The Merry Misogynist

The Merry Misogynist

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In 1978 in poverty-stricken Laos, a man from the city with a truck was somebody-- a catch for even the prettiest village virgin. The corpse of one of these bucolic beauties turns up in Dr. Siri's morgue, and his curiosity is piqued. The victim was tied to a tree and strangled, but she had not, as the doctor had expected, been raped. And though the victim had smooth, pale skin over most of her body, her hands and feet were gnarled, callused, and blistered. On a trip to the hinterlands, Siri discovers that many women have been killed in this way. He sets out to investigate this unprecedented phenomenon-- a serial killer in peaceful Buddhist Laos-- only to discover, when he has identified the murderer, that not only pretty maidens are at risk: seventy-three-year-old coroners can be victims too.
Publisher: New York : Soho, c2009
ISBN: 9781569476543
Branch Call Number: F COT NVD
Characteristics: viii, 274 pages ; 20 cm

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miaone
Jun 13, 2017

I loved the first two books in the series, but this one, which features the thought process of the killer, is gruesome and creepy. Couldn't read more than 1/4 of it.

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Travel
Aug 06, 2012

Second book I've read in this series. I love the insights into another culture through humour and wonderful characters. The serial killer plot of this one did not ring true, however. If this is your first Dr Siri Paiboun book, don't give up: others are better.

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mclas
Jun 11, 2012

I love the culture, the loving humor, so many things about the Dr. Siri series. The mystery is good and kept me very interested while the authors humor and characters are quite entertaining.

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louise_claire
Aug 29, 2011

Dr Siri, the septugenarian National Coroner of Laos, tries to find a serial killer in this very funny mystery. The insights into the mind of the serial killer are trite and the book is marred by the occasional tumble into sentimentality, but these are minor faults set against the fine characterisation, vivid setting and gentle humour. Set in Laos in 1978, the charming and cynical Dr Siri has to cope with the bungling and corrupt Communist government, aided by a cast of colourful secondary characters.

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