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L' ombra della giada

Pattison Eliot

Editeur - Casa editrice

Hobby & Work Publishing


Città - Town - Ville


Anno - Date de Parution


Pagine - Pages


Titolo originale

Water touching stone

Lingua originale

Lingua - language - langue


Edizione - Collana

Mystery Pocket


Ferrari P.

L' ombra della giada L' ombra della giada  

Regione Autonoma del Sinkiang, epoca attuale. Reduce dalla memorabile inchiesta de "Il mantra del reato", l'ispettore "dissidente" Shan Tao Yun deve ora risolvere un nuovo intricatissimo enigma. Nella zona di frontiera tra Tibet e Cina, uno spietato serial killer sta metodicamente eliminando un gruppo di scolari di una scuola itinerante. Che cosa spinge l'assassino ad accanirsi su innocenti bambini tibetani, kazaki, uighur? Pura e semplice follia omicida oppure un movente occulto, di ben altra, solida, concreta natura? Incaricato di occuparsi del caso da un lama buddhista, Shan partirà per una missione ai confini del mondo, tra deserti infuocati, cime innevate, monasteri clandestini, basi nucleari top secret, rovine di città antichissime e mille insidie mortali, inseguendo l'ombra di un segreto che, sorpresa dopo sorpresa, si rivelerà di dimensioni gigantesche, in grado di cambiare per sempre i destini di un intero popolo.


Recensione in altra lingua (English):

The news that a venerated teacher has been murdered and a lama is missing sends an unlikely band of outcasts into the remote northern reaches of the Tibetan plateau. Two old Tibetans travel to restore the spiritual balance disturbed by violent death. A sullen resistance fighter races to battle a new foe. But Shan Tao Yun, former Beijing investigator and newly released from four years of prison camp, sets out to find justice.

In the dangerous borderlands of western China, however, justice is elusive. Vengeful officials, soldiers, smugglers, secret Buddhists, and the remnants of the proud Muslim clans all stand in the way of Shan's pursuit of a serial killer whose terrible motives lie buried in the Tibetan struggle.


Eliot Pattison, americano, ha compiuto studi di Legge e ha lavorato a lungo come consulente per diverse aziende su questioni di commercio internazionale. Ha pubblicato numerosi volumi dedicati alle strategie d’affari internazionali, al management e agli aspetti legali degli scambi commerciali. Questa sua professione lo ha portato a viaggiare moltissimo, soprattutto in Oriente. Dopo il felice esordio del Mantra del reato, che ha vinto il premio Edgar per il miglior romanzo d'esordio, ha pubblicato altre due indagini dell’ispettore Shan.

Eliot Pattison has been described as a "writer of faraway mysteries," a label which is particularly apt for someone whose travel and interests span such a broad spectrum. After reaching a million miles of global trekking, visiting every continent but Antarctica, Pattison stopped logging his miles and set his compass for the unknown. Today he avoids well-trodden paths whenever possible, in favor of wilderness, lesser known historical venues, and encounters with indigenous peoples. An international lawyer by training, early in his career Pattison began writing on legal and business topics, producing several books and dozens of articles published on three continents. In the late 1990's he decided to combine his deep concerns for the people of Tibet with his interest in venturing into fiction by writing The Skull Mantra. Winning the Edgar Award for Best First Mystery--and listed as a finalist for best novel for the year in Dublin's prestigious IMPAC awards--The Skull Mantra launched the Inspector Shan series, which now includes Water Touching Stone, Bone Mountain, Beautiful Ghosts, and The Prayer of the Dragon. Both The Skull Mantra and Water Touching Stone were selected by for its annual list of ten best new mysteries. Water Touching Stone was selected by Booksense as the number one mystery of all time for readers' groups. The Inspector Shan series has been translated into over twenty languages around the world.
Pattison entered China for the first time within weeks of normalization of relations with the United States in 1980 and during his many return visits to China and neighboring countries developed the intense interest in the rich history and culture of the region that is reflected in these books. They have been characterized as creating a new "campaign thriller" genre for the way they weave significant social and political themes into their plots. Indeed, as soon as the novels were released they became popular black market items in China for the way they highlight issues long hidden by Beijing.
Pattison's longtime interest in another "faraway" place -the 18th century American wilderness and its woodland Indians-- led to the launch of his Bone Rattler series, which quickly won critical acclaim for its poignant presentation of Scottish outcasts and Indians during the upheaval of the French and Indian War. In Pattison's words, "this was an extraordinary time that bred the extraordinary people who gave birth to America," and the lessons offered by the human drama in that long-ago wilderness remain fresh and compelling today.
A former resident of Boston and Washington, Pattison resides on an 18th century farm in Pennsylvania with his wife, three children, and an ever-expanding menagerie of animals.

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