Characters are well-developed and long-time series characters grow in complexity over time. The book is rich in Tibetan folklore and history and as always, they inform the investigation and the story. HIs time in prison introduced him to Buddhism and he learned much from the imprisoned monks of Tibet. His knowledge of these two worlds make him an invaluable investigator. Weader Jun 2, 'In Tibet souls were tried, and souls were tormented, but always souls endured.
There is much for me to catchup on, yet the lack of background did not detract from my understanding of trouble in Shan's past and how that placed him in the now. Here he is a constable in an isolated Tibetan town of Yangkar in Lhadrung County.
Shan is confronted with two bodies found in an ancient Tibetan tomb on the Plain of Ghosts. The story stretches from the ancient past, to the not so ancient past to the now. That story is set against the background of the army's roundup of 'feral' undocumented Tibetans, the destruction and seizure of Buddhist temples and their goods, the separation of families and their 'reeducation', and the demon ghosts and gods roaming the area.
The exploration by Shan of ancient Tibetan artifacts, and his fascination with the Tibetan way of life, the gods, the scared places are all included in this fascinating murder mystery set in an equally as fascinating part of the world. The history of Tibet and the results for that country by China's invasion in the 's is brought into sharp focus.
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Members Reviews Popularity Average rating Mentions 32 5 , 4. In an ancient tomb by the old nun lies a gilded saint buried centuries earlier, flanked by the remains of a Chinese soldier killed fifty years before and an American man murdered only hours earlier. Shan is thrust into a maelstrom of intrigue and contradiction. The Tibetans are terrified, the notorious Public Security Bureau wants nothing to do with the murders, and the army seems determined to just bury the dead again and Shan with them.
No one wants to pursue the truth-except Shan, who finds himself in a violent collision between a heartbreaking, clandestine effort to reunite Tibetan refugees separated for decades and a covert corruption investigation that reaches to the top levels of the government in Beijing. The terrible secret Shan uncovers changes his town and his life forever"-- … more. Recently added by scarycreek , GoldenBuddhaCentre , Ammianus , emessufan , jnwelch , buecherwurm , PardaMustang , stealth.
No current Talk conversations about this book. PardaMustang Jul 15, Good read about the fate of Tibetans when the Chinese government tried to erase there culture and how it is manifested today. In Skeleton God, Inspector Shan has been assigned to a remote Tibetan village that should be far removed from scandal and crime, but if that were true, it would not be an Inspector Shan mystery.
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Project Gutenberg 0 editions. The fourth book in the series -- Beautiful Ghosts -- has Inspector Shan traveling from Tibet to his home town Beijing and even to America to solve a murder. In Prayer of the Dragon , two dead bodies and an unconscious man are discovered on a pilgrimage path. This novel, aside from being a mystery, explores the connections between the Tibetan and Navajo cultures.
The sixth mystery -- The Lord of Death -- begins as Shan transports a corpse across the slopes of Everest at the request of a local wise woman. During his trek, he hears gunfire and discovers two dead women.
Shan must unravel the truth about their deaths.