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The Skull Mantra

(1998)
(The first book in the Shan Tao Yun Mystery series)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Dagger Awards Best Book (nominee)
When a headless corpse is found by a prison work gang on a windy Tibetan mountainside, veteran police inspector Shan Tao Yun might seem the perfect man to solve the crime - except that he himself if serving an indefinite sentence in the gulag for offending the Party in Beijing. Desperate to close the case before an American tourist delegation arrives, the district commander has no choice but to grant him a temporary release. Embittered about everything except his compulsion to find the truth, the brilliant Shan faces an ultimatum: solve the case fast and in a politically expedient fashion, or the Tibetan priests in his work brigade will be punished.When the early evidence shows that the killer was an ancient Buddhist demon and party officials try to thwart his investigation by arresting an innocent monk, Shan is thrown into a malestrom of political and religious intrigue involving American mining interests, Tibetan sorcerers, corrupt party officials, a secret illegal monastery and the Buddhist resistance movement.

Genre: Mystery
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Praise for this book

"The Skull Mantra is an incandescent thriller, a compelling, lyrical journey through the harsh, beautiful world of Tibet. Pattison has made his mark the first time out." - Greg Iles


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December 2000 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Skull Mantra
Author(s): Eliot Pattison
ISBN: 0-312-26847-5 / 978-0-312-26847-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Minotaur Books
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February 2000 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Skull Mantra
Author(s): Eliot Pattison
ISBN: 0-7126-8059-4 / 978-0-7126-8059-2 (UK edition)
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January 2000 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Skull Mantra
Author(s): Eliot Pattison
ISBN: 0-7862-2258-1 / 978-0-7862-2258-2 (USA edition)
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December 1998 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Skull Mantra (Inspector Shan Tao Yun)
Author(s): Eliot Pattison
ISBN: 0-312-20478-7 / 978-0-312-20478-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Minotaur
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Paperback Editions

September 2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Skull Mantra (Inspector Shan Tao Yun)
Author(s): Eliot Pattison
ISBN: 0-312-38539-0 / 978-0-312-38539-2 (USA edition)
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March 2001 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Skull Mantra
Author(s): Eliot Pattison
ISBN: 0-312-97834-0 / 978-0-312-97834-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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August 2000 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Skull Mantra
Author(s): Eliot Pattison
ISBN: 0-09-940979-8 / 978-0-09-940979-3 (UK edition)
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February 2000 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Skull Mantra
Author(s): Eliot Pattison
ISBN: 0-7126-8049-7 / 978-0-7126-8049-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Century
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February 2000 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Skull Mantra
Author(s): Eliot Pattison
ISBN: 0-7126-8448-4 / 978-0-7126-8448-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Century
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Kindle Editions

July 2011 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Skull Mantra
Author(s): Eliot Pattison
Publisher: Cornerstone Digital
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September 2008 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Skull Mantra (Inspector Shan Tao Yun Book 1)
Author(s): Eliot Pattison
Publisher: Minotaur Books
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