Slash and Burn by Colin Cotterill
A Dr. Siri Mystery Set in Laos

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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?


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About Colin Cotterill

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Born in London, COLIN COTTERILL has worked as teacher in Israel, Australia, the U.S. and Japan before he started training teachers in Thailand. Cotterill and his wife live in a small fishing village on the Gulf of Siam in Southern Thailand. He has won the Dilys and a CWA Dagger and has been a finalist for several other awards.
 
Published December 6, 2011 by Soho Crime. 290 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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But the hanging corpse and a shooting victim once again press Siri and company into action as sleuths, leaving Phosy taken aback by his wife's assertiveness.

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Set in the summer of 1978, Cotterill’s outstanding eighth mystery starring Laotian coroner Dr. Siri Paiboun (after 2010’s Love Songs from a Shallow Grave) promises to be the series’ last.

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Summary: Elderly and really-should-be-retired Dr Siri takes on a case of a missing American airman.

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Reviewing the Evidence

First of all, Auntie Bpoo, the cross-dressing fortune-teller who has decorated several earlier novels in the series, attaches herself to the party, only to inform Dr Siri that his days are distinctly numbered - indeed, he has only five of them left.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Those familiar with Colin Cotterill's series set in Laos in the 1970s know that it's impossible to categorize.

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Independent.ie

They are assisting a US-funded search for CIA pilot Boyd Bowry, missing since his aircraft was downed a few years before in 1968.

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Mysterious Reviews

Review: When Laos's only coroner tells his wife they will be accompanying a mission to search for missing Americans — "a week in the cool fresh mountain air" he calls it — she turns to him, saying, "[T]rouble finds you, Siri Paiboun."

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