Books by Eliot Pattison

ORIGINAL DEATH by Eliot Pattison
Released: Aug. 13, 2013

"Duncan's third mystery (Eye of the Raven, 2010, etc.), rich in period detail, is often somber and unblinking in its portrayal of a dark period in history."
The French and Indian War provides a backdrop for a complex tale of clashing cultures and mass murder. Read full book review >
MANDARIN GATE by Eliot Pattison
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 27, 2012

"Casual readers be warned: Pattison's seventh Inspector Shan thriller is another hypnotic immersion in a fascinating culture."
A brutal killing in Tibet draws a veteran investigator out of the safety of his new bureaucratic job and into a complicated tangle of political interests and deadly alliances. Read full book review >
THE LORD OF DEATH by Eliot Pattison
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 2009

"A whodunit wrapped in a socio-political thriller, all the more valuable for its timeliness. Shan's sixth case (Prayer of the Dragon, 2007, etc.) is aimed at readers who savor subtlety and complexity. "
Step by perilous step, Inspector Shan gets tangled in another complex and sensitive investigation. Read full book review >
BONE RATTLER by Eliot Pattison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"The densely plotted historical adventure from Edgar-winning Pattison (Prayer of the Dragon, 2007, etc.) provides just enough whodunit to keep the hero and the reader on the frontier trail."
A hapless Scottish hero caught in the middle of the bloody French and Indian Wars unravels an intricate murder plot. Read full book review >
PRAYER OF THE DRAGON by Eliot Pattison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2007

"Stories wrapped around other stories brocaded with abundant local color and told with leisure and elegance form a heady literary tapestry—even if it's not to every taste."
The Tibetan highlands conceal a serial killer in this fifth case from Edgar-winning Pattison (Beautiful Ghosts, 2004, etc.). Read full book review >
BEAUTIFUL GHOSTS by Eliot Pattison
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 16, 2004

"Salted with wonderfully effective set pieces, but traveling the distances between them is no picnic."
Disgraced and replaced, former Beijing Public Security Investigator Shan Tao Yan (Bone Mountain, 2002, etc.) remains the nonpareil cop, even to his enemies. Read full book review >
BONE MOUNTAIN by Eliot Pattison
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 16, 2002

Sprung from a forced labor camp, disgraced Beijing Public Security Investigator Shan Tao Yan is now, in his third appearance (Water Touching Stone, 2001, etc.), a somewhat wiser, certainly sadder investigator of mysteries both metaphysical and mundane. Read full book review >

WATER TOUCHING STONE by Eliot Pattison
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 11, 2001

"Awkward and unsure, but animated by Pattison's fascinating overlay of Buddhist spirituality on the familiar whodunit formula."
Pattison's second whodunit, once again featuring former Chinese Public Security Investigator Shan Tao Yun, is longer, more complicated—and, alas, more repetitious than his Edgar Award-winning debut, The Skull Mantra (1999). Read full book review >
THE SKULL MANTRA by Eliot Pattison
THRILLERS
Released: Sept. 2, 1999

Pattison debuts with this superb whodunit that leads an alienated Chinese detective to a cabal of hypocritical bureaucrats, meditating monks, and meddlesome Americans in contemporary Tibet. Read full book review >