Water Touching Stone
By Eliot Pattison
(St. Martin's Griffin, Hardcover, 9780312206123, 512pp.)
Publication Date: September 29, 2009
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In this sequel to the internationally acclaimed The Skull Mantra, Shan Tao Yun is cloistered in a remote Tibetan sanctuary when he receives shattering news. A teacher revered by the oppressed has been found slain and, one by one, her orphaned students have followed her to her grave, victims of a killer harboring unfathomable motives. Abandoning his mountain hermitage, Shan Tao Yun, a former Beijing police inspector who has been exiled to Tibet, embarks on a search for justice. Shadowed by bizarre tales of an unleashed 'demon,' Shan braces himself for even darker imaginings as he stalks a killer and fights to restore spiritual balance to the ancient and tenuous splendor of Tibet.
ELIOT PATTISON is a world traveler and frequent visitor to China, whose numerous books and articles on international policy issues have been published on three continents. He is the author of six books set in Tibet, featuring former Inspector Shan Tao Yun, including the internationally acclaimed, award-winning The Skull Mantra and the soon to be released The Lord of Death (Soho, 2009).