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Author Visit: Eliot Pattison

June 8, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


JOIN US as we welcome Eliot Pattison to the shop on Thursday, June 8th at 7:00PM. Eliot is the author of several mystery series including the Inspector Shan series and the Bone Rattler series. He will be here to discuss his work including the newest book in the Inspector Shan series, SKELETON GOD.

Shan Tao Yun, now the reluctant constable of a remote Tibetan town, has learned to expect the impossible at the roof of the world, but nothing has prepared him for his discovery when he investigates a report that a nun has been savagely assaulted by ghosts. In an ancient tomb by the old nun lies a gilded saint buried centuries earlier, flanked by the remains of a Chinese soldier killed fifty years before and an American man murdered only hours earlier. Shan is thrust into a maelstrom of intrigue and contradiction.

The Tibetans are terrified, the notorious Public Security Bureau wants nothing to do with the murders, and the army seems determined to just bury the dead again and Shan with them. No one wants to pursue the truthÐexcept Shan, who finds himself in a violent collision between a heartbreaking, clandestine effort to reunite refugees from Tibet separated for decades and a covert corruption investigation that reaches to the top levels of the government in Beijing, China. The terrible secret Shan uncovers changes his town and his life forever.

Eliot’s quote on his book:

 “Reduced to their essence my Shan books are a lens onto what may be the greatest crisis of our age: how domestic partisan politics, geopolitical policies built around interest groups and global economic forces have created a moral blindspot in modern government. Governments bicker over petty issues and posturing among themselves while crimes against humanity continue unabated. Tibet is not the only example, it is just the most poignant example.”

Described as “a writer of faraway mysteries,” Eliot Pattison’s travel and interests span the globe. After reaching a million miles of global trekking, visiting every continent but Antarctica, Pattison stopped logging his miles and set his compass for the unknown. Today he avoids well-trodden paths whenever possible, in favor of wilderness, lesser known historical venues, and encounters with indigenous peoples.

An international lawyer by training, early in his career Pattison began writing on legal and business topics, producing several books and dozens of articles published on three continents. In the late 1990’s, he decided to combine his deep concerns for the people of Tibet with his interest in writing fiction. He wrote THE SKULL MANTRA, which won the Edgar Award for Best First Mystery.

A former resident of Boston and Washington, he resides on an 18th century farm in Pennsylvania with his wife, three children, and an ever-expanding menagerie of animals.

You can learn more about Eliot Pattison on his website.

*This event is FREE. There will be light refreshments provided.


June 8, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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