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Mandarin Gate

Pattison, Eliot (Book - 2012)
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Mandarin Gate
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"In an earlier time, Shan Tao Yun was an Inspector stationed in Beijing. But he lost his position, his family and his freedom when he ran afoul of a powerful figure high in the Chinese government. Released unofficially from the work camp to which he'd been sentenced, Shan has been living in remote mountains of Tibet with a group of outlawed Buddhist monks. Without status, official identity, or the freedom to return to his former home in Beijing, Shan has just begun to settle into his menial job as an inspector of irrigation and sewer ditches in a remote Tibetan township when he encounters a wrenching crime scene. Strewn across the grounds of an old Buddhist temple undergoing restoration are the bodies of two unidentified men and a Tibetan nun. Shan quickly realizes that the murders pose a riddle the Chinese police might in fact be trying to cover up. When he discovers that a nearby village has been converted into a new internment camp for Tibetan dissidents arrested in Beijing's latest pacification campaign, Shan recognizes the dangerous landscape he has entered. To find justice for the victims and to protect an American woman who witnessed the murders, Shan must navigate through the treacherous worlds of the internment camp, the local criminal gang, and the government's rabid pacification teams, while coping with his growing doubts about his own identity and role in Tibet."--Dust jacket.
Authors: Pattison, Eliot
Title: Mandarin gate
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 309 p. ;,25 cm
Summary: "In an earlier time, Shan Tao Yun was an Inspector stationed in Beijing. But he lost his position, his family and his freedom when he ran afoul of a powerful figure high in the Chinese government. Released unofficially from the work camp to which he'd been sentenced, Shan has been living in remote mountains of Tibet with a group of outlawed Buddhist monks. Without status, official identity, or the freedom to return to his former home in Beijing, Shan has just begun to settle into his menial job as an inspector of irrigation and sewer ditches in a remote Tibetan township when he encounters a wrenching crime scene. Strewn across the grounds of an old Buddhist temple undergoing restoration are the bodies of two unidentified men and a Tibetan nun. Shan quickly realizes that the murders pose a riddle the Chinese police might in fact be trying to cover up. When he discovers that a nearby village has been converted into a new internment camp for Tibetan dissidents arrested in Beijing's latest pacification campaign, Shan recognizes the dangerous landscape he has entered. To find justice for the victims and to protect an American woman who witnessed the murders, Shan must navigate through the treacherous worlds of the internment camp, the local criminal gang, and the government's rabid pacification teams, while coping with his growing doubts about his own identity and role in Tibet."--Dust jacket.
ISBN: 0312656041
9780312656041
Statement of Responsibility: Eliot Pattison
Subject Headings: China Fiction Interpersonal relations Fiction Fathers and sons Fiction Prisoners Fiction Concentration camps Fiction Americans China Fiction Murder Fiction Shan, Tao Yun (Fictitious character) Fiction
Genre/Form: Mystery fiction
Topical Term: Interpersonal relations
Fathers and sons
Prisoners
Concentration camps
Americans
Murder
Shan, Tao Yun (Fictitious character)
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Jan 25, 2014
  • zahav rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Nice mystery. Brings to life a world very different than ours and an injustice that is still ongoing.

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