When the body of an American archaeologist is found floating
in the Yangzi River, Ministry of Public Security agent Liu Hulan and her
husband, American attorney David Stark, are dispatched to Site 518 to
investigate. As Hulan scrutinizes this death—or is it a murder?—David, on
behalf of the National Relics Bureau, tries to discover who has stolen from the
site an artifact that may prove to the world China’s claim that it is the
oldest uninterrupted civilization on earth.
This artifact is not only an object of great monetary value
but one that is emblematic of the very soul of China. Everyone—from the Chinese
government, to a religious cult, to an unscrupulous American art
collector—wants this relic, and some, it seems, may be willing to kill to get
it. At stake in this investigation is control of China’s history and national
pride, and even stability between China and the United States.
The troubled Hulan must overcome her own fears of failure,
while David tries desperately to break through the shell that has built up
around his wife. As Hulan and David are enmeshed in international schemes for
power and the turbulence of their own relationship, these hunters after the
truth become the hunted—in a fast-driving narrative set against the backdrop of
the building of the Three Gorges Dam, the largest and most expensive project
China has undertaken since the Great Wall and the subject of great
international debate. It is here, in the heart of the Three Gorges, that David
and Hulan will battle their enemies and their own natures to see who will win
China’s dragon bones.
Dragon Bones combines ancient myth with contemporary
anxieties concerning religious fanaticism and terrorism to tell a story of
love, betrayal, history, ecology, greed—and gory murder.
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