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 remote mountains
of Tibet with a group of outlawed Buddhist monks.
Thirty years after global holocaust, the colony of Carthage still struggles to build its new world. While steam engines and other early industrial technology have empowered its economy, the fragile society is undermined by secret crimes, rifts between generations, government censorship, and a legacy of casting out those who suffer from radiation sickness.
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Aboard a British convict ship bound for the new world,
exiled clan chief Duncan McCallum witnesses a bizarre
series of murders and suicides among his fellow
Highland scot prisoners. compelled by the masters of
his prison company to resolve the crimes while
remaining a prisoner, Duncan soon makes a fearful
The fourth book in The Bone Rattler series is another masterpiece of American historic fiction and a really bone-rattling mystery as well. Read the full PW review here.