|Story of the Stone, the (1988) [Novel]|
by Barry Hughart
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Series: Master Li
(From the publisher):
From the seedy wineshops of ancient Beijing to the misty hills of rural China, Master Li and Number 10 Ox must follow a trail of death and depravity that leads right to the gates of Heaven itself. The abbot of the humble monastery in the Valley of Sorrows has called upon them to investigate the brutal killing of a monk and the theft of a seemingly inconsequential manuscript from its library. Suspicion soon lands on the infamous Laughing Prince Liu Sheng, founder of the Valley of Sorrows, whose murderous frenzies have made his name legend- but the Laughing Prince has been dead for over three millennia.
To help them on their search, Master Li and Number 10 Ox recruit two assistants: Moon Boy, a remarkably handsome (and remarkably lusty) young man who happens to be China's greatest living expert on sound, and his beloved Grief of Dawn, a charming young prostitute who is the only person in all of China who can keep Moon Boy in line. Together the four set off in search of demons, ghosts and murderers. Yet what they find is stranger still.
Join Master Li and Number 10 Ox on a journey that will amuse, startle, frighten and amaze you- a journey to a magnificent China that never was...but should have been.
Original title: The Story of the Stone
Genre: Fiction→ Fantasy→ Fantasy Featuring Detection
Fiction→ Fantasy→ Historical
This work is a subwork of the following works :
Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox, the (1998) [Omnibus Volume]
Author: Barry Hughart