The Skull Mantra

The Skull Mantra

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Winner of the 2001 Edgar Award for Best First Novel, The Skull Mantra was a sensation when first published and received wide acclaim from critics and readers alike. The Skull Mantra is ranked as a novel about a people and a place--the Tibetans of the high Himalayas--as it is a gripping thriller.

The corpse is missing its head and is dressed in American clothes. Found by a Tibetan prison work gang on a windy cliff, the grisly remains clearly belong to someone too important for Chinese authorities to bury and forget. So the case is handed to veteran police inspector Shan Tao Yun. Methodical, clever Shan is the best man for the job, but he too is a prisoner, deported to Tibet for offending someone high up in Beijing's power structure. Granted a temporary release, Shan is soon pulled into the Tibetan people's desperate fight for its sacred mountains and the Chinese regime's blood-soaked policies. Then, a Buddhist priest is arrested, a man Shan knows is innocent. Now time is running out for Shan to find the real killer.

The Skull Mantra is the winner of the 2000 Edgar Award for Best First Novel.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, 1999.
Edition: 1st St. Martin's Minotaur ed.
ISBN: 9780312385392
0312385390
9780312204785
0312204787
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY Pattison Eliot 1999
Characteristics: 403 p. ;,25 cm.

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ReadRobin
Aug 15, 2012

The insights into other attitudes and understandings are most helpful. Ignorance and misunderstanding contribute to the evils of coercion and other violence. China's destruction of Tibetan people, culture, and religious institutions reminds me of the European Holocaust and the Nazis. Robbing a culture to enrich a government or a small number of individuals is shameful and disgusting. Certainly China has a huge population and that brings many problems. I loved this book and highly recommend it. I will be reading the other books in the series.

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