Mandarin Gate (Inspector Shan, #7) by Eliot Pattison

Mandarin Gate (Inspector Shan, #7)

In Mandarin Gate, Edgar Award winner Eliot Pattison brings Shan back in a thriller that navigates the explosive political and religious landscape of Tibet.In an earlier time, Shan Tao Yun was an Inspector stationed in Beijing. But he lost his position, his family and his freedom when he ran afoul of a powerful figure high in the Chinese government. Released unofficially from the work camp to which he'd been sentenced, Shan has been living in remo...

Details Mandarin Gate (Inspector Shan, #7)

TitleMandarin Gate (Inspector Shan, #7)
Release DateNov 27th, 2012
PublisherMinotaur Books
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Religion, Buddhism, Crime, Cultural, China, Asia, Historical Mystery

Reviews Mandarin Gate (Inspector Shan, #7)

  • P.D.R. Lindsay
    How nice, another inspector Shan story. Well, it's a story about Tibet really and what is happening in Tibet and that made me so angry and so sad.From the fictional point of view this is another good solid piece of writing from a writer who chooses his words carefully and puts them together with a poet's ear.The story is dramatic and the plot twists and jinks so that it is very hard to outguess Shan as he tries to sort out why one lama dies and w...
  • Marie
    Not a solid four, as other books I've read by Pattison have been.The stories are fantastic. Pattison has a couple of series, one set in present day former Tibet, the other set in Revolutionary War times in the territory of the original colonies. I've read several of the Tibetan stories.The books set in Chinese occupied Tibet feature a former police inspector, Shan Tao Yun from Beijing, who crossed a party official in the past and ended up in one ...
  • Shomeret
    Inspector Shan, once a crime investigator in Beijing, is now to quote him "an official damned inspector of dams" in Tibet. There were some wonderful characters and some interesting Buddhist practices, but from a plot perspective, I could have wished for more believability. Readers are asked to swallow some incredible stupidity on the part of the Chinese regime in Mandarin Gate. I am willing to believe that Chinese government functionaries can be ...
  • CarolineFromConcord
    I really love this mystery writer. He has two series. The older series is about Shan, a Chinese detective, cast off from China and in love with Tibet. The series is powerful and troubling. The author knows a lot about Tibet. I suspect his visits there in the 1980s were for a Western government. He remains deeply alarmed by the Chinese campaign to wipe out a culture, a language, and a religion, but he always has at least one Chinese character who ...
  • LynnB
    I always enjoy this series. They may be a bit hard to follow sometimes, but I think that's pretty realistic as the Chinese takeover of Tibet is described. I haven't read one of this series in awhile, but I believe this book is particularly good in describing the impact that the takeover has on the individual Tibetans. It really does remind me of what happened with the Native Americans in the US. No more religion, no more culture, no more land, no...
  • Margaret Sankey
    Pattison's former Inspector Shan is a post-Cold War, Chinese character in the mold of Martin Cruz Smith's Arkady Renko--a Beijing detective who crossed the wrong politician and ended up in a Tibetan prison camp, from which he was called to sort out further embarrassing crimes and protests against the Chinese occupation. In this volume, Shan is out of the gulag, tasked as a ditch inspector among the Tibetan people who have grown to accept him as a...
  • Derek
    Another solid entry in Pattison's Inspector Chan series. In this case, I read more for the fascinating descriptions of Tibet than for the mysteries, but the mysteries hold their own. I read this immediately following Bone Rattler, which Pattison sets in his own country's history, and I find I prefer his take on Tibet than the history with which he is probably more familiar.
  • Patricia
    I always enjoy Eliot Pattison's book series featuring Inspector Shan - an exiled Chinese police officer in Tibet. This was a particularly good addition in the series as it introduced a new character Lieutenant Meng. I hope she will return in another book and add to the help Shan receives from some very unlikely people. Highly recommend this book and the entire series.
  • Fran
    Mandarin Gate: Eliot PattersonLife for continues to be difficult for Shan Tao Yun. Once a formidable Inspector stationed in Beijing, finally released from a work camp hoping to create some type of life for himself. But, the story opens in an unusual way where he meets him and two monks getting ready for a celebration and the reopening of a shrine. As one monk is chasing a thief and hopes to get back his bounty, Shan and Lokesh the other monk assi...
  • Patricia
    Number 7 in Eliot Pattison's Inspector Shan series is both a chilling mystery and a social commentary on the unimaginable, incomparable part of the world that is Tibet. The author has an accurate grasp of Tibet, Tibetans, and the way things are at the roof of the world. I say this based on my own experiences and what I learned while traveling there. The quality of the writing remains superb and steady in all of his novels, including the Bone Ratt...
  • Vontel
    Excellent series taking place in Tibet as the Chinese Communist Party, through its' government & agencies, continues its' plans to eradicate any Tibetan history & culture, as well as punish any "perceived dissident(disloyal?) members of their own citizens, through extreme overt & covert actions & oppression. I think the book fits within the creative non-fiction mold, certainly a historical novel for fairly current history, given that it goes back...
  • Jan
    Some readers find the complexity of the characters & plot to be too muchfeeling muddled at first. But the ambiguity & confusion is part & parcel of an oppressed society facing cultural genocide. The issues are hard to comprehend but the reader who rolls with the challenging format is rewarded with new spiritual perspective, & subtle but fulfilling plot twists & resolutions. I really like this series! Some readers find the complexity of the char...
  • Marilyn
    This the first book of this detective series I have read. It was so good because it really told me so much of the Chinese occupation of that land. That occupation is evil in its abuse of the culture and lives of Tibetans. The story was involving with characters to care about and missions to be passionate about.
