Water Touching Stone
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|Format:||Paperback, 560 pages, New edition Edition|
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|Published In: ||United States, 25 July 2002|
An unlikely group of outcasts dash across the remote northern reaches of the Tibetan plateau, summoned by the news that a venerated school teacher has been murdered and an ancient lama is missing. The two old Tibetans are rushing to restore the spiritual balance caused by the violent death. The sullen Tibetan resistance fighter is racing to battle a new foe. But Shan Tao Yun, the exiled former investigator from Beijing, just released from four years in the gulug, has set out to find justice, an elusive goal among the embittered and forgotten people of western China. One moment experiencing the serene reverence of an ancient shrine, the next feeling the horror of being buried alive in the desert, Shan encounters the many faces of courage found among oppressed peoples. Ultimately Shan's answer can be found only by revealing still greater tragedies, and justice, in the rough form he has come to expect in Tibet, is available only if he is able to piece the hatred and distrust that has been bred by Beijing's rule.
About the Author
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.
Few mystery sequels have been awaited with as much anticipation as this one, and in many ways this is a worthy successor to Pattison's first novel, the Edgar- winning The Skull Mantra (1999); it too is full of reverence for the beleaguered people of Tibet, especially its tortured and imprisoned Buddhist monks. "I know that of all the world I have seen, the lamas are the best part of it," says Shan Tao Yun, a former high-ranking police investigator from Beijing who because he looked too deeply into some financial scandal was disgraced and imprisoned in a Tibetan gulag, where his life and his soul were saved by the monks who were his fellow prisoners. Released without official consent after his investigations into a murder exposed Chinese corruption, Shan has been living quietly among the monks, awaiting his chance to escape the country with the UN's help. Will he now risk his freedom to find out who killed a revered teacher and several wandering orphan boys? To Pattison's credit, he makes Shan's choice to roam across the wastes of northern Tibet in a virtually endless and dangerous search seem inevitable and totally believable even if some readers would rather see him in action on the streets of London or San Francisco. And Shan's companions are largely fascinating: a vast gallery of Kazakh resistance fighters, White Russian smugglers who ride camels along the old Silk Road and Chinese officials of varying degrees of nastiness. Finally, though, there are too many people, places, events and questions and pages to sustain the amazing energy of Pattison's initial creation. (June 2) Forecast: Given the critical success of The Skull Mantra, which is being released simultaneously in paperback, and continuing political controversy surrounding China, this book has real breakout potential. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
"Intriguing...compelling."--"The San Francisco Chronicle"
"Few mystery sequels have been awaited with as much anticipation as this one."--"Publishers Weekly"
"Water Touching Stone is a mystery but it is more than just a who-done-it...another triumph for fans of the Edgar Award-winning author."--"The Midwest Book Review"
Chinese ex-investigator Shan Tao Yun, who was introduced in the Edgar Award-winning The Skull Mantra, has come to the inhospitable terrain of western China to unravel the mysterious death of a popular teacher. Shan's team of allies, a remarkable array of Kazakhs, Tibetans, and others, quickly learn that the teacher's death masks others. Alas, the interference of tyrannical Chinese investigators, the hardships of the terrain, and the complexity of the interweaving plots slow Shan down despite his stunning psychological and political insights. The first half of the book moves at a meditative pace, but once the true quarry is identified, the hunt quickens and suspense mounts unbearably. As in the previous book, Shan mirrors the spirituality and peril of the Tibetan cause, while the addition of the Kazakh, Uighur, and other non-Buddhist indigenous elements makes this a compelling saga of vanishing peoples. The archaeological themes are but one of the ways Pattison demonstrates his power to evoke the desperate cataclysms that these tribes and individuals suffer. For all public libraries where the East lures readers. Barbara Conaty, Library of Congress Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
|Publisher: ||St Martin's Press|
|Dimensions: ||17.0 x 10.0 x 3.0 centimeters (0.27 kg)|