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The Trail to Buddha's Mirror [Hardcover]

Don Winslow
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March 1992 A Thomas Dunne Book
In San Francisco to retrieve a biologist and bring him home so that he can finish his important research, Neal Carey discovers a hypnotic painting and a mesmerizing artist. By the author of A Cool Breeze on the Underground.

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What begins as a routine missing person's case becomes a complex web of deceit, danger and international intrigue in this superb mystery. On sabbatical from duties as an operative for a group known as Friends of the Family, Neal Carey, last seen in A Cool Breeze on the Underground , is visited in Yorkshire by his mentor and asked to find a brilliant, albeit lovesick scientist and convince him to get back to work. Robert Pendleton, a biochemist and fertilizer expert for AgriTech corporation, has gone missing from a conference in San Francisco where he reportedly became smitten with a beautiful Chinese woman. After locating Pendleton and meeting the stunning Li Lan--and nearly being killed by an unknown assailant when the pair flee from him--Carey soon realizes that more than mere fertilizer know-how is at stake. The trail qui c kly takes him all the way to China where life-and-death political issues, vivid local color and absorbing historical detail enhance the chase and reinforce suspense as the story reaches its surprising resolution.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Neal Carey's ( A Cool Breeze on the Underground , LJ 2/1/91) new mission takes him to San Francisco, Hong Kong, and China.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good writer----very average story. Jan. 11 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This chase takes place in California, Hong Kong and China. While in California I found it quite a good ride.
As soon as it left these shores and went to Hong Kong and China it grounded to nearly a halt for me. It got very heavy on travelogue and way too much on the poilitics of the region. These boring passages only accentuated the preposterous situations the protagonist got in and out of.
I did like Neal Carey and some of his support team. Mr. Winslow's writing style was fine and I will try another Neal Carey, but will make certain it takes place in the USA.
This could be an enjoyable series and lead character, but the setting for this book just bored me beyond words. If you care about China and its politics it's probably a big winner.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Long And Twisting Story March 22 2011
By sbissell3 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm a big fan of Don Winslow and will read everything he writes. I wasn't disappointed in this book, but it shows that Winslow was only developing his 'voice' when he wrote it. The plot takes a few too many twists and turns to be completely believable and if Neal Carey is suppose to be all that smart why does he never seem to catch on?

But in the end I really liked this book and more or less read it in one sitting; I'm not sure what more you can ask of a novel.

And I'll add this to all my reviews from now on: Will those idiots who want to complain about the price of Kindle editions please go somewhere else, like the Kindle forums, and not give 1 star reviews to books because they felt that a couple of bucks is too much to pay!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Neal Carey Series. May 3 2013
By Charles B. Rose - Published on Amazon.com
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Another enjoyable book from Don Winslow. Since I have liked all of Winslow's books that I have read,I am trying to do his series books in the order in which they have been written and I believe that this is the second. It is very different from the first and I can see why certain reviewers found the China detail tedious,but I just treated it as a learning experience about a history that I know little about. It is interesting to me that Winslow has used totally different geographical settings for each story( the 3rd being the Great Basin region in Nevada). I wonder if this isn't difficult for an "East Coaster" like Neal?
Always a fun read from Winslow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars loved this April 25 2012
By Nidiyao - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The constant surprises and snappy dialogue, along with the great descriptions of settings made this a book I enjoyed a lot!
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4.0 out of 5 stars fun read Nov. 25 2013
By JOHNE VANTRIGT - Published on Amazon.com
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quick pace, funny and good plot. Winslow does not disappoint with this book and I look forward to reading the rest of this series
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Story Aug. 31 2013
By Jason P - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I admit I am not quite finished with this book yet, about 20 pages to go, but so far it has been one of the most entrancing, entertaining, beautiful and intelligent stories I have read in years. I picked up a more recent Winslow book first, one with Boone the surf-dude PI, and liked it for its great characters, witty dialogue and suspenseful mystery - and that's what I classified it as, a great mystery that put him in my top tier of mystery writers (and I have read a lot).

But this book reads more like a piece of classic literature, rivaling and even surpassing much of what I read back in college as an English lit major. Rather than short, choppy, action-packed chapters, each chapter in this book draws you deeper into the adventure of the young and naive yet also courageous and competent main character. The story's characters are real and personal, funny and unique, yet also metaphoric, delving into the complex dynamics of political/spiritual ideologies through individual experience, and painting a picture of a world that could be while also diagnosing the illness of the very real world we do live in. If I were a high school teacher or college professor, I would have my students read this book. A hidden gem. I feel very lucky to have found it.
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