a science fiction and fantasy writer living in Glastonbury, England, where she is codirector of a witchcraft supply business. The author of seventeen novels and over one hundred short stories, she has been published by Bantam Spectra and Night Shade Books in the US, and by Tor Macmillan in the UK. She was a frequent contributor to Realms of Fantasy, and her writing appears regularly in Asimov's and other magazines. She is the secretary of the Milford SF Writers' Workshop and teaches creative writing and history of science fiction. 

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Liz and Inspector Chen 10 Sep 2009
Format:Hardcover
I waited so long for this book to come out...I am mesmerized by the society and dual space parrallels. the idea of demons and humans cavorting around both ralms and solving crimes and having friendships and realtionships has been a humorus detctve medium. I want more...I await IRON KHAN in February 2010, if it is not delayed!!!

Thanks for the book
Dale Greenwood
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 4th 30 Dec 2009
By M. Wanchoo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Series Overview: This series follows Inspector Chen, a mortal living in Singapore three, and a police inspector who tries to keep the peace while dealing with inhabitants of Heaven & Hell at the same time. The world created by Liz Williams is based on Chinese mythology & is a very crafty one to say the least.

This universe, in which Heaven is not exactly as one prays to & Hell might not be that bad either, is a different one from the usual speculative fiction ones. In Williams' world Heaven and Hell operate as bureaucracies & both are as inept as the humans over whom they preside.

Book Overview/Analysis: The series began with "Snake Agent" & was then followed by "The Demon & the City" & "Precious Dragon". While each story can be read as a standalone book, the overall storyline is carried forward by the events in each book of the series.

In "Shadow Pavilion", we are reacquainted with Chen, Zhu Irzh, Inari, Mhara, Badger & many other characters and the book starts after the events of "Precious Dragon".

Zhu Irzh is the representative of the Vice department of Hell currently partnering Chen in Singapore Three. Inari is Chen's demon wife who along with her demonimal, Badger, reside with Chen in his houseboat. Mhara is a celestial from Heaven who has a soft spot for mankind & its sufferings. The novel also features characters from previous books such as Ma, Jhai Tserai & one from the first book as well. The POV's are from Chen, Inari, Zhu, Mhara, Paulent Go, Badger & Seijen.

After the huge debacle in Heaven & with the shift of the status-quo in Hell as well, Mhara gets a lift in his celestial position, not a position he would have preferred but one which he's responsible for. Immediately after his ascension, his policies bring him in conflict with certain persons who decide it would be best that Mhara were to take a hike, courtesy of an assassin. This is where Seijen the assassin makes an entry and to say that Seijen is a conflicted individual, will be an understatement & to find out more about this, one will have to read the book.

The plot thickens as new schemes are hatched. Zhu & Badger are kidnapped by a deity from the neighboring country's God Pantheon. Chen & Inari are left to fend for themselves & help their friends without essentially knowing where to look for them. Adding to this, Paulent Go is a producer in Bollywood [Indian Cinema] who has had a very successful career thanks to Lara Chowdhirijee, his famous protege whose movies are playing to packed houses everywhere.

However Lara is not just any actress & soon develops starry tantrums. Paulent then decides to make her go away & in the process meets Chen as something goes horribly wrong. Williams takes these various threads & makes a fine tapestry to give the readers another tasty entree in the Inspector Chen series.

In the previous book, Chen was given more of a side role & the main action prominently featured Zhu Irzh & Jhai Tserai[ an Indian business woman of mysterious origins] however in this book all characters get proper footing & also prominently featured is Badger, an "demonimal" who can also transform itself into a kettle. I really liked this character as featured in the first 2 books & I was glad to see it in midst of all the action.

Williams does heighten her story by several notches & has quite a plot twist which will shock readers & especially the ending which has some interesting pointers for the next book tentatively called "The Iron Khan".

I could hardly find any faults in this book as my complaints with the previous title were redressed perfectly in this one with the re-focus on Chen, his wife & her demon familiar Badger. The minor niggle I can point out is that Williams uses the title "Deva" [It means God in Hindi/Sanskrit] akin to "Author" which is applicable to both genders. It is a male title given to a female deity [Serifa] which is incorrect and the correct title would be "Devi"[Meaning Goddess].

Also this book features several Gods of the Hindu pantheon & for readers familiar with the Hindu mythology it will be a delight to spot some of them. For others who aren't so familiar, Liz Williams names them aptly & so it will not be a hurdle for them except for two which she leaves unnamed as they make cameos & do not affect the story much. I'll clue in the unfamiliar readers to their identity, the Half Monkey half-man with wisdom in his eyes is Lord Hanuman & the Blue skinned God with a crescent moon on his forehead is Lord Shiva.

Liz Williams has proven that one doesn't need to conform with genres' usual conventions to write a good book & by mixing them with some real creative thinking, one can indeed write a rollicking story. The Inspector Chen series is highly recommended for people who are beginning to get jaded by the repetitive storylines in Urban Fantasy & for others who are just interested in reading a different book via a funny, heady mix of many genres.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the long wait for it to arrive 23 Sep 2009
By Joyce Ronquillo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I find this whole series difficult to review because they are so very different from most everything else out there. Suffice to say these books are surreal adventures in a near future Singapore with excursions into Chinese heaven and hell (and this time the Indian one as well) with demons and gods from both Chinese and Hindu mythology present in the real world. This particular entry should be read in sequence but is very rewarding since we see much more of Inari and Badger and learn something of them. Both are much braver than we thought they would be. The story divides into two pieces before rejoining into one interconnected conclusion.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice entry in the series 12 Sep 2009
By Son75 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
If you liked the previous volumes of this series, you'll like this one too. The relationships between the various main characters as well as the characters themselves evolved and at the end, Liz Williams opened up the perspective of what can or will come along quite interestingly.
Not a good starting point however since there are a lot of references to people and events in the previous books.
I'm waiting impatiently for the next book that should come out in April 2010.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Continuation. 3 Sep 2014
By M Provenza - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Glad to have this available. I originally started reading this series as they came out in paperback and suddenly they were gone. I enjoy the mixture of magic mythology and mystery. Inspector Chen might be the title character of the series, but the other characters are the stars here. In this book the interaction between Heaven, Hell and Earth are fleshed out more as things are in flux with new Emperors. The expansion in this novel to India also added some interesting extra dimensions.
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed The Shadow Pavilion (fourth story in the series) even ... 23 Aug 2014
By Joy V. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed The Shadow Pavilion (fourth story in the series) even more than Snake Agent. Exciting and suspenseful with multiple story lines involving an assassin; the new emperor of heaven--and his mother; a Bollywood actress with a temper--and claws; the badger and Inspector Chen's demon partner, who've both been kidnapped; Inari, Chen's wife; more demons; No Ro Shi, the demon hunter; and new characters to add spice to this boiling pot of danger, which covers a lot of territory!
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