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Prayer of the Dragon (2007)
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"Shan Tao Yun is an exiled Chinese national, a former Beijing investigator on parole from the Tibetan work camp to which he had been consigned as punishment. While there he was befriended by unlicensed Tibetan lamas with whom he has been living, since his release, in a secret monastery." "Now he is summoned to a remote village to save a comatose man from summary execution for two murders. The victims' arms had been severed and borne away. Why?" "Shan discovers that the unconscious suspect is not Tibetan, as had been assumed, but Navajo, and that the recent murders are only part of a chain of deaths. Suspects include a prominent Chinese scientist and his would-be criminologist nephew, as well as the village headman, and the illegal miners who are camped nearby. Together with his friends, the unlicensed monks Gendun and Lokesh, Shan must solve the riddle of Dragon Mountain, the place "where world begins.""--BOOK JACKET.General Adult. Praise for the Shan series: "Nothing I've read or seen about how China has systematically crushed the soul of Tibet has been as effective. . . . A thriller of laudable aspirations and achievements."-Chicago Tribune "Shan becomes our Don Quixote. . . . Set against a background that is alternately bleak and blazingly beautiful, this is at once a top-notch thriller and a substantive look at Tibet under siege."-Publishers Weekly (starred review) "A rich and multilayered story that mirrors the complexity of the surrounding land."-San Francisco Chronicle "Pattison thrills both mystery enthusiasts and reader fascinated by, and concerned about, Tibet."-Booklist "Pattison has taken an unknown world and made it come alive."-Library Journal Summoned to a remote village from the hidden lamasery where he lives, Shan, formerly an investigator in Beijing, must save a comatose man from execution for two murders in which the victims' arms have been removed. Upon arrival, he discovers that the suspect is not Tibetan but Navajo.
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