The Skull Mantra, Paperback
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


Summoning is a dangerous thing. To the old Buddhists, words were the most dangerous weapon of all.' Shan Tao Yun is a former investigator for the chinese government who once got a little too close to the truth.

Now he breaks rocks in a Tibetan prison camp high in the Himalayas.

Only the remarkable courage of the Buddhist monks who are his fellow prisoners give him the will to survive.

But when a smartly dressed headless corpse is discovered on the bleak mountainside, Shan is forced to become a detective once more. And as he uncovers a web of intrigue involving a beautiful American mining engineer, Tibetan sorcerers, corrupt Chinese officials and the Buddhist Resistance, he begins to realise that far more than his own survival is at stake.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448 pages, map
  • Publisher: Cornerstone
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780099409793



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Shan was a detective. He didn't work within the system and has ended up working on a road gang largely populated by Buddhist Monks whose attitude has infected Shan and induced him to embrace Buddhism. It is a surprise to him that he's made to investigate a murder, but he's certain that the monk they've pinned for the killing is actually innocent. He's balancing himself between the two worlds and also trying to understand some Americans working in the area. It's a good read but not a great read, it gets caught up in detail sometimes and the political message gets a little too much. Although there were lags I did enjoy it and ordered the next book in the series to follow up.

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