Beautiful Ghosts, Paperback Book
3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


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.


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It's a bit long and the story isn't as much about the murder as about the treasures being looted and about the ways China has abused Tibet. I found it a hard read partially because it felt to me like the message was overwhelming the story and by the time the end came around I had almost forgotten where it started.It's interesting though where it made me think about how heritage, as I was finishing the book news was breaking in Ireland about the theft of Stone Crosses from one of our heritage sites. We have commercialised it all in favour of money, but what have we left for future generations? It is food for thought.I'm sure this isn't unbiased about the Tibetan/Chinese relationship but it does give me food for thought and I do like Shan.

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