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Beautiful Ghosts
St. Martin's, Apr 2004, 24.95, 352 pp. ISBN: 0312277598 At one time Inspector Shan Tao Yun felt his life in Beijing was excellent, but he made the error of following personal ethics and adhering to the law rather than the party line; he alienated a person very high in the Chinese governmental hierarchy. The “court” sentenced Shan to toil at a remote work camp where he would not see his wife or son ever again. However, he no longer works at the ...
Bone Mountain
St. Martin's, Sep 2002, 24.95, 432 pp. ISBN: 0312277601 Disgraced Chines police investigator Shan Tao Yun knows he owes the Buddhist monks his life as they have made his insufferable prison exile tolerable. So when they ask him to deliver a religious idol to a sacred place in the Yapchi Valley, he readily assents to taking the artifact to its home. Renegade monk Lokesh also agrees to accompany Shan on the trek. However, the journey, which is...