Eliot Pattison

Ellen C...
49 books | 426 friends

Author ...
19 books | 4,675 friends

50 books | 314 friends

627 books | 23 friends

Julia D...
96 books | 298 friends

Pam Stack
1,973 books | 993 friends

Justin ...
37 books | 183 friends

Laura M...
82 books | 3 friends

More friends…

Eliot Pattison

Goodreads Author

in Philadelphia, The United States



Member Since
April 2011

Edgar Award winning Eliot Pattison has been described as a "writer of faraway mysteries," a label which is particularly apt for someone whose travel and interests span a million miles of global trekking, visiting every continent but Antarctica.

An international lawyer by training, Pattison first combined his deep concerns for the people of Tibet with his interest in fiction writing in The Skull Mantra, which launched the popular Inspector Shan series.

The series has been translated into over twenty languages around the world. Both The Skull Mantra and Water Touching Stone were selected by Amazon.com for its annual list of ten best new mysteries. Water Touching Stone was selected by Booksense as the number one mystery of all time for readers

Eliot Pattison hasn't written any blog posts yet.

Average rating: 4.04 · 8,216 ratings · 1,052 reviews · 17 distinct works · Similar authors
The Skull Mantra (Inspector...

3.99 avg rating — 2,368 ratings — published 1999 — 27 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Bone Rattler (Duncan McCall...

3.63 avg rating — 1,263 ratings — published 2007 — 10 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Water Touching Stone (Inspe...

4.22 avg rating — 965 ratings — published 2001 — 21 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Bone Mountain (Inspector Sh...

4.27 avg rating — 729 ratings — published 2002 — 18 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Beautiful Ghosts (Inspector...

4.27 avg rating — 585 ratings — published 2004 — 12 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Prayer of the Dragon (Inspe...

4.22 avg rating — 517 ratings — published 2007 — 13 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Lord of Death (Inspecto...

4.28 avg rating — 432 ratings — published 2009 — 12 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Mandarin Gate (Inspector Sh...

4.31 avg rating — 349 ratings — published 2012 — 6 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Eye of the Raven (Duncan Mc...

3.90 avg rating — 300 ratings — published 2001 — 7 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Ashes of the Earth (Hadrian...

3.41 avg rating — 315 ratings — published 2012 — 6 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
More books by Eliot Pattison…
The Skull Mantra Water Touching Stone Bone Mountain Beautiful Ghosts Prayer of the Dragon The Lord of Death Mandarin Gate
Inspector Shan (9 books)
4.16 avg rating — 6,132 ratings

Bone Rattler Eye of the Raven Original Death Blood of the Oak
Duncan McCallum (4 books)
3.72 avg rating — 1,728 ratings

Ashes of the Earth
Hadrian Boone (1 book)
3.41 avg rating — 315 ratings

Upcoming Events

No scheduled events. Add an event.

Eliot's Recent Updates

Eliot Pattison is now friends with Julie Jones
date: January 08, 2015 07:00PM
location: Tibet House, 22 W 15th St, New York, NY, The United States
description: In The Soul of Fire, Edgar Award winner Eliot Pattison brings Shan back in a thriller that navigates the explosive political and religious landscape of Tibet.
Eliot Pattison made a comment in the group Q&A with Eliot PattisonBone Rattler Series topic
" Daniele wrote: "Hello, Eliot.
Will there be more books in this series? They are two of my all-time favorites."


Thanks for your message. I am ju
...more "
Eliot Pattison made a comment in the group Q&A with Eliot PattisonWriting Process topic
" Laura wrote: "Hi Eliot -

I also have a question about your writing process. How much of yourself is in each character and do you consciously create a
...more "
" Jan wrote: "Eliot wrote: "Fran wrote: "I am creating my fall schedule and I hope to interview you in November. Fran"

Fran--I meant to mention that my n
...more "
Eliot Pattison made a comment in the group Q&A with Eliot PattisonAshes of the Earth topic
" Jill wrote: "Hi Eliot -

I really liked Ashes of the Earth. I have to admit that it gave me nightmares:-) But in a good way. The setting was so vivid.
...more "
Eliot Pattison made a comment in the group Q&A with Eliot PattisonWelcome! topic
" Maxine--

Thanks for your interest. Ashes is my ninth novel and if you enjoyed you should try some of the others since they have a lot of themes in comm
...more "
Goodreads iphone
More of Eliot's books…
“I tell them that the only peace you find up on a mountain is the peace you bring with you.”
Eliot Pattison, The Lord of Death

“Investigations, meditations, careers, relationships were much the same, he mused. They failed because no one thought to ask the right question.”
Eliot Pattison, The Skull Mantra

“Shan stared at his glass, then lifted it under his nose. It was the closest he would knowingly get to tasting the hard liquor. It was not because it would violate the vows of the monks, which he had not taken, but because somehow it felt as though it would violate his teachers who still sat behind prison wire in Lhadrung.”
Eliot Pattison, Water Touching Stone

51074 Q&A with Eliot Pattison — 15 members — last activity Jul 27, 2011 06:14PM
The chat will run from Sunday, July 17 - Thursday, July 28.

No comments have been added yet.