  • Marc Severson
    Pattison has become my favorite author. The interplay of the strangeness of Tibet and its way of life juxtaposed against a good mystery novel always keeps me interested.
  • Mimi
    Partisan continues with the horrors the Chinese have visited on the Tibetan people's
  • David
    Pattison is to Tibet what Martin Cruz Smith is to Russia, Jeff Siger to Greece, and Cotterrill is to Lao. Great read. Informative.
  • Shellie (Layers of Thought)
    Original review posted at Layers of Thought.An elegant and literary whodunit, set against the backdrop of Chinas brutal crushing of Tibetan society and beliefs.Description: Shan used to be a police inspector in Beijing, but was imprisoned in a remote Tibetan jail after he ran afoul of a powerful figure in the Chinese Government. After being unofficially released, he has to remain in Tibet without status or official identity, unable to return home...
  • Luanne Ollivier
    Every once in a while it's good to step out of my reading comfort zone and pick up something different. The something different this time was Eliot Pattison's latest book Mandarin Gate.This is the seventh book featuring Pattison's recurring character Shan Tao Yun. Shan was once an Police Inspector in Beijing, but was too good at his job. Corrupt officials sent him to one of the harshest work camps where he was taken under the wing of a Tibetan mo...
  • Jim
    This is a well-written mystery thriller that has as its theme, the Sinification of Tibet and its citizens by the Peoples Republic of China. The main character, Shan, is a former criminal investigator, who followed a chain of corruption too close to the upper ranks of the Communist Party, and was, as a result, sentenced to a hard-labor prison camp. It was in this camp that he became close to Tibetan lamas and priests and found himself "reincarnate...
  • Gloria Feit
    The Inspector Shan series continues with a double-barreled story: an enigmatic murder mystery and a deep-seated description of the destruction of Tibetan culture and society. And Shan attempts only to seek the truth in face of the power of the state and his doubts of his own identity and role in Tibet.It begins with the discovery of three murder victims, two men and a Tibetan nun, in a very old monastery which is being restored. Then a lama commi...
  • Peter
    Eliot Pattison is a lawyer in the American Northeast who has written several series of novels and other books. The ones I am most familiar with are the Inspector Shan novels. They are set in Tibet and feature a former Chinese investigator from Beijing who runs afoul of very powerful individuals and is punished by being sent to a harsh forced labour prison in Tibet. There he survives by grace of the Buddhist monks who take him under their wing. Th...
  • Helen
    I'm on an Elliot Pattison kick. His books about the political and social landscape of modern Tibet under the boot of Communist China are heartbreaking and fascinating (and very well written). The two factors I can always count on when reading an Inspector Shan novel are an interesting and unusual mystery set amidst a background of the oppression of the Tibetan people that followed the takeover of the country by China and continues today. The book...
  • Chris
    Bliss and kinetic violence all in the same nano-second-that's how the first chapter ends. Prepare yourself for a long and serpentine trip to find the truth. A good melding of mystery, political intrigue, and Buddhism. The always inscrutable Shan is once again in the midst of solving three murders that no one really wants solved. Shan is the ditch inspector but gets involved due to personal reasons. This mystery has many layers and you're never qu...
  • Catherine
    This book had everything! Historical context, cultural context, a complex and well developed plot, and believable characters. This is the best book I have read recently. It's set in Tibet where the clash of cultures between the Chinese and the Tibetans creates the backdrop for a murder mystery. The main character is Chinese, but has great empathy for the Tibetans and their culture. He was an investigator in Beijing where his murder investigation ...
  • Kathy
    I think I love the Inspector Shan books more for their characters and atmosphere than for the stories or mysteries. The stories are compelling enough to keep me reading, but what I find most is compelling is Shan's struggle with being Chinese in his adopted home of Tibet--being the fox in the hen house, so to speak. I've visited Beijing twice, 30 years apart, and the China that first intrigued me, seems just about gone now. The China that Shan re...
  • Rita Marie
    I stumbled upon this book in the "new mysteries" section of the library; it seemed worth a try. I liked it, but I didn't love it, and I'm not sure why. The setting is fascinating -- Tibet invaded by the Chinese and all the horrors that came after (which the author assures us in a postscript are completely factual), the plot is madly complex, and it takes to the very end to find out who did what and why. I guess the problem is the characters; they...
  • Jodi
    I didn't realize that this book was in a series until I put it in here on goodreads. Maybe if I had started at book one, I would have liked it better. I just found it hard to get into and really care about the characters. I have read a lot about China but was not aware of the ethnic struggles between China and Tibet. It was also hard to believe that this book takes place in modern times with the mention of the internet when it could easily have t...
  • Mary Ahlgren
    I love Eliot Pattison's books for a variety of reasons. Mandarin Gate drew me right in. I have noticed that reading any of Pattison's books demands slowness, appropriate for the themes and subtexts of his very interesting stories. I appreciate especially that no culture is pure evil or only good. And I thank him for keeping Tibet in my awareness. Genocide is clearly present on this earth, and we must remember that wherever it is happening.
  • Peggy
    Not my cup of (yak butter) tea. I read this for my Peace Corps book group, but found it trite, badly written, and generally annoying. The characters are flat, the dialog is stilted, and the descriptions of the landscape-- which I am sure is stunning-- make it sound dull. Nonetheless the Tibetan cultural & political backdrop was compelling and the storyline just barely interesting enough to keep me going to the end.