Dragon Bones

DRAGONBONES_medNational Public Radio named Dragon Bones as one of the top ten books of the summer for 2003, just after books by Theodore Dreiser, Ernest Hemingway, and Walter Mosely.

Dragon Bones was also on the Los Angeles Times bestseller list.

When ancient myths clash with modern technology, the results can be murder.

In Lisa See’s first novel, Flower Net, she introduced one of her most popular and fascinating characters, Liu Hulan. Flower Net was a national bestseller, a New York Times Notable Book of 1997, a Los Angeles Times bestseller, an Edgar Award nominated novel and Amazon’s #1 thriller of the year.

Now, in her latest novel DRAGON BONES (Random House 2003), Liu Hulan, an agent for China’s Ministry of Public Security, and her American husband, attorney David Stark, return to investigate murder and archaeological theft at the Three Gorges Dam, one of the most beautiful and unique places on earth. And also one of the most controversial. When completed, the Three Gorges Dam will be the most powerful dam ever built and the biggest project China has undertaken since the building of the Great Wall. Yet, the reservoir formed by the dam will inundate over 2,000 archaeological sites and displace over 2 million people.

The story of DRAGON BONES unfurls like an ancient Chinese landscape scroll. When the body of an American archaeologist is found floating in the Yangtze River, Hulan and Stark are sent to Site 518 for two very different reasons: Hulan to investigate the death, David to uncover who is stealing artifacts from the site. As Hulan searches for the murderer, a parallel search begins for a missing artifact that can prove to the world that the Chinese civilization dates back 5,000 years. Everyone — from the Chinese government, to a religious cult, to an unscrupulous American art collector — wants this relic and will kill to get it. At stake are who will have control of China and maintained stability between China and the United States.

Combining ancient myth and contemporary fears of religious fanaticism and terrorism, DRAGON BONES is a story of love, betrayal, greed, and murder.

Praise for Dragon Bones

“DRAGON BONES is most memorable for its exploration of Chinese history at the distant point where it fades into myth. [What] begins as a mystery ends up with a short course in China, its vastness both in space and in time. [These] switchbacks into the stuff of myth mean that DRAGON BONES stays with you long after the conventional thriller is forgotten.”
– Washington Post Book World

“Mixing history, myths, and current events, DRAGON BONES is an extraordinarily rich novel. It reveals the emotional and economical entanglement of China with the West, and tells a story of violence, lust, greed, fear and desperation. DRAGON BONES is not only a page turner but timely.”
– Ha Jin, author of Waiting

“[A] complex, atmospheric thriller….See succeeds in widening the reader’s knowledge about the politics and culture of contemporary China while racing along with an absorbing story.”
– Publishers Weekly