Bone Mountain (Inspector Shan Tao Yun Series #3)

Bone Mountain (Inspector Shan Tao Yun Series #3)

by Eliot Pattison

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Deep in the heart of Tibet, Shan Tao Yun, an exiled Chinese national and a former Beijing government Inspector, is caught between the brutal Chinese army and a Western oil company. Shan has agreed to lead an expedition to return the eye of an idol, stolen almost a century ago and recently, clandestinely recovered, to a distant valley, an act that will fulfill an important Tibetan prophecy. But the pilgrimage turns into a desperate flight when the monk who is to lead them is murdered. Shan also discovers that the stone was stolen back from a brigade of the Chinese army that is now in hot pursuit.

Still possessing an investigator's love of truth, Shan faces a perplexing tangle of mysteries. Why are the Chinese so desperate to retrieve the stone eye, why has an American geologist abandoned the oil company's drilling project and fled into the mountains, and why are rumors sweeping the countryside that an ancient lama is returning to liberate this country? As he digs into these questions, Shan realizes that there is more at stake than mere justice: the spiritual survival of his people is in danger as well.

Complex and compelling, Bone Mountain is a spectacular achievement from a major voice in crime fiction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312330897
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 05/01/2004
Series: Inspector Shan Tao Yun Series , #3
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 807,413
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.96(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 as Water Touching Stone. 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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Bone Mountain (Inspector Shan Tao Yun Series #3) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
knittergm More than 1 year ago
This series of books is deeply revealing of contemporary Tibetan/Chinese history. Within the terrible clash of Chinese expansion into Tibet with traditional Tibetan culture, Pattison touches on the deeper commonality of Taoist practice in China, also persecuted by modern China. He never takes the route of superficial stereotypes, finding seekers on both sides. Read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Though providing interesting detail on the lives of Tibetans under Chinese domination, the detail simply wasn't enough to overcome the very slow pace of the story.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
Disgraced Chines police investigator Shan Tao Yun knows he owes the Buddhist monks his life as they have made his insufferable prison exile tolerable. So when they ask him to deliver a religious idol to a sacred place in the Yapchi Valley, he readily assents to taking the artifact to its home. Renegade monk Lokesh also agrees to accompany Shan on the trek. However, the journey, which is arduous, turns tragic when someone murders the guide. Shan learns that in Yapchi Valley, the Americans drill for oil, but the female engineer has fled the area. Adding to his bewilderment is that the Chinese army wants the return of the idol stolen from them before it fosters Buddhist teachings over Party lessons and in turn nurture dissent. In this mess, Shan seeks justice, but the Americans, the Chinese, and the Tibetans each have their own definition.

The third Shan tale provides the audience with an interesting mystery that is overshadowed by insight into the region, especially the Tibetan question, but the story line can be difficult to follow because of the deep cerebral look at Buddhism and Communism. Still the who-done-it is intriguing and Shan remains a fascinating lead protagonist, but Eliot Pattison¿s novel is more for those in the audience wanting a better understanding of life at the top of the world.

Harriet Klausner