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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When the early evidence shows that the killer was an ancient Buddhist demon and party officials try to thwart his investigation by arresting an innocent monk, Shan is thrown into a malestrom of political and religious intrigue involving American mining interests, Tibetan sorcerers, corrupt party officials, a secret illegal monastery and the Buddhist resistance movement.

For those of his readers who are not, it can be a bit extraneous. Pattison is never anxious to show us crimes punished, but sins resolved, souls redeemed. Siri Paibounbook 1 Colin Cotterill. The bits of the puzzle were like drops ptatison water; shapeless, without defined edges, and completely transparent.

What I especially liked though, were the details of the characters’ names. Perhaps I can come back and revisit this review because I’m not really doing this book justice.

He has published five books and more than thirty articles on international topics. Your rating has been recorded.


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Add a remote, beautiful, exotic location, an intricate plot, and you may have a great book. Almost impervious to the criticism of others, but self-condemning. That Jao’s secretary would be dead, and that perhaps Kinkaid spell? Mar 20, Emelia rated it it was amazing. His fellow prisoners were largely Tibetan Buddhist monks sentenced to hard labor in an effort to remove them from the populace and “cure” Tibet of the “unwanted, backward religious thinking”. Oct 10, Orinoco Womble tidy bag ekull all rated it it was ok Shelves: Your request to send this item has been completed.


Pattsion said, it is both a pro and a con. The element which divides the two series and approaches of the authors is that Pattison describes how Tibetans, especially with the help of their shared beliefs in Buddhism, continue to live in a nexus of relationships based on love, trust and acceptance. My Thoughts If anything, this book is incredibly detailed.

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I am often put off by the opening scenes pattixon the TV series, Bones, but this was not of that level of description or visualization. Additionally, the author beats you over the head with the injustices of the Chinese system of government and justice, especially as applied to the subjugated Tibetans.

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.

A Tibetan god is chopping off Chinese officials heads, and blaming rebel monks. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. I’m I skul dislike this, and he certainly writes well in describing Tibet, but I had trouble with it. The only complaint I have about this book is that there is not enough Lokesh.


Even though I loved this book, I’m debating reading the others in the series. He made some poor political decisions and as a result was banished to Tibet and sentenced to an indeterminate period as a worker in a Tibetan detention center. He is the only Chinese in a work gang of Tibetan Buddhist monks. But even though Shan is at first viewed with suspicion by the Buddhist prisoners, through being taken under the wings of the Religious leader in the prison an 3. Reading all these books together — two of my favourite mystery writers — I began to compare them and see them in a broader perspective.

But it sure seems as though the author spent years absorbing the environment. That confusion sometimes hampered my understanding of the story. Cancel Forgot your password? Another part may be that this is a first novel, and if Pattison already envisioned a series I had hoped to enjoy this book rather more than I did.

Would you also like to submit a review for this item? Plot Outline Shan Tao Yun was an investigator in Beijing but when he ran afoul of his superiors, he found himself sentenced to a work camp in Tibet. Shan is a political prisoner in a work camp, when a dead body is discovered.


A deeply spiritua Shockingly engaging, a very telling mystery about life in post-invasion Tibet, and the reality of Communism, bureaucracy, and the life of the locals, both Chinese and Tibetan. They and their motives do strain credulity, but in the end, they are the least important aspect of the book; the most important is Tibet, its people, and the fidelity of those people to an ancient way of life. Detail, Detail, Detail The author has an incredible eye for detail.

I loved this book. Mar 25, John Eliade rated it it was amazing Shelves: Shan quickly learns that the particular angle that he should concentrate on would likely involve corruption at some higher level.

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 venture with the Chinese in Tibet. I am not particularly complaining, as I am stating a fact. But I wonder if many have read it. The monks wish to perform religious rites at the site of the crime but it is not allowed.

Asid A first class mystery! Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. One of the prisoners, a disgraced Chinese prosecutor, is ordered to write a report accusing a Buddhist monk.

When a hermit Buddhist priest is taken in that Shan knows didn’t do this crime, he races against the clock to solve this by providing them with another suspect, while trying desperately to see no harm comes to all his fellow inmates who’ve instituted a work stoppage due to this death.

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