Slash and Burn

Slash and Burn

Book - 2011
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Dr. Siri might finally be allowed to retire (again). Although he loves his two morgue assistants, he's tired of being Laos's national coroner, a job he never wanted in the first place. Plus, he's pushing eighty, and wants to spend some time with his wife before his untimely death (which has been predicted by the local transvestite fortune teller).

But retirement is not in the cards for Dr. Siri after all. He's dragged into one last job for the Lao government: supervising an excavation for the remains of U.S. fighter pilot who went down in the remote northern Lao jungle ten years earlier. The presence of American soldiers in Laos is a hot-button issue for both the Americans and the Lao involved, and the search party includes high-level politicians and scientists. But one member of the party is found dead, setting off a chain of accidents Dr. Siri suspects are not completely accidental. Everyone is trapped in a cabin in the jungle, and the bodies are starting to pile up. Can Dr. Siri get to the bottom of the MIA pilot's mysterious story before the fortune teller's prediction comes true?
Publisher: New York : Soho Crime, 2011
ISBN: 9781616951160
Branch Call Number: F COT NVD
Characteristics: 290 p. ; 24 cm


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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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