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
Edgar-winner Pattison dramatically portrays the bitter oppression suffered by the Tibetan people under Communist China in his excellent seventh novel featuring Chinese investigator Shan Tao Yun (after 2009's The Lord of Death). Exiled to Tibet for having pursued the truth too zealously in an investigation that implicated high government officials, Shan now labors as an official ditch inspector. Read more...