Slash and Burn

Slash and Burn

eBook - 2011
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The eighth Dr. Siri Paiboun mystery

Dr. Siri never really wanted to be Laos's national coroner. And now that he is in his mid-70s, he longs to spend some time with his wife before the untimely death that is sure to befall him, according to the local transvestite fortune-teller. But retirement will have to wait (again) until he has completed one last job for the Lao government: supervising an excavation for the remains of a US fighter pilot who went down in the remote northern Lao jungle ten years earlier. And the stakes are high. The presence of American soldiers in Laos is controversial, and the search party includes high-level politicians and scientists. So when a member of the party is found dead, Dr. Siri suspects it may not have been an accident. Can Dr. Siri get to the bottom of the MIA pilot's mysterious story before the body count rises and the fortune-teller's prediction comes true?

From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: New York : Soho Crime, 2011
ISBN: 9781616951177
Characteristics: text file, rda
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Jul 11, 2017

You really can't help loving Siri, as well as Dtui and Geung, and their stories. Then there are Phosy and Civilai who are also easy to like even though we don't learn as much about their own stories. But they're essential for the crime solving and the friendships and the plots of the books. Then there are two, maybe even three more characters who come into the books and stay, but I won't give that away. It sounds like a lot, but the author makes it easy to add each new main character to your list of people to love. Soon they seem like old friends and you don't want anything bad to happen to any of them.
I strongly advise reading the books in the order in which they were written, as each one adds to what went before, just as it does in real life.

debwalker Feb 25, 2012

"You have to watch out for Siri; read one and you’ll be haunting the bookstores for more."
Margaret Cannon


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