The Lord of Death is the sixth of Eliot Pattison's books to feature Shan Tao Yun, a disgraced former Chinese investigator whose fate has been increasingly tied to that of Tibet and its citizens, and it is perhaps the strongest entry in the series to date. An intricate yet logical plot, deep character construction and a wonderful sense of atmosphere combine to form a truly top-notch mystery novel.
The novel's backdrop is an area of the world in the throes of rapid change. Not only are the Tibetans influenced by Chinese Communist rule, but the country is rapidly becoming a tourist destination, which has also had a huge impact on the Tibetan way of life. Pattison does an excellent job of portraying this confluence of cultures.
Shan stood blinking in the brilliant morning sun as the door slammed shut behind him. Shogo town was still waking up. A small flock of sheep wandered along ...
The Inspector Shan series to date:
Pattison is also actively at work on a new series set in Colonial America which started with Bone Rattler (2007), and was followed by Eye of the Raven in late 2009. More about the author, and background reading on Tibet at eliotpattison.com.
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