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Die Frau mit den grünen Augen: Ein Tibet-Krimi (Inspektor Shan ermittelt,… (edição 2018)

por Eliot Pattison (Autor)

Séries: Shan Tao Yun (9)

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"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 truth-except Shan, who finds himself in a violent collision between a heartbreaking, clandestine effort to reunite Tibetan refugees separated for decades and a covert corruption investigation that reaches to the top levels of the government in Beijing. The terrible secret Shan uncovers changes his town and his life forever"--… (mais)
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Título:Die Frau mit den grünen Augen: Ein Tibet-Krimi (Inspektor Shan ermittelt, Band 9)
Autores:Eliot Pattison (Autor)
Informação:Aufbau Taschenbuch (2018), Edition: 2., 400 pages
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Der Chinese Shan war früher ein sehr erfolgreicher Ermittler in Peking bis er jemandem auf die Füße getreten ist. Sein Gegenspieler Oberst Tan hat dafür gesorgt, dass er nun als einfach Polizist in Yangkor in Tibet seinen Dienst tun muss. Dann passiert unverhofft an einem Tag eine ganze Menge. Ein Gefangenentransport muss in seinem kleinen Polizeirevier für eine Nacht untergebracht werden und dann wird er auch noch eine alte Nonne niedergeschlagen und in der von ihr bewachten Gruft befinden sich mehrere Tote, die zu sehr unterschiedlichen Zeiten gestorben sind: ein als Heiliger verehrter Lama, der schon sehr lange tot ist, ein chinesischer Soldat, der auch schon ungefähr fünfzig Jahre tot ist und jemanden, der gerade erst ermordet wurde in westlicher Kleidung.
Ich lese sehr gerne Krimis, die in anderen Ländern spielen, weil man dadurch einen Einblick in fremde Kulturen gewinnen kann. Die politischen Verhältnisse in Tibet sind schwierig, denn das Land steht unter chinesischer Verwaltung und ihre Kultur und Traditionen sind der chinesischen Regierung suspekt. Das Misstrauen zwischen Tibetern und Chinesen ist groß. Obwohl mir die Kultur dort sehr fremd ist, ist es dem Autor sehr gut gelungen, mir Tibet, seine Menschen und seine Kultur nahe zu bringen.
Dies ist bereits der neunte Band um den Ermittler Shan. Ich habe nur den Vorgängerband „Tibetisches Feuer“ gelesen und muss auch dieses Mal feststellen, dass die Geschichte komplex ist und man konzentriert lesen muss.
Ich mag Shan, er ist eine interessante Persönlichkeit. Er ist nur unter besonderen Bedingungen aus dem Gefängnis entlassen worden. Nur weil er diesen Posten angenommen hat, ist es ihm möglich seinen Sohn, der in einem Lager ist, hin und wieder zu sehen. Er ist ein Ermittler, der die Wahrheit herausfinden will, aber er muss dabei auch immer an seinen Sohn denken. Shan ist Chinese, aber er hat auch Verständnis für die Tibeter und versucht sich in sie hineinzuversetzen. So gerät er in Verdacht, sich auf die Seite der Tibeter zu schlagen. Er aber versucht trotz Gegenwind den Fall zu klären.
Auch wenn die Geschichte manchmal etwas langatmig daherkommt, finde ich diesen Krimi sehr spannend. Ganz besonders gefällt mir das Drumherum, denn so erfährt man viel über Land und Leute.
Ich kann diesen interessanten und vielschichtigen Tibet-Krimi nur empfehlen. ( )
  buecherwurm1310 | Aug 27, 2018 |
Skeleton God by Eliot Pattison is the most recent in his Inspector Shan Tao Yun series. Shan is now Constable of the remote Tibetan village of Yangkar. For the most part, Shan’s duties are mundane and boring. Boring, that is, until the day his tiny village is invaded by soldiers- led by a Public Security official named Jinhua- transporting Tibetans being taken for 'reeducation’ who need a place to stay overnight. Then comes the report of a dead American whose body was found in the disturbed tomb of a holy lama, along with the body of a Chinese soldier who predeceased the American by decades. To all the residents of Yangkar, this area where the tomb was found, is considered forbidden and protected by terrible demons. Shan becomes determined to solve the mystery of the dead American, though to do so he must solve the mystery of the guardian demons, all without treading on the toes of proper government.

This was my first Inspector Shan story, and while it wasn't what I initially expected, it was quite an enjoyable read. I went in thinking that it was set centuries earlier than it really was. I'm not normally a fan of Communist-era centred fiction. Getting a glimpse into Tibetan culture was great, especially since that's what I was looking for with my prior expectations. Seeing it through this unique lens was at times so sad, especially reading about the desecrations of spiritual sites, and artifacts, and the utter destruction of some of these sites, and structures.

