The Skull Mantra (Inspector Shan Tao Yun) [Eliot Pattison] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. When a headless corpse turns up on a Tibetan. Reviews. Thomas Gaughan for Booklist; Kirkus Reviews; Publisher’s Weekly; Barbara Conaty for the Library Journal. Cover for Skull Mantra – US Edition. “The Skull Mantra does for Tibet what Martin Cruz Smith’s Gorky Park did for Russia. “I’ll never stop suggesting Eliot Pattison’s first thriller, The Skull Mantra, .

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Author Elliott Patterson did his research, which is why he won the Edgar for the book, I believe. An international lawyer by training, Pattison first combined his deep concerns for the people of Tibet with his interest in fiction writing in The Skull Mantra, which launched the popular Inspector Shan series. As Shan uncovers many details and grows to appreciate the strength of the Tibetan monks, he also realizes he’s been changed by his exposure to the monks and their practice of Buddhism.

The tenth and final book of the series, Bones of the Earthis set to be released on March 26, Additionally, the characters were well developed and without a doubt, Shan is one of the most intriguing leads I have read in a long time.

Please enter your name. Please email webmaster fantasticfiction. He becomes transformed and bonded to their struggle, trying to keep the Chinese military from abusing them more.

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But I’m probably imposing some Western conceit on the behavior, as Pattison portrays these Tibetans as living their manyra in everyday routines, down to the hand gestures. For much of the novel I was convinced that he would never be able to disentangle the multiple narrative strands that he had brought pattiskn play, but the solution was elegant and convincing. But it sure seems as though the author spent years absorbing the environment.

Inspector Shan1. The plot is thick and quite meandering, but Shan is determined and keeps investigating, eventually uncovering the culprit and the motive.

I didn’t dislike this, and he certainly writes well in describing Tibet, but I had trouble with it. I’m going to try the next book in the series to see if I can make any pattieon sense of it. Finding libraries that hold this item Books by Eliot Pattison. The real story is, of course, Tibet. Captures present day Tibet and the conflicts caused for both Chinese occupiers and the native Tibetan people.


This cannot be said of Smith who has the American approach to crime fiction paftison gets the guns or knives out to deliver the ultimate punishment. In any totalitarian regime, anomie is common because individuals are required to report on others or be punished themselves, leading to a dearth of trust.

Please select Ok if you would like elior proceed with this request anyway. Not only of obscure or seemingly trivial facts that, together, point toward the manrra about the crime. Shan, a political prisoner, in work group is brought before the Provincial Governor, Colonel Tan, and assigned the task of finding out who beheaded Prosecutor Jao on the road Group was building. The author had an incredible amount to tell, but I found that the context loomed so large that it overt Crime novel set in Tibet.

A couple of months ago I had a cold and was searching eliott shelves for something that would take my mind off the discomfort, something fast moving and entertaining.


This is one of my favorite novels that contains a profoundly spiritual dimension in the lamas. The Skull Mantra is about a murder in Chinese-controlled Tibet. WorldCat is the world’s largest library catalog, helping you find library materials online. Can this one stand alone Yes. We see many epiphanies during the course of the series. He a I loved this book. Clues are laid out in such a way that it feels as if two mysteries are being solved.

Now a murder has occurred and he is temporarily released from skull labor gang to lead an investigation, an investigation that the political leadership intends as a perfunctory political whitewash rather than a true effort to ascertain facts. Most of the book, I felt at least two steps behind Shan. I am often put off by the opening scenes in the TV series, Bones, but this was not of that level of description or visualization.

A Chinese official is murdered in a slave camp in Tibet. An additional driving force to quickly solve the murder case is the presence of an American mining company who is attempting to set up a joint manhra with the Chinese in Tibet. When the work crew find the corpse of a headless man, Shan’s unique skills learned in Beijing are discovered by Colonel Tan who pulls him from prison temporarily to investigate the murder. Please choose whether or not you want other users to be able to see on your profile that this library is a favorite of yours.

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Now he suffers in a Tibet prison with fellow monks. Very instructive as well. He is constantly frustrated by local officials including Tan who want the skulk solved neatly and blamed on a Tibetan Monk, Sungpo.

It’s been a while since I’ve loved a series of books as much as I love these, so please don’t expect an objective review here. He must get to Lokesh before… He must save the lamas because… And so on.

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The setup of a prisoner investigating a crime and torn by two competing cultures makes for an original and entertaining read. The Coroner’s Lunch Dr. How can one book be so bleak and so uplifting? Given that the religion played a central role, this issue lead to a significant drop in my rating. Many of the decision and actions would have seemed out of place had this taken place in Anytown, USA but seem reasonable in the struggling culture of Tibet.

Serving an paftison prison term in a Tibetan slave-labor camp for having embarrassed a high-ranking Party minister, former Public Security Investigator Shan Tao Yun is compelled by Colonel Tan, the fastidious Party boss of a remote county, to fabricate a report. Shan refuses to do so and puts his whole work-group in danger of being massacred.

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Granted a temporary release, Shan is soon pulled into the Tibetan people’s desperate fight for its sacred mountain and the Chinese regime’s blood-soaked policies. This is particularly true in the same sense as a classic Philip Marlowe. When a situation gets difficult, Pattison’s solution seems to be–start a new paragraph and talk about something different.