Search Results: "Eliot Pattison"


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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 >

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WATER TOUCHING STONE by Eliot Pattison
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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BLOOD OF THE OAK by Eliot Pattison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"The fourth installment in Pattison's Bone Rattler series (Original Death, 2013, etc.) is another complexly plotted historical mystery written in a baroque style highly suggestive of the period and unblinking in its portrayal of American history's dark lessons."
In Colonial America, a Scottish exile stumbles onto a conspiracy of killers in a most unlikely place. Read full book review >

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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 >

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SKELETON GOD by Eliot Pattison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Pattison's ninth installment provides an important history lesson little understood in the West with authority, nuance, and genuine suspense."
Inspector Shan struggles to separate implausible myth from verifiable fact in probing a murky murder scene. Read full book review >

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THE LORD OF DEATH by Eliot Pattison
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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THE SKULL MANTRA by Eliot Pattison
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 2, 1999

"Breathlessly suspenseful tour of a dangerous and exotic landscape, where opposing forces, political and magical, give way to an eerie, mystical truth."
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 >

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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 >

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BONE MOUNTAIN by Eliot Pattison
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 16, 2002

"Only very, very serious readers need apply."
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 >

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BEAUTIFUL GHOSTS by Eliot Pattison
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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MANDARIN GATE by Eliot Pattison
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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19 GIRLS AND ME by Darcy Pattison
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2006

"Pattison's adept and amusing depiction of this early battle between the sexes and her harmonious solution is ideal for readers of any gender. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Daunted by the prospect of 19 female classmates, kindergartener John Hercules Po is determined to turn them into tomboys. Read full book review >