Eliot Pattison (Joseph Eliot Pattison, b. 20 October 1951) is an American international lawyer and author about international trade, as well as an award-winning mystery novelist. His professional career consists of advising and representing U.S. and foreign companies on international investment and trade issues. He has published five books and more than thirty articles on international topics. Pattison has written two series of mystery novels, set in different time periods and geographic areas. His "Inspector Shan" series of novels is set in modern-day Tibet, and features former Beijing Justice Department Investigator Shan Tao Yun. His first novel The Skull Mantra won the Edgar Allan Poe Award in 2000. The Inspector Shan series has been translated into over twenty languages around the world. The "Bone Rattler" series starts with The Bone Rattler (2007) and features a Scottish immigrant to North America in the colonial years. It takes place near Albany, New York during the French and Indian War. Pattison is married and has three children. He resides with his family on an 18th-century farm in Oley Valley, Pennsylvania.