Bones of the earth / Eliot Pattison.

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      Summary: Bones of the Earth is Edgar Award-winning author Eliot Pattison's much anticipated tenth and final installment in the internationally acclaimed Inspector Shan series. After Shan Tao Yun is forced to witness the execution of a Tibetan for corruption, he can't shake the suspicion that he has instead witnessed a murder arranged by conspiring officials. When he learns that a Tibetan monk has been accused by the same officials of using Buddhist magic to murder soldiers then is abruptly given a badge as special deputy to the county governor, Inspector Shan realizes he is being thrust into a ruthless power struggle. Knowing he has made too many enemies in the government, Shan desperately wants to avoid such a battle, but then discovers that among its casualties are a murdered American archaeology student and devout Tibetans who were only trying to protect an ancient shrine. Soon grasping that the underlying mysteries are rooted in both the Chinese and Tibetan worlds, Shan senses that he alone may be able to find the truth. The path he must take, with the enigmatic, vengeful father of the dead American at his side, is the most treacherous he has ever navigated. More will die before he is able to fully pierce the secrets of this clash between the angry gods of Tibet and Beijing. The costs to Shan and those close to him will be profoundly painful, and his world will be shaken to its core before he crafts his own uniquely Tibetan form of justice.
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      PATTISON, E. Bones of the earth. First Edition. [s. l.]: Minotaur Books, 2019. ISBN 9781250169686. Disponível em: Acesso em: 21 set. 2020.
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      Pattison E. Bones of the Earth. First Edition. Minotaur Books; 2019. Accessed September 21, 2020.
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      Pattison, E. (2019). Bones of the earth (First Edition.). Minotaur Books.
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      Pattison, Eliot. 2019. Bones of the Earth. First Edition. An Inspector Shan Tao Yun Mystery. Minotaur Books.
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      Pattison, E. (2019) Bones of the earth. First Edition. Minotaur Books (An Inspector Shan Tao Yun mystery). Available at: (Accessed: 21 September 2020).
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      Pattison, E 2019, Bones of the earth, First Edition., An Inspector Shan Tao Yun mystery, Minotaur Books, viewed 21 September 2020, .
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      Pattison, Eliot. Bones of the Earth. First Edition., Minotaur Books, 2019. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Pattison, Eliot. Bones of the Earth. First Edition. An Inspector Shan Tao Yun Mystery. Minotaur Books, 2019.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Pattison E. Bones of the earth [Internet]. First Edition. Minotaur Books; 2019 [cited 2020 Sep 21]. (An Inspector Shan Tao Yun mystery). Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2019 February #2

*Starred Review* Inspector Shan has been living a dangerous double life during China's brutal occupation of Tibet, ever since The Skull Mantra (1999), the first in Pattison's politically, spiritually, morally, and emotionally inquisitive series. Shan survived incarceration as a political prisoner with the help of similarly imprisoned Tibetan Buddhist lamas. Upon his release, he was relegated to a remote rural outpost that, nonetheless, has attracted dramatic clashes between the ruthless, well-armed Chinese and the poor yet resourceful Tibetan resistance, which Shan secretly supports. In the tenth and final installment, Shan investigates the deaths of an archaeology professor and his American student and tries to stave off the student's enraged father, who turns out to be a former FBI agent with unnerving knowledge and skills. Their entangled quests center on a massive dam project that threatens one of Tibet's most sacred valleys. Once again, Pattison summons majestic landscapes, intriguing cultural details, and unusual characters while pitting action against reflection, the old against the new, greed against faith, and ambition against love and compassion in a tightly braided plot that reveals the depth of Tibetan suffering and resilience. As a parting gift, Pattison grants his brooding hero a sunbeam of hope. Unique in its setting, cast, predicaments, concerns, meditativeness, and mysteries both human and divine, the Inspector Shan series is vital, relevant, and complexly affecting. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2018 October #1

Having opened the Inspector Shan series with the Edgar Award-winning Skull Mantra, Pattison now closes it with the inspector's tenth outing. Shan Tao Yun is bothered by the execution of a reputedly corrupt Tibetan, suspecting that it was in fact a contrived murder, then further confused when a monk accused of killing soldiers with Buddhist magic is suddenly made special deputy to the county governor. It looks as if a big power struggle has been launched; will he survive?

Copyright 2018 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2019 January #3

Edgar winner Pattison incorporates the political realities of Tibetan life under Chinese occupation into a page-turning whodunit in his 10th Shan Tao Yun mystery (after 2017's Skeleton God). Shan was once a respected inspector in Beijing, until he investigated "the wrong people" and was exiled to a Tibetan prison. After he provided unofficial help to the area's governor, Colonel Tan, he was released and given constabulary duties. Needing Shan's help again, Tan promotes him to special inspector to facilitate his inquiry into the Five Claws Dam, the biggest construction project the Chinese government has ever made in the region. Meanwhile, Shan is forced to witness the execution of Metok Rentzig, an engineer assigned to the project, who was charged with corruption. Shan finds evidence that Metok was framed and judicially murdered, perhaps to cover up others' culpability in the deaths of two archeologists who were attempting to protect Tibetan antiquities from destruction at the dam site. Pattison has never been better in depicting a brave man's dangerous pursuit of justice in a "land of broken places and broken people." Agent: Natasha Kern, Natasha Kern Literary. (Mar.)

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.