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Inspector Shan Tao Yun

 

In an earlier time, Shan Tao Yun was an Inspector stationed in Beijing. But he lost his position, his family and his freedom when he ran afoul of a powerful figure high in the Chinese government. Released unofficially from the work camp to which he'd been sentenced, Shan has been living in remote mountains of Tibet with a group of outlawed Buddhist monks.   

In Eliot Pattison’s Shan series, the rich heritages of China and Tibet form a fascinating backdrop. The books capture the many dimensions of the Tibet/China struggle and touch upon the wonderfully complex world of Tibetan Buddhism -- not so much in its modern theological elements as in the way it has defined culture and human behavior. The Buddhists in Pattison’s crime fiction are rooted in the very old, unreformed sects of Tibet, not simply because their beliefs lend themselves to the mystery of the books, but because they reflect most vividly how remote and starkly different Tibetan culture was before the People's Liberation Army arrived. The stories are balanced with the perspectives of Shan, a Chinese protagonist who himself has been victimized by the government and is as shaken by what Beijing has done in Tibet as any Tibetan native. The books don’t  ignore the gnawing, dehumanizing effect that Beijing's occupation of Tibet has had on the Chinese officials who administer it. Shan has a mystery to solve but, as he has learned from his Tibetan friends, his challenge isn't simply to find an answer but to find it with dignity and compassion. 

 

Books in this Series

Skeleton God
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Skeleton God

Inspector Shan Tao Yun (Volume 9)
Eliot Pattison
St. Martin's Press

In Eliot Pattison's Skeleton God, Shan Tao Yun, now the reluctant constable of a remote Tibetan town, has learned to expect the impossible at the roof of the world, but nothing has prepared...

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Soul of the Fire
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Soul of the Fire

Inspector Shan Tao Yun (Volume 8)
Eliot Pattison
St. Martin's Press

In Eliot Pattison's Soul of the Fire, When Shan Tao Yun and his old friend Lokesh are abruptly dragged away by Public Security, he is convinced that their secret, often illegal, support of...

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Mandarin Gate
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Mandarin Gate

Inspector Shan Tao Yun (Volume 7)
Eliot Pattison
St. Martin's Press

In Mandarin Gate, Edgar Award winner Eliot Pattison brings Shan back in a thriller that navigates the explosive political and religious landscape of Tibet.

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Beautiful Ghosts
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Beautiful Ghosts

Inspector Shan Tao Yun (Volume 4)
Eliot Pattison
St. Martin's Press

In an earlier time, Shan Tao Yun was an Inspector stationed in Beijing. But he lost his position, his family and his freedom when he ran afoul of a powerful figure high in the Chinese government....

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Bone Mountain
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Bone Mountain

Inspector Shan Tao Yun (Volume 3)
Eliot Pattison
St. Martin's Press

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...

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Water Touching Stone
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Water Touching Stone

Inspector Shan Tao Yun (Volume 2)
Eliot Pattison
St. Martin's Press

In Water Touching Stone, the sequel to the internationally acclaimed The Skull Mantra, Shan Tao Yun is cloistered in a remote Tibetan sanctuary when he receives shattering news. A teacher...

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The Skull Mantra
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The Skull Mantra

Inspector Shan Tao Yun (Volume 1)
Eliot Pattison
St. Martin's Press

The first Inspector Shan novel, winner of the Edgar Award for Best First Novel and finalist for the Gold Dagger, was a sensation when first published. Now, as the series continues with Soho Press, this modern classic returns in trade paperback.

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About the author

Eliot Pattison

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.

©Jerry Bauer