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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The Skull Mantra took me from October 22… And I admit that I got distracted buy three other books, partially because even though it peeked my curiosity, The Skull Mantra is also an incredibly dense read.

But, also, of the tragedies and failures in the lives of those he comes across. At times, the detail became overwhelming. Rather, it’s subtle, it’s nuanced, and the novels villain without giving it away is misguided in their failure to understand the situation on the other side of the world.

Would you also like to submit a review for this item? Shan, Tao Yun Fictitious character — Fiction. It is unpredictable in so many ways and on so many levels.

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Crooked Heart Lissa Evans. His fellow prisoners were largely Tibetan Buddhist monks sentenced to pattiso labor in an effort to remove them from the populace and “cure” Tibet of the “unwanted, backward religious thinking”. Jamie Weis I loved this too. His professional career consists of advising and representing U. I am not particularly complaining, as I am stating a fact.

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

Indeed, as soon as the novels were released they became popular black market items in China for the way they highlight issues long hidden by Beijing. Tan is a hot-tempered, ruthless man who does not care about the truth at first, but who finds his behavior changing as he deals with Shan, the Tibetan monks, and the investigation.

I am sitting in Bali trying to write this as fast as I can because the Internet is somewhat unstable and my netbook battery is even more unstable. Pattison is good at this, but what he does even better is describe the people and the situation they’re in, whether it’s the Tibetans or the Chinese.

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For much of the novel I was convinced that he would never be able to disentangle the multiple narrative strands that he had brought into play, but the solution was elegant and convincing. Lists with This Book. A Great First Effort – 3. The skull mantra Author: Granted that this is a work of fiction, nevertheless it is true that the Chinese government is invested in downgrading if not actually eliminating the Tibetan culture.

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.

That said, this is one heck-of-a-complex story and Pattison pulls it together in an exciting climax that is satisfying and enlightening. But not the Tibetan names – those are very different from one another: The author had an incredible amount to tell, but I found that the context loomed so large that it overt Crime novel set in Tibet.


There was much effort put into the minutia of the religion and I often found myself completely lost. However, formatting rules can vary widely between pattiso and fields of interest or study.

Shan is a political prisoner in a work camp, when a dead body is discovered. 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. The Inspector Shan series has been translated into over twenty languages around the world.

Pattison does the skul public a service in so entertainingly illuminating these issues. The bits of the puzzle were like drops of water; shapeless, without defined edges, and completely transparent. In a way, it reminded me of a Tony Hillerman book: But I wonder if many have read it.

I’ve seen this described as a ‘campaign thriller’. There are many intersecting plot lines, including an American mine, poppy growing, underground Tibetan rebels, and esoterica about Buddhism.

Although this setup becomes slightly only slightly more contrived in future novels, it works perfectly here. When Shan is in Lhasa and sees the Potala palace for the first time, his awe is palpable.