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Prayer of the Dragon (2007)

by Eliot Pattison

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The only thing that makes a good mystery novel better is one in which the author teaches. You might learn how to dance with the devil in the pale moonlight or in the case of this one the cultural and religious similarities between Tibetans and Navajos. My only critique is the pacing of the novel is extremely slow; painfully slow, thus making a 5 star mystery reduced to a three star read. ( )
  revslick | May 1, 2012 |
Another Shan mystery located in Tibet. Shan is summoned to a remote village to save an elderly monk. He finds murder, gold, a Chinese scientist and his nephew as well as a Navajo women tracing cultures of both Tibet and the Navajo. As always the reader is educated about Tibet and its cultures as Shan solves the case mindfully. Recommended
  oldbookswine | Mar 16, 2011 |
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This book is dedicated to the Tibetan and Navajo peoples, who keep the mysteries of the human spirit alive.

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Matthew Woolford Pattison.
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Before bing condemned to the Tibetan gulag, Shan Tao Yun had never known there were so many ways of dying, so many words for death, had never considered how the wonder of death could be as great as the wonder of birth.
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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's been consigned as punishment. He's befriended by unlicensed Tibetan lamas with whom he lives in a secret monastery after his release. Now he's summoned to a remote village to save a comatose man from summary execution for 2 murders. He discovers that the susprect is actually Navajo, and that the recent murders are only part of a chain of deaths. Other suspects emerge. Shan must solve the riddle of Dragon Mountain.… (more)

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