Bone Mountain 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.

About Eliot Pattison

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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.
Published September 19, 2002 by Minotaur Books. 352 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Unfairly imprisoned in 1759 as an indentured servant on a British convict ship approaching the New World, young Duncan McCallum goes from depression to deathly despair upon the death of Adam Monroe, his only close friend on board.

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Sprung from a forced labor camp, disgraced Beijing Public Security Investigator Shan Tao Yan is now, in his third appearance (Water Touching Stone, 2001, etc.), a somewhat wiser, certainly sadder investigator of mysteries both metaphysical and mundane.

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Readers with little knowledge of Tibet's religion and history may have difficulty following the plot with its large cast of varied, well-drawn Tibetans, Chinese and Americans, countless treks through rugged, stunning landscapes and the numerous side plots—including several murders—some of which a...

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Although BONE MOUNTAIN is a continuation of the themes and characters introduced and explored in THE SKULL MANTRA and WATER TOUCHING STONE, BONE MOUNTAIN stands quite well on its own, as Pattison continues to amaze and astound with some of the most compelling prose out there.

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The protagonist of the first two novels, Han Chinese former investigator, Shan Tao Lun, continues his perilous journey and investigations into both the cruelties perpetrated on the country and the individual mysteries brought to his attention, yet the country of Tibet somehow becomes the chief ch...

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