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On the mountainous border of China and Tibet in 1708, a detective must learn what a killer already knows: that empires rise and fall on the strength of the stories they tell.

Li Du was an imperial librarian. Now, he is an exile. Arriving in Dayan, the last Chinese town before the Tibetan border, he is surprised to find it teeming with travelers, soldiers, and merchants. All have come for a spectacle unprecedented in this remote province: an eclipse of the sun commanded by the emperor himself.

When a Jesuit astronomer is found murdered in the home of the local magistrate, blame is hastily placed on Tibetan bandits. But Li Du suspects this was no random killing. Everyone has secrets: the ambitious magistrate, the powerful consort, the bitter servant, the irreproachable secretary, the East India Company merchant, the nervous missionary, and the traveling storyteller who can’t keep his own story straight.

Beyond the sloping roofs and festival banners, Li Du can see the mountain pass that will take him out of China forever. He must choose whether to leave and embrace his exile or to stay and investigate a murder that the town of Dayan seems all too willing to forget.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Hart’s novel is a fascinating, intelligent debut…Think Agatha Christie writing Shogun…captivating.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “David Shih narrates this unique mystery with smooth pronunciation of the Chinese names and places. He adds a cultured tone in recounting the quest of Li Du, the exiled imperial librarian who is convinced that a visiting Jesuit astronomer was murdered. Shih employs a resonant pompousness for Li Du’s storytelling companion, Hamza, and portrays the pretentious magistrate with haughty condescension.”

    AudioFile

  • “Perfectly melds history with the mystery genre for a lush look at China on the cusp of change…[in a] character-rich story…One of the year’s most engrossing debuts.”

    Washington Post

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About the Author

Elsa Hart, author of the acclaimed Li Du novels, was born in Rome, Italy, but her earliest memories are of Moscow, where her family lived until 1991. Since then she has lived in the Czech Republic, the United States, and China. She earned a BA from Swarthmore College and a JD from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law.

About the Narrator

David Shih is an actor who has done voice-over work and has worked in television, film, and theater. He has appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Unforgettable, and Law & Order, among others. His voice can be heard in video games in the Grand Theft Auto series, on History.com and the History Channel, and as the narrator for several books, including 47 Ronin and The Third Son. He is the winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award.