The Skull Mantra by Eliot Pattison
(Inspector Shan Tao Yun)

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The corpse is missing its head and is dressed in American clothes. Found by a Tibetan prison work gang on a windy cliff, the grisly remains clearly belong to someone too important for Chinese authorities to bury and forget. So the case is handed to veteran police inspector Shan Tao Yun. Methodical, clever Shan is the best man for the job, but he too is a prisoner, deported to Tibet for offending Beijing. 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. Then, a Buddhist priest is arrested, a man Shan knows is innocent. Now time is running out for Shan to find the real an astonishing, emotionally charged story that will change the way you think about Tibet-- and freedom-- forever. The Skull Mantra is the winner of the 2000 Edgar Award for Best First Novel.

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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 30, 2008 by Minotaur Books. 420 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Crime, Horror. Fiction

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Pattison debuts with this superb whodunit that leads an alienated Chinese detective to a cabal of hypocritical bureaucrats, meditating monks, and meddlesome Americans in contemporary Tibet.

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