Beautiful Ghosts (Inspector Shan Tao Yun Series #4)

Beautiful Ghosts (Inspector Shan Tao Yun Series #4)

by Eliot Pattison

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In an earlier time, Shan Tao Yun was an Inspector stationed in Beijing. But he lost his position, his family and his freedom when he ran afoul of a powerful figure high in the Chinese government. Released unofficially from the work camp to which he'd been sentenced, Shan has been living in remote mountains of Tibet with a group of outlawed Buddhist monks. Without status, official identity, or the freedom to return to his former home in Beijing, Shan finds himself in the midst of a baffling series of events. During a ceremony meant to rededicate an ancient and long destroyed monastery, Shan stumbles across evidence of a recent murder in the ruins. Now Shan is being torn between some officials who want his help to search the ruins while others want him to disappear back into the mountains - with one group holding out the tantalizing prospect of once again seeing the son from whom Shan has been separated for many years.

In a baffling situation where nothing is what it appears to be, where the FBI, high ranking Beijing officials, the long hidden monks, and the almost forgotten history of the region all pull him in different directions, Shan finds his devotion to the truth sorely tested. Traveling from Tibet to Beijing to the U.S., he must find the links between murder on two continents, a high profile art theft, and an enigmatic, long-missing figure from history Eliot Pattison's Beautiful Ghosts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312277598
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 04/05/2004
Series: Inspector Shan Tao Yun Series , #4
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.34(w) x 9.72(h) x 1.23(d)

About the Author

Eliot Pattison is the author of The Skull Mantra, which won the Edgar Award and was a finalist for the Gold Dagger, as well Water Touching Stone and Bone Mountain. Pattison is a world traveler and frequent visitor to China, and his numerous books and articles on international policy issues have been published around the world.

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Beautiful Ghosts (Inspector Shan Tao Yun Series #4) 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's a bit long and the story isn't as much about the murder as about the treasures being looted and about the ways China has abused Tibet. I found it a hard read partially because it felt to me like the message was overwhelming the story and by the time the end came around I had almost forgotten where it started.It's interesting though where it made me think about how heritage, as I was finishing the book news was breaking in Ireland about the theft of Stone Crosses from one of our heritage sites. We have commercialised it all in favour of money, but what have we left for future generations? It is food for thought.I'm sure this isn't unbiased about the Tibetan/Chinese relationship but it does give me food for thought and I do like Shan.
Book_LoverVA More than 1 year ago
Of course I like all the books in this series. The twists and turns make them a pleasure to read.
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