Shan was an interesting character. He has to tread such a careful line between what is expected of him as a 'proper’ Chinese official, and his true self who is sympathetic to the Tibetans, and respectful of their culture. I admit, I was a little confused with his relationship to Colonel Tan, which seems at times extremely antagonistic, and at others companionable. I think that would clear up if I read the rest of the series in order! Aside from this relationship, though, other aspects of Shan’s life thus far are explained well enough that skipping the earlier books wasn't detrimental at all.

I really liked Jinhua. He starts out as a sort of unlikable character, but that quickly changes. Given his position and rank, Jinhua becomes an invaluable ally for Shan. He seems so young and insecure at times, yet he's very devoted to his values and is determined to avenge his deceased partner. What really made the story for me were the cast of native Tibetans- from Nyima, Dorchen, and young Lodi, to the feral family that Shan repeatedly helps. Of course, it is through them that we get the rich Tibetan culture that I so enjoyed.

***This book was reviewed for the San Francisco Book Review ( )
  PardaMustang | Jul 15, 2018 |
Good read about the fate of Tibetans when the Chinese government tried to erase there culture and how it is manifested today. ( )
  elizapoppy | Dec 10, 2017 |
In Skeleton God, Inspector Shan has been assigned to a remote Tibetan village that should be far removed from scandal and crime, but if that were true, it would not be an Inspector Shan mystery. His assignment is a bargain made with District Commander Tan that will keep Shan close at hand if needed, but out of trouble. In exchange, Shan’s son who is now in the same prison Shan endured will be allowed an annual five day parole to visit Shan.

Then one day a nun is beaten by a ghost. Then they find two bodies, an American who was killed in the last few days and a Chinese soldier killed some fifty years earlier. Both killed the exact same way. A Public Safety Officer is there to witness the find, but does not want to report it. The Army is also keeping far too close an eye on the village.

Meanwhile, Shan’s son is coming to visit while he’s busy investigating the murders. Two more murders are discovered, but again, there’s a desire to hush them up. Shan is certain it all has something to do with the long ago rationalization of the village.

Skeleton God is a fair mystery. All the clues are there. We know early on who some of the villains are, but it’s clear the conspiracy is wider than the most obviously villainous outsiders–that they have help in the village. Who is helping them is the real mystery and it is complex enough that few will solve it earlier than Shan. Though when things fall into place, readers will be solving the case right along with Shan which is how it should be.

Skeleton God is satisfying at another level as well. Characters are well-developed and long-time series characters grow in complexity over time. Give him a few more books and District Commander Tan may even reach the “you’re gonna miss me when I’m gone” stage. The book is rich in Tibetan folklore and history and as always, they inform the investigation and the story.

https://tonstantweaderreviews.wordpress.com/2017/06/02/9781250067623/

About Eliot Pattison’s Inspector Shan series: Shan was once a police inspector in Beijing before he unwisely investigated corruption among those powerful enough to make him disappear into the Chinese gulag. HIs time in prison introduced him to Buddhism and he learned much from the imprisoned monks of Tibet. His knowledge of these two worlds make him an invaluable investigator.

In Order:
The Skull Mantra
Water Touching Stone
Bone Mountain
Beautiful Ghosts
Prayer of the Dragon
The Lord of Death
Mandarin Gate
Soul of the Fire
Skeleton God ( )
  Tonstant.Weader | Jun 2, 2017 |
'In Tibet souls were tried, and souls were tormented, but always souls endured.'

Having not read any of Inspector Shan Tao Yun's exploits before I found myself fascinated with the hints about his past and fall from grace. There is much for me to catchup on, yet the lack of background did not detract from my understanding of trouble in Shan's past and how that placed him in the now.
Here he is a constable in an isolated Tibetan town of Yangkar in Lhadrung County. Shan is confronted with two bodies found in an ancient Tibetan tomb on the Plain of Ghosts.
The story stretches from the ancient past, to the not so ancient past to the now. The People’s Liberation Army and the Hammer of Freedom Brigade's actions in this area have had long tentacles, and those tentacles still have a stranglehold on the area.
That story is set against the background of the army's roundup of 'feral' (undocumented) Tibetans, the destruction and seizure of Buddhist temples and their goods, the separation of families and their 'reeducation', and the demon ghosts and gods roaming the area.
The exploration by Shan of ancient Tibetan artifacts, and his fascination with the Tibetan way of life, the gods, the scared places are all included in this fascinating murder mystery set in an equally as fascinating part of the world. The history of Tibet and the results for that country by China's invasion in the 1950's is brought into sharp focus.

A NetGalley ARC ( )
  eyes.2c | Mar 15, 2017 |
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"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 truth-except Shan, who finds himself in a violent collision between a heartbreaking, clandestine effort to reunite Tibetan refugees separated for decades and a covert corruption investigation that reaches to the top levels of the government in Beijing. The terrible secret Shan uncovers changes his town and his life forever"--

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