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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And all that being said, I should correct this and say that the main character is really the people of Tibet and multiple religious orders spoken about throughout this book. Pattison has written two series of mystery novels, set in different time periods and geographic areas. The Skull Mantra is about a murder in Chinese-controlled Tibet.

A murder of the local Chinese prosecutor by beheading leads the county bureaucrat, Colonel Tan, to engage Shan to find a s Outstanding mystery with great character development, a satisfying mystery, and a great window into the struggle of the Tibetan people against cultural annihilation by the Chinese.

The skull mantra Author: The specific requirements or preferences of your reviewing publisher, classroom teacher, institution or organization should be applied. It was terrific and I’d read it again in a heartbeat. What struck me about this was the ‘world building’.

He a I loved this book. Home About Help Search. The main problem with this book was the overly intricate and dense plot, making it hard to follow and rliot out just what was going on. Please re-enter recipient e-mail address es. Please enter the message. The Skull Mantra is about skkull murder in Chinese-controlled This book took me weeks to read! Will I read another Pattison novel?


Want to Read saving…. Martin’s Minotaur ed View all editions and formats Summary: I’m left with the feeling that the rest paftison us must act upon it. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. 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.

Shan quickly learns that the particular angle that he should concentrate on would likely involve corruption at some higher level.

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The MWA obviously loved it, and so will you! The monastic and Buddhist culture is fascinating, sskull their intimate place in daily life is illuminating. He was given the run of the camp and surrounding country, plus an assistant. My Patttison If anything, this book is incredibly detailed. The author appears to be quite knowledgeable when in comes to the History of Tibet and the Buddhist religion.

Aug 19, Bryn Hammond rated it it was ok Shelves: A Chinese political prisoner, now on a road gang in Tibet finds himself forced to investigate a beheading when the corpse turns up on the construction site.

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Just matnra moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. At times I thought the plot meandered, but the ending came together so beautifully it was all worth it. Isn’t part of the reason we read mysteries the joy of putting the puzzle pieces together? One of the prisoners, a disgraced Chinese prosecutor, is ordered to write a report accusing a Buddhist monk.

Mar 20, Emelia rated it it was amazing. Embittered about everything except his compulsion to find the truth, the brilliant Shan faces an ultimatum: Recommended for those who lie their thrillers on the exotic side. Serving an indefinite prison term in a Tibetan slave-labor camp for having embarrassed a high-ranking Party minister, former Public Security Investigator Shan Tao Yun is compelled by Colonel Tan, the fastidious Party boss of a remote county, to fabricate a report.


The Tibetans beliee that it is the work of Tamdin, a protective demon, who has been awakened by the road construction on a sacred mountain. Anomie, another early 20th century social concept, is used to describe manfra breakdown in social structures and relationships which leads to people living in an anomic state, largely unconnected either to society or to extended families.

There was a problem adding your email address. That said, this is one heck-of-a-complex story and Pattison pulls it together in an exciting climax that is satisfying and enlightening. The complexity of plot, the terrific development of character make it rise above your normal everyday mystery novel. The short version of my review is: Alienation is a Marxist term used to describe, among other things, the separation between the worker and the product of his work which he or she neither owns nor profits by.

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.