Liz Williams: Mysteries in the Underworld

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British science fiction and fantasy author—and witchcraft supply shop proprietor—Liz Williams grew up in an unusual household. The daughter of a Gothic novelist and a stage magician, she thought nothing of the demonology books on the shelves at home. She also devoured science fiction and fantasy novels growing up, especially those written by science fiction Grand Master Jack Vance. It was no surprise that she would become a writer of stories in the supernatural and extraterrestrial realms.

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Before taking on the literary world, Williams got her PhD in Philosophy of Science from the University of Cambridge and lived and worked in Kazakhstan from the mid-1990s until 2000. The author credits her travels as inspiration for her writing, as she was often thrown out of her comfort zone and into unfamiliar, eye-opening experiences.

Williams found critical success straight out of the gate with the 2001 publication of her first novel, The Ghost Sister, which was nominated for a Philip K. Dick Award. Her second book, Empire of Bones, would be nominated for the same award the following year. In addition to writing full-length novels, Williams has contributed works of short fiction to Realms of Fantasy, Asimov’s Science Fiction, andVisionary Tongue.

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Among Williams’s most notable work is her series featuring Detective Inspector Wei Chen, a cop who pursues justice on earth and throughout the underworld. Oh, and he has a demon for a wife. Our hero’s adventures begin in Snake Agent, when Chen is called upon to rescue the soul of a wealthy businessman’s daughter who has wandered past the gates of Hell on her way into the afterlife. Chen must not only locate the girl, he must also make it out of Hell alive.

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By the series’s second installment, The Demon and the City, Inspector Chen already has a new partner in the form of demon cop Zhu Irzh—and their fun is only beginning. No realm is off limits for this supernatural odd couple as they take on a furious goddess, a psychotic Bollywood star, and a runaway magical book containing the secrets of the universe.

Open Road Media is proud to release all five Detective Inspector Chen Novels as ebooks this month. Grab them while you can!

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