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Jade Dragon Mountain

(2015)
(The first book in the Li Du series)
A novel by

 
Awards
Barry Awards Best First Novel (nominee)
On the mountainous border of China and Tibet in 1708, a detective must learn what a killer already knows: that empires rise and fall on the strength of the stories they tell.

Li Du was an imperial librarian. Now he is an exile. Arriving in Dayan, the last Chinese town before the Tibetan border, he is surprised to find it teeming with travelers, soldiers, and merchants. All have come for a spectacle unprecedented in this remote province: an eclipse of the sun commanded by the emperor himself.

When a Jesuit astronomer is found murdered in the home of the local magistrate, blame is hastily placed on Tibetan bandits. But Li Du suspects this was no random killing. Everyone has secrets: the ambitious magistrate, the powerful consort, the bitter servant, the irreproachable secretary, the East India Company merchant, the nervous missionary, and the traveling storyteller who can't keep his own story straight.

Beyond the sloping roofs and festival banners, Li Du can see the mountain pass that will take him out of China forever. He must choose whether to leave and embrace his exile or to stay and investigate a murder that the town of Dayan seems all too willing to forget.

Genre: Historical Mystery
 
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Used availability for Elsa Hart's Jade Dragon Mountain


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Hardback Editions

February 2016 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Jade Dragon Mountain (Thorndike Press Large Print Historical Fiction)
Author(s): Elsa Hart
ISBN: 1-4104-8670-2 / 978-1-4104-8670-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

September 2015 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Jade Dragon Mountain: A Mystery (Li Du Novels)
Author(s): Elsa Hart
ISBN: 1-250-07232-8 / 978-1-250-07232-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

July 2016 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Jade Dragon Mountain: A Mystery (Li Du Novels)
Author(s): Elsa Hart
ISBN: 1-250-07233-6 / 978-1-250-07233-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

September 2015 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: Jade Dragon Mountain (Li Du Novels)
Author(s): Elsa Hart
ISBN: 1-4272-6454-6 / 978-1-4272-6454-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: MacMillan Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

September 2015 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: Jade Dragon Mountain: A Novel
Author(s): Elsa Hart
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Availability: Amazon   

Kindle Editions

September 2015 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Jade Dragon Mountain: A Mystery (Li Du Novels)
Author(s): Elsa Hart
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


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