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[Read Ebook] ç Beautiful Ghosts ⚟ Disgraced Former Beijing Inspector Shan Tao Yun Has Been Living In The Remote Mountains Of Tibet Since His Unofficial Release From A Work Camp Without Status, Official Identity, Or The Freedom To Return To His Former Home In Beijing, He S Lived With The Forbidden Lamas For The Past Year But Now There S Apparently Been A Murder In A Ruined Monastery And The Very Officials Who Exiled Shan Are After His Help In A Baffling Case Involving The FBI, Chinese Ministers, And British Relief Workers, Shan Travels From Tibet To Beijing To The U S To Find The Links Between Murder, Missing Art, His Former Gulag, And His Own Long Unseen Son Interesting account of the dynamics found between modern day China Han , Tibetan culture and customs, and Western influence Although the novel is a fiction, it s topic and content are heavily weighted in reality and have a significant impact on the reader.For a dumbed down explanation, think of it as a Tibetan Indiana Jones minus the whip. Description 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 Without status, official identity, or the freedom to return to his former home in Beijing, Shan finds himself in the midst of a baffling series of events During a ceremony meant to rededicate an ancient and long destroyed monastery, Shan stumbles across evidence of a recent murder in the ruins Now Shan is being torn between some officials who want his help to search the ruins while others want him to disappear back into the mountains with one group holding out the tantalizing prospect of once again seeing the son from whom Shan has been separated for many years In a baffling situation where nothing is what it appears to be, where the FBI, high ranking Beijing officials, the long hidden monks, and the almost forgotten history of the region all pull him in different directions, Shan finds his devotion to the truth sorely tested Traveling from Tibet to Beijing to the U.S., he must find the links between murder on two continents, a high profile art theft, and an enigmatic, long missing figure from history.5 The Skull Mantra Inspector Shan, 1 5 Water Touching Stone Inspector Shan, 2 5 Bone Mountain Inspector Shan, 3 5 Beautiful Ghosts Inspector Shan, 4 Bettie s Books Deutsch English review below 3.5 SterneAuch der vierte Band der Inspektor Shan Reihe entf hrt einen wieder in das geheimnisvolle Tibet Die politische Lage hat sich nicht ver ndert und nach wie vor haben die Tibeter unter der Willk r und Grausamkeit chinesischer Beh rden zu leiden Die Geschichte entwickelt sich diesmal etwas schneller und im Zentrum steht nicht nur ein Mord, sondern auch ein gro er Kunstraub Es ist durchweg spannend und ich habe mich weniger schwer getan als bei den letzten B nden die mir dennoch gut gefallen haben Auch die Verbindung von buddhistischen Lehren und Kriminalfall gelingt Pattison wieder sehr gut Allerdings waren die Antagonisten doch sehr stereotyp Wirklich dreidimensional oder wirklich nachvollziehbar sind sie nicht Dennoch eine unterhaltsame und ber hrende Geschichte mit politischer Botschaft English 3.5 starsThis 4th installment in the Inspector Shan series invites the reader again to delve into the beautiful and mysterious country of Tibet The political situation has not changed and the Tibetans still suffer from the cruelty and despotism of Chinese officials The story develops quickly in this one and features not only murder, but also a big art theft It is gripping throughout and wasn t as hard for me to get into as the former books were I still enjoyed those, too Pattison again manages to combine buddhist teachings and a murder mystery However, the antagonists are very stereotypical They lack depth and their motives are not entirely comprehensible Hur, dur, I m evil Still, it is an entertaining and touching story with a political message. By now the pattern of the plots of these Inspector Shan mysteries is well established We ve got the official from Beijing who is corrupt and criminal, who will stop at nothing to achieve his aims We ve got the Chinese official who is the good socialist, who initially appears to be an enemy of Inspector Shan, but in the end proves to be an honest ally We have the misguided American who during the course of the book is converted to the wisdom and peace of Buddhism And, of course, we have Shan, the former inspector from Beijing who lost everything when he ran afoul of a powerful figure in the Chinese government and was sent to a work camp in Tibet, which proved to be his spiritual salvation And we have Tan, who in my opinion is one of the most interesting characters in these books He was the official in charge of the work camp that Shan was assigned to and it was he who authorized Shan s unofficial release after the prisoner helped him solve a mystery at the camp Moreover, in this book, we have a repetition of the action of the previous novels, in that Shan and his two Buddhist teachers Gendun and Lokesh accompany an expedition on a turgid progression through caves and tunnels in the mountains of Tibet Those caves and tunnels are filled with the most preposterously elaborate Buddhist temples and treasures that are guarded by secret groups of the faithful who manage to keep Buddhism alive in the face of the strong opposition of the Chinese government These travels continue endlessly almost literally, it seems and nothing much ever happens except that old Tibetans frequently give small cries of delight or groans of despair and knowing glances are passed routinely among those in the know If I had a dollar for every time an old Tibetan or an old lama cries or groans in this book, I could probably go to dinner and a movie Really, the whole thing gets extremely tedious after a while.The first half of the book seemed utterly muddled and confusing to me, but it improved in the second half once the mystery part of the novel actually got under way The writing seemed at least marginally sharper and better plotted.The mystery begins at the ancient ruins of the Zhoka monastery where hill people have gathered for a celebration of the Dalai Lama s birthday Local herders bring in a body of one of their own and claim that he was murdered by godkillers Then Surya, a monk who is a talented artist and an old friend of Gendun s, appears, covered in blood and announces that he has killed a man and that, therefore, he is No a monk No a human Confusion reigns and the ensuing investigation brings Shan s old nemesis and savior Colonel Tan into the picture Before they reach the resolution of the mystery, murders will be revealed and will occur, one of them in far away Seattle And the source of all this evil will be revealed to be greed for the possession of art and the theft of the unique art from some of those aforementioned decorated caves Shan finds himself teamed with an FBI agent named Corbett in trying to solve the crimes and bring a little justice to both their worlds.One other spanner thrown into the works here is the introduction of Shan s son, Ko, whom he had not seen since he was a small child He is now a young man of nineteen and a criminal, sent to work coal mines in Tibet Shan is promised an opportunity to meet him if he will aid the investigation, but when he does meet him, he seems to be a cruel sociopath with no redeeming qualities More pain for a father who has already borne so much pain In the end, things are, if not totally resolved, at least moved forward and, yes, a kind of rough justice is achieved The ending between Shan and his son is actually quite moving.The character of Shan is a sympathetic one and Colonel Tan is intriguing, and so I do find myself caring, almost against my will, about what happens in these books In the past, I have given the author a pass on the confusion of his plots, putting it down to my unfamiliarity with the philosophy of Buddhism, but that pass has expired I read books all the time about cultures I m not familiar with and have no problem understanding them, when they are clearly written Obfuscation rather than enlightenment, though, seems to be the aim of Pattison in this series and that is annoying The other possibility is that he s just not a very good writer.