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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Slash and Burn by Collin Cotterill

  • Slash and Burn
  • by Collin Cotterill
  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Soho Crime (December 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616951168
Books in the series: 
The Coroner’s Lunch (2004) 
Thirty-Three Teeth (August 2005) 
Disco For the Departed (August 2006) 
Anarchy and Old Dogs (August 2007) 
Curse of the Pogo Stick (August 2008) 
The Merry Misogynist (August 2009) 
Love Songs from a Shallow Grave (August 2010)

This looks like a very interesting book. I'm so glad to get it. It's the first one in line that I'm going to read after I take my LSAT in December 3. I hope I only have to take the LSAT once. It's not like I'm a young girl anymore, after all.

From book jacket:

Laos, 1978: Dr. Siri, the national coroner of the Lao People's Democratic Republic, might finally be allowed to retire (again). Although he loves his two morgue assistants, he's tired of his job, which he never wanted in the firest place. Plus, he's pushing eighty, an dwants to spend some quality 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 a U.S. fighter pilot who went down in the remote jungle in northern Laos ten years earlier, during the Vietnam War. The presence of American Soldiers in Laos is a hot-button issue for both the Americans and Lao involved, and the search party includes high-level politicians and scientists. Then one member of the excavation party is found dead, setting off a chain of accidents that Dr. Siri suspects are not completely accidental. Everyone is trapped in a cabin in a 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 come true?
Just one of the many praises for the Dr. Siri Series:
Denver Post: "The sight, smells and colors of Laos practically jump off the pages of this inspired, often wryly witty first novel.

Collin Cotterill, the author

Thanks to Ms Rafferty of Soho Press for my copy.

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