The Skull Mantra

The Skull Mantra

Book - 2001
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Baker & Taylor
When a headless corpse turns up on a Tibetan mountainside, veteran police inspector Shan Tao Yun is released from prison to investigate the crime, and he quickly uncovers a conspiracy involving American mining interests, corrupt Party officials, and Tibetan sorcerers. Winner of the 2000 Edgar Award for Best First Novel. Reprint.

McMillan Palgrave
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 Beijing. Granted a temporary release, Shan is soon pulled into the Tibetan people's desperate fight for its sacred mountain 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...in an astonishing, emotionally charged story that will change the way you think about Tibet-- and freedom-- forever.
The Skull Mantra is the winner of the 2000 Edgar Award for Best First Novel.


Publisher: New York : St. Martin's, 2001, c1999
ISBN: 9780312978341
0312978340
Characteristics: 428 p. : maps ; 18 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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