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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Shan is given temporary leave and tasked to find a natural resolution to the crime and cut the feet from the Buddhist protests. Apr 14, J rated it really liked it. Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway.

The Skull Mantra

In this first of the series, a former criminal investigator from Beijing, Shan, is residing as a political prisoner in a work camp in Tibet along with near Buddhist monks and local dissidents. Aug 19, Bryn Hammond rated it it was ok Shelves: Or maybe I didn’t want his story to be over because his internal changes made me sad in his hopeless view of events that had transpired pwttison the investigation.

I am not particularly complaining, as I am stating a fact. And I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that is so good at describing places and their meaning.

The Skull Mantra (Inspector Shan, #1) by Eliot Pattison

Jul 11, Margie rated it it was ok Recommended to Margie by: Please choose whether or not you want other users to be able to see on your profile that this library is a favorite of yours.


This cannot be said of Smith who has the American approach to crime fiction and gets the guns or knives out to deliver the ultimate punishment. If you are looking for a straightforward mystery, you will not like this book. Dec patfison, Justin rated it it was amazing.

I got so caught up in the mystery that I quit taking notes and then forgot which sect was responsible for what and had to backtrack to refresh my brain.

Pattsion 21, Carl rated it liked it. Now he suffers in a Tibet prison with fellow monks.

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But, also, of the tragedies and failures in the lives of those he comes across. You already recently rated this item. I’ve seen this described as a ‘campaign thriller’. With all these similarities, there is an element which divides them. Published April 15th by St. They will not work until some kind of exorcism is performed.

Embittered about everything except his compulsion to find the truth, the brilliant Shan faces an ultimatum: Shan is a political prisoner in a work camp, when a dead body is discovered. Preview this item Preview this item. I am giving it five stars as the author has done a bold deed in revealing ancient secret Tibetan esoteric information imbedded in the storyline.


Apr 19, Kristena West rated it it was amazing. Given that the religion played a central role, this issue lead to a significant drop in my pattiso.

But I’m probably imposing some Western conceit on the behavior, as Pattison portrays these Tibetans as living their spirituality in everyday routines, down to the hand gestures. Haven’t gone back to the parts I missed; doubt I will. I knew it was good from the get go, not simple, not easy, but a very well built story, full of details, making it difficult for you but still grabbing your attention every step of the way.

There are many intersecting plot lines, including an American mine, mxntra growing, underground Tibetan rebels, and esoterica about Buddhism.

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Jamie Weis I loved this too. And finally, each elaborate piece does have a very small bit to do with the overall mystery. The tensions boil over and the monks mnatra to stop working which will result in unnecessary bloodshed. What I especially liked though, were the details of the characters’ names. I think I really should read it again to understand the intricate plot.

This mystery is intriguing and well written.

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